End of Rudy’s Florida strategy?

A bomb just dropped in the Presidential race. Rudy Giuliani was going to win the nomination by placing or showing in , but not winning, a bunch of early primary states. And then he was going to win in Florida. But a new Rasmussen poll, if verified with more polling, would explode that theory:

Rasmussen GOP Florida Primary

  • Mike Huckabee 27% (9%)
  • Mitt Romney 23% (19%)
  • Rudy Giuliani 19% (27%)
  • Fred Thompson 9% (16%)
  • John McCain 6% (10%)
  • Ron Paul 4% (5%)
  • Some other candidate 2% (2%)

If he is in third and Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney have momentum in other states, it is hard to see how Rudy wins Florida. It seems highly unlikely that 5 losses in a row would end in a Tsunami Tuesday victory.

The next 3 weeks are going to be very interesting.