Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Rising Romney Star

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Star rising for GOP's Romney
Polls put him ahead of Giuliani, McCain

By Jill Zuckman
Tribune national correspondent

BOSTON -- For Mitt Romney, the multimillionaire venture capitalist turned Olympics savior turned politician, all is going according to plan.With an eye-popping $21 million raised in the first quarter of this year for his presidential campaign and a steady stream of television advertising, the former one-term governor of Massachusetts has caught the attention of voters and political insiders. Star turns at the first two Republican debates gave his candidacy yet another shot of credibility.

And now, recent opinion polls in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire show Romney surging with a double-digit lead over Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The Des Moines Register put Romney's standing at 30 percent, 12 points ahead of McCain and 13 points over Giuliani. A Zogby poll in New Hampshire shows Romney at 35 percent, with both McCain and Giuliani at just 19.

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