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McCain and Clinton are top picks from political insiders…

In today’s Detroit News there was an article about what political insiders had to say concerning who they thought the front-runners were for the nominations of both parties in the upcoming 08′ Presidentail Primaries.

National Journal’s well-regarded survey of Washington insiders shows that nearly 69 percent believe that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., will be the Democratic presidential nominee, while 73 percent believe that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be the Republican nominee.

Notably, Republicans believe that Clinton is a much stronger candidate than the Democrats give her credit for. More than half of Republicans say she is the strongest candidate. But only a quarter of Democrats believe the same of her. Republicans and Democrats agree that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is the second-strongest.

More than half of Republicans, meanwhile, believe that McCain is the strongest candidate, while 70 percent of Democrats do. Republicans believe Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the second strongest, but Democrats say former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is No. 2.

The 2008 election could yield the first female (Clinton), black (Obama) or Mormon (Romney) president. The insiders did not believe, generally, that religion or gender would hurt or help the candidates. But nearly half of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans believed that Obama’s race could hurt him in the campaign.”

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December 11, 2006 - Posted by | Michigan Politics

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