Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani continue to hold substantial leads in New Jersey’s February 5, 2008 presidential primary, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.
Among Democrats, Clinton leads Barack Obama by a 46%-20% margin, with 9% to John Edwards. On the Republican side, Giuliani leads Fred Thompson by 36 percentage points – 48%-12%, with 9% for John McCain and 7% for Mitt Romney.
In a general election matchup, Clinton and Giuliani are in a statistical dead-heat, with each candidate at 44%.
“The Mayor next door and the Senator next door dominate the New Jersey primary scene. And in a general election, Giuliani’s stature as a 9/11 hero could turn this traditionally blue state into a battleground that could go down to the wire,” said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Quinnipiac polls released today in New York and Connecticut also give Clinton and Giuliani wide leads.