Thompson blows the field away in GA.

Support for Senator Thompson continues to swell.  It should be easy for him to count the southern states as ‘gimmies’.  On a side note, Sen. McCain seems on his way out.  A key factor in any decision by close freind Fred Thompson.  McCain’s border and immigration stance is a deal breaker in many southern and southwestern states.  If he doesn’t finish first or a very strong second in the Iowa straw poll, look for him to fade fast. 

The following is a press release dated 5-22-07 from Draft Fred Thompson 2008 Committee: 

 (Knoxville, TN) – In one of the strongest signs to date of the growing support for a Fred Thompson presidential campaign, Georgia Republican activists overwhelmingly supported Thompson in a Saturday straw poll by a margin of more than two-to-one over the second place finisher, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.


In addition, over 33 state legislators and elected officials led by State Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson and Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxedine have joined the Draft Fred Thompson 2008 effort to encourage Thompson to run.


“Senator Thompson is exactly the person we need in this campaign.  His optimistic vision and leadership can draw in people and build coalitions we have not seen since President Reagan’s campaigns,” said State Senator Eric Johnson, Georgia President Pro Tempore.


The straw poll, jointly conducted by the Georgia Young Republicans and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia, showed 44 percent support for Thompson and 18 percent for Gingrich. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani received 15 percent followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with nine percent.  Senator John McCain received two percent of the vote.


“If the Republican base started sky writing, the message would not be any clearer – voters want Fred Thompson to run and they want him to win,” said Dean Rice, Draft Committee Treasurer.


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