Newport: McCain “now way ahead” of Romney—conclusion: the Romneys have squandered their August Iowa straw poll bounce through indolence, arrogance, a lack of preparedness, and rank incompetence

[New Gallup poll data suggest that] Minor gains by John McCain have solidified his position as a very solid number 3, now way ahead of ahead of Mitt Romney. Actually, McCain is now within 4 points of Thompson, writes the estimable Frank Newport in a USA TODAY Gallup Guru post appropriately titled McCain gains, Romney continues to fade.

Romney’s stock has faded since his mini-bounce following the August Iowa straw poll. (Does this mean that the immediate impact of a Romney victory in Iowa or New Hampshire might also fade?)

Bottom line: This race at the moment is back to the point where it has three leading candidates: Giuliani, Thompson, and McCain, in that ordermore

Just so. Aron Goldman posts the same Gallup numbers to race42008.com. MetroRepublican comments on the polling: Romney second tier! We heartily concur.

yours &c.
dr. g.d.

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