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   Poll shows Clinton could tie or beat Giuliani or McCain

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12/21/2006 1:00 am

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Star Tribune, The (Minneapolis - St. Paul)

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Entered 12/21/2006, Updated 12/21/2006

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Clinton has enough public support to go all the way to the White House, another new poll said Tuesday. It's the second time since the weekend that a national survey found the New York Democrat can beat or tie Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the top two Republican White House contenders. In the latest, CNN found Clinton even with McCain at 47 percent and topping Giuliani, 48 percent to 46 percent. Over the weekend, Newsweek found Clinton leading McCain 50 percent to 43 percent, and edging Giuliani 48 percent to 47 percent. Clinton's pollster, Mark Penn, said the numbers are no fluke. "It's really a function of what you see with Sen. Clinton having such a strong win in New York, with her really seen as a leader in the Democratic Party, and she is seen as the most admired woman in America as well," Penn said. The rosy surveys come at a key time. Clinton is set to announce her presidential plans soon, and advisers have told the New York Daily News the key issue for her is whether she thinks she can win. That also has been the big hurdle for Democratic voters, who often wonder the same. "I do think the electability issue is crumbling," Penn said. "If she's competitive or leading, let's take that issue off the table."


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