And Fred Thompson is basically done.
Thompson came into the GOP race late with the hope of winning over social conservatives unsatisfied with the rest of the party’s field, and racked up a key endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee last week. But the former star of the television drama “Law and Order” has trailed the GOP front-runners in early voting states since entering the race in August, and his support in New Hampshire dropped from 13 percent in a September poll to 4 percent in November’s survey.
By contrast, Romney’s support grew from 25 percent to 33 percent over the same period; McCain held steady at 18 percent; and Giuliani dipped from 24 to 16 percent.
Meanwhile, the percentage of support for Paul grew from 4 percent to 8 percent, putting him fourth among the GOP contenders in the Granite State.
Sorry Fred. Sorry Rudy. And McCain, well, it’s good he’s holding steady, but he needs to be gaining at this point.
So seriously, what about Paul? If there’s any early primary state he has a good chance of winning, it’s New Hampshire. It’s as libertarian a state as they come. But if Romney destroys the competition in Iowa, and his only real competition is Huckabee, then what are the chances of Paul winning NH?
I guess we’ll see.
Oh, and just in case you Thompson fans are going to give me hell for saying he’s done, I’m not the only one…
Several House Republicans who endorsed Fred Thompson for president now say that they are frustrated with what they view as an apathetic campaign, and at least one regrets having committed to the former Tennessee senator.
â€œI think heâ€™s kind of done a belly flop,â€ said an estranged Thompson backer who indicated he will not pull his public support before the â€œSuper Tuesdayâ€ primaries. â€œWeâ€™ll just wait till after Feb. 5 because I think heâ€™s going to get beat.â€
The disaffected members of team Thompson say he has failed to put to rest whispers that he is unwilling to campaign hard enough to win the presidency.
â€œHe seems to be perpetuating it instead of defeating it,â€ another dissatisfied Thompson backer said. â€œI canâ€™t see me bailing on him, but thereâ€™s some frustration.â€
Done and done.