As of December 19, 2007, Rudy Giuliani is no longer the national Republican front runner for the Republican presidential nomination. It's been an amazing run for Giuliani: he's led the race ever since pollsters began polling the race back in 2005.
Giuliani was kicked off his perch by the runaway campaign of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Huckabee has completely run away with the Iowa caucus if current polling is correct. He is also making a strong showing in South Carolina, where he trails Romney by 0.5% but shows signs of having more momentum than Romney.
With thirteen days to go it is getting very interesting. An Iowa win could boost Huckabee to a third or second place win in New Hampshire. If he follows that with a win in South Carolina, Huckabee could be unstoppable.
Romney is hammering away at Huckabee and picked up the endorsement of the departing Tom Tancredo yesterday. But with only four days until Christmas, will voters be tuning out to spend time with their families? If Romney plunks down the money for negative advertisements during holiday football games, will it backfire? Will voters resent the intrusion of negative politics into their Christmas and New Years celebrations?
In less than 24 hours The Richmond Democrat will also be taking off for a few days to enjoy some family time. It will be interesting to see what the situation is when I return on December 27th or 28th.
I'll be signing off tomorrow morning for the holidays. Until then, like most of you, I will be watching for any late breaking Friday news and running holiday errands.