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Poll: McCain leads in Pennsylvania

Jan. 18, 2008 at 8:50 PM

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain of Arizona is leading among the Republican presidential hopefuls in Pennsylvania, a new poll indicates.

McCain leads former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the Keystone State, 30 percent to 14 percent, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday.

Trailing in Pennsylvania are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 12 percent support. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has 8 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has 7 percent among likely Republican voters, the poll indicated.

Pennsylvania holds its presidential primary April 22. Pennsylvania GOP spokesman Mike Barley said McCain's win in New Hampshire and his second-place finish in Michigan seem to have boosted him in Pennsylvania.

"Obviously McCain has benefited from that attention. It shows the power of the media," Barley was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

The poll based of 627 registered voters, was taken from Jan. 8-14. The theoretical margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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