NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY: NH GOP pulls debate support

Whoa! I did not expect this to happen. CNN is reporting that the NH Republican party is pulling it’s support from Sunday’s GOP debates because Fox ejected Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter from the lineup.

I’m a bit unclear how Paul was denied a spot. Fox News says:
The network said it had limited space in its studio — a souped-up bus — and that it invited candidates who had received double-digit support in recent polls.

But it seems in checking out TPMs roundup of polls that Paul is polling in 3rd place as of today, at least with Rasmussen.

Here’s some tables:

Suffolk University Tracking Poll
Daily Difference

January 5 January 4 Percent Change
Mitt Romney 30 percent 29 percent +1
John McCain 26 percent 25 percent +1
Mike Huckabee 11 percent 13 percent – 2
Rudy Giuliani 11 percent 9 percent +2

Also from the Suffolk site:
In the Republican Primary, Romney (29 percent) led McCain (25 percent), while Iowa Caucus Republican winner Mike Huckabee (13 percent) continued to gain ground. Candidates remaining static were Rudy Giuliani (9 percent), Ron Paul (8 percent), Fred Thompson (2 percent) and Duncan Hunter (1 percent). Twelve percent were undecided.

Zogby:

Republicans – NH Tracking

1-1/4

12–31/1–3

McCain

32%

34%

Romney

30%

30%

Huckabee

12%

10%

Giuliani

9%

9%

Paul

7%

7%

Thompson

3%

2%

Hunter

<1%

1%

Undecided

7%

6%

Rasmussen:

John McCain

31%

Mitt Romney

26%

Ron Paul

14%

Mike Huckabee

11%

Rudy Giuliani

8%

Fred Thompson

5%

Some other candidate

2%

In other words, it seems that Paul is doing better on the Republican side than Thompson and Giuliani in one case, yet both of those guys were invited to the souped-up bus
debate.

What is interesting are the comment sections on news sites. The Republicans are pissed, even if they aren’t Paul supporters. They see what is happening and are upset that the media is, once again, choosing who is electable and who isn’t.

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