GOP Top Dogs Take Different Paths on Trail

Still no clear favorite among Republican contenders
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2007 2:12 PM CDT
GOP Top Dogs Take Different Paths on Trail
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani expounds on his political platform of homeland vigilance and preparedness by reciting some of his "12 commitments" during a visit before students, faculty, supporters and local GOP leaders in Pearl, Miss., in this Sept. 4, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Rogelio...   (Associated Press)

The race for the GOP nomination remains unsettled, with evangelical voters yet to pick a favorite and Thompson's late entry failing to capture the Republican imagination. Contenders are adopting radically distinct strategies to establish some clarity, the New York Times reports. But the race isn't about to "sugar off" between two candidates, notes one senator.

Romney is spending his big bucks in Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire to try to capture the nomination with early wins. Giuliani is looking past the first contests to nab votes in coastal states. Thompson is also holding off but honing in on a red-state strategy. McCain, meanwhile, may accept matching federal funds to try to secure the New Hampshire vote. (More Rudy Giuliani stories.)

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