In what is perhaps one of the most heated Presidential races in American history, opinions are running high on just who the potential Presidents can be. Given the complexity of the elections today, the previous criteria of campaign funds and minority support just does not provide a clear picture. As such, with the first woman president or first minority president running in this year’s race, it is anyone’s guess just who will be the next President of the United States of America.
So for the purposes of this discussion, alternative methods of determining who will win the primary elections will be used. Assuming that the Republicans are able to abolish the stigma left by their dear figurehead, George W. Bush, the front-liner from this pack is former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The strong leadership that Giuliani has shown in New York since the 9/11 attacks has catapulted him on top of the public’s awareness.
With terrorist fears still running on high, the hard-line tactics of Giuliani coupled with his ability to get results makes him a shoo-in for the primary elections. In polls conducted by the Wall Street Journal, Giuliani leads the pack with a 29% approval rating among voters. This is more than 10% higher than the closest republican, Fred Thompson. As for the Democratic Party, it helps to have the experience and network of former President Bill Clinton.
Hillary Clinton not only leads the pack in total campaign contributions but also holds a commanding lead over minority favorite Barack Obama. With over US$ 13,145,637 in her war chest, Hillary Clinton not only has the funds to sustain an intensive nationwide campaign but also has the support of a lot of big business. While the bulk of the funds will be saved up for the General Elections, having a large war chest at this point does make things a bit easier for Hillary Clinton. Also figure on the political savvy that the former first lady has to tip the scales in her favor come the Primaries.