Former Tennessee Senator and TV star Fred Thompson would lead the GOP pack and former Vice President Al Gore would top the Democratic slate should they decide to run, according to a statewide survey of 400 likely Republican and 400 likely Democratic primary voters in Michigan conducted last Wednesday through Monday by EPIC/MRA of Lansing.
When his name is included in the field, Gore gets 36 percent support compared to 32 percent for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, 16 percent for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and 8 percent for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, the poll shows. When voters stick to announced candidates only, it's Clinton with 45 percent, Obama at 26 percent and Edwards at 16 percent.
On the Republican side, Thompson, who is strongly considering joining the fray, draws 22 percent of the GOP primary vote, followed by former New York
City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at 19 percent, Arizona Sen. John McCain at 16 percent,
former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia at 15 percent and former
Massachusetts governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney at 12 percent. Gingrich also has not announced he's running.
Win, Fred, Win