The stories signaling the end of Thompson's chances are starting to trickle in:
Fred Thompson got into the Republican race with great expectations. And sure enough, just after he got in last month, polling showed Thompson and Rudy Giuliani were just about tied for front-runner.
But since then, Thompson's taken a lot of flak for a lackluster campaign from party activists in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Support for his campaign has also wavered. The new CNN poll by the Opinion Research Corporation released Tuesday shows Thompson's support dropping -- now at 19 percent, down from 27 percent in September.
He's now running second, slightly ahead of Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who has 17 percent. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, still leads with 27 percent.
Of the remaining Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received support from 13 percent of the Republicans polled, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 5 percent, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California received 3 percent, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas received 2 percent, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas received 1 percent and Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado received 1 percent.
The poll's margin of error for the Republican race is plus or minus 5 percentage points.
It may a bit premature to call it over for Fat-head Fred, but we've been predicting this since last Spring, months before Thompson entered the race. The guy is just an actor, and not a very good one at that, and his extemporaneous speaking ability is sadly lacking. Not much in the I.Q. department either, and his campaign strategists suck wind.
How sadly pathetic that the great Republican hope for 2008 turns out to be such a sorry loser.
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