Ron Paul is gaining in opinion polls in key states in the presidential GOP nomination race for 2008.
The biggest boost for Paul came in a May 16 Zogby poll in New Hampshire, perhaps the most important primary state. Paul registered 3%, in a solid 5th place position right behind non-candidate Fred Thompson, and well ahead of several lesser candidates. Paul had mostly gotten zeros or simply did not register in a number of earlier NH polls, though he did run 2% in a Zogby poll back in early April.
Similarly, a mid-May poll puts Paul at 2% in Iowa, up from several polls with no showing and a 1% showing at the end of March. An early May poll showed a boost to 2% for the candidate in Wisconsin, thought that state is considered less important by many pundits.
Fellow Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani dismissed the New Hampshire poll as "extreme and absurd." The poll showed the former NYC mayor tied for second with a lackluster 19%, only slightly ahead of Paul. Leader Mitt Romney said that the result was encouraging, and he offered to debate Ron Paul one-on-one so they wouldn't have to bother with "those other losers."