Thompson ties Giuliani in national poll

Could it be:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has to share his spot atop the field of Republican Presidential hopefuls this week. The newest face in the race, former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, is now tied with Giuliani. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds each man earning support from 24% of likely Republican Primary voters. A week ago, Giuliani had a six percentage point lead over Thompson, 23% to 17%.

That’s Rasmussen. The LA Times also has some interesting results:

Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani holds first place in the survey, with support from 27% of the Republicans and independents who said they plan to vote in the party’s 2008 primaries.

But Thompson, an actor who played a prosecutor on NBC’s “Law & Order,” runs just behind, with 21%. Indications are he will join the race within the next month.

For a man not in the race yet, that’s pretty darn good.

This is the funniest part of the revelation:

That put Thompson, who has yet to formally declare he is in the race, well ahead of Senator John McCain, with 12 percent, and ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, at 10 percent, in the poll.

That must be eating McCain.