According to a poll recently conducted by the Los Angeles Times, 26% of white, Christian conservatives favor Rudolph Giuliani.

A poll conducted this month found 26 percent of white conservative Christians favor Giuliani. That is more than double the number of those who favor his top rivals, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Times reported Monday.

Giuliani, a former New York mayor, holds liberal views on abortion and gay rights but is tough on terrorism, which bodes well with conservatives who value strong leadership on national security.

This isn’t so surprising. McCain has inextricably chained himself to the catastrophe-in-freefall that is the Iraq war, so he has lost the casual conservative vote and the “I read the newspaper” vote. Romney has his own fundamentally-conflicting identity issues which are going to make him hard to get behind for a lot of conservatives.

Giuliani may have been married, well, a lot, but he’s also America’s Mayor — and that kind of notoriety is hard to unseat.

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