After news that Fred Thompson is ‘testing the waters” for a presidential bid a new Times/Bloomberg Poll shows him in second place.  With an official announcement, maybe in July, can he overtake Rudy?

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%.The two other major GOP contenders, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, fall well short of the leaders and are in a battle for third place. McCain was backed by 12% of those polled, Romney by 10%. The rest of the crowded field is mired in single digits.

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