SANFORD, FL — I caught Rudy Giuliani here this morning outside an aviation company near the Orlando-Sanford Airport, where Florida AG Bill McCollum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and actor Jon Voight made the case for Giuliani, before he hopped out of the bus to address the crowd.
Candidates are using the final day before the primary to do flyovers, stopping off at airfields to give short speeches, mostly for the cameras. At noon, Mitt Romney will be around the corner from where Rudy spoke, and at 1, John McCain will be by the Orlando airport.
I just have one addendum to my piece on today’s main site, which looked at the large and enthusiastic crowds Giuliani has been drawing despite his lousy poll numbers. Byron York was at an event in Orlando, and reports a very small crowd. One of the perils, I suppose, of covering several candidates in a state as large and diverse as Florida.
Meanwhile, the latest batch of polls shows a bit of a post-Charlie Crist endorsement bump for McCain, but he’s still locked in a dead heat with Romney. Giuliani, meanwhile, is far behind in every poll. After what I witnessed with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, it opened me up to the possibility that anything can happen on election day, no matter what the polls say. However, for Giuliani to pull of a victory here, it would mean a stunning errosion in support not just for one, but two, candidates who he trails by double digits. Also, I think these polls may start to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, with Rudy-leaning voters defecting to Romney or McCain because they determine that Giuliani is no longer viable, and they don’t want to waste their vote. It’s hard to say who those late breakers would vote for. I’ve spoken to Rudy supporters who are fond of McCain, but others who despise him, and would probably prefer voting for an aardvark.