These results (26.6%) have to be seen as great news for McCain, another data point to support the comeback narrative, especially given the organizational gap with Romney at Mackinac.
Also, the 10.6 % showing by Giuliani has to be seen as a major disappointment–especially given the indignity of having finished behind Ron Paul (10.8%). Giuliani received rave reviews for his speech, and one recent poll even had him well ahead in Michigan (another had him statistically tied for the lead). It’s hard to know what to make of straw poll results, but one would have expected a better showing here.
Fred Thompson’s 7.2 percent, should also be seen as a poor showing–and perhaps gives some cover to Rudy for his own bad performance. I suppose Fredheads would argue that Thompson just got into the race and doesn’t have the organization up and running yet.
Either way, Paul supporters have a lot to crow about this week as their man beat two of the front-runners.