I know I’ve been hitting on the Rudy collapse story for a while. But it’s just so vast there are a lot of points to cover. Remember that the Rudy ‘plan’ (which on many levels is a phony one anyway) was to plan for a knockout blow in February by winning big states like California. And for a long time Rudy had a commanding lead there, double digits as of the end of last year.
But the rankings aren’t as contradictory as they sound. The key is that over the last two months Rudy has coughed up a huge double digit lead and fallen back either into a clump of also-ran candidates or into near last place behind the also-ran candidates.
Late Update: For some more perspective, here’s a graph Pollster.com just posted showing Rudy’s falling poll numbers in the major primary states and nationally. The two blue lines up top are New York and New Jersey.