Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sarkozy soars after nomination

If anyone had doubts over the bounce Nicolas Sarkozy would receive after his nomination this Sunday, they were just proven wrong. In a poll taken this Monday, Nicolas Sarkozy would beat Socialist candidate Segolene Royal 52% to 48%, a sizeable change considering Royal has been slightly ahead the past few months. The real question now will be whether or not he can turn this short term "surge" into votes this spring.

The other big winner of this new poll was UDF candidate Francois Bayrou, who defeated National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen 12% to 10%. If this reversal holds, the danger of Le Pen reaching the second round will fade and Bayrou may be in a better position to join the newly elected government.

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