Campaign 2002: If He Can Make It There, He'll Make It Anywhere...

He is the Tiger Woods of G.O.P. politics: stand Rudy Giuliani next to anything, and some voters will buy. Impressed by the former New York City mayor's apparent kingmaking powers after his endorsement helped boost Bill Simon Jr. to a surprising victory in California's Republican primary for Governor, G.O.P. leaders quietly polled voters in key states last week to gauge Giuliani's broader influence. Republicans were already aware that Giuliani helped elect media mogul Michael Bloomberg to the Big Apple's top job last fall. But last week's G.O.P. polling revealed that Giuliani is as popular nationwide among Republicans as George W. Bush....

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