WASHINGTON — A familiar face reclaims the No. 1 spot.
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Paul says his economic plan is the only hope for depressed areas such as Detroit
Sen. Rand Paul, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said Sunday that his plan to spur job creation in high unemployment areas is the only politically viable plan to help depressed cities, with Detroit as the prime example.
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These rankings are ordered by likelihood of winning the Republican Party primary and are based on a number of factors, including organization, money, buzz and polling.
1. John McCain
Arizona Senator Last Ranking: 2d
His two best states -- Michigan and South Carolina -- are on deck. He can afford a loss in South Carolina, but he needs to manage expectations carefully. He also needs to raise a lot of money very quickly and staff up in the Feb. 5 states.
2. Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas governor Last Ranking: 2a
Narrowcasting won't do, but the pivot to economic anxiety could be his hook after South Carolina, which, by the way, he needs to win.
3. Rudy Giuliani
Former New York City mayor Last Ranking: 2c
If only by dint of the DuHaime delegate strategy, he is alive. And his absentee ballot program in Florida is said to be excellent.
4. Mitt Romney
Former Massachusetts governor Last Ranking: 2b
He vaults back into contention if he wins Michigan.
5. Fred Thompson
Former Tennessee senator Last Ranking: 2e
He got 500 votes too many in Iowa to have an excuse to drop out.
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