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New Poll Suggests Stephen Colbert Should Be Frontrunner within a Month!

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New Poll Suggests Stephen Colbert Should Be Frontrunner within a Month!

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Less than a week ago, shortly after he announced for president, Stephen Colbert was favored by only a little more than 2% of Democrats as the favorite for the nomination. Now, a Rasmussen Report national telephone survey has found that he gains 13% of voters in a matchup with Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Clinton.

With former Sen. Fred Thompson substituted for Giuliani, the host of Comedy Central's Colbert Report still got 12%.

If he keeps gaining over 10% a week, Colbert should be leading the field before November is out.

Rasmussen explained, "Colbert does particularly well with the younger voters most likely to be watching his show and therefore most aware of his myriad presidential-like qualities. In the match-up with Giuliani and Clinton, Colbert draws 28% of likely voters aged 18-29. He draws 31% of that cohort when his foes are Thompson and Clinton. In both match-ups, Colbert has more support with young voters than the GOP candidate."

Warning to other candidates: The poll was taken Oct. 19-21 -- mainly completed before Colbert's breakout appearance on "Meet the Press."

Some wag in the Huffington Post comments section responded that if Colbert becomes president then George W. …

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