From NBC's Mark Murray
With Fred Thompson's third-place showings in a new USA Today/Gallup poll and a recent Iowa survey by the American Research Group, the Draft Fred Thompson committee that's chaired by two Tennessee GOP congressmen is now flexing its muscles. "Fred Thompson has not even entered the race and his polling seems to be growing stronger every day," said Dean Rice, the committee's treasurer. "There is truly a grassroots phenomenon out there with real momentum."
For us, however, the real news in these two polls isn't that Thompson finishes third -- but that the well-financed and well-staffed Mitt Romney finishes fourth (in the American Research Group one) and tied for fifth (in USA Today/Gallup).