The battle for the Republican party nomination is wide open. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Senator John McCain and former Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee are acknowledged as strong contenders.
However the field appears somewhat overcrowded. Mitt Romney buoyed by a strong performance in the Iowa straw poll has the financial resources-estimated to be worth over $200 million dollars- to make an impact. Mike Huckabee has now come to the forefront after a strong performance in the Iowa straw polls. Newt Gingrich may enter the race in October. No clear front runner has emerged. Many Republican voters are not satisfied with the current group of candidates. Social conservative voters in particular are looking for a true conservative in the tradition of former President Ronald Reagan.