Long-shot Republican presidential candidates John Cox and Daniel Gilbert are gaining ground in polls being held in early primary and caucus states.
In a July 7th poll held at the 9th Annual Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers Family Reunion Picnic Gilbert came in third place with 20 of the 294 votes cast. Ron Paul came in first place with 182 votes with front-runner Rudy Giuliani edging Gilbert out for second place with 22 votes. With just four votes Cox tied in this poll with Fred Thompson and beat out John McCain, who received only one single vote, even George Phillies (who is running as a Libertarian) got more votes than McCain.
In a straw poll held in in Linn County, Iowa, in late June, John Cox received 4% of the vote, just behind Mitt Romney who had 5%. Cox topped Ron Paul, who had 3%, and Gilbert tied with Rudy Giuliani, each receiving 2%. John McCain again made a poor showing with 0% of the vote.