December 20, 2007 / 9:01 PM / 10 years ago

Giuliani released after overnight hospital stay

<p>Republican Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives for the Republican Party Debate in Johnston, Iowa, December 12, 2007.Keith Bedford</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was released from a Missouri hospital on Thursday, one day after being admitted for flu-like symptoms, his campaign said.

The former New York mayor turned back his campaign flight from Missouri to New York on Wednesday because of illness after his flu-like symptoms worsened as he campaigned in Missouri.

"Mayor Giuliani is being released from Barnes Jewish Hospital with a clean bill of health," said Katie Levinson, Giuliani's communications director.

"Doctors performed a series of precautionary tests and the results of all the tests were normal," she said in a statement. "The mayor is heading back to New York this afternoon and he continues to be in high spirits."

Levinson had said Giuliani decided to go to the hospital for tests after consulting with his personal physician.

Giuliani has seen his status as the front-runner for the Republican nomination erode. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday said he has fallen 13 points since November and is tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney nationally in the race for the Republican nomination.

Giuliani had been the clear leader in all previous NBC/Journal polls and led the field with 33 percent support in the survey last month.

The state-by-state process for choosing candidates for the November 2008 election starts on January 3 in Iowa.

(Reporting by Deborah Charles and John Whitesides, editing by Doina Chiacu)

To read more about the U.S. political campaign, visit Reuters "Tales from the Trail: 2008" online here

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