SANTA MONICA – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a pair of Southland appearances scheduled for today, continuing his efforts to shore up support in California, crucial to his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination. Giuliani will meet with supporters in Santa Monica and conduct a fundraiser in San Juan Capistrano, one day after a pair of polls showed that his long tenure as the national frontrunner has ended. The New York Times/CBS News poll and the CNN poll showed that Giuliani and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were in a statistical tie for the lead. Giuliani is trailing in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to select the national convention delegates who will determine the nominee, and is in a statistical dead heat in South Carolina, the first Southern state to hold a primary. “Rudy has maintained consistent and solid support from Republicans throughout California and we are well organized to win in the state.” Giuliani’s two-day trip to California began yesterday with a stop in San Francisco, where he told reporters that “the most important thing we could do to reinforce the dollar” and “build the economy” was cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. “That would leave more money in your pocket ultimately,” Giuliani said. “What it would do is it would bring more jobs to the United States, it would keep more jobs in the United States. It would reverse the flow of outsourcing.” In recent weeks, Giuliani has had to deal with a series of damaging revelations: — the federal indictment of an appointee as police commissioner, Bernard B. Kerik; — published reports that he billed obscure city agencies for security costs when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan; and — his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, had been given contracts with Qatar, overseen by then-Minister of Religious Affairs Abdullah Bin Khalid al- Thani, who has been identified in press and government reports as a protector of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Giuliani said that he “made a mistake in not vetting” Kerik “carefully enough,” that neither he nor anyone working for him had any involvement with al-Thani, and that security was provided for Nathan because of threat assessments made by the New York Police Department. The agencies were billed for the security to speed payments to vendors, a Giuliani aide said last month. Giuliani has said all the agencies were eventually repaid by the police department. Giuliani will be the sixth presidential candidate to be in Southern California over the past three days, and the first Republican. Yesterday, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Christopher Dodd conducted fundraisers while New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gave the keynote speech at the GreenXchange Global Marketplace Conference in Century City and conducted a fundraiser. On Sunday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, concluded a two-day campaign swing through the Los Angeles area Sunday by attending fundraisers in Mount Washington and Santa Monica and the Peace Expo at the Los Angeles Baha’i Center in Baldwin Hills. The slew of visits by Democratic candidates came because of a debate that had been planned for yesterday in Los Angeles. The debate was canceled by the Democratic National Committee Nov. 28 because of the threat of a strike by CBS news writers. Several candidates said they would not cross a picket line by the news writers, or striking Writers Guild of America movie and television writers, who may have also picketed at the debate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Giuliani campaign has long pinned its strategy on winning in the large states that will hold their primaries on Feb. 5, including California. This is Giuliani’s 12th trip to California, where the most recent poll, conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 2 by SurveyUSA, gave him a 32 percent-18 percent lead over Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and Huckabee each had 14 percent, followed by former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, with 13 percent. “Mayor Giuliani has shown a commitment to campaigning in California that no other Republican has shown,” Jarrod Agen, a Giuliani regional communications director, told City News Service.