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McCain Won 'Through Sheer Guts'

McCain's camp says results are better than anticipated. (AP)

By Lois Romano
NASHUA, N.H. -- The ballroom at the Crowne Plaza here erupted in screams and shouts as Fox News pronounced John McCain the winner.

"Anything over one vote is a landslide," said Jim Barrett, McCain's state director. "We swept every ward in Concord...It's better than we anticipated."

Hundreds were crammed into the ballroom, high-fiving all around, hugging and crying over this emotional comeback for McCain, who was all but written off last summer.

"He did this through sheer guts," said media adviser Mark McKinnon, who has been cutting McCain ads for cost.

An aide said McCain will come down after he gets concession calls from opponents.

For now, the booze is flowing and the band playing. This is one happy group heading to Michigan tomorrow.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 8, 2008; 8:31 PM ET
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Sour grapes loser supporters of the loser candidate, former governor of the neighboring state who couldn't come close to winning: It's funny how the voters who disagree with you are always stupid. Well, at the end of this process you will see that there are an awful lot of stupid people, because Romney will have lost again. Did I mentrrion he lost? Some of you don't seem to get this basic fact...
As for the unjion people, they voted for Hillary. If you haven't figured that out, I don't know what to say...

Posted by: Ford1998 | January 8, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm so "Sniff" HAPPY for Billary, I could "Sob" CRY!

Posted by: rat-the | January 8, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

This proves just how dim witted the people of New Hampshire really are.

Posted by: eco-pharm | January 8, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Will CLinton have won through sheer guts too, or will you guys think up some more sexist crap to thow at her like you have all year. Love the choice of words. She attacks, men fight. McCain has sheer guts. Can you guys not see what genderred horse manure this is. Try to find some sheer guts compliments for the woman who has been attacked more in the press than any other woman ever, and she hasn't even done anything wrong! Find some sheer guts for her before your paper loses all credibility.

Posted by: slbk | January 8, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse


You do realize that Romney will still lead the delegate count after New Hampshire, right?

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to a gutsy honest man.

And thank God Romney the hollow candidate has been taken down a peg, again. Decency trumped cash in this primary.

Posted by: avagabond | January 8, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Lois, I'm a little embarrassed for you. Please have the decency and self awareness to feel some shame.

Posted by: zukermand | January 8, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

And now the Military Industrialized unions can keep looking forward to more Pork! THEY know that all they did was make their little stooge happy, but that come December, he will be back in his little cozy Congressional Office reminscing the Warm Fuzzy Glow, his Bought off Constituents are giving his Invasorio loving Arse!

Bet Those new Hamsterians are just soooo concerned about illegals infiltrating those protected Union Jobs!-NOT!

Posted by: rat-the | January 8, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to war hero, John McCain.

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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