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In a remarkable political comeback, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has won the New Hampshire Republican primary while the Democratic race seems headed down to the wire with results showing a surprisingly tight contest between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).
For McCain, the win is an affirmation of the connection that he enjoys with the voters of New Hampshire who first propelled him onto the national stage with a double-digit win over then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 2000. McCain's campaign appeared dead in the water just a few months ago as laggardly fundraising and a series of staff departures left him with little hope of a comeback. Tonight, he roared back into the top-tier of the Republican presidential field, with Michigan - a state he carried in 2000 - looming on Jan. 15.
Sen. Barack Obama intends to move quickly from New Hampshire to back-to-back, sold-out fundraisers in Boston and New York, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in recent days has been hosting a series of conference calls with jittery members of her finance team.
Even before the final votes were cast, new donors swelled the accounts of Obama (D-Ill.) and Republican John McCain (Ariz.), while the finance efforts of Clinton and onetime GOP front-runner Mitt Romney faced new challenges.
Obama's campaign is so flush that its officials sent an e-mail today to top New York fundraisers telling them they "really hate to turn money away" but that the campaign had hit its outer limit for the number of $2,300 donors it could fit into a Manhattan hotel ballroom.
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