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McCain Fans Party in Style

By Juliet Eilperin
PHOENIX, Ariz.--Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) operation has finally taken on the trappings of a successful GOP campaign: the more than thousand supporters gathered here at the swank Arizona Biltmore Resort can sip mineral water and soda for free at bars at his Election Night party, as they take in the sounds from a live band and nosh on an array of elegant snacks.

For a while the atmosphere remained a bit tense, as guests waited to learn whether their candidate would prevail in his home state, as well as other Western states. But at the very moment the band struck up "Twist and Shout," Fox News called Arizona for the senator, and a cheer rose up from the crowd.

"I think at the end of the day, it will be McCain," said Cindy Baker, who drove with her 17-year old daughter Emily from Yuma, which lies three hours' away. "He will get the delegates, and the nomination."

Emily Baker plans to vote for McCain in the fall should he become the nominee. "I really like his economic policy," she explained. "We studied it in government class. We looked at the economic plans of all the different candidates."

But if McCain ends up losing the nomination, the high-school senior added, she would look at supporting the Democratic nominee: "I think I would consider both sides."

"Not me," chimed in her mother, a registered Republican, smiling at her daughter. "Youth will do that."

By Washington Post editors  |  February 5, 2008; 10:50 PM ET
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