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McCain Wins New Hampshire

John McCain smiles at his wife, Cindy, on primary election night in Nashua, N.H.. (AP)

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) has won the New Hampshire Republican primary, completing a miraculous political comeback and reasserting his role as a top tier candidate in the race.

According to's Ed O'Keefe, Chuck Douglas, a former congressman and McCain supporter, had this to say moments ago at the Senator's New Hampshire headquarters: ''John almost died on the Forrestal. He almost died in Vietnam. And this summer he almost died in New Hampshire. But you know what? He came back all three times. For a guy who's 76 [sic] years old that means he has six more lives.''

''The Mac is back!'' the crowd chanted in in unison.

VIDEO | John McCain's victory speech (AP Video)

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 8, 2008; 8:28 PM ET
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It should be noted that the Silver Medalist in the Democratic Primary beat McCain by 20,000 votes out of some 400,000 cast.

McCain's victory is more a reflection of the shriveling of the NH GOP than of the Senator's voter appeal.

Posted by: pach12 | January 9, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I did expect McC to win in NH and I am a [small] contributor to his campaign. I still see his road to the nomination as more of a minefield than an interstate highway.

I do not believe that he "must win" MI but I do think he cannot afford even a distant second place finish. Indies vote in the primaries in MI so anything less than a close second will probably spin for WMR.

He can afford a distant second in SC, but only to MDH.

He then must continue being competitive - so long as no single R runs a string of wins Feb. 5, he probably will be.

But I still see four surviviors, and maybe MDH having the slight delegate lead, going into the RN Convention.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 9, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm an independent voter from Florida, however I'm a huge supporter for Mitt Romney for various reasons. If Romney is not the Republican Nominee winner for President. I'm for sure going to vote for a Democrat.

Posted by: Coreenjm | January 8, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse


Hill 39

Obama 37

Posted by: rfpiktor | January 8, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

This is going to be fun, after all.

Posted by: rfpiktor | January 8, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse


We are a lot of blowhards mucho surprised!

The geezers rule up there!


Aren't exit polls done after the voters have voted?

I am totally confused. Don't they ask them Who they voted for?

This is going to fun, after all.

Posted by: rfpiktor | January 8, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

rfpiktor: I am as suprised as you are about these results so far, with the all out effort by the Repubs to stop Hillary, I just mentioned this to Mark on the other thread. 39% in now and Hillary is still ahead by 3%.

Posted by: lylepink | January 8, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

rfpiktor, earlier in the day, folks were speculating that indies voting D would help BHO and possibly hurt McC.

Perhaps indies voting R, for McC, MH, and RP, have hurt BHO.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 8, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

No comprende:

Early exit polling of Republicans showed McCain with 35 percent compared to 30 percent for Mitt Romney and 13 percent for Mike Huckabee. Of those voting in the Democratic primary, 39 percent were going for Obama, while 34 percent were going for Hillary Clinton and John Edwards was at 18 percent.

Posted by: rfpiktor | January 8, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain's win is one of the most impressive comeback's in recent political history. Truly amazing...

Posted by: parkerfl | January 8, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Here's a Canadian perspective on the primaries - fascinating stuff!

Posted by: mungo70 | January 8, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

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