Candidates Fanning Out After New Hampshire Vote
January 9, 2008, 8:03 AM
With Republicans and Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire picking different winners in the early presidential voting, candidates are gearing up for the long haul.
The results have set up a grueling campaign ahead of February 5th, when nearly two dozen states will conduct balloting.
Democrat Hillary Clinton will discuss strategy with her aides today following yesterday's upset win in New Hampshire. Her top rival and Iowa caucus winner Barack Obama will head to New Jersey for a pair of fundraisers.
John Edwards will be focusing on South Carolina, where he was born.
Mitt Romney raises money in Boston before heading to Michigan where he'll battle Republican New Hampshire winner John McCain and Iowa victor Mike Huckabee.
Rudy Giuliani bolted New Hampshire even before the ballots were counted last night and headed to Florida, the state he expects to propel him in the polls.
Cheering supporters chanted "Mac is back" as Arizona Senator John McCain claimed victory in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.
Echoing comments he'd made earlier in an interview with The Associated Press, the 71-year-old McCain said he's past the age when he can claim the word "kid." But he said, "We sure showed them what a comeback looks like."
His victory comes after his candidacy was all but written off last summer. The four-term senator says his strategy in New Hampshire was simply telling people what he believed, and what he felt was the truth.
McCain said his win is "a first step toward repairing the broken politics of the past and restoring the trust of the American people in their government."
Looking forward to the next contest, McCain said: "We celebrate one victory tonight and leave for Michigan to win another."
Hillary Rodham Clinton has proven that more than one Clinton can be "the Comeback Kid" in New Hampshire, as she basks in a slim primary victory over challenger Barack Obama.
The New York senator and former first lady hugged both former President Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, before starting to thank her cheering supporters.
Clinton told the victory celebration: "Over the last week, I listened to you, and in the process I found my own voice." She added, "Together, let's give America the kind of comeback that New Hampshire has just given me."
Clinton's husband used a second-place finish in New Hampshire in 1992 to propel himself to the White House. In recent polling, Hillary Clinton had trailed Barack Obama. But in the last days, she overhauled her campaign operation in New Hampshire and took a new tone to the trail.
To enthusiastic applause, Clinton said: "Tomorrow, we're going to get up, roll up our sleeves and keep going."
An exit poll has found that John McCain's experience, reputation for "straight talk" and appeal among moderates helped him beat Mitt Romney in New Hampshire's Republican primary.
Women returned solidly to Hillary Rodham Clinton's side in the Democratic contest, countering Barack Obama's advantage among the state's large bloc of independents.
Romney edged out McCain among the half of Republican primary voters who called themselves conservative. But McCain won more handily among moderates and the roughly 10 percent who were self-described liberals, according to preliminary results of surveys conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks.
In the Democratic race, Clinton won nearly half the women's vote while Obama got only about a third. In Iowa, Obama had narrowly edged out Clinton among women.
Registered independents, who could choose between the two parties' primaries, had been seen as a key to victory in both races in New Hampshire, but were more of a factor on the Republican side.
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