After NH, What’s Next?

Ethnic blocs come into play in Mich., SC, Nev.; hopefuls will have to bear down on issues
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2008 8:36 PM CST
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(Newser) – After tomorrow's New Hampshire primary separates the early winners from losers, the trail will change radically, the New York Times reports. South Carolina, Nevada, and Florida will bring more diverse racial demographics into play and turn up the heat on bread-and-butter issues. "All of a sudden you’re playing on a magnified stage," recalls a strategist who worked with John McCain in 2000.

Dems will answer to Latinos in the West and African Americans in the South; Barack Obama’s black support will be volatile, while Hillary Clinton will struggle to hold an advantage among Latinos. Republicans will have to impress Reagan Democrats and Arab Americans. Come February 5, when half the nation votes, candidates’ varied regional appeals will be on display—and Rudy Giuliani will have his day in the spotlight.