Big Mac Back From the Brink

Wheels are back on the 'Straight Talk Express'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 3:44 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., addresses supporters on election night in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. McCain won the New Hampshire Republican primary, completing a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After his national operation was dismantled last summer for lack of funds, John McCain's aides thought New Hampshire would be just a trip down memory lane before results drove the final nail in his campaign's coffin. Instead, the Arizona senator now finds himself arguably the GOP frontrunner after his big win in New Hampshire, the Washington Post reports

Nobody bargained on Mike Huckabee rising up to snatch votes from Mitt Romney and an apparently languishing Rudy Giuliani biding his time in Florida. McCain's campaign won a big boost when the Iraq surge he backed triggered results—but what people credit most is the tenacity of the former Vietnam prison of war. Pundits see McCain's remarkable resurrection going forward still low on funds, but high on momentum.