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.