Mac Wins Mean All Bets Are Off in GOP Race

Pundits say McCain win keeps the contest 'wide open'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 4:17 AM CST
Republican presidential hopefuls, former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., center, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee look towards rivals, former Mass....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – John McCain's comeback win in New Hampshire puts him at the front of the GOP pack for now, but he has many hurdles ahead of him in a now wide-open race, the Los Angeles Times reports. He'll have to battle it out with Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee in Michigan, then go to the South, where Rudy Giuliani still leads in Florida polls.

Conservative voters could be McCain's biggest stumblng block. GOP voters in New Hampshire who labeled themselves conservatives favored Romney, and McCain will be competing in states much more conservative than New Hampshire.  "I don't think this makes him the national leader," a pollster said of McCain's win. "I think this keeps it completely wide open."