McCain More Popular on the Road Than at Home

McCain fights for votes at home, but winning personality is carrying him nationally
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 3:34 PM CST
Arizona Senator John McCain and his wife, Cindy McCain, watch the Arizona Diamondbacks Home Opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field on April 9, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Nick Doan/Getty...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – GOP frontrunner John McCain is limping in his home state thanks to his stance on immigration. One in 10 Arizonans is an illegal immigrant, and the senator's support for legislation opponents call amnesty dogs him: A recent straw poll in a bellwether county voted him the least acceptable GOP candidate, though he's still expected to carry Arizona, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"There are a lot of passionate conservatives who don't believe in what Sen. McCain believes in," said the state GOP chair. Meanwhile, McCain is beating Mitt Romney nationally on the critical likeability issue, Politico reports. He's the candidate of primary voters who pick on personality instead of issues. He’s also dominating among older voters of both parties.