McCain Hopes on Life Support

Lack of funds, party backing crippling White House run
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2007 5:32 AM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters at his arrival in Miami, Tuesday, June 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – John McCain's presidential campaign is barely clinging to life following a paltry $11-million fundraising effort in the second quarter, a symptom of lack of party support, the Politico reports. Once a frontrunner, McCain has alienated the GOP faithful with stands his handlers characterize as principled but unpopular, such as his support for the Iraq war and the immigration reform bill.

The lack of funds has triggered another round of campaign staff cuts and there's not enough to spend on a comeback. The foundering campaign will likely only frighten off any other potential contributors. "He doesn't have a convincing plan for survival, let alone a way to win," said one Republican strategist.