McCain won the New Hampshire Union-Leader's endorsement Sunday.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. John McCain thanked the New Hampshire Union-Leader for endorsing him for president in a quick campaign stop at the newspaper's offices Monday morning in snowy Manchester.
The Arizona Republican said he thought the nod from the conservative newspaper was vital to his White House run, though he added it would not guarantee votes.
The endorsement of the state’s largest daily is a serious boon to any Republican presidential candidate, although the editorial board has had a spotty win-loss record over the past few cycles – it backed Pat Buchanan over George H.W. Bush, and supported Steve Forbes in his 2000 presidential run. On Monday, Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid compared that decision to its choice this cycle: Forbes, said McQuaid, was the most conservative candidate running in that race – this time, it's McCain.
The newspaper announced the highly coveted endorsement in a front-page story Sunday.
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