(CNN) - As the New Hampshire primary contest wound down Tuesday, Republican Rudy Giuliani released a new Spanish language television ad in Florida – a state critical to his presidential bid. The former New York mayor has wagered his campaign on the Sunshine State after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Illegal immigration is a top issue for Republican voters this cycle, and the candidates have stressed their get-tough position on border security and enforcement. But now the race shifts to vote-rich states with large Hispanic populations - such as New York, California and Florida - which tend to support a slightly different approach.
The 30-second spot - titled “Liderazgo,” or Leadership - stresses his crime-fighting and job creation record. “Se pudo en Nueva York y se puede en Washington. Rudy Giuliani: Experiencia, Resultado, Liderazgo,” says the announcer. (English translation provided by the campaign: “It was done in New York. It can be done in Washington. Rudy Giuliani: Experience, Results, Leadership.”) The ad also features a line from Giuliani himself.
The former New York City mayor spent more time in New Hampshire than any GOP candidate except the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, only to finish a distant third, with 10 percent of the vote – tied with Ron Paul. He finished behind Paul in last week’s Iowa caucuses.
[Full script and campaign translation after the jump]
NEW YORK (CNN) – For six months, John McCain has been slowly clawing his way out of the rubble of a campaign that by all accounts had completely imploded. Since Iowa, Hillary Clinton had been described as a candidate on the ropes.
In a matter of hours Tuesday night, both senators proved the political pundits and pollsters wrong. The people of New Hampshire have spoken, and Sens. Clinton and McCain are riding new waves of momentum.
Clinton capitalized on her strength with women voters, low income earners, and union members to derail what many had started to view as Barack Obama’s runaway train.
In the battle for the GOP nomination, McCain captured New Hampshire’s sizable independent and moderate Republican vote, and benefited tremendously from an electorate extremely disillusioned by the Bush administration. In the increasingly blue Granite State, a full 50 percent of Republican primary voters expressed a negative view of President Bush’s performance. McCain beat his chief rival in this state, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, by 15 points among this surprisingly large bloc of voters.
McCain, the Senate’s most notable GOP maverick, repeated his success from eight years earlier when he trounced then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush by appealing to both the Republican base and, more notably, independent voters. At the same time, Romney’s bid to win over voters by painting McCain as soft on illegal immigration largely failed. Simply put, not enough New Hampshire voters believe that illegal immigration is the most pressing issue facing the country.
And with the United States at war, the decorated Vietnam veteran and former P.O.W. benefited from an electorate that overwhelmingly described him as the best potential commander-in-chief. More than 4 in 10 Republican voters saw McCain as the most qualified to hold this title, compared to only 1 in 4 who felt the same way about Romney.
(CNN) - The Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama.
"It is clear from the overwhelming participation in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary that Americans are ready for change," said Shauna Hamel, Executive Vice President of the union. "We believe that Obama is the candidate who can bring the country together and we are proud to support his candidacy."
The SEIU represents 1.9 million members in North America, all of whom in Nevada are health care and public service workers. In what was seen as a blow to John Edwards in October, the union announced it would not make a national endorsement, but rather allow the state unions to decide for themselves. Of the early primary states, Nevada's chapter has the most members with 17,500.
The Nevada chapter had whittled the field of candidates down to Obama, Edwards and Hillary Clinton but had delayed endorsement decisions amid rumors of dissent among union management.
Unions play a powerful role in Nevada politics and the SEIU endorsement will be a big boost for Obama. But all eyes Wednesday will be a on 2 p.m. ET press conference when Nevada's strongest union – the Culinary Union with its 60,000 members – will make their endorsement.
- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt
CNN's Sasha Johnson reports that when televisions broadcast Barack Obama's comments on the Iraq war, midway through his election night speech, some Hillary Clinton supporters at her campaign headquarters began to boo.
Making news today
Manchester was a distant memory for most of the presidential field before the first edition of the Union-Leader hit the newsstands this morning; the rest will be gone by lunchtime.
New Hampshire changed nothing, and it changed everything. The race is still as wide-open this morning as it was before yesterday’s vote. But the differences dominate headlines this morning: John McCain’s effort, once on life support, is looking healthier than many of his main GOP opponents. And Hillary Clinton’s campaign obit, and Barack Obama’s seemingly-unstoppable momentum, both feature newly-minted question marks.
After traveling in a pack from Des Moines to Manchester, the candidates spread out across the country now as the race goes national. South Carolina is one of the next big prizes on the calendar, and John Edwards and Mike Huckabee are joining Fred Thompson there today. But Rudy Giuliani, who released a Spanish-language ad yesterday, is in Florida. Mitt Romney and John McCain are focused on Michigan, where the Arizona senator is again looking to steal a win despite Romney’s theoretical home-field advantage, and the former Massachusetts governor is still seeking his first primary win. And Barack Obama visits the heart of Clinton country, stumping in Jersey City – just minutes from New York City, and his main rival herself – before swinging into Manhattan to pick up some serious campaign cash.
The Culinary workers are set to announce their presidential pick this morning at 11 a.m. PT; Barack Obama is the rumored choice (or at least: he was, before the polls closed.)
Meanwhile: we’re more pleased than you can imagine to announce that the campaign trail forecast in the Palmetto State today is a balmy 73 degrees in Columbia.
- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
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Compiled by Lauren Kornreich, CNN Washington Bureau
* Hillary Clinton does media interviews in New York.
* John Edwards leaves Manchester in the morning, and attends Homecoming Rallies at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and in Columbia, South Carolina.
* Rudy Giuliani speaks to voters in Melbourne, Florida and meets with supporters in West Palm Beach.
* Mike Huckabee leaves New Hampshire in the morning, and attends a rally and stops by the Carolina Crisis Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, then attends a rally and “jam session” at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. At night, he travels to Myrtle Beach.
* John McCain leaves Manchester in the morning, and attends a rally and media availability in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a rally and media availability in Waterford, Michigan. Later, he holds a campaign rally and media availability in Charleston, South Carolina.
* Barack Obama attends a rally in Jersey City, New Jersey, and a closed press fundraiser in New York City.
* Mitt Romney holds the “Romney for President National Call Day 2008” and a media availability in Boston. Later, he meets with voters in Grand Rapids, Michigan and holds a media availability in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, then holds a "Washington Is Broken" town hall in Grand Rapids.
* Fred Thompson continues his South Carolina bus tour with stops in Sumter, Florence, Conway, and Myrtle Beach.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
In the New Hampshire Democratic primary
* Hillary Clinton has won 9 New Hampshire delegates (3 statewide, 6 district-level)
* Barack Obama has won 9 New Hampshire delegates (3 statewide, 6 district-level)
* John Edwards has won 4 New Hampshire delegates (2 statewide, 2 district-level)
* 22 Democratic delegates were at stake in the New Hampshire primary
* There are also 8 Democratic “superdelegates” in New Hampshire. Of those, 2 support Clinton and 3 support Obama, according to a CNN survey.
In the New Hampshire Republican primary
* John McCain has won 7 New Hampshire delegates
* Mitt Romney has won 4 New Hampshire delegates
* Mike Huckabee has won 1 New Hampshire delegate
* 12 GOP delegates were at stake in the New Hampshire primary
* All GOP delegates at stake in the New Hampshire primary are statewide