WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican John McCain's comeback win in New Hampshire appears to have given the Arizona senator a boost in the upcoming South Carolina contest, a new poll out Thursday suggests.
McCain now draws 25 percent of likely Republican primary voters in a new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, 7 points ahead of Mitt Romney - the second-place finisher in New Hampshire. Mike Huckabee, who is hoping to win over much of the state’s large evangelical population, is statistically tied with Romney at 17 percent.
Fred Thompson, who is looking to the southern state to keep his presidential bid alive, is in fourth place at 9 percent.
In several polls taken before McCain's New Hampshire primary win, the Arizona senator consistently placed third or fourth in the state. In 2000, then-Texas Gov. George Bush beat the Arizona senator by 11 points and essentially dashed his presidential hopes.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney