(CNN) - Whatever happens Tuesday in Kentucky and Oregon, John McCain knows he won't just be running against the Democrats this fall. He will also be running against George W. Bush.
In some ways, that may be the tougher campaign.
McCain is in a tough spot. He needs to distance himself from Bush, but he needs the party faithful to know he's a reliable Republican. He has to have support from the party's conservative base, but his general election prospects could well rest with independents. He's running on experience, but he wants to represent change.
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