[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/11/2008.poll/art.mccain.gi.jpg caption=" John McCain is now the national front-runner, a new CNN poll out Friday found."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary appears to be paying off.
The senator from Arizona is now the front-runner in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the first national poll taken after the New Hampshire primary.
McCain has the support of 34 percent of registered Republicans in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Friday. That's a 21-point jump from the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, taken in December, well before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.