January 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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McCain gets big win, but questions remain

Watch McCain's victory speech in South Carolina (Photo Credit: AP)

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain gained an important victory Saturday in the South Carolina Republican primary, but exit polls indicate he made few inroads into the conservative heart of the Republican Party.

The results leave the race for the party's presidential nomination wide open going into the January 29 primary in Florida and the "Super Tuesday" contests beyond.

"I just would have to regard this as a good night for McCain, with some significant concerns when you get into the weeds," political analyst Stuart Rothenberg told CNN.

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  1. Conservative4Life, USA

    "I believe my party has gone astray. I think the Democratic Party is a fine party, and I have no problems with it, in their views and their philosophy." - John McCain

    January 21, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  2. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    .. in case you missed it or if Mitt fans are interested in the facts... please consider this:

    Northeastern University economist Andrew Sum, who has researched Romney's record, said the state lagged the U.S. average during that period in job creation, economic growth and wage increases.

    "As a strict labor market economist looking at the record, Massachusetts did very poorly during the Romney years, he said. "On every measure you've got, the state was a substantial under-performer."

    While Romney and the state legislature cut $1.6 billion from the 2004 budget, analysts noted he also generated more than $500 million by raising fees and by closing corporate tax loopholes - actions considered tax rises by some businesses.

    "There's never been under his watch an economic turnaround to speak of," Michael Widmer, president of the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told Reuters.

    "We added a few jobs over the last three years of his tenure but very few. He also raised corporate taxes and fees."

    Vote early and vote often but please, please be an informed voter!!!

    January 21, 2008 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  3. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Go Mitt Romney!

    January 21, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Aaron, Sterling VA

    In case you missed it, Ron Paul came in 2nd in Nevada.

    January 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Mechelle

    I still want to know where the coverage is for Mitt's Nevada win?

    January 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. dr ron paulk

    Mitts nevada win, check the funny papers, dahling

    January 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Jake


    Great comment. It seems like a lot of criticism of Mccain is because, god forbid, he actually voted what he believed instead of obeying the dictates of the party line. It's sad to see so many people demand ideological conformity at the expense of reason.

    February 4, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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