McCain, Gore win in New Hampshire
By biconews On 8 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Ariel Hansen

In a surprise upset, Arizona senator John McCain commanded a 16-point lead over assumed GOP front-runner Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 1. McCain has translated this win into more than $1.2 million in fundraising, much of which was raised over the Internet, in the three days following the primary. In the Democratic race, Vice President Al Gore held a 51-47 point advantage over former senator Bill Bradley.

Conservative activist Gary Bauer announced that he was dropping out of the race following his one-point showing, leaving the Republican field with Bush, McCain, publishing magnate Steve Forbes and talk show host Alan Keyes.

The next primary is in Delaware on Tuesday. Feb. 8, but the only two candidates campaigning in the state are Bush and Forbes. The other candidates are preparing for the Feb. 19 primary in South Carolina, where the flying of the confederate flag has become an important issue.

These primaries are followed by others in Arizona and Michigan on Feb. 22, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington on Feb. 29, and California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont on March 7.

The New Hampshire primary has raised interest in McCain as a viable alternative to Bush, who was widely anticipated to gain the Republican nomination without a fight. While the Bush campaign has called the defeat “only a bump in the road,” McCain joked, “I think it tore out the transmission” [CNN.com].

Though McCain has broken fundraising records in the days since the New Hampshire primary, Bush’s organization and campaign coffers are much larger than McCain’s. The victory in New Hampshire may not be indicative of the results of future primaries, as Bush spent less time in New Hampshire than did McCain, who chose not to campaign in Iowa before the caucus but focus his attentions instead in New Hampshire.

National polls show Bush as the front-runner in the GOP race, and Gore in the Democratic race, although all four major candidates - Bush, Gore, Bradley and McCain - are considered to have a fighting chance for the nomination of their respective parties.

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