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McCain’s Gain is Guiliani’s Shame

Felicia Appenteng [1]

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In Florida, it was winner take all, and last night John McCain [2], solidifying his status as front-runner for the Republican nomination, winning 36% of the vote.  Unlike other states in this primary process, delegates are not awarded by district, but rather the candidate who has the most votes takes all of Florida’s 57 delegates, the largest prize so far.  Former New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani [3], has not campaigned in any of the previous Republican states, choosing to focus all of his attention on Florida.  With 99% of the districts reporting, Giuliani came in third, capturing a mere 15% of the vote.  Many had been questioning his strategy of only focusing on Florida, and it has become clear that it was not successful.  It is expected that Giuliani will endorse McCain as early as this morning. 

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The other main candidate, Mitt Romney, was disappointed by his second place finish, carrying 31% of the vote, but is determined to push on, and his personal fortune enables him to do so.  As with the Democrats, it all comes down to Super Tuesday.  David Brooks [4], New York Times Columnist [5], a stated admired of John McCain offers his analysis here [6].  To read an important profile of Rudolph Giuliani, who has been characterized from a racist and vindictive bully by his detractors and as an American hero by his supporters, click here [7]