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McCain Wins GOP Primary

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Arizona Sen. John McCain won the New Hampshire Republican primary Tuesday night, completing a remarkable comeback and climbing back into contention for the presidential nomination. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton dueled with Sen. Barack Obama in an unexpectedly tight Democratic race.

"We showed the people of this country what a real comeback looks like," McCain told The Associated Press in an interview as he savored his triumph. "We're going to move on to Michigan and South Carolina and win the nomination."

The Arizona senator rode a wave of support from independent voters to defeat former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, a showing that reprised his victory in the traditional first-in-the-nation primary in 2000.

It was a bitter blow for Romney, who spent millions of dollars of his own money in hopes of winning the kickoff Iowa caucuses and the first primary - and finished second in both.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa GOP caucuses last week, was running third in the Republican race in New Hampshire.

Copyright 2008 Associated Press

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