Voters in the US State of New Hampshire were left in no doubt about John McCain’s feelings, as he effusively thanked his supporters at a post-victory rally. “Tonight we sure showed them what a comeback looks like!” he said.
The Arizona Senator won the Republican primary by a significant margin, easily beating millionaire Mitt Romney who came in second.
McCain said: “I talked to the people of New Hampshire. I reasoned with you. I listened to you. I answered you. Sometimes I argued with you, but I always told you the truth as best I can see the truth … and you did me the great honor of listening. Thank you, New Hampshire.”
It is a huge boost to McCain’s bid for the US presidential nomination, just months after his campaign was written off as a lost cause.
The victory pushed McCain, a staunch Iraq war supporter, into the top tier of candidates as the race headed into an intense month of campaigning culminating in the Super Tuesday nominations next month.