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January 30, 2008

Win in Florida Gives McCain Front-Runner Status

Arizona Sen. John McCain was announced as the winner of the Florida Republican Primary Tuesday evening, by the New York Times. Beating out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 36 percent to 31 percent.

The Florida primary was also a crucial defeat to the other candidates, but especially to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who's future as a presidential hopeful is now in serious jeopardy. Giuliani has yet to win a primary election and had put a lot of his efforts into winning Florida.

The win in Florida has made McCain the clear front-runner in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. The Senator currently sits with 89 of the 1,191 delegates needed to win the nomination. His closest rival, Gov. Romney currently has 27 delegates.

"My friends, in one week we will have as close to a national primary as we've ever had in this country. I intend to win it and be the nominee of our party." McCain was quoted by CNN, a clear sign that the 71 year old has no plans of slowing his campaign down.