January 31, 2008


Endorsements bring a new head of steam: McCain, on a roll, wins the support of Giuliani and Schwarzenegger. (Mark Z. Barabak, Michael Finnegan and Evan Halper, 1/31/08, Los Angeles Times)

John McCain sought to fasten his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Wed- nesday by securing high-profile endorsements from erstwhile rival Rudolph W. Giuliani and, in a reversal of his promised neutrality, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Former New York City Mayor Giuliani, who spent months atop national polls but never finished better than third in any contest, quit the race at a Simi Valley news conference, where he hailed the Arizona senator as a friend and an "American hero."

"John McCain is the most qualified candidate to be the next commander in chief of the United States," Giuliani said, as McCain stood next to him. [...]

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney planned to focus on caucus states where he could apply his organizational prowess.

The Governor wisely recognizes he can't contend for actual votes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2008 8:28 AM

Which ones are the caucus states?

BTW, this shows, along with his decision not to waste any more TV ad money, that Romney is close to winding up his campaign.

My calculation is that, by end of Feb, delegate count will stand as McCain with 950+, Romney with about 350+, and Huck about 250. With Texas and Ohio on Mar 4, the count will push McCain over.

Posted by: sam at January 31, 2008 8:46 AM

Colorado is one, and on Sunday the Denver Post's own poll showed Romney up by 19 percentage points (though McCain's FL win could change that). Montana is another, I believe, and that's a state where Ron Paul supposedly can do well.

I'll be attending the caucus, though I don't know if I'll be speaking.

Posted by: Brad S at January 31, 2008 9:09 AM