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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Can McCain win?



Sure he can. See here.

"The war on terror is not going away," said Kathleen Shanahan, former Dick Cheney and Jeb Bush adviser who is aiding McCain in Florida. "We can debate why we're there and all the missteps along the way but at the end of the day this war on terror is real, and McCain is the only one on the Republican side knowledgeable and experienced enough on national security to lead us."

McCain's strong ground organizations, skill as a retail politician, and experience as national candidate will pay off in the coming months. The primary strategy is simple: Strong showings in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will provide the momentum to seal the nomination. Florida's potential Jan. 29 primary looks good for McCain.

"Most of the people who helped Charlie Crist get elected are with McCain," said Republican activist Phil Handy, who suspects Gov. Crist will wind up endorsing McCain.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:41pm]


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