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McCain Up, Giuliani Out as Republicans Debate

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McCain Up, Giuliani Out as Republicans Debate

Election 2008

McCain Up, Giuliani Out as Republicans Debate

McCain Up, Giuliani Out as Republicans Debate

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Six months ago, everyone was writing off John McCain as a serious presidential candidate — everyone except McCain. Now he stands atop the Republican field, having won Tuesday's crucial Florida primary.

And on Wednesday he won the endorsement of one of his former rivals — Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, who withdrew from the race in the wake of a disappointing third-place finish in Florida.

But McCain's lead is fragile, and he'll have to take steps to solidify his chances for the GOP presidential nomination.