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For Clinton and McCain, a New Hampshire revival

Results in the Granite State mean frontrunners in both parties will continue to duke it out for the nomination.

Victory! A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain cheers at his victory party in Nashua, New Hampshire after Sen. McCain's comeback victory in the Republican primary.

Nicole Hill

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Voters in the New Hampshire primaries sent a message to the country Tuesday: The show's not over.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton edged out Sen. Barack Obama with the help of women voters, roaring back from defeat in Iowa and denying Mr. Obama back-to-back wins that would have smoothed his path to the Democratic nomination.

In the Republican race, Sen. John McCain coasted to victory in a state that had endorsed his independence and straight-shooting style in the 2000 primary and did so again Tuesday. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was runner-up for the second time in a week in states he had staked his campaign on winning.

Senator Clinton's upset followed a third-place finish in Iowa and polls Sunday showing her as many as 10 percentage points behind Obama in New Hampshire. Reports circulated Tuesday of an imminent staff shake-up.

Analysts were at a loss to fully explain the turnaround but said she may have benefited from any number of factors: a strong get-out-the-vote drive by local unions, a teary moment on the campaign trail Monday, or new sympathy for her after a rough-and-tumble debate Saturday.


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