The candidate

John McCain entered the race for the White House as one of the favorites, but his fortunes turned last summer. Two top aides resigned, more than half of his staff was laid off, fundraising nearly dried up, and he narrowed his focus to just three states. Then, in December, his foundering campaign suddenly gained momentum.
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( Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times )

John McCain entered the race for the White House as one of the favorites, but his fortunes turned last summer. Two top aides resigned, more than half of his staff was laid off, fundraising nearly dried up, and he narrowed his focus to just three states. Then, in December, his foundering campaign suddenly gained momentum.

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