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Published: Tuesday, 1/29/2008

McCain beats Romney in tight Florida GOP primary

Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida Republican primary Tuesday night, edging past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and seizing precious campaign momentum for next week s string of contests across 21 states.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was running third, and headed for the exits. He reportedly is planning to endorse John McCain on Wednesday in California.

Mike Huckabee was running fourth, and pledged to campaign on. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was far behind in last place.

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