Sunday, March 4, 2007

McCain wins close SC straw poll; Guiliani and Hunter close behind

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sen. John McCain narrowly won a presidential straw poll held in the northern part of this early voting state, local Republican officials said Friday.

McCain beat former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani by just two votes. The Arizona senator's tally of 164 ballots was six more than California Rep. Duncan Hunter. Severe weather Thursday night caused a low turnout of about 800 people and forced the tallying to be suspended.