The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"I won the majority of the Republican vote in both New Hampshire and South Carolina."

John McCain on Thursday, January 24th, 2008 in a debate in Boca Raton.

When first means second

Pressed on his credentials with GOP voters, John McCain said he won them over in two early primaries. But he didn't.

Exit polls from the Jan. 19, 2008, primary show he narrowly lost to Mike Huckabee among self-identified Republicans in South Carolina, 32 percent to 31 percent.

And in New Hampshire, exit polls show Mitt Romney beat McCain 35 percent to 34 percent. However, it should be noted that a few news agencies, including MSNBC, showed McCain narrowly winning among Republicans in their results.

The topic is important to McCain because he has often struggled to win over die-hard Republicans. Exit polls show moderate and independent voters powered both of his victories. But when the schedule moves to states like Florida, where primaries are closed to independents, his need for Republican support becomes critical.

The exit polls show that McCain didn't lose among Republicans in either state. When you factor in a margin of error, both are statistical ties. But what McCain said was that he "won the majority" of Republicans in those states, and we don't find any evidence that that's true. We rule McCain's statement False.

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Published: Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Elections

Sources:, South Carolina Exit Poll , Jan. 19, 2008, New Hampshire Exit Poll , Jan. 8, 2008, New Hampshire Exit Poll , Jan. 8, 2008, New Hampshire Exit Poll, Jan. 8, 2008

Republican Presidential debate, Boca Raton, Jan. 24, 2008

Boston Globe, Sunshine State primary to test McCain's appeal to core Republicans, Sasha Issenberg, Jan. 23, 2008

St. Petersburg Times, Past haunts McCain, by Jennifer Liberto, Jan. 22, 2008

Written by: David DeCamp
Researched by: David DeCamp
Edited by: Amy Hollyfield

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