Bob Novak reports that " Sen. George Allen of Virginia , the hottest early prospect for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, blundered on his visit to New Hampshire on May 3 by conducting two fund-raisers there."
"GOP insiders in the nation's earliest primary state did not want to criticize him publicly, but called Allen's New Hampshire performance "odd." That's because presidential candidates are supposed to spend funds in the state, not take money out. Allen was raising money for his 2006 re-election campaign."
"Sen. John McCain of Arizona , landslide winner of the last contested New Hampshire Republican presidential primary in 2000, would be an early favorite in the state if he runs. McCain, Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee and Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska are getting the kind of advice from New Hampshire that Allen apparently lacked when he conducted his fund-raisers."