Romney Campaign - McCain Falsely Claimed That He Won Among Republicans In NH and SC

In Tonight's Debate, Sen. McCain Falsely Claimed That He Won The Republican Vote In Both New Hampshire And South Carolina:

 

MCCAIN: "But Look, I Won The Majority Of Republican Vote In Both New Hampshire And South Carolina."(MSNBC, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Boca Raton, FL,1/24/08)

 

 

However, Sen. McCain Lost In Both New Hampshire And South Carolina Among Self-Identified Conservatives And Republicans :

 

McCain Lost Among Self-Identified Republicans In New Hampshire."In New Hampshire, a state McCain had won in 2000 and lavished time and attention on this time around, he lost self-identified Republicans narrowly -- 35 percent to 34 percent -- to former governor Mitt Romney. But, it was among independents where McCain's winning margin came as he won that bloc by 13 points over Romney." (Chris Cillizza, "McCain And The Closed Primary Challenge," Washington Post's The Fix, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/,1/24/08)

McCain Lost Among Republicans In South Carolina."In South Carolina, McCain lost Republicans by a statistically insignificant margin, but carried independents by a massive 42 percent to 25 percent margin -- ensuring his narrow three-point victory." (Chris Cillizza, "McCain And The Closed Primary Challenge," Washington Post's The Fix, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/,1/24/08)