Thursday, July 12, 2007

Giuliani to benefit as McCain crumbles

Giuliani to benefit as McCain crumbles

By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 2:17am BST 12/07/2007

Republican strategists dissecting the carcass of John McCain's presidential campaign concluded yesterday that Rudy Giuliani is likely to be the biggest beneficiary of his friend and rival's demise.

John McCain is said to have hurt his campaign with his staunch support for the Iraq war
Although Mr McCain insists that he will fight on despite the resignations this week of his two top aides, a cash crisis and falling polls numbers, senior Republicans believe his White House bid is doomed and all that remains is for the spoils to be divided.

With close to 20 per cent of Republican primary voters backing Mr McCain, where his supporters end up could be a decisive factor in the battle for the nomination. The destination of major McCain donors will also be crucial.