Texas Governor George W. Bush has defeated Senator John McCain in the South Carolina Primary Election. Bush secured 53% of the vote to McCain’s 42%. Alan Keyes won 5%.
The win is an important boost to the Bush campaign which took a hammering following his defeat in New Hampshire two weeks ago.
The South Carolina poll is to be followed by tomorrow’s primary in Michigan, a state where the Governor, John Engler, has been a prominent and enthusiastic supporter of the son of the former president.
Recent polls have suggested McCain is leading in Michigan as well as in his home state of Arizona.
McCain needs to do well in both these states if he is to retain electoral momentum in the run-up to Super Tuesday, March 7, when over a quarter of all delegates to the party conventions will be chosen.