With 96% of precincts reporting, McCain got 37% of the vote, Romney 32%, Huckabee 11%, Giuliani 9%, and Paul 8%.
USA Today's Susan Page writes that McCain, "trailing far behind months ago, decisively beat the better-funded, better-organized Mitt Romney… Political analyst Charles Cook called McCain's victory 'the greatest comeback since Lazarus' and attributes it to 'an enormous vacuum in the Republican Party.'"
The Washington Post: "'My friends, I'm past the age when I can claim the name "kid," no matter what adjective precedes it,' McCain told an ecstatic crowd here. 'But tonight, we sure showed 'em what a comeback looks like. When the pundits declared us finished, I told 'em, 'I'm going to New Hampshire, where the voters don't let you make their decision for them.' "
Politico: "McCain's convincing back-from-the-dead victory among New Hampshire Republicans Tuesday has allowed him for the first time in months to see a plausible, though still harrowing, path to the GOP presidential nomination. The hope among McCain operatives is that the New Hampshire victory will lead to an infusion of badly needed contributions… Romney's campaign, meanwhile, is on life support after distant second-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire - both states where he had invested heavily in time and money."
Under the headline, "McCain Wins," the Union Leader writes, "McCain claimed his second New Hampshire primary victory yesterday, defying convention and denying Mitt Romney a comeback in his back yard."
The New York Times looks ahead to Michigan. After McCain's New Hampshire victory, "the Republican field is more scrambled than ever, with the battleground now shifting to a series of states where each of the leading candidates believes he holds certain advantages. The next showdown will be on Jan. 15 in Michigan, a vast state struggling with a recession and the loss of manufacturing jobs. It is where Mitt Romney was born and reared, and many still fondly remember his late father, George, a three-term governor… But his campaign has clearly been crippled by a second loss, this time in a state where he even has a vacation home."
The Boston Globe calls Romney's "authenticity" the problem, as well as his inability to "refocus his message." Nonetheless, he now sets his sights on Michigan.