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3 JANUARY


Mike Huckabee


Mike Huckabee wins the Iowa caucus, delivering a big blow to Mitt Romney. For the Democrats Hillary Clinton finishes behind Obama and Edwards.



7 JANUARY


Hillary Clinton


Hillary's eyes well up on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, as polls suggest she will lose again to Barack Obama in the next day's primary.



8 JANUARY


John McCain wins New Hampshire primary


The New Hampshire primary results in wins for Iowa's biggest losers, as Hillary Clinton and John McCain score their first successes.



15 JANUARY


Mitt Romney thanks supporters


Mitt Romney wins the Republican primary in Michigan - his first win in a big state - and revives his chances of winning the nomination.



22 JANUARY


Fred Thompson withdraws


Republican hopeful Fred Thompson pulls out after a lacklustre campaign fails to deliver on the promise of strong nationwide poll ratings.



29 JANUARY


McCain wins Florida primary


John McCain wins the Florida Republican primary but Rudy Giuliani, who had staked everything on the state, flops spectacularly.



31 JANUARY


Rudy Giuliani withdraws


Rudy Giuliani withdraws from the race, two days after his failure in Florida. He then endorses John McCain, describing him as "an American hero".



5 FEBRUARY


Obama and Clinton draw Super Tuesday


On Super Tuesday Clinton takes the big states, but Obama wins more states overall. McCain is confirmed as the Republican front-runner.



7 FEBRUARY


Mitt Romney endorses John McCain


Mitt Romney announces that he is suspending his campaign and a week later endorses John McCain for the Republican nomination.



19 FEBRUARY


Barack Obama


Victories in Wisconsin and Hawaii for Barack Obama make it ten wins in a row since Super Tuesday, and gives him a strong lead in pledged delegates.



25 FEBRUARY


Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a live debate


Obama's camp accuses Hillary Clinton's team of "fear-mongering" by leaking a picture of him in traditional dress during a visit to Kenya.




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