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John McCain the Senator from Arizona declared his candidacy for President on April 14 1999 another name for the GOP ticket that was not made too much fuss about Not given much consideration was allotted to him by the Republican party establishment that has already selected its white knight who would win them the presidency Governor George Bush of Texas But Sen McCain catapulted to national attention when he unexpectedly won the New Hampshire primary trouncing the established favorite with a 19 point lead Ever since then his campaign has been heading down stream with significant losses suffered in Delaware South Carolina Washington and Virginia And his poor showing on Super Tuesday including his failure to capture delegates in either the New York or California primaries has all but ended his bid for the presidency The main rationalization of this downfall is because McCain did not appeal to Republican registered voters but other reasons also include negative campaigning both his response to them and his lack of using them against his main opponent Bush In addition to these explanations others also include the personality factor and the lack of time to campaign in these primaries as he had in New Hampshire By examining these factors it is easy to comprehend why the McCain crusade failed to win the majority of primaries and secure the required number of delegates Before analyzing the ruin of Senator McCains campaign and explanation of the Republican party and the Republican primary system is essential in understanding why it failed The Republican party had its official beginnings as the opposition to the enactment of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act which stated that each territory the right to decided if slavery is permitted Early Republican platforms appealed to commercial interests as well and favored homesteading internal improvements construction of a transcontinental railroad and protective tariffs After the Norths victory in the civil war the Republican party reigned over the White
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