(AP) - New Hampshire primary winner John Kerry took firm control of the Democratic presidential race as it moved out of his backyard and went nationwide, his rivals bidding to stay competitive in the seven-state contest ahead.
Kerry's win Tuesday added a bigger margin of victory to his Iowa upset a week earlier, giving him all the promise - and peril - of wearing the mantle of front-runner.
Howard Dean, once the heavy national favorite, finished second and Wesley Clark, once considered the best bet to challenge him, lagged in a struggle for a distant third - all of that testament to a campaign turned on its ear over the course of a week.
With N.H. win, Kerry becomes front-runner
Published: Thu Jan 29, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:45 p.m.