The Republican field is finally shaking out after months of uncertainty about a front-runner. Rudy Giuliani is dropping out of the race after finishing a disappointing third in the Florida primary. His strategy to sit back and put all of his eggs in Florida proved disastrous.
And John McCain, who won Florida Tuesday, has emerged the big winner and the clear front-runner.
McCain reportedly will get Giulianiâ€™s endorsement today, which should help him in big winner-take-all states such as New York and California where the former New York City mayor has significant support.
McCain is in the driverâ€™s seat for the nomination, although heâ€™s still anathema to many conservatives. Mitt Romney is still in the hunt and has money to burn, while Mike Huckabee is fading.
All this could cast a new light on the Democratic race: Who would be most competitive against McCain?