27 days ago we ran a poll of potential general election matchups in North Carolina.
We didn't even include John McCain as one of the possible Republican nominees, he was so far behind.
Tonight he is the winner in New Hampshire.
Eight years ago he won New Hampshire too but saw his progress stilted after being the victim of an incredibly nasty combination of attacks and floated rumors in South Carolina.
Karl Rove isn't working in this race so I expect it will be a different story this year.
One thing's for sure. We'll include him the next time we test possible general election matches.