US Senator John McCain will officially form a presidential exploratory committee next week, the Associated Press reported late Friday.
McCain, who won the 2000 New Hampshire Primary, is widely seen as the front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2008.
Michael Dennehy, McCain’s top New Hampshire strategist, said Tuesday’s election “supported [McCain’s] platform” of being a moderate Republican over his more conservative rivals for the nomination.
McCain would be the first Republican to file papers to form an exploratory committee. Last week, however, US Representatve Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, announced his intention to file the same paperwork though he hasn't yet.
A Concord Monitor poll earlier in the week showed McCain ahead in New Hampshire over Republican rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.