If Mr McCain is the Republican nominee, there will be months to parse his policy statements. But for now, here are few insights into the lesser known side of the new front-runner. Research by Mark Halperin, a long-time political analyst, reveals the following:
He is superstitious. On primary night in New Hampshire earlier this month, he organised a replay of the night he won the New Hampshire primary years ago: he stayed in the same hotel room, wore the same sweater, and held his victory party in the same ballroom. He also says he will pick up a penny on the ground if it is head’s up (not so if it is tails up).
An avid gambler, Mr McCain has reportedly spent 14 hours straight playing craps in Las Vegas.
Sugared doughnuts are his weakness.