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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
McCain gauges grassroots support
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Having formed a presidential exploratory committee nearly a month ago, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has begun to solicit donations in an effort to gain grassroots support.

In a letter to supporters of his exploratory committee website -- -- Campaign Manager Terry Nelson asks supporters to "stand with us from the beginning."

"There are only a few weeks left in 2006, and in order to ensure Senator McCain starts 2007 with the strong backing from supporters across the country, we need your help," Nelson wrote in the email.

McCain has said he will decide on an official run for the presidency early in the new year.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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