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McCain names new political director
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Mike Dennehy, a New Hampshire political operative credited with helping Sen. John McCain win the 2000 Granite State GOP presidential primary, is stepping down as national political director of the Arizona senator's 2008 campaign.

Rob Jesmer, a former chief-of-staff to Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers and RNC political aide, will replace Dennehy as political director. A McCain aide tells CNN that Dennehy made the decision for family reasons and he will now help oversee political operations in the Granite State and South Carolina as well as provide strategic advice on a national level.

-- CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley
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