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Spin Control

McCain likely not coming

If you heard the rumor that GOP presidential candidate John McCain was coming to Spokane -- and it has been circulating since Tuesday -- it's probably time to stop spreading it.

McCain's Washington state campaign was trying to bring their guy in, and had some tentative plans that included a Monday event at the Davenport Hotel. But state director Chris Fidler said Wednesday afternoon that it doesn't look like the trip is going to happen.

McCain has decided to spend his time campaigning in Wisconsin, which also has a primary on Feb. 19. And they apparently award all of their delegates on the basis of that vote...unlike Washington Republicans who'll be awarding about half of theirs on the primary and half on the caucuses.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.