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McCain's Nerve Center Rick Davis has worked on Republican presidential campaigns for almost 30 years. After running John McCain's 2000 long-shot bid, he returned as campaign manager last summer to help engineer the candidate's comeback by, among other things, making major cuts in spending. With no fancy office (or even a cubicle) at McCain's Arlington, Va., headquarters, Davis, 50, directs an operation of about 100 employees, including many twentysomething staffers brand-new to presidential politics. Here's a tour of his work space.

1 ST. JUDE STATUE This gift from a supporter arrived just before McCain's political resurrection last August. The patron saint...

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