COVER STORY: McCain, DiCaprio were winning ticket

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Politics paraded across newsstands in February, with Republicans making a strong showing in the liberal media. Sen. John McCain came up short on Super Tuesday, but magazine editors think he's as exciting as "The Beach" star Leonardo DiCaprio, with the pair tying for a first-place finish at 5 points apiece.

Also stumping on covers were Sen. McCain's rival Gov. George W. Bush, erstwhile candidate Donald Trump and would-be politico Warren Beatty, all with 3 points apiece among the dozen tying for seventh place.

At No. 3 are dueling hunks Ben Affleck and Freddie Prinze Jr., each attracting 4 points as they promoted new flicks. "Girl, Interrupted" star Winona Ryder tied for fifth place at 3.5 points with Michael J. Fox, who announced he was leaving his TV hit, "Spin City," due to his struggle with Parkinson's disease. Also tying for seventh place were Jennifer Aniston, Annette Bening, Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey.

Cover Story is Ad Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications.

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