Rising prices and a falling stock market have sparked protests in recent weeks, increasing the pressure on a government already facing militancy, political discord.
John McCain's military experience and Senate record show a presidential candidate who values integrity and getting things done.
In Peshawar, where frustration is high over President Musharraf's inability to stop rising insecurity, law-and-order issues could shape the outcome of Feb. 18 election.
In Punjab, which picks 148 of 272 parliamentary seats on Feb. 18, many remain undecided.
Her party is expected to do well in Feb. 18 parliamentary polls, analysts say.