June 12th, 2007
09:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Schneider: Clinton takes charge in New Hampshire

Clinton has increased her lead over Obama in New Hampshire according to a new CNN/WMUR poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Where do things stand with New Hampshire Democrats since the Democratic presidential candidates debated in Manchester June 3?

The CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader debate did exactly what it was supposed to do. It helped the New Hampshire voters sort out the candidates.

In early April, New Hampshire Democrats were all over the place. The front-runners - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York; Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois; and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina - were closely matched. Clinton was at 27 percent, Edwards was at 21 percent and Obama was at 20 percent. It was essentially a jump ball.

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Filed under: New Hampshire • Race to '08
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Waldo Lydecker

    Finally, a 'surge' that the whole country can support.
    How nice it's gonna be to have a woman in the White House that drinks less than Pat Nixon.

    June 12, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Hillary Clinton is one of the most hated women in America. I'm not a liberal and I won't vote for her. I have a liberal friend, and neither will she vote for her. If the Dems want to lose in 2008, she is the right candidate to choose. She's like her husband: the only principled stand she'll make is whatever stand will get her elected.

    June 12, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Fabio Escobar

    This is an absurd puff piece. The poll has a useless margin of error of +/- 6 points. It means nothing without extensive corroborating evidence.

    CNN and other media groups should steer clear of bad polls. Then again, this would require an understanding of polling and statistics, something that most reporters seem to lack.

    June 12, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Cynthia Billey, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Ms. Beaver, have you ever asked yourself why Senator Clinton is purportedly "one of the most hated women in America?" I will bet that if you think on it, you won't be able to come up with a single reason...that is because that kind of hatred is irrational. Senator Clinton happens to be an extremely capable and gifted woman and this country is lucky to have her in our service. Get past your prejudices and what you've been fed by the right-wing world and consider casting a historic vote for the first woman President...we can only go up from the unfathomable morass in which Bush has put this country.

    June 12, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Stephen, Tampa, FL

    Sounds like the Clinton News Network is back....
    This statement speaks volumes ....
    Clinton has the base support that her name, her husband and her long record among the Democrats have earned her. But as a general election candidate, as someone who can appeal to independents and Republicans, as someone who can actually enlarge the Democrats – Obama is quite obviously the superior candidate. Do the Dems want to go forward and outward? Or backward and inward? That’s the choice they face between the Senator from Illinois and the Senator from New York.
    ~~Andrew Sullivan

    June 12, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. TM Chtown PEI Canada

    HERE! HERE! to Cynthia B from CA
    I'll second that endorsement!
    How true, certainly after Bush's reign there is only one way to go, UP!

    June 12, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Stephen, Tampa, FL

    Cynthia,

    Perception is everything. Whether or not Hillary is one of the most hated women in the country, the fact that she is perceived to be makes all the difference. She is perceived to be a strong leader, is there any proof? She jumped ship on the health care under her husbands administration, and voted for a war that should of not been fought. The democratic party is looking for a general election candidate someone who can bring in moderates and win a general election, over 90% of the population has an opinion about her, but she can't seem to break the 30% range in the polls. She has the keys to start the car, but most of America does not want to ride with her.
    To round out everything, Insanity is defined as doing the same act over and over and expecting the same results ... Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton????

    June 12, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Paul, Thousand Oaks, CA

    Thank God for rational thinkers like Stephen from Tampa, FL. Poll "surges" and perceived leads will prove irrelevant in the long run, either in the primaries or the general election. The majority of voters either like or dislike Clinton already, and chances are slim that anyone will change over to support her. Translation: she won't attract conservative democrats or independent voters. This means a more likely Democratic nomination for Clinton, and a more likely defeat in the general election.

    Obama, on the other hand, is still not a household name and has a better chance of attracting undecided voters. And, the more they hear about them, the more they like him. He is also running more of a grassroots campaign than Hillary and isn't pandering to lobbyists and PAC's. He represents more of a change agent than Clinton, and is the better candidate to get us out of Iraq. That makes him the more sensible choice for the nomination and the general election.

    So Camp Hillary should keep the corks on the champagne bottles for now, it's still an open race at this point.

    June 12, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |