Obama says he's making strides in New Hampshire.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama sought to portray himself as an underdog in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, but he did declare his campaign is making strides with informed voters.
"We actually are further ahead than I expected to be," Obama responded when asked about his standing in national and New Hampshire polls. The Illinois Democrat made the remarks after he filed his paperwork for the state primary.
"When we started this campaign, here's one thing I was certain of, that a 46-year-old African American named Barack Obama would be an underdog in a presidential race. But as people got to know me and my ideas, they would be confidant that I would be fighting for them."
Obama reiterated that among voters "paying careful attention," his campaign was doing "extremely well." However, he noted that "For the casual voter, many of them are still going to be parking their vote with Sen. Clinton because that's a familiar brand name."
Clinton, a New York Democrat, is the frontrunner for her party's nomination with Obama coming in second, polling shows.
Obama later added, "But when they start paying attention, I think that will only be to our advantage."
- CNN New Hampshire producer Sareena Dalla