December 19th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton recaptures lead in New Hampshire

Clinton is on top in New Hampshire in a new poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It appears Hillary Clinton has recaptured the lead in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/WMUR New Hampshire presidential primary poll out Wednesday morning.

After slipping into a virtual tie with Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in last week’s New Hampshire poll, along with several other recent surveys, the New York senator now has a twelve-point lead over Obama in our new poll, 38 percent to 26 percent. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina is in third place at 14 percent. The remaining Democratic White House hopefuls are all in single digits in our new survey, which was conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

Voters in New Hampshire, home of the nation’s first primary, head to the polls on January 8.

“Nearly all of Clinton's gains come among older voters. She also is ranked higher than Obama on every issue tested, with health care and the economy her strongest suits,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

While Clinton retains a comfortable lead in most national surveys, polls so far show a much closer race between Clinton, Obama and Edwards in Iowa, the first state to vote in the presidential primary process. The Iowa caucuses will be held on January 3.

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  1. Mark, Lincoln, NE

    What a load of CNN liberal hogwash!! If the cross can be seen clearly, it by definition is NOT subliminal. I pray that it was intentional, though I take Huckabee at his word in saying that it was not.

    What's really rippin' the so-called social-progressives is that in the ad he does INTENTIONALLY wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Not "Happy holidays", "season's greetings", etc., which are PC prattle to further remove Jesus Christ from this season.

    December 19, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Is Hillary getting out of a helicopter?? So much for global warming concerns..

    December 19, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Jimenez - Texas

    I knew it was just a matter of time. Obama doesnt stand a chance. Clinton 08

    December 19, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. christine,boston,ma

    Hillary is ahead in polls in part because she thought we were stupid enough to stay hyped. The rest bailed because they were pandering to voters in the conservative states of Iowa and New Hampshire. I am very tired of having those states have an outsized impact.

    December 19, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Rcard,nyc,ny

    Hillary Clinton is a socialist bent on wealth redistribution and government healthcare. CNN you need to get a life!

    December 19, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Naomi,charleston,s.c

    Wow, I'll have a tough time choosing between Obama and Clinton. I like them both for different reasons. I really hope I will narrow down to one that is appealing to me. I think we'll end up with good leadership either way. Yes, I know I'm a walking contradiction. But, the former wannabe President in me can't help but root for the best candidate.

    December 19, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Logan, Greenville South Carolina

    Its about time, Hillary Clinton has the passion and understanding to be President. She may not be the best at making us feel all warm and fuzzy but she is the best at getting the job done and that’s what America needs right now.

    December 19, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Robyn, San Diego California

    Polls tell the truth: people will vote for the candidate they believe can most effectively manage the myriad of challenges facing America in the world today - even if they don't think that the most qualified canidate is the most 'likable.' Face it, this is not about electing a best friend; it's about electing a tough-minded, experienced, and serious leader. That said, the testimonials about Hillary's warmth and compassion @ thehillaryiknow.com are impressive. On a separate note, CNN – PLSE UPDATE YOUR 'LATEST POLLS' ON YOUR MAIN ELECTIONS PAGE. THEY ARE 2 MONTHS OLD!!

    December 19, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. evans,kansas,MI

    I agree with "Bush Republican"...she is a socialist and the worst thing that could ever happen to this country...oh and "FD Hugh" no one else has any experience, ability, or strength besides her? you are so wrong you have no idea. Yay for Romney!

    December 19, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. atlantic34 australia

    Can't we have some new faces in the white house and a fresh perspective. We've already seen the Clintons in the white house. I'd prefer a new candidate like Obama or Romney?

    December 19, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. jerry,worcester,ma

    Seems to me Obama and Hillary are the true front-runners in this presidential contest.Not sure if any republican can beat them. just my 2cents opinion

    December 19, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Gerdee, NY

    Its OK, Obama is one his way to NH today, after he wins Iowa, he has 5 days starting january 3rd-7th to convince NH that he is a serious candidate then he will win NH, we will pour in alot of money so he can go ahead and win Nevada and then South Carolina is a sure thing after that. Then he has 10 days to work on winning the super-Tuesday states and then he is the democratic nominees. Notice Clintons's gains are among those over 65 years old, those who think they owe Bill Clinton something, watch as Obama steals them away from Clinton in coming days.

    December 19, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. dREW, PA

    Its OK, Obama is one his way to NH today, after he wins Iowa, he has 5 days starting january 3rd-7th to convince NH that he is a serious candidate then he will win NH, we will pour in alot of money so he can go ahead and win Nevada and then South Carolina is a sure thing after that. Then he has 10 days to work on winning the super-Tuesday states and then he is the democratic nominees. Notice Clintons's gains are among those over 65 years old, those who think they owe Bill Clinton something, watch as Obama steals them away from Clinton in coming days.

    December 19, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. fred,north carolina

    We need an experienced fair and sensible woman to head this country back to a government for the people. But not hillary!

    December 19, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. drew, PA

    CNN how long does it take to moderate a pro-Obama statement. Dont show your bias so openly

    December 19, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Jenny W, Ft Lauderdale

    Riddle: How do you stump a Hillary supporter?

    Answer: Ask them to list her accomplishments after 35 years of 'experience'.

    @ Joe, Boston

    Look at how Clinton is viewed by the national media; cold, calculating, polarizing, etc., etc.

    WRONG: The media annointed her queen long ago. It's the American public that feels she is cold, calculating, polarizing, etc., etc.

    Joe, Boston : December 19, 2007 9:47 am

    December 19, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. AH, Piscataway, NJ

    I would suggest the changing the CNN to Clinton News Netowrk, or Clinton's propaganda machine.

    Clinton lacks honesty, edward is too close to a communist...

    Barack Obama is the best...

    December 19, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. dmw, roeland park, ks

    I do find it interesting that when the polls show Obama in the lead, his supporters are cheering those polls; now that those same polls are showing Hillary's lead those same Obama supporters are screaming bloody murder.

    I do get a kick out of that, indeed I do. Hillary is the most experienced and she IS an agent of change just as much as Obama and Edwards.

    Change is more than just having a new face in the political arena. Change also means working the organizational systems to the advantage of the disadvantaged and in a new direction.

    In a lot of ways, the person on the inside of that organization who has an indepth knowledge of that organization has more ideas on what to do to forge workable change verses the person who just says because I am new, I can change things. That new person does not know enough about the organization to change it from within the organization.

    I am glad the 'change' buzzword is starting to have a wider meaning than the one Obama has put forth. This is a serious time in America, we have serious problems that need to be solved. We need a hard working person with knowledge and not a rookie to handle these issues.

    December 19, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. christine,boston,ma

    CNN I am scared how you are moderating comments. I haven't seen my comment. I wonder why?

    December 19, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Ken,nebraska

    HILARY CLINTON IS BY FOR THE BEST CHOICE FOR NEXT AMERICACN PRESIDENCY. VOTE HER TO VICTORY AND AMERICA WILL BOUNCE BACK AS THE MOST CHERISHED WORLD LEADER. HER PRESIDENCY WILL BRING PEACE & PROSPERTY ON THIS PLANET. WHOLE WORLD WILL BE INDEBTED FOR LIFE TO AMERICAN VOTERS. SHE WILL MAKE TODAT'S CACOPHONY A WORLDWIDE DELIGHT. THE THREAT OF TERRORISM WILL EVAPORATE OVERNIGHT.

    December 19, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Johnson,jacksville,florida

    CLINTON IS A LEFT WING LIBERAL! Who says "Once I am elected president, I will send my hunsband to the middle east to fix this mess" SOme leader to send the biggest loser in the world to the middle east, frick, too many left wing liberals in this country!
    For heavenly sake give me Obama anytime of the day!

    December 19, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Greg Kline, Harriman, NY

    The Eisenhower room of the White House complex is on fire.

    I guess when you lie that much...

    Christmas tree, or Bush?

    December 19, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. John,hartford,ct

    So she's only ahead by 14 points and Obama soared to 22%. Get real. There's no way Clinton's not going to win NH. Now IA that's different. A bit more of a toss up but the problem for Obama is that a win in IA isn't going to change a thing. Why? Because over the next thirty days she wins just about everything. The notion that because Obama wins by a few points in IA the whole world is turned upside down and it changes the basic dynamics of these races given her huge leads is a fantasy. It's her overwhelming strategic advantage, she can lose Iowa and it won't make a scrap of difference. The wheel would have to come seriously off her cart in all these other states for her to be in danger and I don't see a scrap of evidence that it is happening.

    December 19, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Yolanda, South Carolina

    Fired up and ready to go!
    Fired up and ready to lead!
    we can make history and take are country in a new direction with a candidate that will bring change to our political system as the first woman president.
    FIRED UP AND READY TO GO
    HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 08

    December 19, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. jeff,nyc,ny

    Guys-12% anywhere but Iowa is a toss-up based on history. The winner of Iowa usually gets a pretty substantial bounce. We may also see somebody drop out and endorse one of the front-runners. Do you have a reason for thinking a 12% lead is insurmountable?

    December 19, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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