December 19th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
11 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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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. BCNU purple state, usa

    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.

    What 'job' has she gotten done?

    Clinton is my second choice.

    Bill's second choice too!

    Hillary Clinton has the passion and understanding to be President.

    Is that what it takes? Guess I should be pretty close in those polls too!

    December 19, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    The people of Iowa, New Hampshire and all across America are realizing that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate, the most experienced candidate and she’s READY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE. The wonderful state of New Hampshire, where the motto is “Live Free or Die”, will nominate Hillary Clinton because the people who live in New Hampshire know which candidate will deliver the CHANGE WE NEED. Eventually, Hillary’s lead will widen even larger. The American people want their country back from the reactionaries. The American people want a leader who is strong and resilient. The American people are not beat for the drama and the nonsense anymore. The right wing has already put Hillary through the test. While the right wingers hate Hillary she is doing her work and sealing the deal for the American people.

    We will all benefit from Hillary’s administration and America will be loved again around the world. Everything will be great and the right wingers will have nothing to bring them out of the abyss. Come on America, let’s just do it. We can kill two birds with one stone. We can elect a president who, by design, will bring forth change around the world, and one who will be the best agent for the change America NEEDS. This is the greatest country in the world and with Hillary as the leader it will be even greater. Let’s cloud out the right wing demagogues and the other uncertain egghead Democratic candidates (who won’t get squat done but a lot of complaining) and elect Hillary Clinton. It makes a whole lot of sense. She’s got the best resume and she’s ready to take the job. Why do you think so many haters are still mad at Hillary and not the other Democrats?

    December 19, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. hmmm...OKLAHOMA

    I find it interesting that many Clinton supporters suffer from memory loss when it comes to their "backed horse" in this race:

    a. Former President Bill Clinton is the only president in the history of this country to actually be impeached while in office.

    b. The only significant plan Mrs. Hillary Clinton has pushed for, Universal Heathcare, failed miserably in the 90's (oh, and that she hasn't learned from that mistake because Bill came out and said it was his fault the plan failed).

    c. She plants questioners in the audience and has pre-rehearsed answers to the questions (seriously, if you watch the planted question asked of her by the college student, she begins to answer with "this question is asked of me all over the nation, namely by college students and children")

    If her husband is a proven liar and she's chosen to "stick with him," why would she be any different? Please don't be naive, vote for something other than the establishment.

    ps. I am neither republican or democrat, I am an independant. I will vote Obama in the primaries because I believe he is honest, but who in the general election? That remains to be seen.

    December 19, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Go get'em Hillary, I not only want someone who can win in '08 but also in 2012, and Hillary can.
    Obama wil be like Carter, unreelectable because of his inexperiance in National Politics.
    Hillary has that "fire in the belly" to be President where as Obama doesn't, at least not at this time.
    Neither had Gore nor Kerry, other wise they would have tried again.
    I know that Biden has the fever, if he had Obama's charisma then it would be a horse race between Hillary and Biden.
    Those two will not only stand up to the Republicans but know how to do it successfully.

    December 19, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Independent, voter in New Hampshire

    I'm an independent voter. Think about it, if a Dem gets into the Whitehouse. This country will be over run with Illegal immigrants who will take the college spots of your children which will go to Illegal Immmigrant children. We are already funding their health care and their education. Not one 08 candidate is thinking about the LEGAL Americans, they are only thinking about how many Illegal votes they can add to their name. They will all say exactly what you want them to say now, wait until they get in the Whitehouse. Things will be different and they will have a "very good" excuse for changing their minds. Try voting for someone who is for the Leagal working Americans.

    December 19, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Brown,baltimore,md

    Can we have some air time for Obama the same we are having for Hillary...Just being honest!

    December 19, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Dan, TX

    Wow. Looks like it's over. Edwards is finished for sure. Obama can't win without some of Edwards' supporters.

    December 19, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    This lady will do anything to win. Read this:

    She is not leading in New Hampshire that is my home state. NO WAY

    December 19, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. J Houston, TX

    Why is it that people think Obama is a candidate for change? If you truly were looking for a candidate for change, you'd be voting for Ron Paul. But I doubt you truly believe in what you are saying, so you won't cross party lines to do it. Pathetic.

    December 19, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Do we need any more proof that these polls are utterly worthless?

    In a matter of a few days, Clinton goes from tied to 12 points ahead, all the while campaigning in Iowa.

    Strange how this story fails to admit that over 40% of New Hampshire voters are still undecided.

    Merry Christmas, Hill.

    December 19, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Gary, Wilmington, NC

    yep, looks like the CFR and Bilderbergs are working some overtime to get Hillary back on track with the public. that and they're getting those Diebold machines ready, too.

    December 19, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. John, Des Moines, Iowa

    I agree with Joe from Boston. The media has been quite harsh on Clinton, but surprisingly soft on Obama. See this link:

    December 19, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Shawn, New York, NY

    Nice. Two polls out over the past 24 hours show either Edwards or Obama with the lead in Iowa, so naturally CNN shifts focus to New Hampshire.

    December 19, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. john williams san diego, ca.

    these hillary lovers must be under 40. i can remember back to the early white house days when she found the rose law firm papers in her room 3 days after statute of limitations and taking everything that wasn't nailed down when her and bubba had to finally leave from there.

    December 19, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Ken,NY

    To those Clinton haters,

    Electing President is different from
    selecting American Idol, It is serious business, I will no vote for anyone who is not ready. Also to lead a nation
    takes more than wishful thinking and blogging. People live in the real world.

    December 19, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. karen, nj.

    Now is that vehicle or plane she's alighting from a hybrid? Would hate to have to calculate her "carbon footprint" for this campaign...

    December 19, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Sarah, Owings Mills, MD

    I still don't understand why you commenters hate Hillary so much. No one has given any genuine reason for the negative comments passed on her. I guess you all have sisters, daugthers, mothers. She is human just like everybody else.

    If I may ask, is it because she is smart? Or is it because she is a woman and you men feel threaten by her? I can tell you that she is not perfect just like anybody else. She has made mistakes and she has learned from it – To me that is an experience.

    I will prefer to have a president who has made mistakes and learned from it rather than someone who has never made any mistakes and use the office of presidency as a guinea pig.

    For those of you who are Christians, I will like to know if you read the same Bible that I read. The Bible did not say anything about conservatives or liberal but Bible talks about Love and the need for us to turn away from Sins. And if Bible (word of God) is your standard, there is no where the Bible talks about smaller sins or bigger sins. When you break one sin, you break all sins. So if abortion is a sin, so is exploiting the poor is a sin, so is hatred is a sin. And the same Bible says: He who hate his brother or sister is a murderer. I am not in any way saying abortion is right but according to the Bible, hating fellow human being is consider a murder.

    I hope you can all do some introspection and comment based on facts and not judge Hillary because of your hatred towards her. God bless America with a Godly President (Democrat or Republican) who will trust in the Living God instead of just military power.

    December 19, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Michelle, AL

    I am not a Hillary supporter, and I am not going to vote for her. But I do believe in a fair election, with each candidate being handled and examined in the same manner. The Washington Post story posted by John in Des Moines is certainly an eye opener. For everyone who accuses Hillary of being dishonest and manipulative, the accusations against Obama in that article are just as bad or worse than anything she has done.
    He is a novelty, and having him beat what looked to be a sure thing is a huge news story. That's why he is being treated like a Golden Child in the media.

    December 19, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. anita d. cruz, spring texas



    December 19, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Daniel, NY

    Another New Hampshire poll released today also has the same trendline, with Clinton regaining a lead she had lost last week. Link

    December 19, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. AJ, IL

    Although I'm not enthusiatic about polls, I am glad to see CNN attaching complete poll results versus a summary of who they deemed appropriate to report on. I would prefer Obama to be ahead, but the polls are just small snapshot samples can change in the next 3 to 7 days.

    The poll consisted of ~500 would-be democratic primary voters. The Democratic primary voter base is over 200,000. So this poll represents 0.25% of the Democratic primary voter population. This is not statistically significant.

    It is interesting that Clinton garnered major support as the Democratic candidate who best handles the War in Iraq, Economy, Social Security, Healthcare, and Illegal immigration. The people of New Hampshire must be thinking of Bill Clinton and not Hillary Clinton.

    December 19, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. John, Des Moines, Iowa

    John Williams from San Diego, I am supporting Hillary (not exactly a Hillary lover) and I am not under 40.

    December 19, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. josh


    December 19, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    Extremely sad news, if true. And who can say that?

    December 19, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Eric, Chicago Il

    I must have missed something. I check CNN several times a day everyday but I don't remember when Clinton lost the lead in NH. In the summer she was way ahead then everything in the last couple weeks has called it too close to call. Now Clinton "regains the lead" is a major headline? She never lost it! If you really want to force something you could say going from a tie to a lead is regaining but let's not make a big deal about it. Also, I wonder what CNN means by "several other recent surveys" vague wording has no business in a news article.

    December 19, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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