December 19th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
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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. A Sad Woman, somewhere in America

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

    Posted By John, Des Moines, Iowa : December 19, 2007 12:02 pm

    You are so right this is such a double standard. I think the reality is this is all beacuse she is a woman even though they like to swear up and down saying it is not.
    This is like accusing a rape victim and saying it is her fault that she gets attacked. Sadly it is a same ole' story.

    December 19, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Tony, Washington, DC

    To the black lady who called Hillary a racist and stated she will vote for Huckabee if Hillary is the nominee, then you are calling Hillary a racist, but voting for a bigot. Get real lady. Hillary is far from a racist. Someone needed to expose the fakeness which is Obama. One day his in church singing, the next day dancing like Beyonce. One day he is a cigarette smoker, then while he is running for President, he stops. What a fraud.

    December 19, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. tom byrd--woonsocket, sd

    I recently spent some time in Iowa. I also read everything I could find about the Iowa primary system. My comment: Why mess with Iowa? certainly a non-event.

    December 19, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. S. Wright

    I'm gonna enjoy watching the Republican nominee for President beat the pantsuit off this lady in 2008.

    December 19, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. John, IN

    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 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Peter, NY

    Obama will win all 4 early states, watch and see

    December 19, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Allison, NH

    Joe, Boston: Please! When negative comments about Hillary started to come out during the recent debates, did Hillary really endure her criticisms? I think not – she blamed the negativity on everything from the fact that she was a woman, to negative campaigning. Funny, negative campaigning is her current forte'!

    Sarah, Owings Mills, MD: Sorry – I'm a woman and will NOT be voting for her. You say she has experience – tell me, in what? Because she's held an elected public office LESS time than Obama, Biden, Kucinich, or Dodd? Because she was the president's wife? Sorry – just because you are the president's wife doesn't make you qualified to be president! If she is basing her qualifications on her experience as the president's wife, than she should allow her records to come out and speak for themselves. She IS too smart for that! Maybe she should take a hint from Dodd, Kucinich and others – to actually show up for her current elected job!! Where was she this past week during the FISA vote?

    Anita d. cruz – sorry, depressed all my life you say? The only thing that would be depressing is electing Hillary – the SAME woman who voted not only for the Iraq war but the Iran sanctions. Do you like Bush? If you do, than Hillary is DEFINITELY your best choice for president. If you want change – than start thinking outside of the Bush box!

    As a liberal democrat, I would vote for Ron Paul (gasp, a Republican) over Hillary any day!

    December 19, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Grant, Virginia Beach, Virginia

    To :Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS : December 19, 2007 11:19 am

    Did you read what you just typed before posting it? You claimed Hillary had over 40 years of experience, where and when? How old is Hillary? Does the experience include the foetal stage of her life?

    This is one reason why we just cant get it right when ignoramus like you make comments you cannot back up.

    December 19, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. RealityKing

    If Hillary wins the presidency, we are guranteed 4 more years of hate spewing venom from both sides..

    December 19, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    The poll states an error factor of plus or minus 5%. The means it is possible there is still a dead heat.
    You ask "why do we hate her". I dislike her because she is not honest or trustworthy. I believe she has no morals at all. I don't want health care shoved down my throat.I want a choice. She openly admits CAN'T WAIT for fight with the republicans if she is elected. She will divide this country in half and congress and the senate will get nothing done. I want answers from her on issues and she won't be pinned down on anything.
    Will illegals have drivers license? Will we pay them benefits and special help with education?
    I don't know where she is on any of the issues because that's the way she wants it to be. I also believe she thinks the voters are stupid and will accept any flip flop with out question. I do not want to see her "break the glass ceiling" by running on her husband issues. Please note that she is now Hillary Clinton. Where did her middle name go? I could type on for page but in a word she is a divider.

    December 19, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    I for one will be glad when these primaries are over, so all the Clinton addicts can take their crow pie and go home.

    And Monte Brown from NY, you're delusional. Hillary is no more ready to TAKE OFF FROM DAY ONE than any of the other candidates and less so than most.

    Unless you mean she's gonna take off like the DEM congress did last January. Boy they sure got a lot accomplished didn't they?

    Sorry, but the woman won't get elected, the American public can't be fooled and over 50% say they won't vote for her under any circumstance. I'd say that significantly cuts into her voter base.

    December 19, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Salita, SC

    ROTFL You Hillary haters are so funny.

    December 19, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Ayyub, Richmond, Va.

    Surprised at the language and brainlessness of TB here, who said he (or is it she) hates Clinton.
    In my own case, and as a Black American, I never believe in Obama's hope. He is definitely being oushed around by Clinton haters in both the Democratic and Republican parties who are NOT going to vote for him against any white Repub;ican. The republicans prefer Obama to any other because of their confidence of doing him in. Obama can not win, forget about all the present hooplaa about his 'rating' against others.
    I am voting Huckabee too, if Obama wins. Being black does not mean you can do better than someone of other color. Those supporting Obama because he is balck should think deeply.

    Posted By John ATLANTA, GEORGIA : December 19, 2007 11:08 am

    It's feelings like this that keep not just all of American, but minorities down. You are overly pestimistic! You shouldn't even vote if you have no hope in this nation or even yourself.

    December 19, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Liberal Chic

    Independent, voter in New Hampshire :

    Get over yourself. If your kid can't compete honestly with a hard working children of dirt-poor immigrants whose primary language at home isn't even English, you and your kids are going to have other problems in life.

    No one wants these jobs the illegal immigrants are doing in the US. Do we want to pay $25/hr for poultry processing plant workers? You'll end up paying $16/lb at the store.

    I think we should be nice to Mexico/Mexicans. The way we want to become so insular and non-competitive in this world, they are going to out run us economically someday before too long and we'll be knocking on their doors for jobs.

    John Williams, San Diego:

    Total crap about stealing stuff. Even Bush Jr. said he wanted to move beyond it after an official report stated that it wasn't clear who (Clinton staff or Bush staff) caused the damage. Clinton supporters even wanted further investigation because the charges were so outrageous and blatantly partisan.

    The damage was $20K and Clinton himself offered to pay for it to appease the critics. I say it was Bush Jr. cronies who did it to make themselves look good. Clinton staffers weren't morons who think Bush Jr. people wouldn't cry foul to the press.

    Check out the link.

    December 19, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    This is not a very flattering photograph of Hillary by the way. When she smiles like that she looks like a Troll Doll waving, or "Chuckie" with a wig. Don't smile, just be yourself.

    December 19, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. John, Fairfax, VA

    Good numbers for Hillary; she must be overjoyed to see this. But we should all keep in mind that the horserace portrayed in the media fails to live up to the complications on the ground, especially in these early states, where dedication and organization matter more than anything else. So these are encouraging results for her, but they're also quasi-irrelevant. I'd say the same thing if this poll had her losing in New Hampshire (or in Iowa, as with the Washington Post/ABC poll released yesterday). We should pay more attention to the polls near election time – until then, just remember that they're snapshots of the current situation, which renders their predictive abilities totally void.

    December 19, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Thomas, Covina, CA

    You have many right wing fanatical Republican Hate Mongers trying to pass themselves off as Democrats. Don't be fooled by these swift boat liars. Hillary has always led in New Hampshire and the media tried to bring her down because they do not like her. Now that they see that she is going to win they have to try and correct their lies. Republicans and media means lies and deception for the American people. They want to elect our President. They appointed the President in 2000 & 2004 with the help of the Constitutional burning help of the Republican Majority US Supreme Court, however they will not do this in the next election.

    December 19, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I saw the term "pantsuit" and had to laugh ... will someone please tell Hillary it's ok to wear a dress once in awhile ... pantsuits are so ... well .. "ugly."

    December 19, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Larry Iowa City, IA

    Obama wins Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Mark my words.

    December 19, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. obama fans, calm down please, new haven, ct

    I am not a Hillary fan, and I even like Obama, but I have to say, the posts made by many of you Obama supporters are some of the most obnoxious, self-righteous things I've ever had the displeasure to read.

    December 19, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    We'll take on the challenge. Unite around the person who can win in the general election and can defeat Hillary in the nationally in the primaries.

    Let's go Obama supporters, still plenty of time to win this thing.

    Ready to go on the offensive? Pick up those phones, knock on those doors. Give the people of New Hampshire the information they need about Barack Obama. Ken Burns will be putting the documentary together about this campaign. CHARGE!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Nando, Florida

    CNN POLL ? yeah we really believe this one! That poll is worst than a Pakistan Election!!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Ken,NY

    to Obamba lovers,

    If your candidate can not take a punch, it proves he should not box. once week of so-so publicity, you guys
    could not take it any more ? I can not imagine he sit anywhere close to the
    the Oval Office. Election is serious
    business, not some beauty contest.

    December 19, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Joshua, Nashville, TN

    Ever since Hillary said that a raise in the Social Security cap would "hurt the middle class," I have been completely turned off of her. She knew that people who make more than that are not middle class, not even close! It left a bad taste in my mouth on many levels, but the two most important are:

    1) She's willing to blatantly lie to the voting public in order to be elected. I now have a hard time believing anything she says, especially promises to the American people concerning policy.

    2) Her position favors the wealthy.

    I was so disgusted and enraged I yelled at the television. Since then, she has dropped to almost completely last among my choice for democratic candidate. My preference is:

    1) Kucinich (never going to happen, sadly)
    2) Obama (I will caucus for him)

    December 19, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Roger, Worcester, Mass.

    You can decry her socialistic position on health care, her gun control stance, or her stand on any number of issues, but I will promise all of you this.

    If you vote Hillary into office - and she's made this abundantly clear by her waffling, double-talk, and congressional voting record - she WILL declare war on Iran. There are no 'ifs, ands, or buts' to it. Her biggest backers would like nothing more than to see Iran removed as a threat to their own interests.

    As far as I'm concerned, anybody who votes for Hillary Clinton, will be just as responsible for World War III as the Nazis who voted for Hitler were for World War II, and they will be judged by history as such.

    December 19, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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