January 2nd, 2008
08:06 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Neck-and-neck in New Hampshire

Sen. John McCain, left, has come back to tie ex-Gov. Mitt Romney in a New Hampshire poll.

Sen. John McCain, left, has come back to tie ex-Gov. Mitt Romney in a New Hampshire poll.

(CNN) - With six days to go until the New Hampshire primary, there are ties in poll results for the top candidates in both parties.

With roughly a quarter of those polled in both parties saying they won't make up their mind until the election, both the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination races are up for grabs.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, whose campaign was languishing six months ago, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are now tied for first place, with each grabbing the support of 29 percent of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters, the CNN/WMUR poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire found.

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  1. Steve Krauss

    I am not a Huckabee or McCain or Giulianni or Romney or Tancredo or Hunter fan. But 1 thing about Romney – he is a scumbag. He is the lowest of all the negative campaigners I have ever seen. He is also the #1 panderer. When these Republicans have offed each other we can go back to dumping on Bush & Cheney
    who really deserve it.

    January 2, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Larry-cableguy

    McCain is a huge waste of a vote. Remember Bob Dole in 96'? The Dems and media are all showing polls to try to influence people who want a winner and think McCain has a chance....
    Polls, polls, polls. A poll in the primaries where independents vote and wait until the last day to decide is a waste of time for everyone.

    As a democrat, I fully support Huckabee's or Dole's nomination.

    January 2, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Philip, IN

    So, why is all that stuff about Obama on this page? Shouldn't it be posted on an article about him?

    Good luck McCain. I'm still cheering for you.

    January 2, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Europe

    I won't be voting in this election, in fact I can't even vote since I'm not American.

    However if people in America wants liberty, sound financials and a chance to improve from the current destructive ways of government overspending.

    If people don't want America to have troops all over the world, they don't want to see the dollar become worthless and they do not like to become a part of the north American Union there is really only one choice... Ron Paul !

    That said...
    Unfortunately I don't think he will win because his views follow the US constitution, which would mean that many powerfull people that threives at the expence of the American people would loose their sources of income.

    January 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Alexander

    We had an idiot (BusH) for seven years , what is this talk about McCain now, he is emotionally unstable and you know it. Romney is a lair , whom can not run the office without his attorneys, Giuliani's claim to fame is 9/11 and he made a fortune from that tragedy. Huckabee is Nixonian crook and Jesus can take you so far, Ron Paul is the only one that makes sense but everyone is ignoring him, Thompson wants to run a campaign from five star resort. So there you have it, these are your choices . I am not voting for anyone, what is the use, This whole democracy thing is just a stupid "myth". For last 40 years they have been talking about the same issues and nothing gets done.

    January 2, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Bemused

    How are the citizens of New Hampshire enjoying Mitt’s ridiculous new advertisement proclaiming “The U.S. will see more change in the next ten years than in the last ten centuries”??? FOFLOL

    Did Mitt study history in school? C’mon he must remember, oh say, the Magna Carta (1215), or 1492 (Columbus sailed the ocean blue), or perhaps 1776?

    Maybe he will recall learning about the development of the cotton gin or the printing press? Or the invention of railroads, automobiles and airplanes? Let’s not forget electricity and the www.

    Of course, the campaign advertisement comes to us from the same man who says that the president doesn’t need to have any experience in foreign policy. LOL

    Does anyone have an aspirin/Tylenol for the headache I have from laughing so hard? (Or will they be developed in the next decade??)

    January 3, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  7. New Hampshire Independent

    This polling data is old news. McCain is now considered ahead not just in New Hampshire (see http://www.realclearpolitics.com for details) but nationally, as well. It's gonna be a great week here in New Hampshire, and for the rest of the country, too.

    McCain '08!!

    January 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Elmahdi oummih

    Ron Paul WILL Place 1st or 2nd or 3rd in New Hampshire. You can take that to the bank. Ron Paul had the best numbers in IOWA with independents and New Hampshire allows independents to cast in either race.

    If by some miracle, he does not not place in the top three in a state where the Motto is live free or die... then he should convince Obama to amend his position on the domestic front and the war in Iraq, make a pledge to actually uphold the constitution and throw his support behind him.

    Ron Paul, Kuccinich, Gravel or Obama even Edwards.... anyone else and I am moving to Finland, cause the dollar will become worth less than toilet paper.

    January 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Adam Wightman

    listen, this political process is simply a waste of time. What if every man with a gun- those dissenting from the corrupt government- decided to get their guns, mathematically you would probably be bale to take New York, Washington, Califorinia, all the Mid-western states, and everything but maybe a couple south midwestern states. The people would rule – you would be able to over throw the crazy men by probably next year, then you would be able to start a REAL NWO, one for the people for a change- how hard would that be. Yea thats right, thats what your corrupt news has produced, good white, christian people who aren't even racist that want a revolution. Keep going corporate America – send this ones to your CEO's, we mean buisness. Ron Paul Revolution.

    January 5, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  10. michael

    Every one listen up.........Clinton is the best choice for all of us, trust me.

    January 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. James Karl

    The stupid war against cannabis continues on now for 70 years. The country is obviously run by DEA fascists who consistently lie about cannabis being useless as medicine while 12 states and nearly the entire neutral medical profession voting otherwise.
    ANY CANDIDATE WHO OPPOSES MEDICAL OR RECREATIONAL CANNABIS IS A FASCIST. So vote for Paul or Kucinich. The rest are trash which have led us to where we are now: a wannabe democracy with no moral influence in the rest of the world.

    January 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Pamela Heinbecker

    The comments posted in this blog are truly astounding.
    The lack of real knowledge of candidates voting records their positions on
    social issues etc. etc and their successful accomplishments discredits the commentary of most of those offering their comments as shown in this

    i chanllenge everyone offering commentary in this blog to do their respective
    homework on the candidates.

    Mitt Romney is by far the best candidate in any party running for president.

    He has top credentials as a winner in every category you can name. He lives
    his values, managed to return Mass. 2-3 billion dollar deficit to a solid balance sheet with his polcies including returning 1 billion to the state treasury. As one very liberal friend who lives in Mass. stated not long ago "He was the best governor Mass. ever had" Furthermore, his voting record is solidly pro-life and whether he claimed this position 2 years ago or not is a non issue based on the facts reflected in his votiing record.. The same with
    his tax policies, his cuts in spending, his belief in a smaller federal government all qualifiy him above the rest. No one in the media ever talks about Mitt Romneys huge conpetnece and success in solving massive debt and solvency problems in the companies he has helped turn around saving companies , saving jobs and attracting investors to these companies. Also you never hear a word about his time spent with the voters in Iowa, New Hampshire along with the money he has raised and his own money spent all you hear is how much money he has spent not the long days , weeks months meeting with people in these states. The Evangelical Christians voted for Huckabee because he is one of them. But Huckabee only got a very small percentage of votes from non evangelicals and had it not been for the Evangelical vote Huckabee would have come in 6th. Huckabee is not a conservative nor does he have a voting/policy record as governor making the case that he is. Very liberal policies as governor.

    John McCain is an utterly uninspiring candidate, has no real conservative
    dynamics to offer his candidacy. He has lived his place in the sun as a divisive member of his party and now claims it was he that brought about the influence for the surge. That credit does not belong to him at all. It belongs to President Bush and influenced by General Kean. We need someone new and fresh to lead this country. Someone with real competence and a proven winner. My vote goes to Mitt Romney , a proven, competent leader, more leader than politician.

    You out there who find George Bush and Dick Cheney such dispicable individuals who have wronged this country will llive to see the historians place them as great successes for the leadership they provided this country at a time when this country was faced with terror unmatched and kept us safe, saved the economy from 2 recessions, with the help;of their leadership brought the econony back from the disaster of 9-11 created entrepeneurship in this country beyond any time previous in this countries history, created tax policies, that benifited everyone with lower taxes
    and because of these tax policies allowed for job creation unmatched in any previous administration.

    Some of you out there need to do your homework and some of you just need to stop whining and grow up.
    The greatness of this Bush adninistration will be told over and over by the historians ie. Abraham Lincolns administration as an exanple.

    God Bless Mitt Romney and his family!
    I am anon Mormon supporter of his presidential bid!

    January 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Sarah

    NH voters take a close look at Romney's complete record, not just the cherry picked parts of his record but his entire record. Then take a close look at his statements about being a life long hunter, seeing his parents marching with MLK, being endorsed by the NRA. Then realize why 48% of americans say they would never vote for him under any circumnstances. He is untrustworthy and unpredictable as a president. He has caused distrust on all sides of the aisles with his shared values of political expediency. Hillary or Obama can unite the center-left, Romney lacks the credibility required to unite the center-right – and that is why a vote for Romney is a vote for a democrat in the whitehouse.

    January 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Elmahdi OUMMIH

    The New Hampshire Primary needs to be investigated. There is very good reason to believe that Votes were not properly tabulated. There is incontravertable evidence that in one district 34 of Ron Pauls votes were not counted. In another district, all of the votes were cast for none of the GOP choices, but instead went to "other".

    Computers are a wonderful thing. Computers make our lives easier. However, when it comes to something as important as voting, we should use hand ballots. We need to protect the integrity of our democracy. If voting irregularities are discovered, we need to publicize it and correct them.

    Our country has lost many things over the past couple of decades. We have lost much of what made America a great nation. The straw that breaks the camels back will be if we condone voting fraud. Contact the New Hampshire Republican Committee. They did the right thing with the FOX debate... I am certain that if enough Obama and Ron Paul supporters contact them, they will once again do the right thing.

    The right thing here is very simple. A handcount needs to be done. On a national level, all computer voting systems must be eliminated. Additionally, foreign governments should not be involved in tabulating American primary votes or caucus results.

    God Bless.

    January 9, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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