January 3rd, 2008
10:01 PM ET
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Schneider: Independents overwhelmingly support Obama

Independent voters overwhelmingly support Barack Obama.

Independent voters overwhelmingly support Barack Obama.

Schneider: Independents overwhelmingly support Obama

In a result bodes well for Barack Obama heading into New Hampshire, the Illinois Democrat overwhelmingly won among Independent voters - 40 percent of those voters chose Obama, compared to 25 percent for John Edwards and 14 percent for Hillary Clinton.

Why is this good news for Obama? Only 20 percent those who attended the Democratic caucuses said they were Independents. But a significantly higher percentage of self-indentified Independents are expected to vote in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary next week.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. kam

    who will be the democratic candidate? My opinion is you really can't tell after the Iowa caucus because the LOW turnout of voters for the democratic party compared to the republican party. My pick is still Barack Obama for Democrats and Ron Paul for Republicans. Its gonna get exciting.

    January 4, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  2. Chris


    So what if I haven't heard of Obama before recent memory? I didn't know who Kerry really was unitl he got the nomination either; I had no idea whatsoever who BILL CLINTON was until he campaigned for the nomination. At least I knew who Obama was before he was even a U.S. Senator.

    And the reasons you stated (Hope and change) are the reasons he's got support. Yes we have heard his message before, but this is the first time many believe it is more than a politician using power words to win your vote. No one's buying anything, it's being given away for free.
    You see, the great thing about this country is it's a Democracy. So for the love of God, let people believe again in this country and this process again.

    January 4, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  3. Ray, grand rapids,mi.

    I never thought in my lifetime i would ever see what i saw tonite, but to my surprise, i found a candidate that moved me!!! I think if he(OBAMA) makes it to office, he has the charisma and the drive so we can finally have bi-partisan agreement to get @#$% done!!!! We need a president that finally walks the walk without the smoke. The train has left the station for Obama and the tracks flow downhill. I think I'll buy a ticket, and get on when he comes to Michigan. I think all democratic Americans should do the same if you TRULY want change!!

    January 4, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  4. Dan Birch, New Hampshire

    Folks, what record does Obama have to back up this big talk about "change?" He gave a good speech at the Democratic convention in 2004, then became the US senator by default and is now wanting to become the president? He is a good orator and is charismatic but that doesn't qualify him to become the president. Wake up, folks.

    We need to save this country from falling into the hands of Obama.

    January 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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