January 5th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
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Tight race in New Hampshire, post caucus poll shows

O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama staffer Saturday.

Clinton and Obama are dead even in New Hampshire, a new poll shows.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - With three days to go until the New Hampshire primary, it’s dead even in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A new CNN/WMUR New Hampshire presidential primary poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire has Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois all tied up, with each grabbing the support of 33 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State.

Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina is in third place with 20 percent. (Full poll results [PDF])

“Both Obama and Edwards appear to have benefited form the Iowa caucuses. Each picked up 3 points in New Hampshire. Clinton lost one point, since our last poll taken before the caucuses,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

The new CNN/WMUR survey was conducted Friday and Saturday, after the Iowa caucuses.

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Related video: N.H. Poll: Clinton, Obama tied

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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  1. Anna, SW Missouri

    If Hillary Clinton can not take the heat that was given to her last night by the other candidates without getting angry, how is she ever going to be able to be a diplomat for the United States to the world? I felt that she was lecturing me last night, not negotiating with me to understand why I should vote for her. We are both from the generation that has been trying to break the glass ceilings in all of business and in the Presidency, but she is not the women that we want to do that.

    January 6, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. concerned citizen, Mesa, Arizona

    It seems Obamas support is coming from Republicans and Independents. I thought he was a Democrat. Is there a reason they are pushing him? The way some of these states vote is crazy.. Only Democrats should be able to vote for nominee. Republicans should not be able to pick Demcrat nominee. I also feel the states should all vote on same day that way know one state has mor influence.

    January 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    To Harold Bishop, NH below herold. Bill Clinton did balanced the budget. He is one of only 2 US President who were able to balance the budget.

    Sounds like you are a Republican.

    January 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. K

    To Harold Bishop, NH. Bill Clinton is one of only 2 US President who were able to balance the budget.

    Sounds like you're a republican.

    January 6, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. linda hemmingsen

    I would like to say that has anyone in the media,ever thought of the possability that those republicans that say they went democrat in Iowa to vote for obama, weren't doing it to get hillary to lose?than turn and vote republican in the actual election? This has been a trick of the republicans forever. when they saw a candiadte look like he was losing they voted nader to split the vote. Be very careful democrats on how you vote! When you get news media pundents speaking in raving reviews of obama, when they have never in there history said nice comments about democrats ever! it could be to manipulate the voting to get him elected in the primaries so he can lose in the election and then they win again. I have watched for years as a canadian, and am amazed at how your media is so easily led. for the media it is your job to find out if this is real or manipulation from the right karl rove and the white house has a mighty machine that has won many elections doing dirty tricks. I still think that Hillary would be a wonderful president .What about all the votes obama said present to? where was his value of right and wrong there? what was he hiding behind the present vote? was it to keep things off the record?if so why?

    January 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Terence, yeah, the results of Iowa and New Hampshire CAN make or break a candidate. Like it or not, nothing succeeds like success, and wins in these early contests cause HUGE shifts in political tides. In 2004 when John Kerry beat Howard Dean in the Iowa caucuses it cause the total collapse of then front-runner Howard Dean's campaign, and launched Kerry, something of a collapsed second-tier candidate at the time, into the nomination. You're also fully incorrect about McCain beating Bush in Iowa in 2000. McCain skipped the Iowa caucuses in that year to campaign in New Hampshire, and the result of his win there catapulted him ahead of Steve Forbes and made him a major competitor in numerous other states. This is significant because McCain was a huge underdog. After winning New Hampshire he was a mortal threat to the Bush candidacy.

    January 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Erdie




    January 6, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Erdie





    January 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. sam

    linda hemmingsen
    i fully agree with the thought that you have put in. the democrats should very carefully look into this aspect. I like Obama very much but belive it not republicans want him to come at first place so that they can again use there dirty tricks and win.therefore think before you vote just don't ride the change wave and get nowhere. Young voter need to be more careful, otherwise we will have repeat of 2004 results

    January 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    There are people still voting for Hillary??

    Ok...let break it down....

    Hillary says "35 years political experience"

    reality check – "6 years elected" experience – while Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas....Hillary was a partner in the Rose Law Firm...and on the board of Directors for Walmart – unless she was counting sleeping next to him as "experience"

    Hillary says "I authored the SCHIP (Childrens Health Care bill)" – not true – research this one....the concept was brought to the Republican congress and authored there....Hillarys name is not mentioned anywhere...nor did she author a word

    bottom line...she's a liar

    January 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    One more thing...and its worth mentioning...because Hillary supporters seem to forget...

    Bill Clinton had a Democrat controlled house and sentate – until Hillary tried to stuff socialized healthcare down our throats...the incredible tax increase that would of followed caused the control to shift – thus causing Bill Clinton's left wing stance to shift to a moderate....Republican controlled house and senate with a newly found "moderate" Bill Clinton...is what "balanced the budget" and no conflict in the world that we were willing to address (no 9/11) – although the trade center was bombed...and no reponse....and the USS Cole was bombed – with a single missile sent...and the embassy was bombed....with no retaliation....yeah..I guess we could go back to the Clinton days....weak defense....and if Hillary had he way....high taxes and a subpar health system (figure if the system she was proposing was so good...Canada and France would want more details....they don't....their citizens come here for good health care....at least...the wealthy ones do

    January 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Harold Bishop, NH

    Herold (writing as "anonymous" and as "K")

    What do you mean by "balancing the budget"?

    Clinton never presented a balanced budget to congress. He produced a lot of propaganda to support it though, but he didn't do it.

    As for calling me a Republican, what a silly contemptuous thing to say after I spread the love.

    Silly. Let's unite. Our country needs us.

    All best!

    January 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Philip

    The CNN poll is correct.

    Hillary and Obama are tied among DEMOCRATIC voters – the ones who will actually vote in the primaries.

    Yes, when you add independent voters to the picture, Obama has a 10 point lead – but independents will NOT be voting in the primaries.

    January 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. lynn

    Edwards won the Saturday night debate – both Obama and Hillary are celebrities, and thoughtful most of all of their rivalry. Only Edwards, of the top three, showed appropriate "I want to do the work; I believe I can do the work" of the presidency type motivation. Edwards, the non-professional politician, doesn't take this as a feather for his cap (as do Obama and Hillary). For Edwards, the U.S. o f A. is in deep trouble, and he sees we can't get down any road with the corporate powers setting down boulders / blockades. We need to get our legislators back to working for us, the people. Edwards will make that happen.

    January 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Ruby Coria, CA.

    I would like to know a few things; 1. who vote's at these polls? 2. what is these peoples nationality? 3. where are these polls located? and HOW do I vote in those polls? a Why is all this voting thing getting out of hand? We need someone who is going to represent us to the Leaders of the World...Obama? good intentions but doesn't know how to speak. John? good intentions but Obama knocked him off. The Hill? good intentions and strong woman. Republicans oops sorry they only have Rudy but they will find comforth in God in Huckberry Finn.

    January 6, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. Nelson

    How can Clinton be a symbol of change when at at the same time, she talks of the things she has been doing in the last 30 years; she sounds more like an instrument of status quo!

    January 7, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  17. Milo

    Let's all be honest for one second. I'm starting to wonder how gullable our people really are, and if we're past the point of no return in terms of common sense.

    All of these polls are ridiculous. It doesn't matter who votes in the elections, but what really matters is who counts the votes. We've all seen what happened in OH and FL during the last election. We all witnessed electronic voting fraud, and the evidence is there for you to see for yourself. Feel free to search it on Youtube.

    Just remember that their is no difference between 99% of the candidates in terms of Democrate or Republican, and that they are all working for the international bankers, and private corporations (the same ones who own the Federal Reserve Bank). We are in a nation that keeps barrowing money from the Fed to pay for wars and other special interest projects, and we're paying for these things by printing more money. Why do you think we're experienceing hyperinflation right now? If you keep printing money then you devalue the money at the same time. That's why each one of us in the middle and lower classes is pyaing more and more for the same goods each year. The squeeze is for real.

    I'm not going to tell you that Ron Paul is the only one you can vote for, but please research his message. He makes excellent points on monetary policy, foriegn policy, and wants to restore our freedoms and liberties. He will reverse the Patriot Act, the Military Commission Act, and all the other Acts that Bush has installed to strip us of our freedoms. Next topic....take away our guns, regulate the internet to control free speach, and slowly we're transitioning from employees to slaves.

    I pray for all of us that we stand up and stop the elitist from slowly but surely creating a North American Union, and finally to a one world government. Think of it this way....is there anything good that comes from a Monopoly? You end up losing competitoin which lowers costs,and increases the amount of services and amenities we recieve (or have to CHOOSE from).

    Vote Ron Paul in 2008. Save our country and our constitution!

    January 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Somewhere in Iowa

    The three front runners on the Dem's side have the same platform. The difference is Hillary says she's an insider and can get things done, being the leader in pac money she probably can. But who writes the bills? Obama wants to get everyone together and sing kumbaya and then we will all resolve are problems. Edwards says Washington is broke blow it up and start over. What a choice?

    January 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Zack Lear

    The bottom line is our country is more divided now than ever, and if Hilary is the nominee or even president we will be even more divided. I'm not one for caring about what Republicans think on anything, but I really don't want to spend the next four years listening to them bash her. The truth is Republicans want Hilary to win because they think they can beat her. We cannot allow them to have what they want. Obama is what our country needs now more than ever. If we elect Obama it would send a clear message across the world that Americans are as fed up with our Government as they are. The days of cowboy diplomacy is over. Obama can and will bring our country back together again. Not pitting Red states against Blue states, but once again making us the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.

    January 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Your Joking NH

    Something really is wrong in this country! Why? Let's get serious! I am in shock to see Iowa and New Hampshire citizens think this country is better off in the hands of a candidate who has little to no experience with making changes for this country and says nothing about how he thinks he is going to make any changes. He keeps talking about this country's need for change but doesn't seem to have any comments on what change or changes he's talking about. To vague for my thoughts about change. The young are all excited when they talk about Barack
    Obama but they don't talk about what kind of changes Obama is promising them that their getting excited about. I guess it's good enough to just say the word change to excite the young at heart. I say that's not good enough for me. I say this country does need a big change and the best person for that job is someone tried and true. Someone who can really make a difference someone with experience to make changes, someone not afraid to make changes, someone who doesn't just talk about change but has a real vision and plan about change. This country is in serious trouble – This is not the time to play babe's in toy land. Let's get serious, let's get real, vote Hillary Rodham Clinton – She really can make the difference. GET SERIOUS NOW BEFORE IT'S TO LATE. DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE IN 2008 AS THIS COUNTRY MADE IN 2000 AND 2004. SAY NO TO PROMISES SAY YES TO TRIED AND TRUE! OUR COUNTRY BECAME GREAT ON THE TRIED AND TRUE.

    January 7, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. Manuela

    who cares about Oprah? I guess millions of stupid fat people do. People can't you think for yourselves??? you need Oprah to tell you how to live your life?
    please wake up, exercise, lose some weight and look at how the rest of the civilized world is leaving their lives. America is heading in the wrong direction at the speed of life. people live their lives stuck to their television sets and allow the television and media to dictate their lives.
    Oprah is an idiot who forgot how hard it was for a woman to get to the power. I have no respect for her anylonger since she turned her back on Hillary. she should have sided with the women. but she is such a typical stupid woman, she sides with the men, typical women. instead of us smart women to unite together and be strong and unite against the hurt we got from men, we turn against each other and kiss us the guys who hurt us. or maybe Oprah couldn't stand the fact that there might be a woman out there more powerful than she is. I have no respect for Oprah what's so ever. she is an big time idiot.
    Obama stole all Hillary ideas and now he is turning into a major jerk. let's not forget that he put her down on national television many times. I don't like him and I don’t trust him. Hillary will make one good president, but I guess this country is way behind the rest of the world to allow a woman to lead. This country is pretty sexist so I am not surprised you will vote for a black guy who is inexperienced rather than vote for a perfectly good experienced candidate who is a woman. Well, I think you guys are making a big mistake for voting for Obama. On the day when you will have to vote for your president, the majority of people will vote for the white republican guy, and hence one more time there will be 8 years of long recession and republican, conservative and narrow-minded era.
    wake up and smell the coffee and vote for the right candidate who can bring the country back to the glory days of Clinton when the economy was booming and things were good.
    and one more thing, so what Bill cheated on Hilary, how many men out there cheat on their wives on daily basis? or how many physically abuse their wives? please wake up to reality. what's worse cheating on your wife or abusing her physically or emotionally??? please there is at least one case of abuse in every single relationship in this country. but how do you go on with your relationships?? you forgive and learn and go on, because you need each other for different reasons, money, children etc. so think straight before you vote for the wrong candidate just because stupid Oprah said so. Oprah please.. I have no respect for her what's so ever and I am a smart engineer and very educated and well traveled woman. but I know how this world turns and I hate to see smart women turning against themselves just because of jealousy. shame on Oprah. have no respect for her.

    January 7, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. KC Hunter

    It's amazing how Obama has taken over. His roll might extend into the larger states. I have a feeling though it will be a lot tougher in California, Florida and especially New York to run against Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. Daniela Bommer

    As a European from Germany I´m truly interested in the presidential election campaigns in the US. The reason is obvious: The outcome of the US presidential election has consequences for the rest of the world – as your nation is among the most influential and powerful ones on the globe.
    I saw the image of the USA step-by-step deterior after 9/11. I don´t understand the stubborn political approach towards Iraq. The gap between the poor and the rich seems to get wider and wider, and a "green conciousness" in terms of resources and nature still seems to be a hobby for well-educated DINKs.
    What I hope for is Change. Although this word seems to be attached to the Obama team I believe that every democratic candidate could represent change – most likely not to the same extend, but change nonetheless. I hope that there will be a change in Amercan politics next year, because your nation always inspired dreams of better life – and you can resume to be this source of inspiration again.
    I´ll keep watching your campaign and election process....

    January 8, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Melissa

    What is the percentage of everybody's votes?

    January 8, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Your Joking NH

    ~Now your talking New Hampshire~ Go New Hampshire Go~
    ~VOTE~ Hillary Rodham Clinton

    January 8, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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