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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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Michael

    I am disappointed in some of the bloggers & their responses. It sounds as if there is a conspiracy to elect Clinton, & CNN is the predominant proponent. What ridiculous BS! Obama is a good candidate, unfortunately his skin color will not allow him to win the presidency. I typically vote democrat. If Obama gets the demcratic nomination we are done (as democrats for president). A republican will definitely be elected. Probably a less qualified individual (excluding McCain) will reside in the white house. All because of the color of Obama's skin. I believe Obama is a good option for president, but this country will not allow it. Some extremist will see poor Obama dead before they will see him president of this country. I fear for him & his family. He is a brave man. I do not know if this country is ready for a female to reign as chief either. I do believe Hillary is qualified (as is Obama). I will be voting for Hillary given the chance!

    January 6, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.

    January 5, 2008 6:19 pm ET

    Romney is now positioning himself as the agent of change. Good luck with that, he's finished.

    No Steve you're wrong. Romney's always changing.

    January 6, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. Denzel Richie

    Hillary '08. She won the debate tonight.

    January 6, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  4. Tadala

    I am a foreigner currently in the US .
    I agree that we no longer respect you Americans since your Bush came to power. Most Americans do not realize the importance of your country gaining the respect of other countries. In most cases it is people like Herold who travel outside the USA box that realize how grave the consequences of this fact will be if you continue electing presidents like Bush who do not have respect for other countries. Times have changed and you cannot afford to have presidents who will be bullies of other countries! Everybody has to earn respect not demand it like US is doing now.
    I disagree with Herold that choosing Hillary will bring back your glories of Bill's time. You are making too many assumptions by making that statement. For example the 90's are not the 20's. You are thinking like people in my village back home who think that the chief's son/wife will always continue their parent's / spouse legacy. It does not always work like that!! If you want some monarchy in the US, you can use the British system and have Bush/Clinton as your royal families. This is one thing that has me questioning if US is really a democratic country.

    January 6, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. Jay

    Know your candidates: Edwards, the candidate of change, voted for the war, before apologizing for his vote during the 2004 election, then after losing the election he again defended his vote, before again backtracking when the 2008 election approached. I guess the change he is talking about is his opinion to suit his immediate needs. For the record he also voted against tort reform, no surprise coming from a former lawyer. Edwards hardly has a record to back his claims of being a candidate of change. Sounds like more of the same Washington politics to me.

    January 6, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  6. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.

    Herold January 5, 2008 6:25 pm ET

    Herold of Brooklyn, NY

    As an African American, I have no doubt about Barack Obama's ability to run this country. However, I will support Hillary Clinton all the way because I believe if she can pick up where her husband left off, we will have a great Country again.

    I am an 11 year-Veteran who has been travelling quite extensively, never had we have more respect than when Bill Clinton was in the White House. We seem to care about internal issues, rightfully so, but, we also must care about our moral standing and authority around the world. The International community used to look up to us when Clinton was there and they genuinely loved us. Now, most of us hide the fact that we're Americans. That's must change.

    If one's looking for reasons to back Hillary Clinton, just over look the fact that there were a few scandals; just look at what where accomplished during her husband's Administration:

    A lot of job creation
    A balanced Budget with big surplus
    A great Economy which lifted my family out of poverty
    Most importantly, our moral authority was outstanding around the world.

    I want to see that again. With Hillary in the White House, I believe there won't be any such scandals, in fact, there will be more order in our government.

    So, I call upon all Democrats today to support Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that some of the Republicans are trying to set the Party up for failure. They just want him to win the primaries so that they can beat him in the Fall. Do not believe the hype. Do what's right; support Hillary Clinton for a sure victory in the general elections.



    I'm sorry to have to break this to you but, Hillary is not Bill. Hell Bill isn't even Bill anymore. Like JFK those days are gone. Hillary was just here in Iowa and I can tell you she doesn't connect with struggling working people at all. And how could she? I don't believe she ever had to want for anything in her life. She comes across so distant from the real ideals that people have. She didn't connect here in Iowa and if New Hampshire people are smart (and I belive they are) she won't connect there either.

    January 6, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.


    January 6, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  8. Michael Holland

    Please, everyone......pipe down, pipe down......yes, Obama is a good orator and he is eloquent in front of the people, bu he doesn't even have half the senatorial experience as either HRC, Edwards, McCain, Huckabee or most of the other candidates. He is a big shark swimming in a small pool right now, but when the real elections get here he will fold against a seasoned political opponent. The republicans are slowly gaining the momentum while the democrats are happily tearing each other apart. I love it. Go (insert any republican candidates name here)!!!

    P.S. I am proudly a Bush supporter because I like speaking loudly and carrying a big stick and using it as well. I hate politicians who are wishywashy and who can't make a decision. I like Bush for the main reason when he says something, he means it and if you aren't listening well, you better get your head out of your four points of contact.

    January 6, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. Tyler, Albany, OR

    polls mean nothing

    January 6, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. Kevin,FL

    Ok Other Polls say otherwise They have Clinton Leading.. and i think this debate that was on ABC Clinton did way better than the rest Obama looked tired and out of it..... CLINTON WILL WIN NH!!

    January 6, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. serena1313

    Insofar as Romney as the agent of change: he changes his positions daily. LOL

    *** Herold of Brooklyn, NY

    I think a lot of people are voting for Hillary because she is Bill Clinton's wife. Granted she is intelligent, does extremely well in the debates, but she is not Bill Clinton. She will probably not govern like Bill did. Not to mention, at no fault of hers, but the right wing attack machine will come out in full force drudging up all the crap from before thus making it that much more difficult for her to accomplish what she needs to. Iam not saying she won't accomplish anything, but it will be a big distraction and the country will remain divided.

    In contrast Barack Obama will not have that to deal with. Obama attracts republicans, independents and democrats alike. Independents are crucial for winning the election. Since polls show Obama beats every republican candidate in a one-on-one match-up is an important factor to consider.

    We cannot ignore the circumstances the next president will face are daunting. They are nothing like the 1990's. It will take years if not decades to undo the damage Bush & Cheney did to our country.

    Obama's sense of justice tempered by intelligence, sense of balance and reasoned logic are qualities necessary for a leader. His answers are generally measured and thoughtful, not the cookie-cutter type of answers most politicians give.

    His willingness to speak to other world leaders without stipulating rules beforehand demonstrates an open mind seeking to bridge the divide. He responds to each situation with cautioned reason and respect - something non-existent in the Bush administration. We need to talk to our enemies and our friends. Something Hillary stated she would not do.

    Last but not least do we really want another: Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton? The presidency is not a dynasty ...

    January 6, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. pat williams

    I agree with Harold. What is wrong with all of you democrats, independents and republicans What has Hillary Clinton ever done to you? I do not and cannot understand why you people hate her so much. Like she said she had 35 years of experience working hard for the people of this country and you all go along with the republicans and disrespect her, what her husband did in the white house had nothing to do with her if that is the problem. Anyway that is a personnel, and they have moved passed all of that. You already have selected a president that did not have the experience that we needed and look where we are now. So why in the world would you want another president in office with no experience like Obama, He is a nice person but now is not the time to put him in office, he need a couple more years of experience. He says anyway that he is going to ask, Hillary, and other officials in the clinton admin to assist him, so why not just pick the person who already has the experience from day one. I am an african american, and I am not voting for Obama because of this reason. You are all hyping him up so that he can be another GWB don't forget the shape our country is in now!!!And another thing if you were applying for a job, the first thing that the employer wants to know is what experience that you have, so why would you hire someone with no experience. Wake up people. Do not let the media steer you in the wrong direction again.


    January 6, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Darrell F. Anthony

    I like Former President Bill Clinton but I just do not care for Hillary. She is too partisan and we need someone who will bring this country back together after teh Bush White House has Divided the country with Blue and Red States. We are all Americans and Barrack Obama has the right message. We are one country and we need to all work together no matter what party we are for. We are still one Country USA.

    January 6, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  14. David

    I find the coverage of the presidential primary race by CNN to be entertainment and not journalism, in that it continues to talk about the race between Obama and Clinton as if there are no other candidates that matter. It has been this way since the start of the debates eight months ago.

    In a recent CNN poll I saw how they compared the support for Obama and Clinton among different groups of democrats and republicans but made mention of no one else. This "shaping" of the questions and framing of the statistics by CNN and other major media sources continues to demean and undermine the political process for the sake of ratings. It is frustrating to see how myopic the media is willing to be in an attempt to narrow the focus and heat up the story that they think will sell.

    We need journalistic reporting that is informative and meaningful. Tell us about what each candidate's positions are on the issues, how their campaigns are financed, how they have voted in the past on the important issues and how their rhetoric compares with their actions. That is journalism.

    I am ashamed of what a fine journalistic tradition has become in our country at such an important time when everyone's message needs to be heard.

    January 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  15. Andrew

    I like Obama, I really do. I think he is a great speaker and does invoke hope when he speaks. However, it takes more than just great speeches to be the leader of the free world. If you're going to keep talking about "CHANGE," let's see your RECORD of change on your resume! As Senator Clinton so rightly said in the debate Saturday night, she has been fighting for the average American and an agent of "CHANGE" for 35 years!

    Clinton '08!

    January 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  16. Phil

    I am also an African-American who is currently leaning towards Hillary for 2 reasons.

    First, I do believe she is electable. Not likely to be any surprises here, whereas Obama has enjoyed relatively little scrutiny by the press or the republican attack machine up until now. In fact, forces unfriendly to democratic causes have been actually trying to help him get the nomination, no doubt even going as far as to vote in democratic primaries. Little doubt who they fear facing in the general.

    Secondly, any negatives Hillary has is because she IS a change agent. Both overt and subliminal attacks were leveled at her (by "monied interests") for DARING to attempt to CHANGE healthcare by bringing low cost healthcare to everyone. Given a second chance, I have little doubt she will succeed. It is how she earned those negatives that most impress me about her.

    January 6, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  17. Robyn

    I CHALLENGE YOU TO READ THESE QUESTIONS and to ask your candidate to answer them sufficiently..

    Which candidate will clarify for Americans the current total amount of accumulated social security funds which are now available to pay out to retired citizens. Which candidate will show us the accumulated compounded interest that has been added to that account over the years as the government held this money in trust for its citizens? (this money is taken out of our paychecks which prevents us from investing it or saving it on our own to fund our retirement years). Who are the specific government leaders that have been accountable for safeguarding this collected money for our use during retirement? A candidate’s view about this and willingness to discuss it will tell us as citizens important aspects of what we may expect of them as a leader if elected.

    Which candidate will clarify for Americans in an objective detailed manner how the Office of the President has performed in recent years regarding respect for our nation’s treaty agreements, upholding our statutory laws, fulfilling our constitutional design, and demonstrating a clear balance of powers in government activity? A candidate’s interpretation of this question and what they think is important about each concern will inform us about who they will be as a leader if elected.

    Which candidate will clarify for American families of fallen soldiers in Korea and Vietnam, as well as those who are themselves surviving American veterans of those two wars why our nation’s current largest financial creditor is a communist nation (China) and how that may cause us to have subtle allegiances with them and indirectly answer to them as our creditor?

    Which candidate will clarify for Americans how and why the American dollar is declining in value relative to other major currencies? Which candidate will clarify for Americans how our elected leaders are authorizing or passively ignoring the issuing of more dollars without collateral to back those new dollars, and explain this in terms of our citizen’s future reduced spending power and our country’s expanding inflation? Whether a candidate feels that this is important and their perspective about what to do about it will teach us about how they might serve our interests if elected.

    Which candidate will clarify for Americans the amount and quality of health insurance and pension benefits enjoyed by our elected legislators as compared to those benefits received by our citizens? Whose actions created the gap that might exist? Why should elected officials that do not have to live with the same benefits challenges as our citizenry receive our continued trust to design laws and be allowed to consult with market-side lobbyists in addressing those benefits challenges for us? A candidate’s view about this will tell us as citizens important aspects of what we may expect of them as a leader if elected.

    Which candidate will clarify for Americans why our legislators continually choose to pay out over $1 Billion per year of our money in farm subsidies, and how much of that money has gone to people that do not farm, and how much of that money has gone to people who are already financially secure? Over the past decade, what is the total amount of our citizen’s money collected as taxes and then paid out in the form of payments from federal agriculture programs and subsidies to people living well above the poverty line?

    Which candidate will clarify for Americans the manner in which our legislators are shaping the insurance market by listening to guidance from insurance companies instead of listening to guidance from American citizens that rely on insurance products? This could include showing us accurate data detailing the built up existing cash supplies and other total accumulated assets currently owned by the insurance companies, which our citizen’s premium payments have enabled them to acquire for their own profit. If legislators make insurance a required expense for citizens (as in mandatory car insurance) why should this financial data be kept private instead of made public?

    Which candidate will clarify for Americans the true data and nature of what is happening at the source of the home loan crisis? What are the real trickle-down risks to our citizens caused by continued bank-to-bank activity, and what will be done about it? This includes documented ” credit default swap activity” by and between our bank’s leaders, known to be harmful to the housing market’s well-being and stability while helping banks avoid losses and taxes. These same banks received the promotional and transaction fees for the loans that generated our current credit crises, yet this current ongoing behind-the-scenes activity remains substantially unaddressed by our government leadership. A candidate’s view about this will tell us as citizens important aspects of what we may expect of them as a leader if elected.

    (I found these excellent questions posted by MichaelG 1/6/08 on NY Times Blog)

    January 6, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  18. Bimmer

    Obama Weak for Fighting Terrorism

    As already debated in the Republican debate tonght in New Hampshire, the knock on Obama is his weakness on fighting terrorism. As a Canadain we rely on US to take the lead on fighting this threat, the greatest threat the US and the Western World is facing since the second World War.

    One decision and one commnet Obama made strengthen the arguments that he will be very soft on this critical threat, presumably because of his Muslim heritage.

    1. His deceision not to support Iraq war when all the intelligence indicated Iraq had WMD clearly showed his unwillingness to attack a Muslim country. Unless he had a private communication line with Saddam Hussein, he would have no way of knowing Iraq got rid of all of its WMD.

    2. His willingness to sit down with the the current Iranian President, who wants the destruction of Israel and the western world. unconditionally is an indication that Obama is sympathetic to the Islamic world and not to the western world.

    No amount of call for "change" and "hope" can hide the fact that Obama, if elected, will be very soft on terrorism and one issue the Repulican can will tear him apart on.

    January 6, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  19. America Rising

    Why isn't CNN having any coverage of The Boston Globe's article on Obama plagarizing John Edwards? Observant individuals have been noticing Barack's habit of doing this for quite some time and are thrilled to finally have the someone (anyone) in the media begin to take note of it.

    In past elections, plagarizing was cause enough to get candidates (Joe Biden) thrown out of the race. I realize the man is sleep-deprived, as are all the candidates, but surely his staff has advised him that these wonderful concepts are not ones his own - he's heard them before - from John Edwards! ...... This is nothing 'new' or 'hopeful' - this is politics as usual!!

    Not only should the American public be disgusted with his doing so (on more than one occasion) but it should raise serious concerns in their minds about how disingenuous the candidate. If Barack is having to steal from other candidates (even within his own party) how will he carry through on implementing the changes that are not even of his own design?

    Is this self-professed "Agent of Change" really changing a thing in this country if he's operating his campaign on the basis of hearing good ideas and claiming them as his own?

    January 6, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  20. Sanjay, India

    Clintons were very good to us in India. We got many jobs here, many people went to US on visa. We all hope Clinton gets in again, good for our economy.

    January 6, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  21. Reality Hurts

    No Dem has won Iowa Primary and gotten the Dem Nomination unless they were already an incumbent. Winning Iowa = Guaranteed loss.

    January 6, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  22. Corrupt Nefarious Notorious

    One thing that should be noted is the polls conducted by ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, CBS, Washington Post, New York Times, & Wall Street Journal are always to support the propaganda work they do for GOP, RNC & their Corporate Patrons. Dishonesty, Outright Lying, Spinning, Fabricating stories, highlighting the color of the underwear of the leftist & democratic candidates, their hairstyling, whether they eat chicken or steak on a given day, which toothpaste they use, has become the norm for these major US Mainstream News & Media reporting organizations. Their bible is Goebbel's 19 points guide in propagandizing. The members of these (so called) 4th estate organizations have merged with the 3rd estate & are in line to wreak havoc on democracy in USA. But the law of karma will not forget them. Every cause has an effect. Lee Atwater was triumphant when he used negative campaigning to help George H W Bush win the US Presidential election in 1987, but he (Lee Atwater) died at a very young age of 40 years & a few months. Such are the divine & karmic forces.

    We should be honest & truthful & those that are not, will have their fate sealed by divine powers.

    Corrupt Nefarious Notorious

    January 6, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  23. stan pitts pa

    To Herold of Brooklyn, NY.....

    how can you still support a candidate who bad-mouths a state because she lost there? pls show some decency ,cmon Americans at our core are decent people, the people of iowa spoke and they want nothing to do with her divisive nature, newhampshire will follow to send a clear message to her that only the politics of hope will work, not the politics of hate and or fear and divisiveness she offers!

    January 6, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  24. K, Florida

    Thank you Herold.

    January 6, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  25. kevin from alaska

    2 things.
    1. Bill Clinton is not running for president. Hillary Clinton is. Her only experience during his presidency is a failed health care plan. And then, a Senate job she got in a state that's easy to run in (as in getting the proper paper work) and easy to win in (as in for a liberal, especially one who's last name matches the guy that's ending his run in office). Then of course an easy reelection. Sure, she's done stuff once there, like voting for the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. Look, her whole "experience" is based on being somebody's wife. And frankly, she did a lousy job at that: he was always cheating on her. So much for women's lib if she wins the presidency. I'm all for a woman president; a capable woman who is her own person, not an image based on her husband's legacy.
    2. Bill Clinton was not that great of a president. He hit a good stride in the economy, TV and music was pretty groovy in the 90's, he was a fun enough guy, and he came after Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon. Boy, it'd be tough to follow in those guys' shoes if you were a Democrat.

    January 6, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
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