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. Sherry

    I totally agree Herold. Obama won't win the general election because those independents will not vote for him. They wll stay home or vote for the republican nominee.

    January 6, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. rfr

    To Herold:
    You're hoping to go back in time. As far as I know, that's physically impossible. These were different times and Hillary is not Bill, so she cannot pick up where her husband left the country. Do you think people will respect the USA more because Hillary is president? As a foreigner myself, but leaving in the US, i highly doubted it.

    She would be the first US woman president, but that would not be anything new today. Argentina has a female president, who by the way, is the wife of the former president. Good thing or bad thing, i don't know. But the USA have long lost their standing in the world, I don't see how the Clintons would change that. I need to be enlightened..

    Plus, nobody can say for sure there would not be any conflict in the White House itself. What influence a VP would have if Bill is always around? How do you prevent Bill from governing again (in the shadow) if Hillary is president? Your constitution probably doesn't account for such a situation (did women can even vote when it was written, let alone be politicians?). Hillary has already alienated half democrats and republicans, add to that some internal conflict with Hillary as president, her VP and Bill Clinton. What is possible then? I would like to see that just out of curiosity!

    You are talking about moral authority, is this a joke? Can we talk about democracy when the same 2 families govern this country for more than 20 years?

    Everyone is entitled to its own opinion, but please, be realistic, times have changed!!

    January 6, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Sue

    After carefully watching and listening to the debates of both parties in NH, I have come to the point where I think Hillary is correct. Experience will prove to be a deciding factor. We are in a very precarious world condition(what else is new) and we can't afford to make any mistakes in negotiating with these rebel countries i.e. Iran, Pakistan, Iraq etc. etc.

    Barack Obama is a very charismatic candidate , but he really does lack experience in gov't.
    Romney is a grandstander and he doesn't seem to give confidence in his leadership ability. His past resume is impressive though, but not nearly enough to be president of the U.S.

    January 6, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Kim, Dallas, TX

    I wish people understood economics better. HIllary will not give us the glory days of Bill Clinton back again. It's completely different times. We don't have the IT corporations to boost the economy/stock market right now. We are heading to a recession and the next president will have quite a difficult time balancing the budget and getting us through a recession due to how far in debt we are at present. Hillary stands for corporate and lobbyist interests which is part of the problem of our present situation. Pleasing corporations is not going to be the way to bring us all together again. The Republican party may have initially pleased people with tax breaks and giving back taxes, but the war in Iraq has literally drained our economy causing us to rely more and more on foreign economies to keep us afloat. We have the biggest debt the US has ever known and it will be no easy process getting taking care of that. China and much of the middle East own quite a bit of our country at this time. If they were to pull out their interests, we would be in terrible shape. The dollar keeps weakening compared worldwide causing more and more foreign interest. We cannot afford to be ignorant at this time. The next president will have an uphill battle and must be able to bring about both parties working together. If we continue with the "status quo", it won't take long before we don't recognize our country anymore.

    January 6, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. gene

    Obama will not win the general election. Either Rudy or John McCain will tear him apart. Rudy will carry N.J., N.Y. and carry the south and all border states. I am a life long liberal Democrat { 81 years of age] aand I plead you, not to be foolish and let your heart rule your head. Hillary is the only one that can take this group on and Win.

    January 6, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Vic Novosad, Sugar Land, TX

    Anyone who thinks Obama is more electable than Hillary Clinton should note which one of these candidates the Republicans are endorsing. Of course I'm speaking of Karl Rove, John McCain, and Mike Huckabee, who unashamedly praised Obama and his win in Iowa. Their hatchet job on John Kerry in 2004 will sound like praise compared to the swiftboating they'll unleash on newcomer Obama. Hillary, with her "experience" can handle them.

    January 6, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Karen

    Please think twice that Hillary is the best experience president better than Obama. Obama is not enough experience president and too young like a duck! I strongly endorse Hillary to be a president of USA. Obama will not help AMERCIA if he would be president. No way to vote for him. I strongly believe Obama won't change our AMERCIA at all, he just wants to be presient. STOP THINK TWICE ABOUT THAT. VOTE FOR HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT. THINK TWICE ABOUT HER BEFORE VOTING . PLEASE DON'T VOTE OBAMA!!!!

    January 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. roger, conway sc

    I will not support Obama I strongly believe he is another Romney a phony...I know Hillary has baggage but there is not much all of us do not know about her, she has been investigated and accused and if there was anything to be found I do believe the right would have dug it up by now...I believe Obama's speeches sound fake and how he prounces his words sound phony & when he was in SC with the queen (Oprah) they talked about the past racial issues, which have nothing to do with the issues in 2008, this was only done to get the black votes.

    January 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Edwin

    It is my please to question all those that are saying Obama is the man of change, how well they know him and his records to bring about change. Let me acknowledge that change doesn't come by preaching it, but it comes by methodologies you employed.

    I will vote for Clinton because she is the devil i know, but the angel i don't know is Obama.

    Additionally, the media is reporting what is happening in the primaries. Instead reporting in favor Obama. After the debate last night in NH, all the media websites are visited carried negative headlines about Clinton. When Clinton was a front running in Iowa and NH, some of the press stated that Obama should go after Clinton. Now Clinton is during the same, she is being critilized by the media.

    During the early stage of the primaries, Obama and Edwards were on the attack, the press was in favor it.

    Stop reporting Soft news in this primaries.

    January 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Bob Powell

    It is amazing how little the issues are being discussed by the talking heads. The media is leading the dumbed down public by the nose. I wouldnt be surprised that New Hampsire will be the same.

    It"s ashame the voters care less about the issues compared to personality. Clearly on the Democratic side John Edwards has the most clearly thought out plans. In fact just bedore the Iowa Caucus vote Senator Edwards received the endorsement of 30 of the top ecconomists in the country because his ideas and plans severe the middle class much more then the elite. According to the numbers last night the ecconomy was the on item they wanted discussed more. Senator Edwards clearly leads the charge for the avergage joe.

    But it looks like the Obama cult has developed a legion of clueless boobs marching in line not having a clue when it comes to the issues, and the views of the candidates let alone their own candidate. We can thank the press for this.

    This next primary looks like it will elect on of two democratic candidates that favor expanding the NAFTA model, because the favor the Peru trade aggreememt which will take more jobs from this nationl. I hope Senator Edwards takes his gloves off sone because there are fundamental differences between these candidates. He is the true candidate of the people he needs to draw the line of difference.

    January 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Bob Powell

    Comment speaking to Jay and his comment on Barack Obama being a campain managers dream.

    Here in Iowa in many public meetings he fell on is face. He appeared stiff and as if he was lecturing instead of listening and engaging a conversation. He like Hillary Clinton staged the questions when they did answer questions. Prepared questions they had prepared for were planted in the audience.

    Even with that Barack came off as a candidate that really does well giving a speech but not thinking on his feet. Last night the debate was good evidence of this, he tends to repeat things, sorry I just see a stiff who in not very flexible. With Hillary i see a woman that does not hold her temper very well.

    January 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Bob Powell

    The Barack Hussein Obama Cult will elect him. But like here in Iowa im sure they will not have specific reasons why based on the issues. Why should they the press it seems to consider the issues as an after thought also. Its just a big popularity contest lead by polls.

    Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fall very short on the issues facing Americans in the coming years. Thats the reason Senator Edwards recieved the endorsement of group of 30 elite ecconomists accross the country just a few days ago.

    January 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Kris

    When you choose CEO of the company, who would you choose between experienced executive who has couple decades of management skills or some foot soldier/entry level employee without any experiences.
    People need to wake up, especially young people who vote for Obama.
    Managing big country like USA is not a job for a rookie who think he can tackle the job but has nothing to back it up.
    Don't make a big mistake and elect Obama. That action is equal to electing Bush as president.
    Obama said he'll bring change. What change he's talkign about. Change to the worst? I watch his interview. He's not very smart. He lost debates time and time again. While Hillary can answer questions in an articulate way. She's very intelligent. I would take Hillary over Obama any time of day.

    January 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Corey T.

    To Herold in Brooklyn,

    As a fellow Brooklynite, I am so excited to see you and other people still out here supporting Hillary. I think she has the best shot in this primary and in the general election. I cannot wait until the vote comes to NY in February. I will be there!

    Hillary 08.

    January 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Tom, San Jose, Ca-

    Man! Obama's supporters sure hate polls that show him even, or trailing, Hillary. Every time a new poll comes out, conducted by established, respected pollsters, they start questioning the ethics of the poll, how it was conducted, etc. Sure enough, here we go again. And, Mike Nellis, who posted the first message above, claims that "two other polls show Obama ahead by 12 and 10 points". Really? What polls are those? I've been watching closely and have failed to find any polls with those numbers.

    As far as all of you who say CNN is favoring Clinton, I ask, "What planet are you living on?" Your boy is the absolute darling of CNN and even FOX News. It is crystal clear that when extreme right-wingers like Hannity, O'Reilly, and Limbaugh start backing a Democratic candidate, they are simply supporting the Republican playbook. (Push Obama at every opportunity so we can run against him in November). They know they can wipe up the earth with him during the campaign. He has skeletons in his closet that the Republicans will use to Swiftboat him just as they did Kerry. (And don't forget, Kerry was much more experienced than Obama and a purple-heart veteran.) Obama's brief, undistinguished political record will not save him.

    January 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Ann Aloha, PA

    Ben Stein said it best this morning on CBS... No matter what promises are made, no one that makes it to the white house will end our ability to be responsible for our Jobs, Family Education and Family Health...It Starts in Our Homes and it is OUR RESPONSIBILTY at home, that in turn will make us a greater nation.
    Way to go Ben.

    January 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. jack, ny, ny

    After Bush it is Obama.....US going down hill. Whatever damage bush did is going to be finished off by Obama. After all it is about who you can have beer with...screw the economy, iraq war or healthcare. Lets burn america by own bare hands.

    January 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. charles

    Herold.....how can you talk about morals and the Clinton's in the same breath? Hilary showed her true self last night when she seethingly responded to the question of change. I'm a white Independent who sincerely believes Obama is not only electable but is what this country needs!

    January 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Diane

    I'm impressed with Herold's view on Hillary and also Bill Clinton's presidency. Our country was respected by other countries, we did have a huge surplus, and more than anything we were proud of being Americans. Now we are disliked by other countries and will be in debt for many future generations. Hillary and Obama are both decent politicians and I would be pleased with either, but with Hillary we may get the experience of her husband also. How nice to be a proud American again!

    January 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Kwadd123

    Responding to Herold note, I too am an african american 54 years old, and a life long democrat. I will NOT vote for Hillary even if she somehow gets the nomination. I will be supporting Obama. Why? simply put, try this experiement for yourself. Listen to both candidates. With Obama, you sense that he wants to be president in order to do good things. With Hillary, you also sense she wants to be president for the power only. Herold (if he isn't a Clinton plant) is deluding himself about what she will be able to accomplish. Why? because the republicans will be so energized by her nomination that they will send back a republican majority in the house and senate to ensure she is neutralized. You don't have to be a mystic to predict that one.

    January 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. jimmy, Iowa

    My teen ager just told me it was ok to smoke pot and snort crank because Obama did. Obama YOU BETTER EXPLAIN TO MY CHILD NOW> I WILL HOLD YOU RESPOINSEABLE> YES I AM ANGRY

    January 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. joyo

    I am glad that some African americans support Hillary, not surprised, the old slave mentality still exist. Obama is a man of vision, how can you drive a car backward, she had her chance, it is time for something new.

    January 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Maria, Houston

    Harold from Brooklyn,

    one more time : Bill Clinton is NOT running. He could declare himself The Comeback Kid years ago because we did not really know him ...When both Clintons lied on the national TV to cover up his phillandering ( as they did many times later) we gave them a benefit of doubt. That is no longer the case. Clintons lost their credibility once it became clear they're willing to say anyting to advance their political ambitions. I found their sense of entitlement rather arrogant and their attacks on Obama pathetic. There is no cure for damaged character.

    January 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Kathy

    The Clintons have nothing to offer but scandal and divisive attacks. It may be hard for the baby-boomers to grasp, but their influence in the political realm is waning as a new generation emerges. The youth of this nation want to lead. Hillary constantly tells us what she can do for us and how "she will lead us." We don't want to be lead by government because we always end up in the wrong direction with no benefit to the people in which the government serves. Obama has figured this generation out. He knows that we are ready to direct our government, that we are tired of divisive politics and that we are not afraid to engage the world in diplomacy....our future depends on it. Gone are the days in which the old Cold War relic of containment terrified the electorate into backing the status quo and stagnated this nation. Barak Obama will usher in a new prosperous era as our next president.

    Obama 08!!!!

    January 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Jane Buchanan, Dallas, Texas

    Hillary just needs to stop in every statement she makes criticize what President Bush is doing. I suppose that is the only way she knows how to win. Every other statement she makes says the Bush administration did this and it was wrong and so on she goes. I was for her until this but I cannot tolerate slamming someone else all the time so therefore I will lend my support to Obama.

    January 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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