January 6th, 2008
05:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Obama jumps ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire


A new CNN/WMUR poll shows Obama has a 10 point lead over Clinton. (Photo Credit: AP)

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Two days before New Hampshire's Democratic primary, Sen. Barack Obama has opened a double-digit lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in that state, a new CNN-WMUR poll found Sunday.

Obama, the first-term senator from Illinois who won last week's Iowa caucuses, led the New York senator and former first lady 39 percent to 29 percent in a poll conducted Saturday and Sunday - a sharp change from a poll out Saturday that showed the Democratic front-runners tied at 33 percent.

Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina is at 16 percent in the new survey, down four points from Saturday. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent.

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  1. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    the people are sick of politics of fear and exploitation. we reject all of that and are looking to the future on a message of hope and change. i have read a lot about obama and watched most of his videos on youtube, and he is exceedingly inspirational. if you care most about healthcare and vengeance and status quo, then hillary is your girl. but overall i want a president who will lead on change, fix the problems and declare that america is back. that's why obama has my vote in the virginia primary.

    January 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Michael

    Why isn't Bush settled to President election. Of course I would vote him instead of the other candidates. Is there somekind of official valid maximum time period for president's incumbent.

    January 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Scott

    The politics of spin and division may be on their way out. Perhaps we can be proud to be Americans again.

    New Hampshire: send a message and the rest of America will echo you:

    We're done with the attack slime divisive spin that has duped America now for over a decade. We don't want a bridge back to the 90s. We want a new start.

    January 6, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Jeff, Rathdrum ID

    LOL, TAlk about spin, I was just watching TV and the guy comes up saying Obama is ten points ahead, with a plus minus of 5 points thats right on the edge. Now hold on thats not the way it's been reported the whole year, come on CNN you need to get off Hillary's payroll!!!
    Obama has pulled well ahead of Clinton, and I doubt the poll counted cell phone young people and I'm not sure about Independents. Well NH get ready for Clinton to call you uninformed and not important too!!!!

    January 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Joe

    I can't believe the Obama/Clinton spread is that far, but ARG and Rasmussen are showing much the same thing! Hope triumphs over fear, future over past and a positive message over sleaze and personal attack. Change the country and change the world NH!

    January 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Jimmy

    Senator Clinton 2008 has all my families support. Go Senator Clinton

    January 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. patton, louisville, ky

    Genuine leadership for meaningful difference

    Obama 08

    barackobama dot com

    January 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Michael

    If Obama wins...it wouldn't surprise me. People in the United States are so shortsighted and easily swayed by political manipulation.

    How else do you explain George Bush being elected TWICE...?!

    The same George Bush that was able to get the support of so many Americans in his goal of going to war with Iraq AND alienating the rest of the world in the process.

    Barack Obama is a wonderful orator and appeals to so many of the younger generation with his broad smile and poised look. However...I am DONE with people who...like George Bush... does not have the credentials or experience to run this country.

    If Barack Obama had Hilliary Clinton's experience and record of fighting the "bad guys" in Washington...I would be voting for Barack Obama. He doesn't and I won't.

    The job of President of the United States should not be entrusted to someone who spent so much time hanging around students and teaching students instead of GROWING UP in the real world of Washington.

    Obama for President...another mistake by the American people.

    January 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. maynard

    just keep on rolling obama until you are seateed in the white house. then we wil;l handle the problems the right way. thanks

    January 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Clay

    Why is it that when Senator Clinton changes her mind about her vote about Iraq, people are angry, calling her a flip flopper, liar etc.

    If President Bush changed his mind about Iraq RIGHT NOW, we'd all be applauding and thinking maybe this man has a conscience after all.

    People have the right to change their mind.

    It seems the only people that don't change their mind in this country are Bush/Cheney.

    Don't we wish they would……………………

    January 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Zack M.


    January 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Josh

    Yes!! The people of NH are READY TO PICK A PRESIDENT and it's NOT Hillary Clinton! Chang is among us!

    Obama 08!

    January 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. curiosityhasme

    Unbelievable that Obama has no real record, did not "grow up" in the United States- but in INDONESIA, belongs to a racist African-centrist church with a "Black Values System" while he espouses "unity" – could be handed the Democratic nomination for this country. Because he has ads on BET, and is portrayed by media as an American Idol rock star, the legions of uneducated (dumb-downed public school system) youth and aging baby-boomers (trying to recapture Woodstock) are blindly doing what the Republicans did in 2000. Falling behind a charasmatic speaker – to promote a hidden agenda – that of Black America. The ghetto dialect he lapses into is not what I expect out of the leader of the free world. Get ready – because once the Republicans realize they are not immune to his so-called "aura" – they will attack his record (and personal life) making Clinton's attack look mild in comparison. The Democrat's equal of Bush in 2000. Lighweight who talks big, hopes bigger, but has no track record to base anything on. Our country is really getting good at picking the wrong president. Inspiration...blah,blah, blah. Check out TUCC-Chicago if you want to see the real Obama and what drives him.

    January 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Jeff

    And so it begins...

    January 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. maynard

    just keep rolling until you are seated in the whitehouse. then show people how to do things right. mostly the opponents in the dem party. change is needed now


    January 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. BFL

    Go blacks!

    January 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |

    Obama excells in that he is nowhere near as polarizing as Hillary. I personally know numerous Republicans that like Obama, while having a quite visceral reaction to Hillary. This country needs to heal, and Obama readily shows the capacity to do so. And while Hillary continues to deliver lifeless stump speeches, Obama speaks extemporaneously from the heart. In essence, Hillary is the poll-chasing status quo corporate candidate, who pays lip service to what people care about, and it shows. By contrast, Obama has the spark of being the "real deal", an honest man on a mission, who seems to truly care. And his platform is sound. He's not just talking change, but the right changes at the right time with sincerity. While polls are dubious, they consistently show that currently, Obama could beat any of the Republican challengers. That clinches my vote. Go Barky-O Go!

    January 6, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. S.K.M. Boston Mass

    All that needs to be done is getting that vote out! Gorgeous weather coming, great days ahead that will be remembered throughout history! New Hampshire has the chance to elect their first African-American to be the Democratic nominee, a man that doesn't just believe in the American Dream but IS the American Dream.
    I predict John Kerry will be endorsing Barack Obama. Let's not forget Obama gave the keynote address at his '04 convention, and that the Clintons endorsed Howard Dean over him in '04. Even better, EVEN BETTER, I expect the Culinary Union in Nevada to endorse him on Wednesday. If Obama takes New Hampshire with this margin, it's all over for Hillary. Finally.

    January 6, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Bob

    Wow. All polls now are indicating a big win for Obama in NH. Huge. Amazing. Wow.

    January 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Steven Stevens, Lincoln Park, michigan

    I dont think that they are going to push people into a canidates corner like they did in iowa...N.H. voters are a littlie more independant then iowan voters....cant collar aperson and pull them into the obama camp like they did in iowa....had there been a primary vote obama would not have done as well as he did.....experience counts..without it one obama will be pulled every which way with his advisors...and not know how to handle himself

    January 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    This comment may never be posted.

    CNN has moderated the political ticker with Obama supporters. As of late, any comments negative toward Senator Obama are not posted until they are no longer relevant to the post, or the post has already been archived.

    If you read this entire article it does not say what the lead indicates. I cannot believe that the people of New Hampshire would pick such an ultra-Liberal inexperienced applicant for the presidency. But their track record in this regard has been off for the last 18 years, so anything is possible. After all, they didn't vote the first Clinton a winner either.

    Senator Clinton is the only hope the Democratic Party has to win the general election. She is in it until Super Tuesday, and hopefully this flirtation with disaster will end then.

    "Senator/Dr. Feelgood" does not have what it takes to lead this country.

    January 6, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Byron, Woodstock, MD

    Weekend polling is notoriously inaccurate... should probably mention that when you blast headlines that Obama is supposedly riding a tidal wave to victory because of one lousy poll.

    January 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Obamaguyindiana

    This inspiring man is going all the way baby! He is going all the way. See, the wicked woman from N. York is now appealing to race. She is trying to imply that when you are African American, you cant win the presidential vote. But I bed to differ. I think Americans pay more attention to personality, ability and record more than what a person looks like. I think the Clintons are underestimating what Americans stand for. Americans have grown further away from race than we think. Just a few blacks, Al Sharpton and company continue to alienate people by using the race card. Obama does not and that is important. I am a foreigner born abroad but I am also allowed to vote. I like this guy and I think he will offer something different than has ever been seen before. It is clear that American presidency will be changed for the better once and for all. President Obama will set the standards so high, I doubt the polarising figures like Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton will have a place in American politics anymore. The non polarising like Giulliani, McCain, Edwards etc will still have a chance.

    January 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Ingrid

    Clearly, voters are attracted to Obama's looks and vigor, since his message, simply just change, is pretty vapid. At the same time, Hillary must be crucifying her campaign leaders for picking the wrong message–experience–to promote. That and I think voters are absolutely tired of the Clintons and don't want anymore stained dressed in the White House. Edwards needs to quit for his dignity's sake and to go and tend to his dying wife, which he should have done in the first place. His message is angry and wrong for this country. I don't want him as VP either.

    January 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Dorian, London, UK

    Wow. If she loses by this margin she's toast. You don't go from being the incumbent "inevitable" front runner to getting stomped this badly and keep any credibility. This is a massive rejection of her candidacy. May be she should let Edwards try to take on Obama as he was suggesting.

    January 6, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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