January 6th, 2008
05:49 PM ET
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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. aradw

    Clinton is already done. Obama all the way.

    January 6, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. nightmare in New York

    It;s the goverment ROBBING Social Security that threatens it's longevity.

    I can't believe that all of you old politicians would have the tanacity to face the world and the American people with the same old sad song with illegal immagration. "We need to fix the boarder." This is one of the reasons why we want all of you gone, You are an embarassment to this Country and it's people! All you do is talk and it's coming out of the wrong end and it stinks. You make me want to throw up. I dare you try to portray yourselves as compassionate human beings. How is it that you all of sudden want to show compassion to people; when black children are forced into neighborhoods that are unsafe, pollulted with filth, wrongly killed, wrongly locked up, families detroyed etc. Little girls and boys are molested and raped daily in this country but you would rather see to it that a dogs rights are enforced.

    If you've got so much d m compassion how is that you can not see that the American people are hurting. But you know that you just choose to turn a blind eye until you get elected

    Why is it that not until all of you historical politicians decide to run for office that you can acknowledge the problems and are able to fix them?

    If you love or care about this country and it's people you don't need to hold office to do or fight for what is right. Men and women are dying daily for this country.

    I dare you question Senator Obama about his foreign policy experience when you can't control/govern your own nation.

    January 6, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. cal al

    You know Obama's got the right wing-nuts nervous when they're already resorting (courtesy of Fox Republican News) to all of this "secret muslim" crap. I see that Human Events.com, for whom Anne Coulter – ("we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity") – is the legal affairs correspondent, is publishing a "helpful" story to inform us as to who Obama really is. Expect more of this garbage as the Obama campaign picks up steam. As for Hillary, having experience at being on the wrong side of an issue is no virtue. The former young Republican has not changed her stripes much and we do need CHANGE. Funny – Everyone I know in California is voting for Obama

    January 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. CL in Florida

    Why are people always talking about Obama's experiences? You can have all the experience in the world and not know how to command people. People fail to realize that if you are the head of the company the best job you can do is be a great DELAGATOR!!!!!

    And bottom line is .............. If what we have in office now is experienc then I don't want none of that!!!

    OBAMA 2008!!!!

    January 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    I'm curious....For those that are not with Obama who do you rally for President if he wins? Do you stay with the Democratic party and support who runs, do you vote Republican or do you not vote?

    January 6, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Matt A.

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

    Your family is clearly uneducated.

    January 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Regis

    I'm so proud , so proud , Go Obama , but I fell sad with all this hate from the Clinton side , guys that OK anyway that what she represents. WE really need a real change and only Obama can bring it . By the way if we want to talk about experience , I believe bush and cheney have all the experience clinton has to offer. Is That what we want ??????

    January 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Brent, Gulfport MS

    All the Clinton supporters want to tout her experience. Allow me to tell you someone else who had experience: George W. Bush, former governor of Texas. Experience means nothing if you have experience standing for the wrong things. Clinton supports whatever is politically expedient for Clinton at the time. Like John Kerry, she voted for the war before she voted against it. And, for those claiming she is electable, we saw how well that argument worked for Kerry in 2004.

    I'm a McCain supporter first and foremost, though Obama is my second choice. These are the two people who are most willing to reach across party lines and reunify our country, which is the most important thing right now. Do you think Clinton, she of the "vast right wing conspiracy" accusations, is going to reach across party lines? For me, an Obama vs. McCain showdown would be the perfect outcome to the primaries. A win for America either way.

    And if you Clinton supporters want to talk about electability, let me fill you in on a little secret. Republicans are praying for a Clinton win because she's got an entire cemetery worth of skeletons in her closet that our candidate could just cherry pick at his leisure. No way she'll win in the general elections. Obama, on the other hand: here I am, a longtime Republican, listing him as my second choice overall. How's that for electable?

    January 6, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. South Carolina

    Obama is the man to keep Hillary OUT of office.

    As an anti-republican in the strictest sense of the word, if Hillary wins the nomination, I will be voting non-democratic for the first time in my life.

    She would be as bad as Bush, and the Democrats don't need to clean after HER in 4 years time.

    I will vote for Obama in the primary, just to help stop Hillary.

    GO OBAMA in 08 !!

    January 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Wisdom Calling

    The best candidate with the best experience having left the race, I will be happy with just not having a Republican in the White House. btw – Anyone who truly knows the Bible and Jesus Christ knew the Iraq war to be an abomination BEFORE it was waged by the war criminals. True Christians should have been able to recognize anti-Christian and anti-Constitutional behavior long before now.

    Obama - God's speed to you sir. Please do your best for the sake of America. My country needs saving.

    January 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. J H Tarver

    Does anyone know where I can find a list of changes that B. Obama proposes. I have searched his website for his views and really haven't found anything. I also want a 'change', but I would like to know what the changes might be. I have looked at Hillary's website; and, she outlines her beliefs and proposals. I am quite sure they are posted somewhere on the web. Can anyone provide a link? He appears to be beating Hillary, thus his vision for the country must exceed her's.

    Before I vote for a guy with a middle name of 'Hussien', who fails to salute the American flag, and who refuses to place his hand on the bible – I just want to know what changes he is proposing.

    January 6, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. super tuesday

    top ten great reasons for voting obama hussein as your next President…YIKES!

    he's likable
    he has hope
    he has energy
    he speaks well (argh!)
    he fresh
    a new voice
    a new vision
    a new face
    and the number one reason….i've got a good feeling about him

    well, i am sick and tired of listening to such idiotic statements… and all the 'i have a dream/hope' preacher speeches

    the nation will speak on SUPER TUESDAY!!!!! Believe it!
    …….IT WILL NOT BE obama

    January 6, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. 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

    Edwards 2008

    January 6, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. lou

    Hillary is a classic case of "the emperor has no clothes". She has spent her entire adult life riding on Bill's coattails while leading herself and any other vapid thinker to believe she has substance on her own. She does not. She's just a radical feminist with a lot of pushy ways and no one really wants her in office, but because of the mindless press, we have to suffer her constantly being in our faces. She, like Geraldine Ferraro, should get their own personal lives in place before trotting their lives out before us. I cannot believe with all the women of real substance that exist in America, we are constantly subjected to Hillary and her ilk.
    Can't we get some real women to stand up and be counted?

    January 6, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Claude, Calgary

    Hillary Clinton is laughable... She reminds me of the DX 386 pentium chip computer triing to place itself into todays market. Like Hillary the 386 was great way back but its not useful in todays world.

    Obama keep marching ahead. Its time to involve those that have been silent for many years, and Edwards do your thing because you are better than Clinton politics of old

    Obama 08

    January 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Rick in Florida

    Isn't it possible the Republican machine is delibertly pumping blood into the O'Bama frenzy knowing full well even a marginal GOP campaign will trip over the 50 % line and win November?

    January 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Jenna

    This is great news! I have been incredibly frustrated lately watching the other candidates attempt to show themselves as "agents of change". I do not feel the other candidates properly understand the message of change that Obama is providing. He is not talking about incremental change. He is not talking about changes in policy, like changing the policy in Iraq, or on healthcare of any of the other issues. Like all the other candidates, he has presented plans to make these incremental changes. What makes Obama so spectacular is that he offers hope that there is a greater type of change. He is talking about a change in the attitudes and feelings about politics in America. No amount of experience can make that change, its about heartfelt inspiration.

    I think Clinton hurt herself in the debate by listing the things that she has done that "represent change", which were all incremental changes. She clearly demonstrated that she is not the one to make the inspirational changes in America on top of the policy ones.

    I think Obama deserves the change to attempt to revolutionize American politics. He is a gamble to vote for, but I would rather take that gamble and hope that America can inspired, as opposed to simply settling with policy changes that won't change the big picture of our country.

    January 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. pete

    It never ceases to amaze me how much time the Democrats, especially Hillary, spend bashing George Bush. Someone should wake her up and tell her GWB is NOT running this time. Someone, other than Obama, should also tell her SHE will not be running this time either. Poor Hillary. It's tough to see your bubble burst by reality. She needs to learn to bake cookies.

    January 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. barb

    when is the national media really going to start to examine who Barack is and what he stands for......Democrats really need to win this election and the Republicans are salivating at the thought of not having to try to beat Hilary. The tough questions need to be asked now!

    January 6, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Chris

    America, we need to careful about who we are picking as presendent and need to think about what the qualities a presendent must have. It is not PURELY a popular contest, but it involves many many other aspects and popularity or likability are not really the important! Remember America found George Bush was more likable than Al Gore or John Kerry, and what kind of presendent he turns out to be. The whole country is already being drags behind for almost 8 years and we do need some who have the experience to deliver the result, rather than listening to someone who seems to be charismatic, at the time, say George Bush, promising change but turns out doing something totally diasterous! Politicians will tell you anything to get elected, but records speak louder than a 'nice speech'. it is just simply too risky to pick someone who doesn't have much record to go by as Senator Obama can truely say whatever he wants for now. Do you believe he has no tie to special interests? Most poeple who have done some research about him will know that he gets money from any special interests he can put his hand on, just like any other politicans. I do believe if he is truely having the passion to 'change' the country for better, there are many other ways he could do it. But he chooses to run for the highest office in the country because polls find him likable and charismatic. America! We truely do not know him well enough to possibly making the same mistakes the whole country did in the past 8 years. He could have 'changed' the country by garthering more experience in the Senate and speaks out for issues that are good for the country for the next several years. If he is truely as likable and being the agent of change he said he is, his record will speak for itself. More importantly, my fellow Americans, this is not a contest of making history of the first black or female presendent, but we are voting for the best qualified person to run the highest office in our country, not the most charming person. This is not a soap opera!

    January 6, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. american

    , mrs clinton is not me she newver was , she thinks she is . clinton thinks she has my vote ,but when i vote it wont be for clinton

    January 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. FHT

    Someone earlier said that, while being a Clinton supporter, they will vote for the Democratic candidate whoever it may be, and they question whether Obama supporters would do the same.
    I think the point to remember when it comes to looking at whether Obama can win in November is that, no, a lot of the supporters wouldn't vote regardless of the candidate. You look at the massive turnout in Iowa, and majority of first time voters went for Obama. These are not dyed-in-the-wool Democrats, but rather they are people who see something in Obama and who are excited to take part in a political process that they have ignored for years. These people are not swayed by experience. They are looking for inspiration, and they are finding it. This newfound enthusiasm will, I believe, run through to November, but will only turn out for Obama.
    As for the argument of experience, sure Obama is not the most politically experienced in the Democratic field. But then, neither is Clinton. There is Richardson: former ambassador to the UN, former Secretary of Energy, and has been both a Governor and spent 14 years in the House. There was Biden: 6 term senator, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and former Chairman ofthe Senate Committee on the Judiciary. If experience is so important, why are the primaries not being fought out between these two?

    January 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. JD

    It's refreshing to see more and more news media political analysts "back-pedaling" about the inevitability of a Hillary Clinto presidency. After all, more money equals more votes right? It has too – because we say so!

    Those political pundits who already had Hillary sworn in as president forgot one thing: not a single caucus or primary vote had been cast!

    Regardless of who ultimately wins the Democratic nomination and becomes president, one thing makes the United States a great nation – the ability of the ordinary citizen to actually make a profound difference!

    As we used to say in the Air Force: "Fight's On!"

    January 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. Ed


    Why is Barack gaining momentum.

    Clinton – Will not end the War

    Obama – Will not end the War

    Only – Ron Paul/Mike Gravel/Kucinich

    Come on America Stop the War!! we need an anti war person in the WH.

    January 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. Alex, st paul MN

    What's wrong with you people? have you lost your mind? By Electing a man like Barack is actually doing yourself a huge favour! Barack is honest, trust worthy and most of all the American poepl agreed he is the one who could fix this mess created by those who authorized the Iraq war... what else you want to happen to understand American need a leader not someone who always want power to their own selfish interest? what else it you you to understand you can not play the same game with the same player over and over and over but somehow expect different result? What is fundementally going wrong with you to think and attack Barack's personal character when you relly know that's not ture. You know it deep inside you heart this man is a saviour for America! deal with it! get over your ignorance and enlightend!

    together we can make a difference, divide we fell.
    Obama 08

    nobody has a power to stop the movement nobody!

    January 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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