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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soundoff (516 Responses)
  1. edumacated

    You 700 pound Bush peabrains need to waddle back to the double-wide barcolounger in your single-wide trailers and stuff more pork rinds in your 100 pound faces. We are FED UP with what know-nothing rednecks have done to the reputation of this country in the world, turning us in 7 years from respected to the #1 pariah nation even amongst our "allies."

    We heard you belch your hideous morbidly obese prejudices on AM talk radio, spinning hideous lies which fit right alongside the UFO reports. You took over the country with your chimp Bush and ruined us, wasting all of the blood of two world wars which had earned us a great place in the world and now is worth nothing.

    And I say this as a white guy raised as a redneck in the most backward city in America. If you don't have the will to overcome your ignorance, Just shut up and let a new generation try to repair what you disgusting fat rednecks have done to this country.

    January 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Not Madeline Albright again!!!

    Ding-Dong, the Witch is dead!

    January 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. jrg75

    Go Obama

    January 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. CJ

    I agree, Obama will not be able to beat the Republican, and if it is McCain...same old same old as Bush(since he was Bushes biggest fan). Also, talk about change vs experience, that is all the campaign will be about. Heck, Obama wasnt even born when McCain started his political career.

    I am a Dem but it todays world, we need experience, and I might just be able to pinch my nose and vote for McCain(never have voted GOP). If it is Obama vs McCain, I will go for McCain...Clinton vs McCain, Clinton...

    I agree, Obama is Bush-light and almost like when Bill ran. I think Bill sees alot of himself in Obama.

    I am sick of Edwards, I am from NC and he did nothing for us, the angry populist is getting old and I hope he doesnt run again in 8 years. Edwards, give it up already....you arent EVER going to be president(unless it is the President of the Trail Lawyers Association)

    January 6, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Teddy, ND, IN

    Its not a dead heat for the guy trying to manipulate the poll numbers. The range when including the margin of error ever overlaps making it not close enough. Hillary you need to bring in your squad and tell them its over and you are going home. Obama/Edwards '08 or Obama/Richardson '08. I think Edwards is running for VP right now and is staying in the race to make it easier for Obama. I am just a little worried that Edwards would weaken the ticket but Obama for President of this great nation.

    January 6, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. Mr.Sheetz


    January 6, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. Karen

    i-pundit: one who regurgitates what they hear political pundits say and present it as an original thought.

    You people are a little bit scary. Blood sugar level low, hormones raging? What's going on? Anyone want to talk voting records, positions? Anyone? Just one?

    Pop quiz:

    02/02 vote 9: What was Obama's vote?
    03/05 vote 20, 06/05 vote 136?
    How about on 09/05 vote 232, what was his vote?
    What was his vote on Thomas B. Griffith? Kavanaugh?

    I know! I know!

    January 6, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Jeremy

    Get ready America for a true and honest man in the White House, something we haven't seen in quite some time. I would say Bill for the most part (minus the scandal), but it sure has been absent for the last 7 years. Barack Obama will take NH and he will do it quite easily. The youth, especially the college voters, like his message and they are going to show up to the polls just as they did in Iowa. Record number of voters is going to equal more votes for Obama. His momentum will continue through Super Tuesday until he has the nomination. Good luck to any Republican nominee because you are going to need it. The country is ready for a change and Barack Obama is the best choice for it. Mark Jan. 20, 2009 on your calendars as Bush gets the boot and our new President is Barack Obama.

    January 6, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Tim, New York

    It seems like Obama's supporters are more qualified to cast an episode of "The West Wing" instead of hiring the next chief executive and commander-in-chief of the United States. How "change" is more valuable than "experience" is mind-boggling! In any other situation that we face in life, would we ever disregard an experienced individual that we're familiar with in favor of someone we've never seen before and who has absolutely no experience? If the answer is no, then why would we make an exception when hiring the President of the United States?

    Senator Obama has missed 80% of the votes during his less than 2 years in the US Senate. Would you hire someone to be the CEO of a company if they had less than 2 years experience at their prior job, and then only showed up to that job 20% of the time? Am I the only one troubled by this?

    The entire Obama phenomenon is very intoxicating. His brilliant speeches, Oprah endorsements and youthful appeal are impressive. However, when voters sober up and realize that they've hired this MLK-knock-off and given up "experience" for "change", the hangover is going to be brutal.

    January 6, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. enrique

    Everybody in this world wants some change. Are we really that desperate to see change get into the picture? Just remember that Obama´s change may not necessarily mean he´s gon´na change to make things well again. His experience can never get America where it used to belong because he´s a greenhorn with no clue on his knowledge on foreign affairs whatsoever. His Philosophy about ending the war in Iraq is bluntly vague with no viable resolution. He´s popularity here in Europe(as inquired) is zero. Therefore, tell me then, would you be able to
    extend a peace treaty agreement if you don´t have any clue on how to resolve it on the American standpoint? American reputation all over the world had already been damaged because America decided to re-elect Mr. Bush for the 2nd term.
    ¨Wake up and smell the coffee!¨ Don´t try to tunnel vision for change. If you need another Bush, then Barrack Hussein Obama is your man ´coz he´ll change America alright, but for the worst. If you need someone who´s got experience, then, for crying out, Hillary Clinton is definitely that person. All we Americans ever want is, for a president like Hillary to lead America. Not somebody who is himself clueless on whatever changes he wants to administer for the American people.

    January 6, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  11. Judy

    I would rather see the american public play out the race to the whitehouse. I feel the media plays too much a roll in the success of the candidates. There seems to be a trend for the media to play up the Iowa front runners. The election process has just started and we have a long road to go to complete the process. I just wish
    the media would give all the candiates a fair and equall chance. STOP trying to
    sway the public idea of any one candiate and let the people make their own decisions on who they think would make the best choice. The media might be
    pleasanlty surprised to know that the common folk voter is capabe of making their own informed choices without the media's lopsided reporting.

    January 6, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Politics Nerd

    I am glad that Hillary is going after Obama, because NOBODY should get a free cakewalk into the nomination. To me, Obama seems to be mostly puff and a lot of inspirational talk. Talk is cheap. He's going to have to defend his SPECIFIC policy positions later and he better have them nailed down by then. It looks like Edwards is going down, and that is a bit of a shame. I think his pretty transparent latching onto Obama's coattails is what is losing him credibility. Nice try, tho, John. Maybe make a deal with Obama while you still can: endorse him if he agrees to a no-lobbyist zone for his White House, too.

    January 6, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Barabas, Hot City, TX


    Clinton is done!

    January 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Chris

    I don't understand! While I find Senator Obama to be a congenial and charming man, he significantly lacks the experience to be President.

    Senator Clinton "BY FAR" has the experience to lead this nation. People state that she isn't as likable. While I do not agree, if that happens to be the perception, I would rather have a candidate that is short on congeniality and very strong on experience at the state, national and internal level.

    IF Obama ends up winning the Demoncratic nomination, I fear we may end up losing the election to the Republication again because the Democratic party may split. Many Democrats are fiercely loyal to Senator Clinton and President Clinton.

    Let me tell you, if Obama wins the nomination, I will defect from the Democrat party and vote Republican if their nominee is Senator McCain or Mayor Guiliani.

    New Hampshire and America – wake up and see that Senator Clinton is the best person to lead this nation before its too late.


    A Concerned Democrat from Indiana

    January 6, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Joe

    America has lost its mind, choosing Obama? A total charlatan with no achievements.

    January 6, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Chris, Orlando FL

    Anyone wonder if perhaps the reason Obama is getting so many "independent" votes is that Republicans are stuffing the ballot? A smart Republican (if there is such a thing) knows he's the easiest candidate to beat in the general election. If (and it's a very BIG if) he gets the nomination, the Republicans will TEAR HIM APART. And we'll get 4 more years of the same old thing.

    Want a true race next fall? Want a Dem in the White House? VOTE FOR HILLARY.

    January 6, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. michele lovelace

    Real change for all Americans. NO MORE STATUS QUO.

    Ms. Clinton should drop out of the race and support Obama. Together, we will defeat the Republicans.

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  18. Samy

    Hillary Clinton represents the Washington's establishment. She has no new idea and she is not inspiring at all. We don't want any business as usual anymore.

    The Clinton's had their chance and they have been given the opportunity to lead this country from 1992 to 2000. They had 8 years to implement whatever they wanted. They cannot come back and say "we are the real agent for change". Mrs. Clinton said that she had 35 years of experience!!! That's amazing. She implied that since 1973 she has been busy working to fix America. That's obviously inaccurate.

    We need a fresh air. We need a fresh start. We need new ideas. We need new leaders. America is not a Monarchy.


    January 6, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Satish, India

    This is OUR country, OUR future, and OUR chance! WE are taking it back!

    Obama 08!


    Taking it back from whom? Your mom and dad? And what will you do after you take it back? No idea!!

    Americans are dumb to elect another talker.

    January 6, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. Joyce Allen

    These blog comments are good examples of the change America needs. We must support our candidates, instead of tearing them apart.

    January 6, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. Charles

    When Bush was elected, I though I can’t believe how dumb people are. He stumbled in all debates. Made it clear he was clueless. And still he was elected because “he seemed like someone we could have a beer with”. I told friends that I considered him one of the biggest dangers to this country. When he won, I said I did my part to stop him. Now people are going to get what they deserve because they elected him. Now their making the same mistake. Obama seems like a nice guy. But, we don’t need a pal to tell us what we want to hear. We need someone on our side that knows how to get things done in Washington. Osama’s a babe in the woods and Washington will isolated him and render him useless. I say try Hillary for four years. Not for her sake but for OURS.

    January 6, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. Eric S

    Change is just a word without any substance. What we need to know is "change of what." I just couldn't understand why anyone would elect someone without any concrete record to the highest position of this country. If you are sitting on the board or trustees of a company, would you hire some young hot shot without any experience to run it? Does qualification no longer matter? Can we afford another 2-3 years for the president to learn his lessons?

    January 6, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Bud, San Diego, CA

    I'm all for change... whether Hillary brings it or Obama brings it. It will be good to see either one in the WH as opposed to the corrupt slime that currently occupies the place.

    January 6, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. Anna

    Good luck, Obama!You are certainly well appreciated by people around the world who are looking to sensible US citizens to choose the right Presidential leader...YOU! Will be a tough road ahead to un-do all the mistakes and failures of this present administration but we know we can depend on you, you are all we've got! Make this a better world for everyone, you are the only one who can and you know it!!

    January 6, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. Tricia

    Just finished watching the debate for the second time, and I have to say that Obama was the only one on the platform to look and behave like a real statesman. Edwards' passion came through strongly, while Hillary all but lost her temper, and I have to wonder what her temper is like behind the scenes, if she can come this close in a public debate.

    Give me Obama every time. At 57 years old, I feel it IS time to hand over to a younger generation, a generation that can inspire people to make the sacrifices needed to get this country back on track and to ensure the future of our environment. We NEED that youthful vitality in place of the jaded "same old same old".

    As for those who can think to do nothing better than to spread lies and inuendo about Obama, all I can say is, shame on you. You only prove our point that change is needed if this country is every to heal.

    January 6, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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