January 8th, 2008
11:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton claims victory in New Hampshire Democratic primary

Big support from women helped fuel the Clinton win.

Big support from women helped fuel the Clinton win.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton claimed a come-from-behind victory in New Hampshire's Democratic primary late Tuesday, edging out her Senate colleague, Barack Obama, after placing third in the Iowa caucuses.

Flanked by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea, the New York senator told supporters she "found her own voice" in the five days since Iowa, and promised them "we are in it for the long run."

"I felt like we all spoke from our hearts, and I'm so gratified that you responded," she said. "Now let's give America the kind of comeback that New Hampshire has just given me."

Obama, the first-term Illinois senator, had beaten her in Iowa and saw his lead grow to near-double digits in polls taken just before the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary. But with 81 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Clinton led the Democratic field with 39 percent of the vote.

Obama had 37 percent and conceded defeat shortly before Clinton spoke. Former Sen. John Edwards, who placed second in Iowa, had 17 percent, while New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich trailed in single digits.

Clinton had worked to blunt Obama's message of change by pointing to her own record as an advocate for children and health-care reform, which she called "the work of my life."

"For all the ups and downs of this campaign, you helped remind everyone that politics isn't a game," she said. "This campaign is about people, about making a difference in your lives, about making sure that everyone in this country has the opportunity to live up to his or her God-given potential."


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  1. John Swenson Harvey

    Clinton – 9 Delegates
    Obama – 9 Delegates

    Sounds like a tie rather than a "comeback" to me.

    John Harvey

    January 8, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Dave

    I just would like to ask: is tonight not history for the United States? Is Hillary Clinton, the first First Lady to win elected office, the first First Lady to win relection, now is the first female to win a State Primary? Why is no one on the air speaking about what an historic event this really is for our nation's 232 year history. Someone perhaps can tell me which female candidate has done this before?

    January 8, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. Dave

    Can CNN and the other news organizations look more foolish with there flip flop on the day. You called it wrong all week and all day and now you make a big deal of the surprise wins. The pundits are just talking heads with no real knowledge and insight. Stop the hype and report the news and just the news. You cannot tell the American people what to think. Your evening analysis was nothing more than covering up for your lack of insight. Start acting like professionals rather than gossip mongers. What a disappointment

    January 8, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. corb, Seattle WA

    Who wrote that headline? Mitt Romney or John McCain?

    January 8, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  5. Jimmy from colorado

    Its a clear message to the Republic if we do not nominate huckabee as our nominee Hillary will win in November.Among Republicans theres only one person who will beat Hillary in November this is Huckaboom.I knew before Obama wouldnt last long remember this is Bill back running against us.We need to defeat them.She supports same sex marriage,abortion,stem cell research.If we nominate someone in our party who believes like her we are finished.Huckabee will win by landslide.

    January 8, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. ZELL PLYMOUTH,MN

    OBAMA WHO'S YOUR MAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN

    January 8, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    She "found her own voice"? Gee, you'd think after her "35 years of experience" she'd have found her own political voice by now.

    She is so completely transparent. And her fake tears apparently galvanized the female vote.

    How quickly we all forget about the 8 years of scandal and turmoil that came out of the Clinton White House, which INCLUDED Hillary. Do we really want to go through this again? (And I say this as a pretty staunch liberal.)

    "Experience" means nothing without JUDGMENT and CHARACTER.

    January 8, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Bronxma

    It is my belief that the recent coverage on Hillary's "emotional" response to a question that was asked of her, led to her victory tonight.

    The media is a very powerful tool that should not be overlooked. I watched the news for over three hours and the news reports only discussed Hillary's breakdown. Obama was not mention once during those three hours. It is my belief that she was "advised" to show emotion which is why she shed "a" tear at some point. A very calculated and effective move on her part.

    January 8, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  9. Ann

    Bravo Hillary!
    We love you and we trust you.

    January 8, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  10. lies lies lies

    God given – huh?

    playing the religous ticket eh bag?

    alot of your words are not in step with what people died for to have our "God given lives or rights

    see ya in hell bag

    January 8, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    What a relief that she FINALLY found her voice!

    Sorry, but I can't warm up to this woman. And her husband – our former president – disgraced himself and our country when he viciously attacked Barack Obama.

    He cried that the Obama campaign has been playing "dirty tricks," but I haven't seen any of them, and I'm a political junkie!!

    Everyone says this was a terrific victory for Senator Clinton. Two weeks ago, the pundits said she would win NH by 14 to 16 points. Tonight she won by only 2 points.

    Obama will win. . .if the people have a heart and have HOPE!!

    January 8, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. John

    It is very interesting to see how much Obama has changed the campaign messages of both the Clinton and McCain camps. They are now using the message Obama has been using from day one. Why dont the news camps say something about this???? It took Clinton to have an "emotional moment" to sway the female vote in NH. South Carolina....... 1st – Obama, 2nd- Edwards, 3rd- Clinton. If WE want true change WE dont need another Clinton in the WH. For 26 years WE have had 2 families rule the WH.....Bush and Clinton. It is time for REAL change....an Obama/Edwards ticket!!!!

    January 8, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Gabe Polson, The Woodlands,TX

    Looks like all those extra ballots needed were for Clinton voters! Sorry about that CNN! Better luck next time coronating a President.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. Brian

    I think Hillary's turn around can be attributed to a perfectly timed and canned sniffle which played perfectly to a female base. It also astounds me that in a country that limits itself to two parties we are looking to limit ourselves to two families, 28 years of Bushes and Clintons, 32 years if she wins. That is appalling to me. Don't get me wrong I think Bill was a great president but change this year needs to be about more that the D or R behind your name.

    Clinton boasts a ready to go, day one experience. I'm sorry Miss but Bill Richardson has a better resume than you do. I don't think a resume equal’s leadership, what really matters is the ability to inspire, to challenge and to instill confidence that we, "WE" can be more. Great leadership is what inspires greatness. Obama eloquently summed up the American Spirit as "Yes WE Can", all I hear from Hillary is I, I, I. Obama is truthfully the first Presidential candidate I have ever been inspired by. America – now is the time for change, now is the time for true uniting leadership, now is the time to believe that America can look forward with anticipation not back with reminisce.

    January 8, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. John Kozlik

    Go Hillary! I love you! You are the right answer for this country.

    Obama, I love you too. I hope Hillary takes you to the White House with her.

    January 8, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  16. Grasp of the Obvious

    Wake up, Wolf!

    Did you notice that all Dems combined got 55% of the total NH vote? Translate this to the general election, when is the last time the Democrats carried this very Republican / Indpendent state? This is the real story.

    Less obvious: I initially thought that Hillary's tears would cost her. What was the effect of the Independents' choice of ballots? Did they sour on all the Democratic candidates as "soft" and herd into the McCain camp? If so, Obama would have been the victim. Doesn't follow from the overall huge majority for the combined vote for Democratic candidates.

    January 8, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  17. Tom Davie

    ANOTHER article written without declaring Obama is the second coming of Jesus.

    My long standing unwavereing support for CNN is making a quick comeback. I had almost turned to the republican riddled FOX broadcast.

    Lou Dobbs and Wolf Blitzer are the best !!!!

    January 8, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. ZQ

    What do you think the odds of her being able to win a general election is?

    Even against an ancient guy or a smarmy New Yorker I'd say between 10-20%.

    Bush got elected solely because independents thought, "This guy seems OK, I wouldn't mind sitting down and having a beer with him."

    Who would ever say that about Shrill?

    If/when obama loses this nomination he should get out of Washington ASAP and get some exec experience, perhaps as IL govenor. Washington will just ruin him.

    He may be done for 8-12 years in terms of the presidency. Just hope his change message still plays then.

    Sigh......

    January 8, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    She WON! Get on board!

    January 8, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. LobosCentral

    Recreating the Spanish flu? Is this the new bird flu pandemic?
    Can influenza be used as a bio weapon? What has been done and what has Clinton and obama done to put a stop to these Programs? The experiments were conducted at a laboratory of the US Department of Agriculture in Athens, Georgia. There is no sound scientific reason to conduct these experiments. Some of the most recent experiments allegedly seeked to test the efficacy of existing antiviral drugs on the 1918 construct – but there is little need for antiviral drugs against the 1918 strain if the 1918 strain would not have been sequenced and recreated in the first place. It should be avoided to create the threats that are allegedly the motivation for the research. A vicious circle is created. "The technologies are in place with reverse genetics to generate any influenza virus we wish." From an arms control perspective it appears to be particularly sensitive if a military research institution embarks on a project that aims at constructing more dangerous pathogens – if Jeffery Taubenberger worked in a Chinese, Russian or Iranian laboratory, his work might well be seen as the "smoking gun" of a bio warfare program.

    January 8, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Nina

    Thank you New Hampshire! You gave us our hope back that there will be a president with the experience to give us the change that our country needs. Go Hillary! :)

    January 9, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  22. Jim, Columbus, MS

    HILLARY IS BACK!!! Iowa was a fluke because the caucus-goers got to vote twice when their candidates tanked. Most of those "two-timers" voted for Obama because they wanted to hobble Hillary, the national leader. When Democrats vote one time, Hillary will almost always win. She will definitely be our nominee, and will be the next president, too.

    January 9, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. Ann Aloha, PA

    The Independent voters have spoken, we require our candidate to support our concerns, we demmand our candidate to listen to our issues and we difinitely want our candidate to recognize that every voter counts...
    Go Equality Go Fairness
    Go INDEPENDENTS

    January 9, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. jean

    YOU GO GIRL !!!!!!!!!!! I am thrilled NH blessed Hillary with a WIN .......now onto the National..............forget the POLLS......Hillary is a winner !

    January 9, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  25. Denis, NJ

    Very happy that Hillary won in New Hampshire! Very smart people in New Hampshire for not handing Obama a quick win without better scrutiny.

    Thanks for keeping this race interesting!

    January 9, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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