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. Georgette Skiadas

    I believe that the CLINTON VICTORY TONIGHT WAS A GREAT VICTORY FOR THE UNITED STATES .HILARY CLINTON IS NOT AN ORDINARY WOMAN AND SHE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE GREAT CHANGES IN THIS COUNTRY. SHE HAS HAD TO BATTLE MANY PROBLEMS IN HER LIFE AND SHE CAME THROUGHTHEM WITH DIGNITY AND A GREAT RESPECT OF MANY WOMAN IN THIS COUNTRY. i BELIEVE IN HER ABILITIETO DO THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THIS COUNTRY THAT THE PRECEDING PRESIDENT HAS DAMAGED FOR SO LONG.IT'S TIME TO BRING AMERICA BACK TO IT'S GREATNESS AND I BELIEVE THAT SHE WILL DO IT!!! RIGHT ON HILARY!!

    January 9, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. Zac, College Station, Texas

    It looks like playing the crying game at the dinner reception propelled Hillary to the top. However, this is regrettable. If she is bidding to be the first female president, she have to play the "man" game and show a strong character. I don't think that kind of trick will help her in the upcoming states' primairies.

    January 9, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. Heidi

    Maybe now the news media will pay attention to Senator Clinton's campaign and quit trying to push Obama. Congrats! Hillary

    January 9, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  4. Les

    There are group of people not happy with the winning of Hillary in NH, the NEOCONSERVATIVES led by Karl Rove. All the neocons wanted Hillary to lose, it didn't happen.

    Hillary is the biggest threat against any republican nominee.

    Thank you NH, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL VOTERS AND VOLUNTEERS !

    January 9, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. simon bala, Toronto

    Uoi had a very unflattering picture of Mrs. Clinton on the main page – with mouth wide open and finger pointing towards the crowd.. is there a more graceful picture available?

    January 9, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Hillary supporter.

    Hillary has the best message, and the most strength and experience to actualize it. Her speech tonight illustrated her integrity and sincerity, and was not simply about rhetoric. She spoke about the ISSUES, which Obama didn't even mention. Let's go Hill!!!

    January 9, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Also, it's important to note that Clinton and Obama both won the same amount of delegates tonight.

    It was essentially a tie.

    January 9, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  8. ****A woman in SC who will NOT vote for Hillary****

    Barack CAN make a CHANGE. He has changed his opponent already. Hillary has changed her tactic. She even shed a tear for us and NH fell for it. I was not sure whom I would vote for until Hillary changed. She changed because she realized she wasn't winning and copied Barack's campaign plan. I would have respected her more if she would just remained herself...stayed her course. She is a great politician and she is playing the game! The new Hillary is not genuine but it does prove that Barack can CHANGED America. He has made her CHANGE her game plan. (Note to Hillary: We are starter than that. See ya in SC.)

    Barack...you are right we have got to begin somewhere. Thanks Barack for requiring Hillary to step up her game.

    ****A woman in SC who will NOT vote for Hillary****

    January 9, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  9. Margarita, Los Angeles

    WE LOVE YOU HILLLARY... DON'T BE AFFRAID TO TELL THE "JUNIOR" SENATOR TO GO POUND SAND.... LET MICHELLE WIPE HIS NOSE FOR HIM.

    January 9, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. MARYLOU JONES

    YES, INDEED!!! MISTAKE 1: NEVER COUNT A DETERMINED WOMAN OUT! WAY TO GO HILLARY! NOW ON TO THE WHITE HOUSE! CUDOS TO THE VOTERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO AREN'T DISTRACTED BY GLITTER AND GLITZ!

    January 9, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  11. MT

    "Politics isn't a game"??? A Clinton said that. What a phony.

    She will be stopped. And Obama won't resort to tears.

    OBAMA '08

    January 9, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Kind of looks like Evita Peron

    January 9, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  13. Khalifah M. Mohamed

    My name is Khalifah, I'm a woman, Native American. African American Native Indian decent. Born here in Pensacola, Florida 1952. Parents from Pineapple, Alabama. What happen in New Hampshire is another example of the reversed psychology that was used, with the false emotional tears of Hillary Clinton, her manipulation, her acting and preying on the vulerability on those who voted for her. Whether you're Black or White voters for Hillary Clinton, its time to do what's morally and ethically right! It is time for a change in America and 2008, it will be The White House!
    Its time out for riding or driving Ms. Daisy mentally of those who want to keep things the way it's been going, by the underline status quo of America Racism and Hate! It is time for a change in America that will be truly fair to all people of color! Freedom, Justice and Equality! Not for some but for everyone! All the presidents were white! Not for Whites Only!
    The Ultimate change for America is to have another people of color to live in The White House! The Clintons are being Greedy! and showing the same mentality of those of the old South! Go to poetry.com, type in my name Khalifah Mohamed and Look at the poem," Obama For President In 2008!:, and "The White House!" that I wrote give me some feedback! It is time for a change, because I am a victim of hate, because of my name and being a muslim woman of the Islam faith. when no laws were broken by me. I'm the modern day Rosa Parks, and what you will read from me on poetry.com comes straight from my mind and heart. Peace Be upon you, Khalifah.

    January 9, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. dorothy kent

    Go Hillary! You have my vote from Georgia!!!! It's time for a change ....as a sermon I heard lately, "where are the men"? If it wasn't for the women half the children wouldn't even have a christian foundation and if it wasn't for the woman the "man" wouldn't be here!!!! Continue to show your "heart" and true feelings!!! People love people who genuinely are not afraid to show emotions, their hearts and their true feelings!! God loves a genuine heart and you have truly shown yours ! When my mom was living she would have tears flowing down her face everytime she hear the "National Athem", along with that her prayers were going up for each of the candidates. For some reason, the guys think it's just unreal to believe that a woman could be the President of the United States! We're on a fixed income, age 65 and have our home for sale because we can't afford it. I have to have surgery and must pay $15,000 up front because medicare doesn't cover it. We got it from the equity in our home. We are living in scary times and if something isn't done we will have two classes, the rich and the poor!!! We believe in you Hillary!!! May God bless and watch over you as you go from state to state and may He guide you with your words!!!! In your tense moments go to Psalms 91 – you will be covered under His wings. It's time everyone gets humble and emotional about America, otherwise blood will be shed on our land! I ask God to give you strength and the courage to go forward in the name of our Lord!!!

    Dot Kent

    January 9, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. Alex in Pakistan

    Keep up the good work...
    Please keep showing "Snivalry" Clinton as how she really is:

    1. Coffee pot toting
    2. In a bakery
    3. Whining and sniveling that she's "tired"

    Is this who we want running the USA?
    If she thinks its hard now and she's already tired, how is she going to react when the terrorists are knocking on our front door?
    Do we want her to whine and snivel and offer coffee and baked goods to the them in the hopes it will all blow over?
    Hilary, I wouldn't be so proud of being the "experienced" First Lady of an Impeached President who brought disgrace to the Oval Office!
    You'll get no crybaby "sympathy" vote from me!
    Please vote for someone strong enough to run this great country of ours...ANYBODY but Hilary Rodham Clinton.....even BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA who will not say or put his hand over his heart during The Pledge of Allegiance.

    January 9, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  16. Angel

    Barrack Hussein needs to come back here to Illinois and start voting on real issues and not galivanting around pretending he's presidential material. Oh wait, he didn't do his job before this three ring circus show.

    January 9, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  17. Margarita, Los Angeles

    GO HILLARY GO, GO HILLARY GO, GO HILLARY GO….
    TELL THE "JUNIOR" SENATOR TO GO POUND SAND.

    YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE OF ALL THE CANDIDATES DEM OR REP THAT WAS INVOLVED IN GIVING THIS COUNTRY A SURPLUS…. I DON'T CARE HOW MAD I GET AT MY ACCOUNTANT, I DON'T EVEN LIKE HIM…. BUT HE HAS MADE ME A WEALTHY WOMAN AND I CAN RETIRE.

    HILLARY ,GET BUBBA ( our first black president) TO CHIP IN AND HELP WITH THE BOOKS AND GET US BACK ON TRACK GIRL. YOU WERE THERE …YOU EXPERIENCED HOW ITS DONE… DO IT FOR US AGAIN.

    January 9, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. JE

    I am a woman and I do not trust you!

    January 9, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. A R, Cedar Rapids, IA

    This race was too close for a supposedly "inevitable" Hillary to claim victory over Obama. That is pure spin.

    Hillary is probably still crying as they both have the same amount of delegates, Obama and all of his supporters are still the true winners of this one in NH.

    The main deviating factor I saw, besides women voters, were there were more Independents voting on the Republican side for McCain. He has a strong standing in NH but I don't think that will be a factor in SC. Again, congrat still to Obama on this one. A 2% difference between him in Clinton in NH and she calls it a comeback. Wow. LOL!!

    January 9, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  20. CLINTON 2008

    Eleanor Roosevelt taught us that sometimes silence is the greatest sin

    by Mrs. Lyndon Baines (Ladybird) Johnson
    Former First Lady, United States Of America
    Women can move beyond the struggle for equal status and for material goods to the challenges and opportunities of citizenship. Quality of goals and the achievement of goals which will mean a better life for all. For me, it was the beginning of seeing how politics can bring tangible results. I always hope that the very best of our people will go into politics, and I am sure that some of our best are women. So, I say: "Don't hold back. Don't be shy. Step forward in every way you can to plan boldly, to speak clearly, to offer the leadership which the world needs. Let us today earnestly resolve to build the true foundation for Eleanor Roosevelt's memory–to pluck out prejudice from our lives, to remove fear and hate where it exists, and to create a world unafraid to work out its destiny in peace. Eleanor Roosevelt has already made her own splendid and incomparable contribution to that foundation. Let us go and do likewise, within the measure of our faith and the limits of our ability. Let Eleanor Roosevelt teach Us all how to turn the arts of compassion into the victories of democracy.Eleanor Roosevelt taught us that sometimes silence is the greatest sin.

    "Madame President of the United States...it’s an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations," said Streisand. "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.
    "Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding a strong economy. After 8 long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.
    "Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, ‘In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.’ More than 50 years later 'that day' is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women."

    January 9, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  21. Raymond Yang

    Indeed a day to remember. I am glad Hillary won and has brought much relief to me in the NH polls. Continue your hard work and I am sure success will be with you. Your Singapore Supporter!

    January 9, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. Jack

    Congratulations to Hillary, and I look forward to having her as our new President. Maybe we can once again gain some respect in the World, balance the budget once again (as we did under Bill's presidency, plus a huge surplus! ), and bring America back to the bright beacon that it has always been! This night will be a defining moment in History..

    January 9, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  23. stan pitts pa

    this doesnt show what women can do it shows what their husbands can do for them! boy the fake tears!

    January 9, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  24. Gary

    Taking back America!

    For the last eight years, George Bush, Dick Chenney and Carl Rove have hijacked the country from the American People. They have turned a big budget surplus into a huge deficit, and a labor shortage into job shortage! They have forced an unnecessary war on us, leaving the true culprits of 9/11 still at large! Many future generations of American will be paying the price for this war. With Hillary’s leadership, we will take back America!

    Hillary for a better America!

    With Hillary’s rich experience in public service, she is most qualified to leader us to put America on the right Course!

    Hillary is better!

    Barak Obama may be a smooth talker, but all he has delivered are empty promises.

    January 9, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  25. Nan

    A Clinton has once again duped the citizens of New Hampshire, this time with a feigned show of emotion before a group of women voters. Keep in mind that Senator Clinton and her husband were intensively trained in technology designed specifically to permit its users to manipulate people through tailored communication styles by the pioneer of that technology (called PCM), Dr. Taibe Kahler. See http://www.taibikahlerassociates.com/endorsements.phtml. The timing and setting of Hillary's "tears" were far too politically expedient to be genuine. Let our country not be suckered into another scandalous Clinton presidency!

    January 9, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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