January 8th, 2008
11:33 PM ET
6 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. MaryAnn Murphy

    Women in America have spoken...The "good ole boys" tried to defeat us but just can`t do it. It is our turn to try to bring our country out of the depths of despair from what "stupid white men" have done! Go Hillary Go!

    January 9, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  2. Jamie

    CONGRATULATIONS HILLARY AND TEAM!!!!!! Want real change America vote for a woman as President. For all you Barack supporters, go read Feminism and Faith, there is a quote in there by Sojourner Truth. She was a former black female slave turned human rights activist. She made a statement about when there was talk about freeing the slaves, they would only speak of the black man being freed and Sojourner Truth said something about All this talk being about freeing black men but nothing is mentioned of freeing the black woman. She said if women dont get their rights it will be just as bad for women as it ever was. Listen to Sojourner Truth, she knows.

    January 9, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  3. Marcelo - Albuquerque NM

    My fellow Obama supporters, I understand your frustration and disappointment at the recent news from NH but I think ALL OF US need to stay positive. PLEASE do not fall into the selfish trap of becoming negative against other candidates.

    The whole point of Obama's campaign is to erase the hate in politics and to bring the best out of everyone. This goes for the Hilary and Edwards supporters too.

    Remember, whoever wins the nomination, lets all support them and not make the same mistake the current administration has made. Let's bury the hatchet with the republicans and work together to improve our economy, save the environment, increase the opportunities for the needy and make the world a better place, with less hatred.

    January 9, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. Jamie

    Vote Hillary for REAL CHANGE!!!!!

    January 9, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  5. CR Campos

    Let's put this in perspective: a black "kid" with supposedly "no experience" and "still wet behind the ears" almost defeats (and practically ties) the 35 year experienced entrenched political institution known as the Clinton machine in a predominantly white conservative northeastern state and she's declared the "winner?" He received an equal number of delegates as Clinton in NH.

    More voters voted for Obama, Edwards and the other Democratic candidates than for Clinton by 60%. That is not a victory!

    The Obama phenomenon is not a political campaign, it is a movement!


    January 9, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  6. santiago

    It strikes me as odd that Hillary claims she found her voice in New Hampshire, yet why is it that three words into her victory speech she has to look down at words written for her. Meanwhile, Obama doesn't have a single note card and speaks from the heart, even when he loses. Hillary is just too scripted – she doesn't really have her own voice at all.

    January 9, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  7. Brian, Austin TX


    i'm dissappointed New Hampshire.....

    OBAMA '08!!!

    January 9, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  8. Jorge Silva

    What happened to the American Democracy? I can’t believe that people in NH voted for Hilary Clinton, and it’s not because she is a woman or because she is the candidate that took more money from those special interest groups, like the pharmaceuticals and the health insurance companies. I can’t believe that no one it’s realizing the consequences of electing Mrs. Clinton, it’s like promoting the beginning of the Royal Ruling Families, in 2 decades the only names on the white house have been Bush and Clinton, we know what happened with the second Bush, the one who stole the election from the American people, and now we are sitting here looking how the second Clinton comes into power. I can’t believe this, what is going to be next? Jeff Bush after Hilary… and then Chelsea Clinton after Jeff? Please American People Wake Up!!! This is the time when we have to take the government in our hands… remember For The People, By the People… not by the Ruling Families!!! Wake UP AMERICA!!

    January 9, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  9. Matt Davenport

    obama LOST!!!!!

    More voters voted for Clinton, edwards and the other democratic candidates than for Obama by 62%. He got his tail handed to him last night.

    obama should just drop out now, but no he has to be the divider.

    Now that's signed, sealed, delievered!!!

    January 9, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  10. LB, Ft Worth TX

    Don't be so happy, Hillary. Obama received the same number of delegates that you did, while you are claiming "victory". Also, he is ahead, when you consider the superdelegates who are supporting him! Too bad, so sad... Go Obama!

    January 9, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  11. concerned citizen, Mesa, Arizona

    Hey Obama supporter he was reading off teleprompter. His speech reminded me of a sermon at a church. He always gets that church tone when he gives a speech. Drives me nuts. MSNBC even said his speech was a little off because of prompter. They all need help now they are so exhausted.

    January 9, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  12. Tired of people being duped by the lies of the elite

    She eeked out a victory due to her ardent supporters (someting to be said for blind loyalty)….and a well timed speech by her husband and former President, that mis-represented what Barak Obama said…right before people headed out to the polls.

    Slick, but won't work twice, and will actually work against her campaign once people pick up on it. I hope Obama doesn't use this as an opportunity to illustrate the character of the Clinton campaign, and the depths they'll sink to in order to stay in the election….Why? Because I hope, for once since….Lincoln… that we actually have a candidate in Obama that is above the pettiness of such tactics and can win on his ideas and ability to unite our nation.

    That said, the press had better be all over this. It's your job. A former President just lied… again… to keep his wife in a race. It is your obligation to report the facts and undo the damage Bill's done.

    January 9, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  13. Yemi

    Congratulations to Mrs. Clinton. However I cant help but wonder why CNN kept showing Obamas grandmother and Kenya- probably reminding the voters that he has African roots and sending the message- be careful how you cast your vote. I believe there was no need for that story and that the constant airing of the story affected todays polls. I didnt see any other candidates grandmother being put in the spotlight today or even in the past. I believe that senator Obama has worked very had to be where he is today and he deserves to be given a fair chance to prove himself and show the world that he is indeed a capable leader no matter where he has his origins.

    January 9, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  14. Salida

    I know the people of NH have spoken. They want FACTS, they want to see what you will DO. This reace is critical. Our country, our future and the future of our children is at stake. The bar is high, the job of president is not a given because of race color or gender. The next person we elect will work with us for change. We know it will be hard work and will not come about by the wave of a magic wand. Thank you NH.

    January 9, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  15. ron

    When will Americans learn to wake up and smell the coffee!!!! We voted for George Bush twice and for what? Americans, my fellow Americans, during elections we become puppets of these so called smooth speeches, false promises that our candidates don't keep. We need someone that can change our image, someone that have that experience. Hillary Clinton is the best candidate of them all. Please America, this time, don't be a puppet, let's all vote for Hillary Clinton, and for the Republican side, John McClaine. thank you.

    January 9, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  16. Angela

    And the polls said Obama had a double digit lead on Clinton just before the New Hampshire Primaries.
    The polls are useless and distracting and should not be published at all.

    Great Job Hillary!!

    We"re all with you all the way to the White House!

    January 9, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  17. Analyst/Southwest

    BOTTOM LINE . . .

    Obama ______________ 37

    Clinton _______________ 39

    Grassroots, Political Analyst

    January 9, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  18. Gavin Indiana HRC 08

    Told ya so!

    Yes, I said Clinton would come back, but
    I did so with decency; pointing out differences and alerting the disparties in Barack's records.

    I've always said out here, and still do – that Barack is a nice guy and good public speaker but I will again point out that CLINTON HAS THE EXPERIENCE TO DELIVER THE CHANGE WE NEED – ON DAY ONE! SHE HAS ALREADY PROVEN CHANGE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

    Unlike hillary-haters, I never stooped to horrible insults; its no longer effective.

    ...and who wouldn't deliver change after Bush's disaster...

    So, I'm so sorry that the media and many messengers prematurely crowned Barack the 'King of the world' It was a mistake I knew they would make.

    I'm glad N.H and the rest of the country will view these primaries with depth and substance instead of the just the 'flavor of the week'

    January 9, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  19. Margarita, Los Angeles


    January 9, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  20. Rick from California and Louisiana

    Let's really put it in perspective... sadly even in the 21st century a minority will never compete below the Mason-Dixie line.

    Clinton is too devicive and Obama is not light enough for the red states. And it is an embarrassment that in the land of the free that this fact is stable.

    Edwards is the only viable candidate on the democratic side to compete in red states. He polls the best against the top republican candidates. And to really put it in perspective he has achieved a silver and bronze in two northern states while being outspent 2 to 1.

    Edwards is a movement, Obama and Hilary are both old style Chicago machine politics with a new face. And those machines are gonna get a wrench thrown in them when they descend down to the south.

    Next stop South Carolina... Edwards' home state and the movement continues....

    January 9, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  21. Marisol

    Some people are better at impromptu speeches, while others are not. I do not believe that we are electing someone based on their skills to give impressive impromptu speeches. Skill, knowledge, and a history of NATIONAL change are key. Hillary has brought about NATIONAL change in the realm of healthcare with SCHIP and in the realm of foster care, which helped our most vulnerable population, orphans and disabled children, find permanent homes. She and McCain also initiated legislation on the environment. Hillary developed and passed this legislation from start to finish. Nothing of this nature can be said of any of the other Democratic candidates. Let's vote for a candidate who can deliver on the message and cross party lines! As a native Illinois resident, I can assure you that Obama has not succeeded on delivering change even at a state level. Think about it...God bless and I wish you all the best, because, I know in the end, we're all trying to do what is best for our country.

    January 9, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  22. Justin

    Though I am a liberal democract, I am quite disappointed in the actions and comments of other "so-called" democrats from all camps (be it Obama, Clinton or Edward's). There isn't enough difference between the democratic candidates to justify all the back-stabbing, name calling "Republican-esque" political tactics. Let us please be reminded of what it is we all want, which is control of the White House. If democrats continue to divide one another, then we will only succeed in handing over the White House to another incompetent Republican!

    January 9, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  23. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Apparently it took 35 years for Hillary to "find her voice." Interesting.

    She says whatever her handlers tell her the people want to hear that week. Tonight's speech was so transparent. She's now painting herself as a populist and outright stealing slogans and talking points from the other candidates...but that's her typical m.o.

    The rub is...she and Obama won the same amount of delegates tonight. It was a tie, and coupled with Obama's larger victory in Iowa, he's still ahead.

    January 9, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  24. me

    Again I am a registered voter never voted untill now I have found someone and something to vote for. I do have a ? what was Obama referring to when he stated
    "We are the new majority' What majority ?Signed sealed and delivered are these 2 states the voice for all? What about the rest of us? I took a look at Obama he
    was ok Edwards was interresting however Clinton has experience change compassion and flexibilty she is aware of the public and their importance she needed to let them know she felt that . She had a problem she fixed it in 2 days 48 hours.That is impressive to me ! You Go Girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama's change 'different man 'same office same path one man leading all of us men and women down the same path his path his way 'change' he couldn't change his victory speach had he have won to a concession that is unprepared
    if I ever heard it the very least they could have changed that song unless he played
    it for Clinton's benefit.

    January 9, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  25. Gracey Knowle, Dallas

    Advocate for health care reform? That was 1993 was it not? And what happened?

    January 9, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
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