January 8th, 2008
10:40 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama beats Clinton on ability to unite, get elected

(CNN) – New Hampshire Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly believe Barack Obama can better unite the country than Hillary Clinton can, according to CNN exit polls.

Fifty percent said the Illinois senator is the most able to unite, compared to 29 percent who cited Clinton. More New Hampshire Democrats also said Obama could win a general election race: 46 percent said the Illinois senator has the best shot against a Republican, compared to 36 percent for Clinton.

But unfortunately for Obama, electability proved to be the least important factor when New Hampshire Democratic primary voters decided on a candidate. Only 7 percent said they were most concerned with the candidate's chance of being elected next November.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Ginny Ca

    But she won tonight.

    January 9, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  2. Tony

    I cant believe voters believed Hillarys desperation sob.

    January 9, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. svl

    I remember when Doug Wilder won in Virginia. The polls had him leading by double digits. He won by less than 1% point. White American lie about who they vote for. Its Show a very few don't mind you being a followers but not a leader. It not the young people . As for Bill Clinton Who I voted for twice I will to Fith power of never, vote for that Barry Goldwarter democrate Hillary Clinton.

    January 9, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. mike, demorest ga

    thank god democrats are waking up...the novelty kid is gone

    January 9, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. Luis

    Ann, you're a lazy citizen! We all have to work for the better of the country. Remember the constitution, we the people! a governement of the people, by the poeple, for the people.

    Get rid of the entitlement mentality and do something for the country, Hillary nor any other pol will do it for you!

    January 9, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. Ricardo

    As an Obama supporter I congratulate Senator Hillary Clinton. Senator Clinton and her supporters know they are in one heck of a fight. It is no longer an inevitable coronation and we are still very much fired up! We won in a bigger state Iowa with a 9% margin, you win in a smaller state with at most 2% margin. If Senator Clinton had to get teary eyed to win in NH perhaps the Clinton's favoured state outside Arkansas then you must realize the enormity of the task ahead. We will not require that Barack gets all choked up and shed tears but we are ready for your best shots negative ads, tears and all. Bring it ON!

    January 9, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  7. JON, COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA

    obama will win

    January 9, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. 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 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. Joelle, Milwaukee, WI

    Go Hillary!

    You are the ONE!

    You are the only ONE to Lead AMERICA!

    I'd like to introduce, the NEXT PRESIDENT of the USA: HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON!

    Go endorse another fake book Oprah!

    January 9, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  10. rusty

    This victory for Clinton was a result of the incredible amount of air play given to Hillary getting emotional yesterday. It was played over and over again, and, coupled with the coverage by the media, concerning the inevitability of an Obama victory, it produced the numbers we saw tonight.

    January 9, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  11. Lynda

    Hillary bought this election with special interests money. She cannot buy hope if she believes that it is false. No one can buy real hope. Obama is the only real hope in this election. Hillary turned on the tears for the national media and it worked for the people who believe in her self serving tears. She translated those phony tears into real votes. Phony tears will make a great US president. It was her husband who won this Primary for her. He won it for himself and not for anyone else. He wants to be the president again, not the First Man. She wants to be the president and not the First Lady anymore. Guess what they haven't figured out? There's only room for one president in the Oval Office. Gerald Ford was right about her when he said in his memoirs that her ambition knows no limits. She proved it tonight. She put on the fake tears, the fake nice voice of genuine concern and turned them into real votes. The real people of America have yet to speak and put her in her place. When they speak, they will say, "Yes, we can"...do anything we choose to do as a nation. We can speak as one nation and cast a vote for the one who agrees with you. He says, "Yes, we can." She says, "Yes, I can."

    January 9, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  12. Lynda

    Hillary bought this election with special interests money. She cannot buy hope if she believes that it is false. No one can buy real hope. Obama is the only real hope in this election. Hillary turned on the tears for the national media and it worked for the people who believe in her self serving tears. She translated those phony tears into real votes. Phony tears will not make a great US president. It was her husband who won this Primary for her. He won it for himself and not for anyone else. He wants to be the president again, not the First Man. She wants to be the president and not the First Lady anymore. Guess what they haven't figured out? There's only room for one president in the Oval Office. Gerald Ford was right about her when he said in his memoirs that her ambition knows no limits. She proved it tonight. She put on the fake tears, the fake nice voice of genuine concern and turned them into real votes. The real people of America have yet to speak and put her in her place. When they speak, they will say, "Yes, we can"...do anything we choose to do as a nation. We can speak as one nation and cast a vote for the one who agrees with you. He says, "Yes, we can." She says, "Yes, I can."

    January 9, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  13. Yisrael

    I do not understand how so many educated persons within our media community are so overwhelmed or taken-a-back by Hiliary Clinton getting emotional. She had to do something to soften her image. I'm just frustrated on the Spin. This country is just not about one or two issues; is a multitude of factors in which we have to build to bring about a better society. Barack Obama can truly bring about the CHANGE we need. The change that unites both parties with the States and Leaders around the world. I'm in the military and I truly belive that this country is at a turning point. Not, only because there's a woman running for President; an "African American" running for President. We need to look at our country as a whole and come to a concensus on what's best for all. It makes no sense to want one thing when the world around you is being destroyed, and then you have nothing. I hope people can take some time, do the research, while opening their mind to the possibility of HOPE. BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT.....A TRUE EQUAL OPPORTUNIST.

    January 9, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  14. Floyd

    Even if Obama becomes the Dem Nominee he will not become the President. He is without substance and is all talk and no walk.

    January 9, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  15. Al

    Hey Jhon tessler...Educated people are not afraid of Obama because as you put it 'he's black". Ignorant bigots are.

    January 9, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  16. Mike in Kentucky

    "Angie January 8, 2008 11:08 pm ET

    Hillary is such a polarizing candidate that the Republicans will come out in droves on election day just to see a "Clinton" defeated. Why does everyone act like they don't know that. Hillary is just as polarizing as Bush."

    And we as Democrats should fear this?

    I view it as a stimulus for all Democrats to come out in droves to support our party's candidate if Hillary is nominated...or are you saying that Democrats are not motivated enough for that unless the nominee is Barack Obama?.

    If this is true, and Democrats will not support Hillary as the nominee of our party, then we will get what we deserve and that will be another Republican administration in the White House.

    Maybe we should not fear the Republicans, but rather ourselves!

    January 9, 2008 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  17. Tom Wittmann

    CNN staff

    Why are you censoring and not filing my comments, which are written without
    any sharpness nor insult ?? Do you dislike what I write ?? I am sorry, but if you do not explain, this will be publicized.

    Tom Wittmann

    January 9, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Tracey

    I will relish the day that this inspired man, this beacon of hope, this intelligent and unwaveringly optimistic human being finally demonstrates once and for all that hope, heart and healing CAN trump the cynicism of the Clinton Political Machine. The only way we can show Washington that we are through with the dynastic politics of fear and greed is to get out and vote in record numbers for Obama. Obama 08. You may say I'm a dreamer- but I'm not the only one!

    January 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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