January 8th, 2008
10:40 PM ET
10 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. Mike

    If only our politicians were held accountable for thier promises when they win. Campaigns would be much more realisitic. Unfortunitely, most politicians think the end goal is the election and leave it to thier spin doctors to rewrite history.

    January 8, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. ktown

    saying that the media portrays her in a bad light is like her little crying bit..it's all to get pity for poor hillary.

    sorry, truth hurts.

    January 8, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Tom

    Why are Hillary Clinton supporters always so nasty? It's like they're trying to drive a firm wedge between fellow Democrats, letalone between Democrats and Republicans.

    January 8, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Clement.N

    I think US and rest of the world had enough of the Clinton's governing the country. One Clinton was worst enough and i dont think the world needs a another one. Support the best candidate with an open mind and new ideas and the right man for the job is Obama..Obama...Obama

    January 8, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. Kiku

    She won because she cried, and that made people feel sorry for her, so they gave her the benefit of the doubt, or she made them feel bad about voting against her. Don't call me cynical, even Terry McAuliffe said this.

    Hillary can win this. She's changing her campaign, clearly. If she pays attention to meaningful details, and not kindergarten papers, and she lets people in a bit more, she could carry it.

    She can't cry to get the sympathy vote again. If she wins the election, it will be because she cried.

    Wonder how NH will feel in the morning. Did they betray themselves? Were they duped? Or, did she just knock some sense back into them to take the polls back to what they were before Iowa?

    She still isn't Obama, though.

    To Nevada!

    Go Obama

    January 8, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. Christian, Tampa FL

    Then why did they give their primary to Hillary? Not to blame them at all, it's their right, but I sincerely hope that all voters in both parties realize that unity and a bipartisan majority are the most important issues of this election.

    January 8, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. scott in TN

    Clinto can and will win against a man! She is he most experienced and will win the general election with a landslide victory. Go Clinton....make history

    January 8, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. Linda

    Middle class- What does Hilary know about the middle class
    from the heart- don't you mean from the political play book
    she had to read her speech in contast Obama spoke his from the heart
    How is it that after working on the trail for a year and winning- you have to read your victory speech- simple you cant speak from your staff writers heart lol
    unite us- dont you me unite the white upper class of america
    they are already united- they have health care, the shattered economy doesnt touch them
    Hello- NH is a state who loves Bill
    She is plus 13% in women
    How did Hilary win- she cried
    Patheic and shame full for all woman
    Manipulative politcs all the way
    They said she needed to show emotion and suprise she cries on the day of election
    I was for over 20 years a republician
    I dislike the clintons all thier bs
    I m angry that americans buy the bs
    I love Obama and his energy

    He is a visonary and if becoming a member of the democratic party is what it takes to get him elected than so be it
    Down with the old, divsionary same old same old politics
    I am for a new America- and if you have to read your vision from cue cards than it obvisoiously isnt YOUR VISION!

    January 8, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. A Concerned Citizen

    It was clear to me that the liberal and conservative Media was RUNNING Obama, both for eyeballs (selling advertising) and idealogy (e.g. Fox News); they undoubtably made a lot of $$ by promoting "Obama Mania."

    This just reinforces the fact that the Media not only reports the political news, they also promote candidates too for ideological and corporate reasons; both reasons are bad for democracy. The fourth branch of government (the media) was revolted on by the people of New Hampshire.

    I am glad Hillary won, because Obama is clearly manufactured ala Mitt Romney. I find Obama's speeches clever but contrived and too "scripted."

    Go Hillary!

    January 8, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. michael

    Barak Obama is the only candidate, Democrat or Republican, who can break us away from the polarization that has gripped and destroyed this country since Vietnam. He's fresh, intelligent, willing to learn and grow and is exactly what this country needs after the moronic "leadership" of the last 7 years.

    Besides, no one has ever won a presidential election without carrying the south and the south hates Hillary Clinton more than they're afraid of electing a black American. The last thing this country needs is 4 more years of stultifying Republican mean-spritidness.

    January 8, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. tabitha

    WOW!! What a night! You should see those cmmentators/political pandents they now scrambling to explain why Hilary won! They should be ashamed of themselves! Go USA!

    January 8, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. livea

    I suggest that you go around and ask your Republican friends which Democratic candidate they would prefer. Then you'll see why CNN's not blowing smoke.

    January 8, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. freddie cook

    Looks like Ohio all over again. Not enough ballots in Which areas? Exit polls that change midstream and then don't represent actual vote results. Looks like Bill learned something from Bush after all.

    January 8, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. Jacque Bauer

    Did you see Romney's fantastic speech – without notes, energetic, inspired and powerful. Everything that Obama had in Iowa and more.

    McCain, on the other hand, almost fell asleep reading a prepared script and then stumbled and studdered to an awkward finish.

    Wow, what a contrast.

    I hope you saw that, Mr. Bill Schneider.

    January 8, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Me

    To anyone with half a brain unoccupied by the deceptive false humanity of the Clinton campaign, the embarrassment of the polling results is obviously why stories like this one exist...it isn't candidate biased...jealous Clinton dollars don't but CNN the way it bought N.H.?

    January 8, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. Lisa

    Not fooled - I seriously share your sentiments!

    January 8, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  17. Margarita, Los Angeles


    January 8, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  18. stan pitts pa

    Independents are watching on the sidelines if hrc gets the nomination, they will vote for a republican in spades. independents dont like her as she is too polarizing, they always lean towards obama!

    January 8, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. Brian (Seattle)

    I think Hillary's turn around can be attributed to a perfectly timed and canned sniffle which, no offense, 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 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. Ronald Nfor

    So much for the so called "scientific" polls. No wonder president Bush has always expressed his disdain for polls.

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

    Everybody needs to realize that If Bill Clinton was not at her side, this race would already be over.

    What Hillary sees as an asset: Her last name, her husband, and her previous stay at the Whitehouse will make sure in the end is a liability. People are tired of the same old song.

    Look at how many people, young people are being moved and are now voting…and its not for Hilllary.

    Richardson already said he will endorse Obamam as will Edawrds. You have to ask yourself, once Edwards and Richardson drop out where will all those votes go? Obama.

    She won't go down without a fight, but Obama will win in overtime.

    January 8, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  22. bud

    If Hillary becomes the candidate for the dems then the republicans will laugh all the way to the whitehouse. John McCain beats her in an election in November.

    January 8, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. Prez

    Sen. Clinton won by a small margin. Is she going to cry her way thru a Peace negotiation with other Countries, who's face is likely to bring rogue nations to the table with real results. We are going back to the old fights in the 90's again, more fights no results in Congress. Go OBama08, God bless America.

    January 9, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  24. Ronald Nfor

    So much for the so called "scientific" polls. No wonder president Bush has such disdain for polls.

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

    Obama had a good outing.
    Convinced hes the right candidate to win the White House come Nov.
    CNN is Pro Clinton. All the hype about Clinton losing Iowa and not Obama winning. So much talk about objective journalism.
    Am ashamed of the Media.

    January 9, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
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