MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Failing to parlay his win in last week's Iowa caucuses to a victory in the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Barack Obama said he was "still fired up and ready to go."
The junior senator from Illinois congratulated Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York for her win and praised "all the candidates in this race" as "patriots who serve this country honorably."
"But the reason our campaign has always been different, the reason we began this improbable journey almost a year ago, is because it's not just about what I will do as president," he said. "It is also about what you, the people who love this country, the citizens of the United States of America, can do to change it. That's what this election is all about."
CNN projected Clinton to win with 72 percent of precincts counted, basing it on reported results, exit polls and other statistical models.
As she had most of the night, Clinton held a 39 percent to 37 percent lead over Obama with 81 percent of the precincts in.
But Obama assailed critics who he said doubted his campaign and said that the record numbers of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire showed that "there is something happening in America."
"You, all of you who are here tonight, all of you who put so much heart and soul and work into this campaign, you can be the new majority who can lead this nation out of a long political darkness," he said. "Democrats, independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington."
"For most of this campaign, we were far behind," he said. "We always knew our climb would be steep. But in record numbers, you came out and you spoke up for change."
Obama pledged to end tax breaks for the rich, to "end the outrage of unaffordable and unavailable healthcare" and "end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home."
"We will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. We will care for our veterans. We will restore our moral standing in the world, and we will never use 9/11 to scare up votes. 9/11 is not a tactic to win votes, but a challenge to unite America."
Obama also responded to critics who he said cautioned his campaign against offer "false hope."
"In the unlikely story that is America," he said, "there has never been anything false about hope."
And, he said, his response to those naysayers is "one simple creed - yes, we can."
"Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can, and so tomorrow as we take the campaign south and west ... we will remember that there is something happening in America, that we are not as divided as our politics suggest, that we are one people and one nation and together we will begin the next great chapter in the story with three words that ring from sea to shining sea - yes, we can."
Let's see, polls were all wrong. Hillary and Obama essentially split NH delegates. Hillary is going to have to rely on the so-called "superdelegates" to win the nomination.
Hold on to your hats folks! Super Tuesday is gonna be a wild ride!
No tears anymore I guess! what a fake a greedy person.
we need change and it's time for it......
GO Hilary Clinton! you have my "VOTE"
It was the tears which did it for her, not the message. What a cheap way to get votes.
I agree C.I.o. What a fake.
OK. Hillary got some breathing room. The women and the younger people gave her another chance due to her tears yesterday. If this sounds too harsh, it is not meant to be
See, this is how politicians should act. Gracious even in the face of a (by a small margin) defeat.
What we think happened is that independents who were favorable of Obama decided he had the thing set, and decided to cast their vote on the republican they liked best instead. Unfortunately, that decision may have cost Obama the official victory from the state.
C'mon, US! The time has come for us to cast aside the hegemony of old and embrace a new age of true bipartisanship. We have history unfolding before us, but will history remember this election as a fearful people sticking with the old guard, or a brave people willing to look beyond not only gender and race but a name?
We've actually inquired about Canadian citizenship in case Clinton wins the Dem party. We've love Obama but we'd be OK with anyone else. I'd vote for a Republican before I'd vote for her. She has the unsavory feel of a deposed queen desperate to reclaim the throne. Experience is such a dynastic term; experience implies familiarity with the system, and thus entrenchment in it. She wants to regain power, not do anything with it. I'm a doer, she says. Well, all this time during the campaign Obama has been working to help resolve the crisis in Kenya. What has Clinton been doing besides hanging out in coffee shops with a planted audience?
Are you kidding me? Why does New Hampshire think that a Hilary will actually be the next president! She had to fake cry to win here because Barackstar knocked her off her high horse. I can see right through her but unfortunately no one else can. Myself & Hilary have the same birthday and my daughters name is Chelsea also,but trust and believe those are only coincidences! I know how I am, so I know what she is made of. She does not stand for the same thing that her husband does. Now all of a sudden you are about change? Give me a break! Enjoy it while you can Hil,because you will never GET MY VOTE!
Both ended up with nine delegates here – Edwards got four. The tallies are getting closer towards the end but it looks like 39-37 will be the final percentages.
I am so very proud of Senator Obama to be that gracious and optimistic. His campaign is far from over, and he will keep on going.
Hopefully people will see through Clinton's phony tears and stylist change with her rosy checks and lipstick. She is manipulative and comes across as untrustworthy and fake, doing anything to move up in the polls except be herself. Such a divisive person.
I am an independent for Obama, but will vote Republican if Hillary gets the nomination.
No worries....We are very much fired up (now more than ever since the divider seems to have survived!!!) – and very much ready to go. I was thinking that he may be on a roll after NH and that I may not need to volunteer as much for the campaign and this has given me the fire I need.
No rest until Obama is in the WH.
Keep "talking the talk" because it takes a true leader to "walk the walk". Obama should just keep talking about change.....changing his career goals. NEVER has he said how he will bring change. After this "real" reflection of the peoples voice Oprah will probably get a call soon to help with some more "changes"......OBAMA / OPRAH IN '08 ....'er lets make a change....
Go Obama! Just three weeks ago, he was down 15-20% in New Hampshire. To be able to overcome that, to overcome the pressure of a political dynasty and rise up, and respond to the hopes of America, that change isn't a "fairytale" or a false hope, is truly amazing!
The race is on!
He lost New Hampshire because he has no experience. He lost New Hampshire because he has no real plan to help us. He lost New Hampshire because he will leave 15,000,000 people without health insurance. He lost New Hampshire because he voted PRESENT instead of taking a stand one way or another while an active senator (for the one year he was active). He lost New Hampshire because we really don't know anything about him. He lost New Hampshire because he tends to be arrogant without substance. He lost New Hampshire because he is clearly a divider (just watch him speak to the whites as opposed to the blacks); he becomes a different person; he sets the tone of black against white. He lost New Hampshire because it wasn't a caucus and people couldn't have a do-over vote and scheme between parties. He lost in New Hampshire because HE is false!
HERE'S TO NEW HAMPSHIRE!
Obama is going to win in the end, Hillary has many missteps in front of her
She never trailed Obama in tonight's election. She remained steady, kept the faith, and got her message of change out loud and clear. I am incredibly proud of this great American who has spent a lifetime working for the benefit of all Americans. Great going, Hillary! Keep going, wade into the crowd, answer their questions, be yourself and, God willing, you will prevail.
God's Speed, Hillary!
Clinton's crying gave her the breakthrough with women. Think about it: Three things happened after Iowa: the debate, Hillary crying, and Bill taking his gloves off. We saw the results of the debate in the polls, but we weren't able to see the results of Hillary crying or Bill taking his gloves off until the votes were cast, because all of that happened only yesterday.
Crying did her a whole lot of good. But she won't be able to get that big of a bounce out of crying again.
Look for this from the Clintons: She's going to come off as warm-hearted, Bill is going to go ultra-negative on Obama.
It won't work. Americans will see through it.
obama '08!! yes c.Lo nice fake tears hillary was it just ironic that the media was coming out saying you were too cold and unemotional then the next day decided to cry when asked a "friendy" as CNN puts it question
I certainly hope that Hillary's "show of emotion" wasn't key to swaying those voters who were fence-sitting between her and Obama. If so, that's a very shallow and sappy reason to vote for a candidate. And, if it swayed women, jeez.
He and Hillary essentially split the delegates, even though she got more of the overall vote.
Anyway, I think that the lack of sleep is definitely starting to show
Is anybody really surprised?
Where have you people been for the past 24 hours?
Did you miss Bill Clinton slandering Obama and trying to sell his line that Obama is copying Hillary.
What about when Bill said Obama lacks experience?
What REAL experience does Hillary have besides being a senator for a few years herself.
I am sorry folks but being first lady of the United States or laughably Arkansas is not experience to me. Well, maybe she knows how to throw a good party…
This is scary!!! She has followed George Bush down every wrong turn within the past 6 years and refuses to even acknowledge that she has made mistakes in doing so. She just voted to give him the power to pull an Iraq on Iran. Are you people retarded or what???
HILLARY IS GEORGE BUSH IN A SKIRT. Wake up before we all pay for it.
not now........... maybe year 2050
So illuminating... Change is coming and we will get it no matter what.
We know that this race is not one in which someone is going to sit on top and remain there for ever. We started as the underdog and rose to front runner status. Anything is possible. A true change requires hope and courage.
We are firing up for the West and the South.
To our young voters, please come out next time. Don't let the old folks outshine you like they did in NH tonight
It is about your feature too you know, and not just wanting to see a woman president as some of the older female voters stated.
I as a never wavering Obama supporter will never be against a female president but we have got to bring in change before we turn to our female friends for their time to shine.
Lets get going one state at a time.
In every photo of Obama, one can't help but notice what nice teeth he has.
I wish my kids, family and friends could afford to get ours cleaned and fixed.