January 8th, 2008
10:19 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: For another Clinton, it's the economy, stupid

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Former President Clinton campaigned with his wife in New Hampshire Monday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) - The same issue that former President Bill Clinton used in 1992 to propel himself to the White House is key to his wife's strong showing in New Hampshire 16 years later.

The economy was the top issue of New Hampshire Democratic primary voters with 39 percent citing it, according to CNN exit polls. Sen. Hillary Clinton was the clear favorite of those voters as 44 percent of them went for her compared to 35 percent who went for Obama.

Clinton also performed well with those voters who said they were falling behind financially. Nearly a third of Democratic primary voters identified themselves in this category and those voters broke for Clinton over Obama by a 10-point margin.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: New Hampshire
January 8th, 2008
10:13 PM ET
7 years ago

With half the Granite State vote in, Clinton leading Obama

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - With half of New Hampshire's precincts counted, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York clung to a narrow lead over Iowa caucus winner Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

CNN projected former Sen. John Edwards to finish third, but the race between Clinton and Obama was too close to call. CNN made the projection with 10 percent of precincts counted, basing it on reported results, exit polls and other statistical models.

Clinton held a 39 percent to 37 percent lead over Obama. The former first lady was maintaining a lead in New Hampshire's two largest cities, Manchester and Nashua, but numbers from college towns like Hanover, where Obama was expected to finish strong, were not in.

Edwards had 17 percent of the vote with 50 percent of the precincts in, followed by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with 5 percent and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich with 1 percent.


Filed under: New Hampshire
January 8th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Update: The New Hampshire delegate breakdown

In the New Hampshire Republican primary

CNN projects:

* John McCain will win at least 4 New Hampshire delegates
* Mitt Romney will win at least 3 New Hampshire delegates
* 5 delegates remain to be allocated tonight

– CNN's  Jane Caplan contributed to this report


Filed under: Uncategorized
January 8th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: New Hampshire Democrats still love Bill Clinton

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton continues to be a wildly popular figure among New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, according to CNN exit polls. Eighty-three percent said they had a favorable rating of the former president while 73 percent said the same about his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has a storied history with the Granite State. It was New Hampshire voters in 1992 who handed Clinton a second-place victory when his campaign seemed all-but-doomed, leading the then-Arkansas governor to declare himself the "comeback kid."

But New Hampshire voters like Barack Obama just as much as they like the former president - they gave him an 84 percent favorability rating, a statistical tie with Bill Clinton.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Schneider analysis
January 8th, 2008
09:58 PM ET
7 years ago

Mood upbeat at Clinton election night party

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – CNN's Sasha Johnson reports that Hillary Clinton's campaign aides - who 'disappeared' in Iowa after results came in - are coming around to talk to reporters. She and CNN's Candy Crowley report the crowd at Clinton's primary night party has been chanting "comeback kid."

CNN's Crowley also reports that the Clinton war room is 'excited' now - they say they're seeing 10 -point swings in districts they thought they would lose, and think dispatching former President Bill Clinton to Hanover today was a good move.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
January 8th, 2008
09:50 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain edges Huckabee among religious voters

Voters cast their ballots at a polling place in Manchester, N.H.

Voters cast their ballots at a polling place in Manchester, N.H.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain bested Mike Huckabee among New Hampshire voters who said a candidate's religious beliefs matter a great deal, according to CNN exit polls. Those voters made up 14 percent of all Republican primary voters - much less than in Iowa.

While Huckabee won overwhelmingly among religious voters in Iowa, McCain actually edged out the former Arkansas governor and onetime Baptist minister in New Hampshire: 35 percent went to McCain while 31 percent went to Huckabee.

Huckabee considerably played down his religious beliefs and background in New Hampshire, placing more emphasis on other issues like taxes and immigration. Expect Huckabee to go back to heavily stressing his religious ties when he heads to South Carolina, where social conservatives play a much stronger role than in New Hampshire.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee
January 8th, 2008
09:29 PM ET
6 years ago

The New Hampshire delegate breakdown

In the New Hampshire Democratic primary

CNN projects:

* Hillary Clinton will win at least 2 delegates (one statewide at-large, one statewide “PLEO”)

* Barack Obama will win at least 2 delegates (one statewide at-large, one statewide “PLEO”)

* 18 out of 22 NH democratic delegates remain to be allocated tonight

– CNN's Jane Caplan contributed to this report


Filed under: Uncategorized
January 8th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain: I'm campaigning on the truth

CNN projects John McCain will win New Hampshire's GOP primary.

CNN projects John McCain will win New Hampshire's GOP primary.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. John McCain pinned his win in the New Hampshire Republican primary on "one strategy" - telling the people of the Granite State what he believes.

"When the pundits declared us finished, I told them, 'I'm going to New Hampshire where the voters don't let you make their decisions for them,'" he said. "'I'm going to New Hampshire, and I'm going to tell people the truth.'"

With 38 percent of precincts counted, McCain led his closest rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, by 37 percent to 30 percent.

Twelve percent of precincts had reported results when CNN projected McCain to win and Romney to finish second, based on those results, exit polls and other statistical models - including the number of votes outstanding in areas where McCain is expected to do well.

McCain called his win "a step ... toward repairing the broken government."

"I went to Washington to serve my country," he said, "and that, my friends, is what I intend to do if I am so privileged to be elected president."

He said he wanted restore trust in government and to return the GOP to a party of fiscal discipline and strong defense "to secure the dreams that have made us the greatest nation in history."

The senator from Arizona stopped short of claiming the mantle "comeback kid," however.

"I'm past the age when I can claim the noun 'kid' no matter what adjective precedes it, but we sure showed them what a comeback looks like," he said.

Related video: McCain claims victory


Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
January 8th, 2008
09:25 PM ET
6 years ago

The New Hampshire delegate breakdown

In the New Hampshire Republican primary

CNN projects:

* John McCain will win at least 4 New Hampshire delegates

* Mitt Romney will win at least 1 New Hampshire delegate

* 7 delegates remain to be allocated tonight

– CNN's Jane Caplan contributed to this report


Filed under: Uncategorized
January 8th, 2008
09:21 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton still has slight edge in early counting

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – With 32 percent of precincts counted in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton held a 40 percent to 36 percent lead over Sen. Barack Obama, but the race was still too close to call.

CNN projected former Sen. John Edwards to finish third. CNN made the projection with 10 percent of precincts counted, basing it on reported results, exit polls and other statistical models.

Edwards had 17 percent of the vote with 21 percent of the precincts in, followed by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with 5 percent and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich with 1 percent.


Filed under: New Hampshire
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