(CNN) – Many political observers are crediting Democrat Hillary Clinton's surprise win in New Hampshire to the New York senator's rare display of emotion at a Portsmouth Coffee shop Monday morning.
But Clinton's tearful moment failed to win at least one Granite State voter - the very woman who prompted her response in the first place.
Marianne Pernold-Young told CNN Wednesday she ultimately picked Barack Obama in Tuesday night's primary because of the Illinois senator's performance at a recent rally she attended.
"I was moved to tears. Not once, but twice," she said. "And he has this enormous electricity. And I was just taken aback. And I just had to go with my feelings." (Video: Young speaks on American Morning)
On Monday, Young asked Clinton how she was holding up under the rigors of a presidential campaign - an inquiry that cause the presidential candidate's eyes to well up and voice to tremble.
"It's not easy, and I couldn't do it if I just didn't, you know, passionately believe it was the right thing to do," a teary Clinton said. "You know, I have so many opportunities from this country, I just don't want to see us fall backwards." (Video: Clinton gets emotional)
The moment instantly became the most-covered event on the campaign trail on the day before the critical New Hampshire primary, drawing praise from some who said Clinton had finally bared her true self to voters. The next day, Clinton won among voters who said a candidate who "cares about people" is most important (a category John Edwards won in Iowa.)
Young told CNN she herself was touched by the event, though it was not enough to convince her to support Clinton.
"I was very touched and I was totally in awe that she would open up to us, all of us there," Young said. "But it was a delicate matter."
On CNN's American Morning, Clinton wouldn't speculate whether the moment had put her over the top in the Granite State the night before, but said, "I'm really glad that I had a chance to say what I believe with all of my heart, that politics isn't a game, it's not a horse race. It's about people's lives." (Video: Hillary Clinton on American Morning)
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
NEW YORK (CNN) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a research effort to assess his chances in a potential bid for the presidency, a source close to the mayor told CNN.
The source said data is being gathered but that the mayor - who has been widely speculated as being interested in running for the White House as an independent - has not yet begun analyzing that data, the source said.
The source, who is intimately familiar with the mayor's deliberations, said he has set early March as a timetable for making a decision.
Bloomberg, a former Democrat who was elected to the mayor's office as a Republican, joined a panel of moderate current and former lawmakers earlier this week at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The group, made up of both Democrats and Republicans, called for a return to bipartisanship in government.
"What has changed is that people have stopped working together," Bloomberg said at the Monday gathering. "Government is dysfunctional. There is no collaboration and congeniality. There is no working together and 'Let's do what's right for the country.' There is no accountability today ... no willingness to focus on big ideas."
- CNN's John King contributed to this report.
Wolf Blitzer during Tuesday night's New Hampshire coverage of the primary. Photo: Jake Herrle/CNN.
(CNN) - For the Democrats, the next two states on the presidential nomination circuit are Nevada and South Carolina - both very different than either Iowa or New Hampshire. There is a significant African-American and Hispanic community in Nevada. About half of the likely Democratic voters in South Carolina are black, compared to a tiny percentage in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Watch for the candidates to adjust their strategies somewhat.
For both the Democrats and the Republicans, there will be less retail politics in the coming days and weeks. The people of Iowa and New Hampshire had the luxury of getting to the see the candidates up close and personal – all the time. That will change now. There are going to be so many contests compressed around a short period of time around the country, building up to Super Tuesday on February 5.
I suspect that means you will be seeing even more of the candidates on national television shows, including mine. That is what the political strategists call "free media." They don't have to pay thousands of dollars for 30 second commercial spots. John McCain and Mike Huckabee so far during this campaign have been especially adept in taking advantage of "free media," which is critical for both since they are relatively strapped for cash.
What I am especially pumped about right now is that after New Hampshire, it's a brand-new ball game on both the Republican and Democratic side. The battle is intense, and it will remain that way for at least the next four weeks.
Once the political dust settles and we know the two nominees, I will be anxious to see if a serious third party candidate emerges. That would further energize and complicate this race.
–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) - Barack Obama accused Bill Clinton of twisting some of his early remarks on the Iraq war in a speech the former president gave the night before the New Hampshire vote.
"Bill Clinton was taking some liberties with my statements," Obama told CNN American Morning anchor John Roberts Wednesday, after his narrow loss to Hillary Clinton in the Granite State’s Democratic primary.
Clinton had alleged that the media had not properly reported on remarks the Illinois senator had made, saying that Obama’s policy stands on the war had actually been identical to those of his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
"I'm not clear about what the contradiction is," says Obama. "I said from the start that Iraq was a bad idea. I also said from the beginning that if we were gonna go in then we would have an obligation to our troops and that's been a consistent position of mine. So, the notion that somehow that diminishes my clear unequivocal statement of opposition to the war even before the Congress voted to authorize it actually doesn't make much sense."
Obama won the Iowa Democratic caucuses by 8 percentage points over Clinton, but lost the New Hampshire primary to her by 2 points, despite showing a lead in most pre-vote surveys.
Obama says the record-setting Democratic turnout in Iowa and New Hampshire bodes well for his campaign. "What's pretty clear is that the American people are taking this process seriously. They want to bring about the fundamental change in how our politics works."
Related video: Sen. Clinton on her N.H. win
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) – At a campaign event in Boston the morning after his second-place New Hampshire finish, Republican Mitt Romney repeatedly told reporters he had the most votes and delegates among all GOP presidential contenders: "I'm in first place," he said.
Romney spoke to a crowd assembled at tables in a large conference room who were making fund-raising calls for the former governor. After telling the callers jokingly, "make all the promises you need to," he tried his hand at it, telling the person at the other end of the line, "I've got the lead now."
Romney pledged a win in the Michigan primary, telling volunteers he would be spending “every minute of time” until the January 15 vote stumping in the state, except for a brief break to participate in the South Carolina Republican primary debate.
Romney was born in Michigan, and his father George was governor of the state.
When asked by CNN whether he was putting all his eggs in one basket, Romney pointed to the February 5 “Super Tuesday” states, saying: “Oh, I got more baskets, and there are more baskets coming down the road.”
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Romney's campaign confirmed reports that it had decided to pull television ads in South Carolina and Florida, at least until after the Michigan primary.
"Romney paid media been re-focused away from South Carolina and towards Michigan," a campaign aide told CNN.
The move is surprising in the Palmetto State, because Romney has run television ads for months in South Carolina, spending more on paid media in the state than any other Republican candidate since his campagn first hit the airwaves there in September.
– CNN's Alexander Marquardt and Peter Hamby
The Huckabee's are headed to South Carolina after a third place showing in New Hampshire (Photo Credit: AP)
GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) – As his wife Janet poured Chick-Fil-A iced tea for staff and reporters on board, Mike Huckabee flew into friendly Southern territory the morning after his third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary.
The former Arkansas governor is now hoping for his second big win of the primary season in South Carolina, where the ordained Baptist minister is counting on his evangelical voting base to seal his win in a crowded GOP field of competitive candidates, including John McCain, Fred Thompson, and Mitt Romney.
Huckabee told bleary-eyed reporters on a chartered Express Jet flight from Manchester to Columbia, South Carolina that he’s ready to deal with South Carolina's mud-slinging reputation, and likely attacks on his tax and immigration record. "I've always said I reserve the right to get the truth out about my record," he said. (Video: Huckabee speaks in South Carolina Wednesday)
In what could ultimately be a tight race against a rejuvenated McCain in South Carolina, Huckabee emphasized there is a "genuinely mutual respect" and that he doesn't anticipate taking the gloves off, unless McCain takes them off first.
He claimed he's not worried about McCain's superior record on military and foreign policy matters. "You know the idea that, you know, he's got more experience. Ask Joe Biden and Chris Dodd what that did for them.”
(CNN) - The Nevada local of the Culinary Workers Union gave its official backing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama today in Las Vegas. The backing of the 60,000-member union is a major boon to Obama’s campaign in a state where there are fewer than half a million registered Democrats and causes are, as elsewhere, generally sparsely attended.
Nevada’s Democratic caucuses will be held January 19.
The announcement came just hours after the Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union, with its membership of 17,500, also announced that it was endorsing Obama. The national SEIU announced recently that it would not be endorsing a candidate, leaving locals in each state to make their own decision.
– CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand
"Back from the dead."… "Who's cryin' now?"
Those are today's headlines in the New York tabloids about Hillary Clinton's upset victory in New Hampshire last night. Her surprising come-from-behind win proved all the pundits and the pollsters wrong. Polls released in the last two days before the election showed Barack Obama with a 5 to 13-point percentage lead over Clinton. Even her own campaign was expecting a loss; there were reports about staff shake-ups, you name it.
So how did Hillary stun everyone to become the second Clinton "comeback kid" in New Hampshire?
No one knows for sure, but the smart money is pointing to a diner where the former first lady was fighting back tears on Monday. No one that I talked to could ever remember seeing Hillary Clinton like that. Raw, real emotion that may have gone a long way toward countering her reputation as a cold, calculating political machine.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama is raking in money at an extraordinary pace so far this year - pulling in an average of $1 million a day over the last week, according to his campaign.
In a campaign memo sent to reporters Wednesday morning, following the Illinois senator's surprise loss in New Hampshire, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said the campaign raised over $8 million in the first eight days of 2008, and had taken in an additional $500,000 online since midnight - well after it was clear he had lost the New Hampshire primary to rival Hillary Clinton.
Plouffe also said the campaign had signed up 35,000 new donors in the first week of the year.
UPDATE: CNN's Jessica Yellin reports that the campaign raised $1.5 million online between midnight and 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to an Obama aide, who says the average donation was $14.
(CNN) – Mike Huckabee, who has sometimes sounded a populist theme on the campaign trail, has released a new television ad in Michigan that addresses the economic insecurity that has hit the state hard, and reminds voters of his own working-class roots.
Huckabee is statistically tied with Michigan-born rival Mitt Romney in most recent surveys of the state’s GOP primary voters. The Michigan Republican primary is January 15.
"When you grow up and life's a struggle, you have a whole different understanding of what most people are going through," he says in the 30-second spot, titled “Understanding.”
"We're losing manufacturing jobs, homeowners face a credit crisis, high fuel costs are spiraling, and families are hurting," says Huckabee, over footage of factory workers and despondent homeowners. "I cut taxes, built highways, reformed health care and education, and achieved record job growth. I'm Mike Huckabee and I approved this message because I believe most Americans want their next president to remind them of the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off.”
– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand