January 9th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: How did Clinton win New Hampshire?

"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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