January 9th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 9, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Clinton Claims Victory In New Hampshire Democratic Primary
Sen. Hillary Clinton claimed a come-from-behind victory in New Hampshire's Democratic primary late Tuesday, edging out her Senate colleague, Barack Obama, after placing third in the Iowa caucuses.

Union Leader: Romney And McCain Waged An Epic Battle
Sen. John McCain claimed his second New Hampshire Primary victory yesterday, defying convention and denying Mitt Romney a comeback in his back yard.

NY Times: McCain’s Victory Scrambles Field
After Senator John McCain’s victory here on Tuesday, the Republican field is more scrambled than ever, with the battleground now shifting to a series of states where each of the leading candidates believes he holds certain advantages.

Union Leader: Obama Crowd Disappointed, But Candidate Still 'Fired Up'
Sen. Barack Obama rallied a dispirited crowd in Nashua, N.H. last night after taking a close second in the nation's first primary.

Politico: Romney Heads Into Must-Win Mich. Contest
After a disappointing second-place finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary, Mitt Romney now heads to Michigan, which looms as something close to a must-win state for the former Massachusetts governor.

Washington Post: Conventional Wisdom Hits the Reset Button
An official Washington that only days ago was swept up in Obamamania began grappling last night with a Democratic primary fight that is looking like a long, extended battle between the Barack Obama phenomenon and a slow, steady and strong Hillary Rodham Clinton.

NY Times: Women Backed Clinton, Exit Polls Show
Democratic women rallied around Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, according to statewide exit polls, confounding expectations and providing her margin of victory over Senator Barack Obama.

USA Today: Unaffiliated Voters Play Key Role In N.H.
Armand Guillemette likes Democrat Barack Obama, but the independent voter went to his polling place in Manchester, N.H., on a mission Tuesday: to keep Republican John McCain's prospects alive.

Washington Post: With Echoes of Clinton '92, Another 'Comeback Kid'
New Hampshire proved to be the political firewall that the Clinton campaign long had hoped for. Just as New Hampshire voters saved Bill Clinton's candidacy 16 years ago, they revived Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's faltering presidential campaign Tuesday night.

Washington Post: Obama Tries to Prove Electability to Blacks in S.C.
After Obama's win in Iowa and his second-place finish in New Hampshire, blacks in Greenwood and throughout South Carolina have reason to be even more pleased, despite lingering concerns about whether the nation is ready to elect an African American president.

Washington Post: A Dramatic Second Act for the Senator From Arizona
The architects of John McCain's 2008 campaign set out last year to avoid exactly where the Arizona Republican found himself last night: an insurgent emerging victoriously from New Hampshire with little money, little national presence and only the hope that momentum would take him to the White House.

USA Today: Thompson 'Staking An Awful Lot' On S.C.
Saying, "This is where I make my stand," Fred Thompson launched a 10-day bus tour from Greenville, S.C. Tuesday morning to salvage his Republican presidential primary campaign.

LA Times: Edwards' Chances Continue To Diminish
While John Edwards sought to put a positive spin on his third-place finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire Democratic primary, his failure to stay close to rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama raised doubts about whether his campaign could mount a credible challenge going into the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday caucuses and primaries.

AP: Giuliani Focuses on Florida After Loss
Republican Rudy Giuliani didn't wait to hear how badly he fared in New Hampshire before pressing onward to what he hopes will be friendlier territory.

USA Today: New Faces To Join Clinton Team
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton began retooling her campaign. Several new faces were expected to come aboard, including Maggie Williams, a longtime confidante to the former first lady, and Doug Sosnik, who served as White House political director under Bill Clinton.

USA Today: 2nd-Place Romney Pledges Long Campaign
Mitt Romney pledged to "fight across this nation" for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday after a second place finish in New Hampshire, the same spot where he finished in last week's Iowa caucuses. He likened it to another silver medal in his quest and praised GOP victor John McCain for a "first class race."


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