January 9th, 2008
12:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Three factors in Clinton's victory

Hillary Clinton celebrates her victory amid a sea of supporters.

Hillary Clinton celebrates her victory amid a sea of supporters.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary despite polls indicating she would lose by double-digit margins because three groups of Democratic voters cast their ballots for her.

Voters concerned about the economy, female voters, and union voters all voted for the New York Democrat by a considerably higher margin than expected.

The economy was the most important issue for Democrats, and Clinton bested Barack Obama by 9 percentage points on the issue. Clinton also did considerably better among women voters - nearly 60 percent of Democratic primary voters - beating Obama there by 13 percentage points. Female voters proved fatal to Clinton in Iowa – she lost among women there to Obama by 5 percentage points.

Finally, Clinton beat Obama among union voters by 10 percentage points. Union voters don’t play a major role in New Hampshire - only 20 percent of primary voters - but are considerably more of a factor in states down the road.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Jose Card - Independent

    Some posters here complained about CNN not calling Hillary's victory in NH earlier.

    CNN knew that she was winning even when her percent lead over Obama went higher than McCain's and when more percentage of Dem's precincts was counted than Republican's.

    CNN wanted us to believe that they are not Clinton News Network since nobody could change the vote counts anyway. We have to appreciate CNN's efforts in public relations.

    January 9, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    The Three Factors in Clinton's win are as follows:

    1. Boo;
    2. Hoo, and;
    3. Hoo.

    Come on... I'd expect this sort of sobbing female routine out of a college-age girl who's trying to dupe her boyfriend into something, but I certainly wouldn't expect it out of a Sixty-Something year old candidate for the presidency of the United States. Truly, truly appalling behavior and cold, hard, phony, political calculation at it's best (or should I say worst).

    January 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Nicole S

    Hillary is old news. and she really turns me off.
    All she wants is power. And I am a woman writing this.

    Obama is the person to get the job done.
    VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    January 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Jaime Mora

    Hillary will prevail.

    Obama is not bad, actually I like him but I thik this is not his election. Last night he lost his momentum, and it will be hard for him to get it back. An advice: He should stop comparing himself to Doctor Martin Luther King and President Kennedy.

    On the other hand, Hillary is a better candidate on the long run. She can bring U.S. back on track , She will address the the real issues that U. S. and the rest of the world will face in the next 10 years; end terrorism by working together with the rest of the world to do it; bring back the solders from Irak; reestablishing the global warming policies abandoned by Bush as soon as he took charge of the White House; setting up an affordable medical program accesible to everybody; rescue U. S. from the oil and weapon manufacturing companies, and to stop using 9.11 as a pretext to limit civil liberties.

    January 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. maria

    Mrs Hillary Clinton: Congradulations on your victory and all the wemon and men who suported you in New Hampshire, you deserve it ! Yuo cualifide the best an have more time of service of the two. Time is over due for a women to become a president in this Nation the U.S.A. Our grate Nation is alway first ,of all good things in life . Even to go to the moon. But been the firts women president other Nations have beat us. I wuold like to see you become uor first lady to become president . Not just because yuo are a women but because yuo are truing upmost to help the American people. I know with our Creator`s help yuo will succeed. I think our Creator must be upset toward men ,this Earth is always at wars . I know wemon always preferd peace not wars.

    January 10, 2008 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  6. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Tears, smears and racist fears.

    1,2 and 3.

    January 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Fredo

    When presidential power remains in the hands of just a few for so long, it is not good for any country!!! Check out what the historical facts are.....and begin asking yourselves whether this country can be an exception to this rule!! I think we should end the Bushian and Clintonian dynasties!!! And remember the success or failure of any president depends largely on the people they surround themselves with.
    The rest of the world is watching!!! You can't teach an old ....any new tricks it would still be stuck in its old ways. Old ways are difficult if not impossible to change. Some candidates are taking American loyalty for granted!!! It's time to change the guards!!! Who have divided and continue to divide Americans??-– the so called experienced all knowing people. If they love this nation that much they would work to unite the people. I would not vote for anyone who seeks to divide us, in any way because UNITED WE STAND AS A NATION DIVIDED WE FALL!! got that??

    January 13, 2008 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  8. mishte

    re "tears, smears and racist fears" – you describe the Clinton campaign eloquently...

    re Fredo: agreed. What is additionally striking is that no one is questioning the apparently blatant nepotism here, grandfathering a former president as a co-leader, which is unprecedented and should be laid out in detail as to what Bill Clinton's actual role would be as 1st Gentleman. Both he and Hillary have made it clear that he would be an integral part of *her* presidency, and heretofore the "power" of the 1st Lady has never been questioned because s/he has never been a former 2-term president. Something this significant calls for definition, specificity and transparency.

    Right now, a vote for Hillary is a vote for Hillary and... a big ol' question mark (not to mention the negatives that you point out so well already).

    Also, as a white woman I refuse to vote for anyone simply because of her gender. I vote based upon the content of character and I'm embarrassed that any woman would vote for anyone based on anything else.

    January 13, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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