January 11th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: N.H. win rockets McCain to front-runner status

 John McCain is now the national front-runner, a new CNN poll out Friday found.
John McCain is now the national front-runner, a new CNN poll out Friday found.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain's victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary appears to be paying off.

The senator from Arizona is now the front-runner in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the first national poll taken after the New Hampshire primary.

McCain has the support of 34 percent of registered Republicans in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Friday. That's a 21-point jump from the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, taken in December, well before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Bob, Seattle

    McCain\Huckabee = UNBEATABLE

    January 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Jr., California

    I believe I heard McCain in last night's debate say that the surge is working and we are winning in Iraq? He gave examples such as Iraqis were celebrating in the streets on New Year's day? And that Iraqis participated in a 12k marathon?

    Is this proof that we are winning the war and that the surge is working? My God! My question still is, how do we know when we have won in Iraq? Running marathons and celebrating New Years can't be the answer? Could it? Let's change this mess and bring our men and women home.

    January 11, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    How ever did CNN manage to run this story without making a plug for Obama? What John McCains not endorsing Obama too?

    January 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Naomi

    Elections rigged!

    January 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Leo, TX

    McCain would get slaughtered against Billary or Obama. This guy has been one of Bush's greatest supporters of the most unpopular war since Vietnam. Reps might as well just cash in their chips if he wins the nomination.

    January 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Bill Culver, Covington,LA

    I grow tired of Huckleberry bragging about being the only one on stage to carry out the death penalty. Just once I would like to see McCain remind the Huckster that during his days(McCain's) in the military and just prion to his capture by the enemy, he had been judge, jury and exicutioner, Not that I would vote for either of them. We need a Thompson / Hunter ticket or a Hunter / Thompson ticket. Come on people, wake up and smell the coffee.

    January 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Proud Texan and Free American

    MITT ROMNEY and FRED THOMPSON in 2008!!! WOOO HOOO!!!!

    January 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Sen McCain is almost to old to be president ,71or72 years old, prisoner of war flashback push the RED BUTTON up in smoke

    January 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Opie

    Wow the hackers did a great job there lol.

    January 11, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. David, North Hills, CA

    Did Obama Win New Hampshire yet?

    stop with the polls already!

    January 11, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Sigh

    Oh great, the old curmudgeon with the Beevis and Butthead grunt.

    January 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. charlie houston texas

    Is this the best the republicans can do? Don't they know that the American people are rather shallow. How would McCain look standing next to Obama on TV? I think Oprah is going to get want she wants, as usual.

    January 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    yeah. for mccain.

    January 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Ron, TX

    Oh great, a CNN Opinion poll... that means for the next four days, CNN will slowly be trickling out useless poll numbers about everything from sampling sizes as small as 300...

    And why doesn't CNN say what the margin of error is on the SUBSET of democratic and republican voters? The overall error is 3%... the subset error is probably 5+... which basically makes a 10% swing, and deserves a giant stamp that says "USELESS STATISTICS!"

    January 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Jr., California

    Oh yeah Mr. "I wouldn't win a Ms. Congeniality contest ..... they call me the sheriff" .... blah blah blah.

    January 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Whoa Nelly

    Not good enough.

    Rush Limbaugh doesn't like McCain one bit, and he will do all he can to sink him., and of course the brain dead followers will take their marching orders from Rush.

    McCain is in trouble with his own party, unfortunately.

    January 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. John G, New York, NY

    This GOP popularity race is really tiresome. First there was Giuliani in front, then Thompson, then Huckabee...and didn't Romney take a turn as front-runner somewhere in there too?

    Clearly the GOP is confused and divided.

    January 11, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Ben,boston

    Elections rigged!

    January 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Frank, Ft. Lauderdale

    The deeply conservative and the rest of (the right wing) Republican party, need to wake up and smell the coffee. Mike Huckabee doesn't stand a chance in a general election against any of the three remaining Democratic candidates. He would lose by a landslide (double digits) against Obama and even the most dis-liked candidate, Hillary. He would probably even lose to John Edwards by at least 10%. None of the Republicans, except for McCain (and Guiliani if a small miracle happens), have a chance of beating the Dems. Everyone in the Republican party needs to get a clue immediately. Talk about immigration as much as you want, but the only thing that the American people are truly afraid of at this point in time, is the economy. Wasn't the last time that a Democratic candidate uttered the words, "It's the economy, stupid," that an inbumbent Republican President went down to defeat? And for the record, this is being posted by a person that has voted for the Republican presidential candidate since the 1980 election. For the first time in almost 30 years, I would vote for Obama or Edwards before I would consider voting for Huckabee. (I would sit out this election if the Dems are foolish enough to nominate Hillary, because clearly, she is as big, if not a bigger problem than Huckabee). I'm not saying McCain is the answer to the Republican's problems, but right now, with the slate that is running, he's probably the best hope the GOP as it scratches to hold onto the White House.

    January 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. JJ, ILL..

    LOL-OMG-WT(bleep)! Kinda like when we tell our children when they wake up in the middle of the night, "It's not REAL, it's just a DREAM."

    January 11, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Bob, Seattle

    If it were a McCain/Huckabee ticket, Huckabee would carry much of the south and would still appeal to many in the North. The economy is major. The devalued dollar will certainly go a long way in revitalizing American manufacturing. A revised tax code could aid an economic revival. Americans feeling good about themselves will help in the economic revival. A strong showing internationally and a committment to reign in spending will help the economy. As for Rush Limbaugh – he will HAVE to support the ticket once it was formed. How else does he make his money except to bash democrats and support Repubs. He may be a lot of things but he ain't stoooooooooopid.

    January 11, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Bob, Seattle

    If McCain gets the not he will need a glib politician to aid in confronting equally glib Dem frontrunners. Only Huckabee can match up.

    January 11, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. brenda

    CNN I haven't seen anything here about Hillary leading in the polls! Surely CNN isn't playing favorites?All you people talk about is Obama. Give me a break!

    January 11, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Stephani

    I recently heard that McCain's first wife waited for him to get out of the POW camp and then after waiting 5 years for him he dumped her for his so called "trophy" wife. Can anyone verify this? Is it really true? Creepy.

    January 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Mechelle

    This story is a little late don't ya think? It's a "new focus" today.... When will CNN every run the story that Romney won Wyoming?????????????

    January 11, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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