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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  1. roger

    I agree on veronica, she was right Clinton versus Mc Cain in November.

    January 12, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. lee

    McCain's a stubborn, angry, crusty old war monger, who will only make things worse for this country.
    He'll bring the draft back and it won't be the illegals he allows in that will be drafted!

    January 12, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Ed

    Was reading the full article and buried in the text is this news:

    "Clinton is at 49 percent in the new poll, up nine points from the December survey, with Obama at 36 percent, which is a six-point gain from his December standing."

    So this means that after all the hoopla of Iowa and NH, Clinton is still the frontrunner by far, and Obama and Edwards are still 2nd and 3rd...yet, CNN once again has chosen to ignore this part of the poll and just use the McCain headline. As if trying to bury the fact Clinton is still ahead nationally amongst Democrats, once again demonstrating a bias towards Obama. This is becoming a disturbing pattern...one that has to be reversed if CNN is to maintain any credibility as they report on the Presidential campaign and the candidates. The coverage MUST BE FAIR AND COVER EVERYONE EQUALLY!!!!

    January 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Johnny P.

    Aileen,

    "Is Steve Blaine's comment accurate? If yes, how is it that McCain is permitted to be President if he as so elected?

    Will someone please explain this to me, because this comment by Steve leaves me very confused.

    Thanks to any one who can clear this up for me."

    No problem Aileen. Steve's comment is not very well researched. In nearly all cases, a child being born within a United States territory is a natural born citizen. In fact, that's not even required. If two US citizens are living in a foreign country and have a child... that child, so long as the child is registered at the embassy or consulate, is considered a natural born citizen.

    When Senator McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, it was to a military family, within the soveriegn United States. There is no issue with his citizenship lol.

    These citizenship laws are readily available to anyone who would choose to do a 5 second google search, instead of making an uneducated and unresearched comment on a CNN forum.

    January 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. David - Oregon City

    Michigan & South Carolina,

    America’s only choice for President is clear. Don’t be suckered in by the elite media’s propaganda. Tens of millions of dollars was donated by Wall Street to purchase the White House in this election. Some candidates are just too old or too liberal to win. Please remember, the rest of the country is waiting and depending on you (Michigan & South Carolina) to give us the opportunity to elect Huckabee and say no to big government that doe not work, Wall Street, and the elite media. Those Americans who never had a set at the table, who don’t have the big money or a voice in this election are waiting to cast their vote for Mike Huckabee. Please provide America’s true conservatives the opportunity to vote with you and elect Mike Huckabee President. No more Presidents from Camelot!

    January 12, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Mario

    It's a long way to go, Insane McCain will not win, he's to old and doesn't remember where he is most of the time or what he's doing.

    Go Mitt!

    January 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. John S. Maine

    Latest Rasmussen Michigan poll out minutes ago

    Mitt Romney 26%

    John McCain 25%

    Mike Huckabee 17%

    Mitt Romney is going back up in the polls as the economy is the issue. Mitt has the resume to lead America he turned around the State of Massachuetts, helped start succesfull buisnesses like Staples and bailed out Dominoes Pizza.

    Michigan is in arecession and Mike Huckabee would sink them deeper into it with his huge tax increases. He would increase crime by pardoning and releasing more murderers from jail.

    John McCain looks like a smug angry old man who want to go to war forever especialy in Iraq.

    January 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Frank

    I support Mccain, The majority of nominees have the knowledge and experience to run this country, You want proof? Look around!!, What we need is a Christian that can bring the moral back to our entire system. We need a man with a heart!!....Do Your self a favor, forget the debates, listen to the Individuals, not to the 3 minute circus show offs.

    January 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Mrjimbo, TX

    Huckabee is NOT a conservative...

    January 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Keith, Ann Arbor MI

    Mr. McCain,

    You're the last honest man the republican party has left. Good luck and godspeed.

    January 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Mike Huckabee is a Democrat in Republican clothing. He is also playing the class warfare card. "True conservatives" don't do that. One must ask himself the question. Did I ever get hired for a job by a poor person? Of course not. So guys like David of Oregon and many others who are perhaps disappointed in their economic place in society need to forget any hope for the future in voting for jokes like Huckleberry, just to "get back" at the elitists. Besides, if you studied Romney's life, he is not an elitist, like for instance a Kennedy or a Gore. Just because a person has lots of money does not connote snobbery. Mitt is the real deal.
    And furthermore, John Mc Liberal is just the same old Democratic mantra of tax and spend, amnesty for illegals etc., just like the Huckster. THAT'S WHY THE LIBERAL MEDIA PROMOTES THEM. THEY ARE SCARED STIFF OF MITT.

    January 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Steve in NH

    I don't really understand why Republicans are voting in the masses for Huckabee and McCain. Neither candidate has a good record on tax relief and immigration, both of which are key conservative issues. Republicans need to take a closer look at these guys. Also, I'm not convinced on their stance on the war on terrorism (McCain wouldn't waterboard a terrorist to save a school house filled with children).

    That leaves Mitt Romney. A good conservative. A good man with high moral values. Michigan voters............please look at him closely. Go to his website to find his stance on the issues; don't listen to the media.

    Romney would be a great leader that this country needs now.

    January 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Mrjimbo, TX

    Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson in 2008!

    January 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Jayson

    No matter how the news spins it McCain will never be the front runner since for the majority of the Republican party the border is one of the top issues and he has already shown his true colors. You pretty much have to be an idiot to think that you can have National Security without having a grip on our borders since drugs come across the border already so what is to stop weapons being added to the mix. Especially considering the level of lawlessness in Mexico and other Southern American countries where rocket propelled gernades and other weapons are more readily available. In addition he will never win the ticket because of his constant support for far left policies and his co-sponsorship of bills with those on the extreme left of the Democrat party.

    Of course some idiot will now procede to call me anti-immigrant even though I have zero references to immigrants. But that is the Democrats for yah, border security=racism no matter if you hate immigrants or are just sick of the total lack of respect for the laws of this land and the Constitution upon which this Nation was founded.

    January 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. chandra

    When Lou Dobbs goes on nightly about the wrongs of this country, he tells it like it is. Why are Governmental Officials not paying attention...act quickly to correct the issues. Instead ,they ignore the yelling and cries...of the people...Poor Mr. Dobb...he is what the governmental officials call "unfit" because he is "dead-on" right to voice his anger and disgust...too bad the Officials don't see it that way. Ms. C. Jugmohan

    January 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. FI

    Does anybody remember McCain last year in the following:

    Illegal Aliens do the jobs Americans won't do. McCain had the nerve to challenge the American people that he would pay $50 an hour to anyone who would come to his ranch and work the fields the way the Illegal Aliens do.

    Remember the phrase "JOBS AMERICANS WON'T DO?"

    HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT ILLEGALS BUT HE STILL WANTS TO DO IT. IF HE IS ELECTED, HE WILL WORK WITH KENNEDY AND THE REST OF THE CROWD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. REMEMBER LINDSEY GRAHAM ALSO SUPPORTED THE AMNESTY BILL, FOLKS.

    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE PUT McCAIN ON THE SPOT AND MAKE HIM TAKE A STAND ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW JUST WHERE THAT MAN STANDS.

    I THOUGHT MITT ROMNEY WAS GOING TO DO IT BUT HE IS NOT TAKING THE FIGHT TO McCAIN. AND FRED THOMPSON IS ONLY INTERESTED IN THUMPING HUCKABEE BECAUSE McCAIN IS HIS FRIEND.

    THIS NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT OUT BEFORE THE SOUTH CAROLILNA PRIMARY. IF YOU WANT AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS, McCAIN IS YOUR GUY.

    January 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. kevin

    I believe McCain does not have anything new for change and is just going to follow failed Bush policy , american people should not be fooled again. Iraq war from beginning was failure and there will not be victory in this war and the only solution for it will be in Iraqi people hand.
    we need new man with totally different policy than Bush to change the course and raise our country and save our economy and people. NO BUSH NO MCCAIN !!!!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Bern SC

    FI January 12, 2008 3:48 pm ET

    Does anybody remember McCain last year in the following:

    Illegal Aliens do the jobs Americans won't do. McCain had the nerve to challenge the American people that he would pay $50 an hour to anyone who would come to his ranch and work the fields the way the Illegal Aliens do.

    Remember the phrase "JOBS AMERICANS WON'T DO?"
    ___

    TO FI: HOW SOON WE FORGET!!!! I REMEMBER JOHN McCAIN RUNNING HIS OLD TAIL AROUND PROMOTING AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. I ALSO REMEMBER LINDSEY GRAHAM OF SOUTH CAROLINA ALSO SUPPORTS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. I WILL REMEMBER.
    MITT ROMNEY OR HUCKABEE

    January 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. VS

    M January 12, 2008 5:51 am ET

    Does anybody remember McCain last year in the following:

    Illegal Aliens do the jobs Americans won't do. McCain had the nerve to challenge the American people that he would pay $50 an hour to anyone who would come to his ranch and work the fields the way the Illegal Aliens do.

    Remember the phrase "JOBS AMERICANS WON'T DO?"

    HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT ILLEGALS BUT HE STILL WANTS TO DO IT. IF HE IS ELECTED, HE WILL WORK WITH KENNEDY AND THE REST OF THE CROWD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. REMEMBER LINDSEY GRAHAM ALSO SUPPORTED THE AMNESTY BILL, FOLKS.

    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE PUT McCAIN ON THE SPOT AND MAKE HIM TAKE A STAND ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW JUST WHERE THAT MAN STANDS.

    I THOUGHT MITT ROMNEY WAS GOING TO DO IT BUT HE IS NOT TAKING THE FIGHT TO McCAIN. AND FRED THOMPSON IS ONLY INTERESTED IN THUMPING HUCKABEE BECAUSE McCAIN IS HIS FRIEND.

    THIS NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT OUT BEFORE THE SOUTH CAROLILNA PRIMARY. IF YOU WANT AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS, McCAIN IS YOUR GUY.
    ___

    I DON'T CARE WHO WINS AS LONG AS IT IS NOT JOHN McCAIN.

    January 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Marti San Diego, CA

    Michigan, please, vote the issues not who is most likeable. This isn't a race for senior class president. It's also not a time to payback McCain for his service to his country. We tried that once already with Bob Dole and it got us Bill Clinton. Remember? McCain has served his country. Yes, but when the man can only point to one or two accomplishments in 24 years, 24 years!!!, that's far too little. Mitt accomplished far more in 4 years as governor of MA that McCain has ever done in 24 years.

    Let's elect a *proven* leader with a real resume of results. VOTE ROMNEY

    The Real McCain Record
    Obstacles in the way of conservative support.

    By Mark R. Levin
    There’s a reason some of John McCain's conservative supporters avoid discussing his record. They want to talk about his personal story, his position on the surge, his supposed electability. But whenever the rest of his career comes up, the knee-jerk reply is to characterize the inquiries as attacks.

    The McCain domestic record is a disaster. To say he fought spending, most particularly earmarks, is to nibble around the edges and miss the heart of the matter. For starters, consider:

    McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

    McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

    McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

    McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

    McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).

    And McCain’s stated opposition to the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was largely based on socialist, class-warfare rhetoric — tax cuts for the rich, not for the middle class. The public record is full of these statements. Today, he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts.

    As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, McCain was consistently hostile to American enterprise, from media and pharmaceutical companies to technology and energy companies.

    McCain also led the Gang of 14, which prevented the Republican leadership in the Senate from mounting a rule change that would have ended the systematic use (actual and threatened) of the filibuster to prevent majority approval of judicial nominees.

    Vote Romney – the candidate with a very impressive record of decades of achievements in business, as governor of MA, and with the SLC Olympics. Romney is a *proven* leader who has shown time and time again that he can actually get things done. Talk is cheap, accomplishments matter.

    January 12, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. Linda

    Way to go Marti from San Diego,

    Truly Romney is the one for president. The reason the liberal media keep promoting Mccain and Huck is because they both don't stand a chance to beat Hillary or Obama not even John Edward, they try to get Romney out of the way, because the liberal media know that Romney is the only one that can beat the Dems. The liberal media is trying to put their own candidate in the whitehouse. SHAME SHAME, SHAME for the media, the media is using thier power to influence the election, we must not let them do it.

    Michigan, go for Romney, he is the only one with executive experience, knows how to create jobs, and a true vision for this country.

    Go, Mitt.

    January 13, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Kirt

    Mccain was in Washington for too long, and what has he done for this country. " NOTHING," Time to send him home. I think this country paid its' due enough for Mccain as a POW. 27 years of doing nothing is way too long.

    January 13, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Linda

    Way to go Marti of San Diego,

    Truly Mitt is the one for president. The reason the media has been promoting Mccain and Huck is because they knew that both Mc and Huck don't stand a chance to beat Hill and obama. They are trying so hard to get Mitt out of the game, because they knew Mitt is the only one with a solid chance to beat the Dems. By getting rid of Mitt, for sure the Dem will take the whitehouse.

    Michigan, go with Romney, he is the most presidential, has the most executive experienced, with the best leaderskill,definitely the smartest one in the group (doctorate degree from Harvard, honored graduate of his MBA class also from Harvard). Can't say the same about Mccain, Mccain ranked the bottom of his naval class, no wonder why Mccain can't get anything done.

    Michigan, Go for Romney.

    January 13, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Sidney madsen

    Why won't the media provide a fair playing field. McCain is gettting twice the coverage as the other republican candidates and they keep promoting this big"come back kid" stuff. I once supported the man but I am very put off by his terse sarcasim. It isn't just a difference of beliefs the man is very dark. I really was swayed over to Mitt during the debates.When attacked (it seemed by all the candidates at one point)he didn't seem to let it get personal. Yes he seemed frustrated at times but McCain seemed very mean spirited. I don't think he has the personality to be the spokes person for America. I'm looking for a peace maker.
    I wouldn't mind seeing him appointed to secretary of defence, that is where he is best suited.He served us well in Viet nam but he just isn't the right fit for the office of President.

    January 15, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  25. Jonathan

    We won the war. It's an occupation now. McCain 08

    January 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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