October 15th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Romney and Clinton on top in New Hampshire

Romney, above, and Clinton lead in the Granite State, according to a new poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new Marist poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton leading in New Hampshire, less than three months before Granite Staters cast their presidential primary votes.

Clinton holds a double digit lead over her closest rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, in the battle for the Democratic nomination. Romney is separated by four percentage points from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in the contest for the Republican nomination.

Full poll results

New Hampshire has not yet set a date for its primary, but Secretary of State William Gardner has indicated it will be held no later than January 8. The filing period for the New Hampshire primary begins Monday at 8 a.m. ET, and closes on November 2 at 5 p.m. ET. The filing fee is $1,000.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Why does the news medium waste its time and earnings on Polls? It is understood when done to gain product ratings and critical references of entertainment, but the only poll that matters in an election is the final ballot as no poll can truly reflect the final voter opinion in an electoral college.

    That is money better spent on unification of multiple news mediums and outlets as sources or another target hour of broadcasting.

    October 15, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Travis

    William, so stick your head in the sand until after the vote? Get real!

    October 15, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Matt, TX

    Over half of the people in New Hampshire are still either undecided or still may change their minds. Just more silly polling with no definitive results...

    Like Hillary Clinton has said, the only poll that matters is the poll on vote-day. Of course, she's also said that polls show they're gaining momentum, so she wasn't being entirely honest when she said she doesn't take polls seriously, but hey, who's keeping track of her honesty anyways.

    October 15, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Ron, TX

    THis just in! Hillary Clinton has less 'experience' than Laura Bush. Fact: Laura Bush has ALSO 'served' in the White House as First Lady under Bush.
    Fact: Laura Bush has ALSO 'served' as First Lady to Bush when he was state governor.
    Fact: Laura Bush was married to George when he was the CEO of a company. Hillary Clinton has never been Bill's wife when he owned a company! Hillary doesn't have corporate experience!
    Fact: Laura Bush is pressuring other countries on Genocide. Hillary Clinton never even did that!

    October 15, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Mia

    I have to say, Romney would not make a bad President. He doesn't even look Republican. If he talks luck a lib and looks like a lib, he must be...

    October 15, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Mia

    I will likely vote for Hillary or Obama. If I was voting entirely on looks, however, it would be Mitt. He's prettier than John Edwards.

    October 15, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Daniel, NY

    Clinton is building up a national lead and relying on a cycle of invincinbility - endorsements, polls, momentum... Just look at all the good news she got in a few days last week.

    October 15, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Congratulations Gov. Romney. You are proving that Americans aren't as narrow-minded as we thought about accepting persons with religious beliefs about which they know little or nothing.

    October 15, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. JKap, Schaumburg, IL

    Thanks for letting us know what people who choose to answer their landline telephones and choose to participate in these polls think.

    I have never participated in these polls and I know no one personally that has. A new methodology that encompasses a broader demographic (broader than the people who choose to answer their landline telephones and choose to participate in these polls) is called for since so much emphasis is placed on these polls.

    For example, why are there no scientific online polls that are blessed by the Corporate Military Industrial Media?

    October 15, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Ryan, Oakland, CA

    I have to say, I'm a liberal and a rabid Obama supporter. But if it came down to Hillary and Romney, I'd have to think about it a while. It would be close.

    October 15, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Romney faces the same unelectable struggle as the Democrats do – the country will not elect the "wings" of either party – Romney today is a right wing candidate – the Democrats are running the extreme left wing....today – we need a moderate – fortunately Giuliani is running...and will win – I think he will get 60% of the popular vote....and only lose MA and FL

    October 15, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. John NC

    The Clintons should just ride off in the sunset. We have had enough of them.

    October 15, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Romney is devoted, energetic, focused, informed, involved, professional, successful, powerful, and loves America. America will prosper with him. That is the only direction Mitt goes.

    October 15, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. lou tulsa ok

    NObama needs to quit if he cannot even wear our flag with honor. Send him back to wherever he came from.

    October 15, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Dave, Mont Vernon, NH

    This is kind of funny because I've been a New Hampshire voter (Democrat or "undeclared") my entire adult life, and I don't know a single person, not one, who supports Hillary Clinton for President. NOT ONE. Of all the stickers on all cars I've seen since the last election, exactly one of them was for Hillary Clinton. So just who on earth are they polling?

    October 15, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Matt, Pittsburgh

    Yes, they are all right in that the only thing that matters is what comes down on election day. The polls Clinton was referring to are the ones that show she is gaining support among the different demographics, especially gains among men. Also there are polls that she has strong support among women and senior citizens (people who are most likely to vote). Those are important poles, not the who would you vote for if the election was today.

    October 15, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. sonya, atlanta, ga

    New poll out, race is tightening. I think it was always close. But read them and weep HRC lovers.

    As for Democrats, the New York senator is leading in an American Research Group poll of 600 Democratic voters who say they will definitely vote in their caucus or primary. In the poll out Sunday, Clinton leads nationally over Barack Obama 34 to 31 percent with John Edwards at 15 percent. Still, 14 percent of those surveyed between Oct. 9-12 said they were undecided.

    October 15, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I will say that out of all the republican candidates for president, Romney "looks" physically fit to be president. I hate to describe what the other republican candidates look like.

    October 15, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Chris, FL

    Romney needs to dye his hair. It doesn't matter how fit a person is. Sure you should lead by example, but you should also lead by ideas and vision. Looking good with no ideas makes no sense electing as president.

    October 15, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Steve, Sumter SC

    Sorry, I read this too quickly. I though it read " A new Marxist poll..." My bad!

    October 15, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Read the fine print. Eighty percent of voters are undecided or "soft" toward their choices. If they haven't picked Hillary as their favorite yet, they aren't going to, as they've got all the years of info on her already. Meanwhile, Obama is just being discovered by the voters and time after time people come into his camp after they hear him speak and read about the actions of his past both recent and long ago.

    He will be the first community organizer president, knowing this country from the ground up, while people like Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney and George Bush remain trapped in the Ivory Towers of their own making.

    October 15, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. laurinda,ny

    Oh here we go again with no primary date set.I think there should be a specific date set, no ifs ands or buts.

    October 15, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |