December 12th, 2007
08:30 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN N.H. Poll: Obama, Clinton tied; Romney remains strong

Sen. Obama has made up ground against Sen. Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a CNN/WMUR poll released Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama has chipped away at Hillary Clinton’s lead in New Hampshire, and the two Democratic presidential hopefuls are now locked in a statistical tie less than one month before the first-in-the-nation primary, a CNN/WMUR Poll released Wednesday shows.

Clinton has dropped 5 percentage points since the CNN/WMUR November survey, while Obama has gained 8 percentage points, according to the poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Clinton is now at 31 percent to Obama’s 30 percent.

In the Republican contest, the new poll also reveals that despite Mike Huckabee’s meteoric rise in some Iowa and national surveys, he has yet to catch fire in New Hampshire. Huckabee remains in single digits at 9 percent, up 4 percentage points from November. But he still trails Mitt Romney by 23 percentage points.

Romney remains in the lead with 32 percent of the vote, followed by Rudy Giuliani and John McCain who are tied with 19 percent.

Despite Romney’s double-digit edge over his nearest competitors, and the seemingly two-way battle between Clinton and Obama on the Democratic side, the Granite State contests are far from over.

“This race is not over by a long shot,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Forty-three percent of Democratic primary voters, and a whopping 55 percent of GOP voters, say they are still trying to make up their minds.”

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–CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Charles Delehanty, Pittsburgh, PA.

    The headline said "Dem Race Takes Nasty Turn." Why are the results of a poll considered nasty? Nasty to who? Is this one of those stupid headlines which has nothing to do with the article?

    The article never even mentions "nasty". It does not cite any reference to "nasty". Was this someone's nasty wish?

    December 12, 2007 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  2. RD

    ( fourty-three percent democratic voters still trying to make up their minds. ) The Democratic voters are scared of voting for Clinton or Obama. Unless Gore decides to run Richardson or Biden and Possibly Edwards is our best hope in winning the whitehouse. There is a large percentage of the people who will not unite behind Clinton or Obama for various reasons. Richardson and Biden have the respect of the democrat's and some republicans. Clinton has to much baggage to win the whitehouse. Mistakes she has made on not knowing where she stands on issues and her longtime history of politics will kill her chances against a republican nominee. And Obama's name itself scare folks but he just has no experience in running something as large as the US goverment. He needs to become Governor of Illinois and prove himself then shoot for president of the US. Clinton or Obama will be a sure loss to the Whitehouse. God Bless Richardson and Biden.

    December 12, 2007 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  3. Jeremy

    I do not beleive these polls a bit. Polls predicting Caucus results if anything, have always proved to be vulgar and wrong. However, I I'll agree that a lot of people are yet to make up their minds. This last debate taking place in Des Moines before the kick off of the primary, should bring closure to most of the undecided. I have no doubt in my mind that Clinton is going to emerge the nominee in the democratic side. On the republican side however, the race is still a toss up.

    December 12, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  4. Nando,Florida

    THE DIE IS CAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    December 12, 2007 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  5. Sherry Matthews FL

    VOTE FOR CLINTON, the one not running around behind oprahbama!

    December 12, 2007 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  6. Mo le Conquérant , Burlington ,Vermont

    It's about time, you CNN and Wolf blitzer change your ways of asking questions to Obama and give him the respect he deserves because He will be the President of USA come Nov/08 because american people said billary dig that!!! ah ah ah ah ah

    December 12, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  7. Moose, Anchorage, Alaska

    Latest National Poll by ABC/Washington Post:

    HILLARY BEATS OBAMA BY 30 POINTS (53 VS 23).'08%20Election.pdf

    December 12, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  8. Allen Ridge

    Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee and 44th President of the USA because he's clearly the most qualified and has by far the most cross-functional experience of any candidate running from either party.

    This "very moderate" conservative bought health insurance to every citizen in Massachusetts without raising taxes. Everyone else in the country is "talking" about health care. Mitt's "done" health care.

    Mitt's father, George Romney, was also a very moderate conservative who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960's when he was a very popular 3-term Governor of Michigan.

    That's why I'm voting for Mitt Romney

    December 12, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  9. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    If Hillary Clinton loses here, her supporters silly "inevitablity" argument goes out the window, and all she's got is the novelty of being a woman plus the equally silly "dynasty" idea, which her supporters call "experience".

    On the Republican side, if Mitt doesn't win here in his backyard, he can't win anywhere but maybe Utah. All the money and flip-flops in the world won't change that.

    December 12, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. Mark, Dallas, TX

    The polls had Gore ahead in 2000 and look what happened there... I think Hillary is in despite what the polls say about Obama & Edwards...their strong showings only highlight the depth of the Democratic party this year. I'm excited to witness the first woman to be US President.

    December 12, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Ike Woodbridge, VA 22192

    To all Democrats out there, I urge you to think long and hard before we pick a nominee this cycle. I am an African male and from my experience, I can conclusively tell you that a vote for Barack Obama is a wasted vote. If Obama gets the Democratic nomination, the 08 election will be over in June because the Republicans, regardless of who their nominee may be, they will shred Obama in pieces. Obama does not have the experience, organization or the tenacity to withstand the Republican political machine. Hillary Clinton has everything it takes to stand all that the Republicans will throw at her. Please think long and hard beofre we lose the White House again to Republicans.

    December 12, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  12. Lori & Jack Harrow, Concord, NH

    It is no mystery that Clinton(s) are the ones that lie, cheat, kill, & steal. There is obvious corruption, deception, delusion, and manipulation in that family, beyond belief. If you are a supporter can you tell us all what you know of that they have done legitimately that has been successful and beneficial for the USA? Her plan "B" ( for NH) stands ofr "BS"

    December 12, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. EE

    My guts tell me Mr Obama will thrash Mrs Clinton in IO,NH SC except Novada.

    Just an independent supporting non of the above.

    December 12, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. Kisha St.Louis

    Go Obama I am at the point now that if Hillary does win I will vot Republican.

    I hate Hillary Clinton she is no good for America.


    December 12, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  15. Walter,Springfield,chicago

    Could there be some other pictures CNN can put up here here we can see both candidates either shining or fading rather than their candidate of choice?

    December 12, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. BB, Washington, DC

    I'd like all of the Hillary followers to realize that the Republicans WANT Hillary to win this nomination. Up against all top five Republican contenders, Hillary loses. Obama is not a savior, but I know once in office, he will be able to facilitate healing between so many different groups who have become divided these past 8 years. He is not perfect, but he is what our country needs. I honestly believe that Hillary will simply continue the divisive rhethoric and tactics of the Bush administration. Please at least give Obama a chance, and check out his ideas/speeches online.

    December 12, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. joe, Leesville, la

    Where is the Iowa Poll? Why would the Clinton News Network do a New Hampshire poll and not an Iowa Poll?

    December 12, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Independent in IA

    Obumble trys for the 'granite jaw' look, but somehow it just doesn't come off....arrogant is more the demeanor.

    December 12, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Doug, Brentwood, Ca

    Another CNN Poll favoring Obama. What did you expect?

    December 12, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Tom Dedham, Mass

    The coronation is crumbling as people "are paying attention" and they don't like what she and hubby are putting out there.

    Bill and Hill used to be able to get away saying one thing somewhere and saying something different in front of another crowd, or the "folks" only having one source for information.

    The 90's are over and the grip that certain segments of the media had on what to put out there and what to leave out in regards to information is over.

    Case in point was at the recent debate where the Hillary plant was used to grill the Republicans and BEFORE the debate was over, not only did we know who he really was, we knew who he supported and whose campaign he was part of.

    Ding, dong the witch is dead.......

    December 12, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. therealist

    If Hillary loses New Hampshire, she's going to have to bring out that dirt on Obama she claims not to have. Whoops, how did that leak out..

    December 12, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. Robert, IA

    Although I am glad to see Obama gaining, polls do not really matter. Everyday there seems to be a new poll, I am tired of polls.

    December 12, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. Les WA

    During primaries, registered democrats and republicans will cast their vote which among their candidates they wanted to be the nominee. Independent voters in some state can't cast their votes during primary, they have to wait for general election.

    December 12, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Greg , Meadville, PA

    WAKE UP DEMOCRATS!!! This election MUST be about more than who looks best in swimming trunks!!!

    December 12, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Theo, Manorville, NY

    Im pretty conservative, and a Republican for the most part. Why is Biden being blown off by the Dems?? I think he says a lot of inappropriate things about the Bush administration, which serve no purpose to me, but he has ALL the experience here. He or McCain are the best options out there for president. No flash, I guess, but Hillary??? Puleeez!! Obama? All window dressing and trying to appear Bourgeoisie.

    December 12, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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