December 19th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton recaptures lead in New Hampshire

Clinton is on top in New Hampshire in a new poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It appears Hillary Clinton has recaptured the lead in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/WMUR New Hampshire presidential primary poll out Wednesday morning.

After slipping into a virtual tie with Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in last week’s New Hampshire poll, along with several other recent surveys, the New York senator now has a twelve-point lead over Obama in our new poll, 38 percent to 26 percent. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina is in third place at 14 percent. The remaining Democratic White House hopefuls are all in single digits in our new survey, which was conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

Voters in New Hampshire, home of the nation’s first primary, head to the polls on January 8.

“Nearly all of Clinton's gains come among older voters. She also is ranked higher than Obama on every issue tested, with health care and the economy her strongest suits,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

While Clinton retains a comfortable lead in most national surveys, polls so far show a much closer race between Clinton, Obama and Edwards in Iowa, the first state to vote in the presidential primary process. The Iowa caucuses will be held on January 3.

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  1. RuthieM

    There's another NH poll today with Clinton 38 Obama 36. This is just the CNN poll. Nevertheless, why is she still on the campaign trail with all the dirt she and her campaign have been found to be responsible for against Obama? She's grinnin and skinnin while at the same time turning the knife in Obama. It's sick stuff and I don't see how she's been able to get away with it, and still attacking with the latest being her campaign people, Kerry. He issued no compliment, they've never complimented Obama before. Her entire campaign needs to be dismanteled and she should be brought up with defamation of character charges against her and her campaign.

    December 19, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. robert,new jersey

    CNN is posting what they want you to read.

    December 19, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Scott, SF, CA

    Does anybody see how USELESS these polls are and how inaccurate ??!! 12 points in one week??!! Gimme a freakin break. What a waste of "news" space. How about writing articles about the issues, or how congress is passing dangerous legislation to define protest as "Homegrown Terrorism". What a joke CNN has become. YOU ARE HURTING AMERICA !!

    December 19, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Brad, Stockton, CA

    Her gains come among "older" voters? I thought older voters would be the ones with the experience and intelligence to see through her sham.

    December 19, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Honestly, Tx

    Obama has the best experience and judgment by far. How can he raise so much money without the lobbyists that support Clinton? How can he even be in this thing with such little experience in Washington.

    He is the vastly superior candidate. He has the unique ability to scale his community activist experience to the national level. Something the other candidates can barely understand.

    December 19, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Our news organizations are covering the election like it was a horse race. The only "issues" are who's ahead at the moment and what is the strategy of the losers to catch up.

    The real issues – namely Abortion, Children's Issues, Conservatism,
    Consumer Issues, Corporations, Crime,
    The Distribution of Income, Drug Use,
    the Economy, Education, Employment, Energy,
    the Environment, Elections, Family Values,
    Foreign Policy, Homelessness, Immigration,
    Infrastructure, Justice, Law, Marketing and Advertising,
    Medical Care, Native Americans, the Population Problem,
    Privacy, Poverty, Science and Technology, the Religion Problem, Secularism, Separation of Church and State, Taxation, Veterans' Issues, Wages, the War on Terror,
    War in General, and Women's issues to name a few – are not being covered.

    Instead it's which horse is ahead, which horse has been drugged, and which jockey took a bribe.

    December 19, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Keller IOWA

    Wheres all the oprahbama crybabies??? guess theres nothing to obama without oprahs audience

    December 19, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Chuck, Miami Fl

    When the media starts sniping Obama for being in the lead just to get Hillary’s poll numbers up you all will be glued to your computers.
    I am a Dem and this crap the media has created is disgusting and it will only get worse.
    Look at all these Dem’s eating each other, you all are the reason why people hate politics. The media can very easily drive the polls in any direction they want too.
    The media really doesn’t have much to say about Edwards, and with out even trying he is still in a good spot in Iowa. If his numbers come up a little bit more, and they will, the MSM will have all of you saying bad things about him. I don’t know who will win but the MSM will keep you attacking each other. LOL

    December 19, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. MK, Los Angeles, California

    "While Clinton retains a comfortable lead in most national surveys, polls so far show a much closer race between Clinton, Obama and Edwards in Iowa"

    Actually other polls show a much closer race in South Carolina and a much closer race in NH (other than CNN's poll today, other polls show the race in single digits and some within the margin of error). CNN best wait til more polls come out in NH before it starts declaring it as safely back in Senator Clinton's column.

    December 19, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Daniel

    I don't care if Hillary is racist, she still has my vote.

    Black people think everyone is racist, it's obvious they are.

    December 19, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. jd, des moines, iowa

    Hillary's surge in New Hampshire now really upsets Obama's supporters and the republicans. I note that when they are upset, they tend to swear!

    It is only a few days ago that Obama was counting his eggs before they are hatched: My gosh, I MIGHT WIN THAT THING!

    Guess Karl Rove needs to give more dirty tricks to Hussein Obama. ;-))

    December 19, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. J. McKinney SW MO

    Thank Goodness! We need Hillary! I don't know why every time someone suggests Obama is young and inexperienced, everyone yells "racist". You can be young and experienced without being black. He seems to be a fairly good speaker, but not the wonder some seem to think, but I don't think he is ready to run a huge and diverse country like the U.S. I think Hillary is by far the most capable of doing this. Go. Hillary!!

    December 19, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Sherrie Boston,Mass

    as obama attacked her first and edwards,you hit back of what ya stand for,and now she is on top ,,,YEAH!!!!

    she is so much brighter than Him,,,I dont want someone with 2 years expierence,obma

    I will not vote for this black man ,He is to nice .then ya think dirty politics out in chicago,Oh yes he is one of them..

    Mrs Hillary Clinton,is a very tough woman ,her work ethic will best all of those men she is not lazy,has any man ever got anything done in that white house heck no,were in debt,not knocking men just men that have been in that white house DITTO NOTHING>>she will be better than her husband as President,he knows it to...things will get done,the middle class will be 100% better,will lvie good again,shes been tested,and thats the honest truth,to many people she has helped that we dont even know about,you wont and cannot ever deny this with the families of children,who are OUR future.

    I wish you the best Mrs. Clinton

    December 19, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Janel

    I ask, "WHY" is Clinton moving up?

    From everyone I know, the Clinton's are "past history." I'm so sick of the bashing they've done about Obama and their working to be the ideal "candidates," because folks, we are not only electing Senator Clinton but her husband, as well.

    Folks, we need a CHANGE!! And that change is not Senator Clinton as first lady.

    Obama 08!!!!!

    December 19, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. Liberal Chic

    I don't care if Hillary is racist, she still has my vote.

    Black people think everyone is racist, it's obvious they are.

    Posted By Daniel :

    i would swear that's an obama poster just to get people to hate hillary clinton. it is so obviously deranged.

    December 19, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    The only real reason Obama had a "bounce" in his poll numbers was because of Oprah's little dog & pony show. Now that it's over, things can go back to normal.

    I really worry about the intelligence of the American people. PLEASE stop letting other people (especially celebrities & talk show people) tell you how to think. Do your research and make an INFORMED decision when you go to the polls next year.

    December 20, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  17. Chuck, Miami Fl

    Lobbyists on Obama’s ’08 payroll
    Change LOL

    December 20, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  18. Jose Card

    So Hillary is very attractive to our seniors, who pumped up her recent polling results according to CNN.

    On the other hand, Obama attracts the younger voters, who will have to pay everything for the seniors. They are also the future of this country.
    The younger voters are the ones for change.

    If this new poll only asked opinions of the Dem voters, it is not accurate as many voters for Obama are Independents. Hillary doesn't have strong support from Dems, never mind Independents.

    Hillary is definitely not for change from this polling result.

    December 20, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Ajay Jain

    New Hampshire does not matter. Super Tuesday which is BIGGER this 2008 cycle will matter most.

    Barak Hussien Obama can take his UNITY message to Super Tuesday but he can not win on Super Tuesday. He lacks the passion, organization and the political will of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton.

    People, polls and pundits have unfairly exaggerated the importance of the IOWA caucuse and early state poll results.

    Super Tuesday is all that matters. Why do all the pollsters behave as if 2008 cycle is like any other? It is NOT! Super Tueesday is different this time and organization and money will matter.

    Hillary has BOTH on her side and she is doing well nationally so GO HILLARY!

    December 20, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Ajay Jain

    12 points is a comfortable lead hence can not be called a dead heat in New Hampshire.

    Like in Iowa which is a STATISTICAL dead heat to be fair to the leading candidate Hillary not just a dead heat.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 21, 2007 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  21. Cheryl Ohio

    According to the NATIONAL polls, Hillary is 23 points ahead of Obama, but all we seem to hear about is Iowa and NH. I couldn't care less about Iowa and NH. I don't live there and they don't vote for me.

    December 21, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  22. Beth & Jeff Chicago, IL - HILLARY IN 2008


    She's the only one who can "roll up her sleeves and clean up the mess" left by the GOP — NOT dreamer boy!!

    Or vote Biden or Richardson b/c God save our country if the newbie gets elected – who isn't even wise enough to realize what he DOESN'T KNOW yet; let alone play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in the Oval Office –> He clearly could have waited until 2012 or 2016. He's only 47, but he's such a baby that he's demanding to be King now 🙁 Sadly the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator Obama is certainly NOT!! AND Oprah should stick with her own life and hawking her Book Club (which she can't even get right all the time either).

    Senator Obama wants to raise the minimum age to receive maximum Social Security benefits! How much longer will our parents and elders have to wait to retire? And how much longer will we have to wait for our turn?

    NO MORE having to explain to our children – why it's (NOT) OKAY for the President Of Our Nation to do drugs!!! It's time to take back our country and make America proud again.



    December 21, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Freda, Greenwich Ct

    To the black lady who called Hillary a racist and stated she will vote for Huckabee if Hillary is the nominee, then you are calling Hillary a racist, but voting for a bigot. Get real lady. Hillary is far from a racist. Someone needed to expose the fakeness which is Obama. One day his in church singing, the next day dancing like Beyonce. One day he is a cigarette smoker, then while he is running for President, he stops. What a fraud.

    Posted By Tony, Washington, DC : December 19, 2007 1:09 pm

    Isn't it great that we live in a wonderful country that allows us to express our opinions of our political candidates? You are entitled to yours and I am entitled to mine.

    If Huckabee is a racist, that's news to my uncle, a Baptist minister who lived in Arkansas over fifty years. African Americans do not give 42% of their vote to racists.

    Hillary Clinton is the worst kind of cynic who is probably not racist herself but assumes most other white people are a little bit racist. She is appealing to the worst in people with the cocaine stereotype and other nasty little things done by her cutthroats such as Bob Kerry.

    I come from a long line of so called "yellow dog Democrats" from Texas but we are slamming the door on Hillary.

    My brother, a Marine Vietnam Veteran, said he will remember Hillary's slight come voting day.
    As far as I am concerned, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson are much more experienced and qualified for the job of president than Clinton.

    If Hillary Clinton is experienced, Laura Bush should be the candidate for the Republican Party because she has the same kind of experience as Clinton and she is a much more likeable person.

    If Hillary is the candidate, I will vote for the Republican candidate unless it is Giuliani.

    December 22, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Anon. Proud of All Our Men & Women Who Serve(d) Our Country

    Beware posers who claim they are "Democrats" but threaten to vote for a Republican if Hillary is nominated – ignoring "The Party Platform"!!

    Most are GOP Trolls 🙁

    In the case of Freda here one has to wonder if he/she got the colors mixed up and meant to say Blue Dog Democrats cuz everyone knows that the Yellow Dogs are such staunch "die-hard OLD Democrats" that they'd rather die than vote GOP 😉

    Of course one can also speculate that this poster is one of those Southern male chauvinistic REDNECKS who would rather throw his party over instead of voting for a WOMAN for President. (And how many of suck ilk would vote for a black guy either?)

    Or else Freda could just be a Blue Dog from CT instead (who indeed has a right to express his/her own opinion)

    AND please give your brother our sincerest Thank You for having served our country in Vietnam. I can't believe America ignored the lessons, we learned from that war. (If the Shrub had actually served, I'm sure we would have never gotten in the mess we're in!!)

    So please let us all come together again as DEMOCRATS regardless of whether we are Blue or Yellow, Red or Brown, or Black or White ...

    Regardless of whether we are Christians or Jews, Mormons or Muslims, Buddhists or Hindus, Protestants or Catholics, Orthodox or Reformed, Evangelicals or Pentecostals, Christian Scientists or Non-Denominational, Episcopalians or Presbyterians, Seventh-day Adventists or Jehovah Witnesses, Quakers or Eckists, Bahá'ís or Nazarenes, or Baptists, Lutherns, Methodists, Unitarians, or Wickans, Atheists or Agnostics (forgive me if I missed any, isn't wasn't meant as a slight)...


    Support the Democratic Ticket in 2008!!!

    December 26, 2007 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
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