January 6th, 2008
05:49 PM ET
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Poll: Obama jumps ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire


A new CNN/WMUR poll shows Obama has a 10 point lead over Clinton. (Photo Credit: AP)

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Two days before New Hampshire's Democratic primary, Sen. Barack Obama has opened a double-digit lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in that state, a new CNN-WMUR poll found Sunday.

Obama, the first-term senator from Illinois who won last week's Iowa caucuses, led the New York senator and former first lady 39 percent to 29 percent in a poll conducted Saturday and Sunday - a sharp change from a poll out Saturday that showed the Democratic front-runners tied at 33 percent.

Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina is at 16 percent in the new survey, down four points from Saturday. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent.

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  1. Zeibens

    Obama is Clinton without the dress.
    Look at his proposals he is not about change he is just about getting the power- he is getting large chucks of HMO/pharna money now (as hillary's corporate donations drop they go to Obama). Change? Well maybe he is getting $100 million and change.

    Edwards is only agent of change on stage and Corporate media is completely ignoring him he is getting the Kucinich treatment.

    Oh by the way Oprah is a Republican. With her money how could she be anything else??

    January 7, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. jsacook

    After 16 years of Clintons and Bushes, venom an hatred, impeachment and lies, isn't it time for something new? God forbid we nominate someone who has a vision beyond all that.

    January 7, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. nikdim

    So we’ll have 1 year to get him on job trained, 2years actual work, and one as a lame duck. I would go with Hillary at any time, and bonus would be her husband. Who actually have done it first hand. Obama has no chances in a race.

    January 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Shiv

    Hillary is unfortunately up against sexists, immature youth and a disgusting media that make up the majority of Obama's supporters. I am going to vote Republican whoever the heck it is!

    January 7, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. kate gray

    Obama can be inspirational. But, so can a lot of people be, given the right material to read from. Imagine if he actually became president? Who do you reckon he would surround himself with? Who is going to be his VP, his secretary of state, his secretary of defense? He has no real political allies, and no experience or alliances to draw upon. And while it's lovely that he talks about 'hope', we need a heck of lot more than just simply hope to get us out of the wilderness. The last time we elected a true idealist, was in 1913 with the election of Woodrow Wilson. His idealism was not an asset and served as a stumbling block to achieving any lasting peace during the Paris Peace treaties of 1919. Wilson's commitment to his ideals prevented him from seeing any other country's point of view. Rather than a Woodrow Wilson type character, right now we need a Teddy Roosevelt, someone who is tough and can get things done. We have huge problems with regard to our economy, foreign policy, our environment, healthcare system, and national defense, and we need someone who is willing to offer us a better solution than to have faith and to hope.

    January 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. Patryce Kidd

    I'm sure all the Democratic candidates are compassionate and caring individuals who are striving in their work to make a difference in the lives of common people. But for me, Hillary Clinton is head and shoulders above the rest in demonstrating just how much she does care through a lifetime of dedicated and indefatiguable public service.

    Do these political commentators in the media who are so ready to jump on Obama's bandwagon (however fleeting it may turn out to be) realize what a monumental feat it is that Hillary is running as the first-ever women candidate for president and just how much courage and commitment it takes to keep on fighting against the odds she's up against just because she's a woman?

    She's had to learn to play the strong and tough political hardball game to survive, but there is no doubt in my mind that what motivates her is not an innate lust for power but a deep-rooted desire to help ease suffering and better the conditions for people everywhere.

    To me, this is what is getting lost in the media, and even in her campaign – her warmth, tenderness, caring, and compassion – her heart of gold. But it's a double-edged sword, isn't it? If she shows her soft side, she risks being accused of weakness; if she's strong and tough, then she's a machine. Maybe it's "easier" for Obama to appear authentic in his lofty and inspirational message. But when it comes to the true nitty gritty of what we need more of in this world, my vote is with Hillary Clinton!

    I voice these thoughts for one reason only, to send my support and encouragement to this amazing woman at this challenging time. One thing I know for sure – she will never give up! For that I am very grateful – and I'm not even an American. Thank you, Hillary! Good luck!

    January 8, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  7. William N. Gaillard

    Aside from his obvious stage presence, booming Stentorian voice, and an articulation and command of the English language engendered solely by formal education, Obama has one more asset: he is that bright, shining, brand-new penny who could prevent Hillary from ever getting near the Executive Mansion ever again. Were I a Democrat instead of a dyed-in-the-wool Libertarian, I would vote for him simply to stop her and, moreover, because he would cause less damage.

    If the American people knew the truth about the Clintons from 1970-on, every time they saw an image of Hillary and Bubba, they would reel in horror wondering how they made this far and unscathed. Anyone who has ever stood up to them at all has found that these are extremely dangerous and vengeful criminal malefactors. As for Hillary in particular, she demands admiration bordering on obsequiousness, and then gives in return the askance of limitless favors and domination bordering on enmity; and God help you should you ever cross her, she might even start crying–and just before she sticks a shiv in your ribs and gives it a healthy twist. If you do, you’ll wind up the same as White House Counsel Vincent Foster, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown (they BOTH had bullets in their heads), and countless unnamed others. That is not for me.

    In this game of Hollywood Squares, I pick Obama to block.

    Bill Gaillard
    Prescott, AZ

    January 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Guy Tene

    You can't do the same things over and over and expect a different result!
    Hillary is the past, she's too hungry for power , we have to turn the page. I support Obama all the way ! A young and fresh perspective on where our country needs to go instead of the same old stuff...Give him a chance! I'm 62 years old by the way.

    January 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Guy

    You can't do the same things over and over and expect a different result!
    Hillary is the past, she's too hungry for power , we have to turn the page. I support Obama all the way ! A young and fresh perspective on where our country needs to go instead of the same old stuff...Give him a chance! I'm 62 years old by the way.

    January 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Shane Marshall

    Democrats all love when a candidate speaks of change. Obama is able to talk about change so freely because he has no record to go against his words. It will however lead to Obama getting exposed to the biggest of the lobbyists and the fountain of power and i for one do not see how any of his experiences in Politics or otherwise has prepared this man to lead this fragile nation back the former glory we all remember. Vote Edwards.

    January 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Tarsha

    The only true vehicle for change among all the candidates from both parties is DR. RON PAUL! No one else cares about our economy, our troops, our reputation around the world, our constitution or our future as this man does.

    January 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Will Vero Beach, FL

    As kids and adults, we are all sick of election slander and being afraid of things. It is time that the press and the news stops scaring us all the time,

    I want a candidate that will be a good leader and a good person. Who ever the candidate is he or she should be better than Bush. I hope every one makes the right decision and votes for a good candidate.

    January 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Will Vero Beach, FL

    Please every one please vote for the environmentally friendly future,

    IT IS MY LIFE THAT THIS VOTE DEPENDS ON!!! I am a child and I want some one who is environmentally friendly

    January 8, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. lord

    We thouhgt Obama was leading from theirs compaign the first counts? something went wrong maybe..please lets go for a new change America!

    January 8, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Jackie

    I was not interested in the election come November. After Iowa, I became real excited but after watching Clinton in the lead my excitment is gone again because I believe it's business as usual in Washington..If Clinton wins Dem, this will be the first election I won't vote....

    January 8, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Robert Visciglia

    Mr, Moderator what happened to my question about Obama's relationship with the organization La Rasa?

    January 8, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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