January 7th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: 9-point lead for Obama on eve of N.H. primary

The CNN Ticker

Barack Obama greets an overflow crowd at a rally in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Monday.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Barack Obama has a nine-point lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state, according to a CNN-WMUR poll out Monday.

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 30 percent in a poll conducted Saturday through Sunday evening - a sharp change from a poll out Saturday that showed the Democratic front-runners tied at 33 percent.

Preliminary results from the poll released Sunday night. now showed Obama with a lead of 10 percentage points.

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  1. Richard

    Back in 2000, America voted for "change" in an election with no one running against an incumbent. And then we got GW Bush. There's no change.
    Obama is a pie in the sky candidate. Hillary is the real deal: experienced. And Obama? He's Hillary back in 1996.

    January 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Lois

    I *hope* the middle class is strengthen.

    January 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Lois

    I *hope* for affordable and accessible health care.

    January 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. john williams san diego, ca.

    Jimmy from Iowa...hope you don't catch your son haveing an affair, because you would have to again change your vote from hillary because of bubba and the only one left is a Republican...ask your son for advice.

    January 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Lois

    I *hope* for energy independence.

    January 7, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. AB

    Give me anything, but Billary!

    January 7, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Lois

    I *hope* for restored American standing in the world.

    January 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. kwame

    If you are a Democrat, think before you vote to nominate Barack Hussein Obama for president . Trust me the GOP dirty machine will tear Hussein apart in one campaign commercial. Do not throw this election to the GOP. Hussein is not ready and capable of the leader of the free world. Hype and euphoria won't cut it.

    January 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Lois

    After all we just need *hope*, right?

    January 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. H.Clinton

    Barack Obama's Racist Church
    If Sen. Obama rejects the Rev. Wright’s warped view of this country, why does he continue to attend his church?

    http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/Obama_Church_Racism/2008/01/07/62285.html

    January 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Grover J. Liese Honolulu, Hi.

    I hear applause from Abe Lincoln's ghost.

    January 7, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. kristina

    I have been a long time Republician, but all that has changed thanks to the leadership (?) of Bush. I also want change...but the sound rings hollow after watching the NBC Debates. I was leading towards Obama. After watching and listening very closely, I truly felt Clinton was more on target and direct with her answers. She was passionate (not angry) when she answered that she has already WORKED for change! Obama's idea of change for lobbist was to " work" to change a free lobbist meal from sit down to stand-up...that's piss poor work from a man who wants to become President. Is that the QUALITY OF CHANGE we Americans are looking for? Not by a long shot...right? The more I hear about Obama the more I'm for Clinton. She'll be the only person who can beat the Republicans nationwide ...when it counts!

    January 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Many of you sit there commenting that Obama isn't articulating any of his positions...that all he stands for is "change"...and that you don't understand his policies on specific issues.

    Obama has an extensive listing of several issues on which he has taken a stand available at his website. There is also an area called "Fact Check" (factcheck.barackobama.com) where he and his campaign address his record on specific issues on which he has been challenged.

    All I'd ask is that you at least do your research on Obama and the other candidates instead of reading a bunch of CNN headlines about "change" and assuming that's all Barack Obama stands for. Vote for whomever you'd like, but DO YOUR RESEARCH!

    January 7, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Hope

    "All you see in every post from any Obama supporter is “..but he’s gonna bring us change and unite the country.” Not one will say what Obama plans to do because they don’t know. They just know he promises. It’s like a little kid who asks his dad for a bike for Chrsitmas and his dad promises knowing full well he has no idea how he’s gonna get him that back. And every year he’s disappointed. I guess Americans are willing to live in disappointment after disappointment until Obama can learn what he’s doing. If a Fortune 500 company appointed a junior level manager as its CEO, never in a million years would people say, but we see hope and he can bring change. "
    CLINTON 08

    January 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Teresa, Kansas

    Seems like all of her "EXPERIENCE" would have taught her not to cry in front of camera's while running for president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    She is such a disappointment...truly believed she was the one to dispell the stereotypes that women are too EMOTIONAL for postions of power.

    What a sad day indeed...

    OBAMA 2008

    January 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. South Carolina

    Hillary, honey......... those tears won't do anything but turn those fence-sitters away. That was by FAR your biggest mistake to date.

    It may be abit close, but Obama WILL take the Democratic nomination, in the end. He is the JFK of the 21st century.

    And since he is bringing out people who will be voting for the first time, AND wooing many centrist repubes, AND even more independants, he is almost certainly a shoe-in for the White House.

    This is Especially true if a religious nut like Romney or Hickabee wins the repube nomination. It would be harder to beat McCain or Giulianni, but he is up to the task, without a doubt.

    Obama is the catalyst for the "shedding of the old guard", and bringing in the TRUE intentions of the US Founders.

    He WILL be the nominee from the Democratic Party, and he WILL be the next inhabitant of the White House. AND his fine leadership will resound so far and wide, that his VP will certainly be elected after him, as well.

    The Obama-rama started Jan.3, 2008 and will run continuously for the next 9 years, or more. We are Ready, Barack !!

    Take your place in history !! Obama '08, Obama '12, then Obama Chief Justice for LIFE. So be it.

    Mark my words, my fellow 'Murkins......

    January 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. bola

    go obama, and all you haters out there focus and choose the best candidate and not see obama has a black man, he has nothing to do with what's going on in kenya so all you haters out there get your thinking right and vote for the man. he is different and he can unite us once again. LOVE YOU OBAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

    January 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Adam

    For all those saying "Obama can't win against the Republicans"...

    Can you really, honestly believe that Hillary *can*?

    The only think that has given Republicans hope in the last 18 months is that they'd have a Clinton to run against. Rightly or wrongly, Republicans have a hatred for the Clintons, and Independants aren't that far away...

    Obama at least has a chance with those Republicans who feel their party has lost their way and nothing to offer.

    But, go ahead and support the Clintons and their attempts (today was amazing) in their smear campaigns and old-school politics... you can do the job for them...

    January 7, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. bola

    DO YOUR REASERCH BEFORE YOU START TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH ABOUT THIS GREAT GUY, HE HAS WHAT IT TAKES PEOPLE SO PLS VOTE AND STOP COMPLAINING. ANONYMOUS I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. OBAMA CAN UNITE AMERICAAAAAA. GO OBAMAAA.

    January 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. TIM, Boston, MA

    somebody shake obama up to start laying out the substance of his change and the specifics of how to bring about that change. how exactly is he going to unite the country split over, for instance, the war on Iraq? by bringing half the troops and leave the other half? by taking half the time hillary or mccain would take? how do you reconcile the warmongers with the anti-war folks, the zionists with the hamas sympathizers?
    if he can't spell it all out persuasively NOW, he never will be able to LATER in the white house. let me know when he's ready to spell it out.

    go read on CNN ticker what jack nicholson recently said to an interviewer: "i have by choice stayed out of the political arena, because vast majority of the population is invested, or hoodwinked to believe they have stakes in, the status quo as a way of life, so that there is hardly enough sincere desire in them for a profound change." how dead right and insightful he is! we'll get exactly what we order and deserve again in 2008.

    people, real change doesn't spring out of campaign rhetoric: it comes slowly through bottom-up movements (certainly the ruling elites aren't going to provide necessary info and education) that raise grassroot consciousness in off-elections years as well as election years. it takes inspired sacrifice and dedication. go read about how big changes in human history have come about. and let me and jack know when you are serious for real change and capable of envisioning it.

    until then, nobody's being fooled by anyone.

    January 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Joyce in MA

    Haven't we had enough inexperience at the Presidential level? Look at the destruction that has taken place in just 8 years. One man, Bush, has managed to make the most prosperous, giving nation in the world hated by the world! Our nation is at a very critical time in our history, electing another person who is inexperienced will be a huge mistake, almost a death sentence for our nation! At this moment in time, we must ensure that we elect someone who is strong, experienced, diplomatic and can change the way our nation is viewed. Having a candidate like Senator Obama who is carismatic and makes us feel good because he is saying everything we want to hear does not take the place of EXPERIENCE! The Media keeps putting down the Clinton years. What was so wrong with the Bill Clinton years anyway? Our economy was prosperous, had good foreign relations, had a balanced budget and were viewed by the world as a leader among nations! Electing an EXPERIENCED, qualified candidate like Hilary Clinton or Joe Biden or John McCain, Bill Richarson would bring about the change and security that our country so despartely needs. God help the people of our country to see clearly and make an informed selection for the betterment America.

    January 7, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. ED Orlando fl

    The racist GOP are dancing in their best dancing shoes because they see the country will not vote for an african american. Obama comes over [which he is] as a very intelligent, knowledgeable and fair individual. His age is a detriment as is his world experience. The GOP is betting that the country will not AT THIS TIME and WORLD SITUATION vote for anyone without senior level intellect and experience. Hence the best bet is to get swing independents and republicans to vote against Hillary or for Obama HOPING that the country will not vote[AT THIS TIME] for an african-american and leaving them their best shot at keeping the White house.. These Repubs have no fairness or concern for anybody but the rich and special interests to stay on the prsent course no matter what danger to the country.

    January 7, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Look Around

    I believe some of these comments are borderline racist, and tinkering on the line of putting races against each other. This is the status quo for much of what America has become to expect. It seems a lot of these comments come from people that have accepted that change will never happen. That races can’t come together one day and realize that if we don’t stand-up for something, then will we will fall for anything Please look inside yourself and see that if we don't have change fast, the cost to our country will be to great .

    January 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Stop the Iraq war NOW

    bola,

    "not see obama has a black man" ?? Is there something I am missing about Obama? By the way, what are his views on Gay Marriage? Is he FOR or AGAINST Gay Marriage???

    And, I am from Illinois, and I don't know anything about what Obama has done for our state. Why should I "research" it, when he should be proudly telling all of us potential voters the several good things he has done for us? That should be part of the "resume" he brings to touring as a Presidential candidate. I don't know of a thing he has done...........

    Another thing: let's all talk about "Change", so we're all on the same page about what "change" Obama is about to bring to our country? We might as well discuss "cars" that Obama is going to bring America-–now, for a fact, there are many, many different kinds of cars, trucks, colors, models of vehicles.........I personally like the gas-saving Toyota model, 2 door..........

    January 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Nobama!!!!!!

    Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam
    By Daniel Pipes
    FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, January 07, 2008

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=1F297C14-C64D-41B1-AEBB-E0325C823CD8

    January 7, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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