January 8th, 2008
08:02 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN projects Edwards to finish third in NH Democratic primary

John Edwards campaigned with his wife, Elizabeth, recently in New Hampshire.

John Edwards campaigned with his wife, Elizabeth, recently in New Hampshire.

First and second place in the contest currently too close to call.

Filed under: New Hampshire
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  1. JRM

    Do you think Hillary lost Independent voters to McCain?

    January 8, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. frankly0

    Hey, if Obama loses, do people think he should bow out, and not further tarnish the inevitable Democratic nominee?

    (Just kidding!)

    January 8, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Thomas Cook

    My family used to be solidly in the "middle class", as both my wife and I hold graduate degrees. Our educational achievements have lost their value over time, because of the decisions made by the Clintons and Bushes that have hurt the middle class. Together, the Clinton-Bush presidencies have undermined our country's ability to have a sustainable economy because of decisions made on free trade, the Iraq War, renewable energy, Big Oil, regulation of the mortgage lending industry, etc.

    Now, after I had to move to another state to find a job, my house is in foreclosure because taxes and equity went up and the value of the home went down and we're stuck with having to "short sell." While I was self-employed, which is what drove me into a subprime loan in the first place, I went for more than a year at a time without health insurance. My own story is but one example of how opportunities for the middle class in this country are shrinking, because we've sent so many jobs off-shore.

    John Edward's personal commitment to evaluating all policy decisions with the criteria of what's best for the disappearing middle class is exactly what we need in a President. A contribution of $50 seems like a lot of money to me, right now, but I sent in that amount on Sunday and I urge everyone else who supports Edwards to dig deeper and help him win this battle against the entrenched interests!

    January 8, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. woundedduck

    Clinton and Obama are from the same pack of corporatist lap-dogs. Either one of their victories is a big loss for the middle class. Sad your job is now in China? Don't complain to them, because their trade policies will keep on sending them overseas. No health insurance? Just wait, because both will force you to buy insurance you can't afford. Only Edwards was going to stop the very rich from getting very much more rich, but since he was blacked-out by corporate media, he never had a prayer.

    January 8, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Ricardo Gomez

    OH NO! It looks like the Bradley Effect is taking it's toll.

    January 8, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Go Clinton!!

    The Clinton campaign thanks Edwards supporters!

    January 8, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. David

    Troy, if you don't know the answer to that by now then you shouldn't be voting at all because it indicates that you lack a knowledge of the candidates. Obama is experienced in foreign relations because he lived in a foreign country as a child, received his undergraduate degree in international relations, and because he serves on 3 of the 4 foreign relation committees in the Senate.

    Hillary lacks such experience and wasn't chosen for these committees because of it. In addition, Hillary Clinton has served in the U.S. Senate longer then he has and he still has subcommittee Chairmanships while she doesn't. In addition, he sits on a broad range of subcommittees relating to foreign policy including those dealing with Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Furthermore, he has served in public office longer then she has and has served both state and federal government whereas her only experience in government is her term in the Senate.

    This is only one issue where Obama has more experience then Clinton. In addition he has sponsored and co-sponsored major legislation and has demonstrated leadership under fire while Clinton hasn't. She has stayed in the background and that is why Obama who has served in the Senate for a shorter period then Hillary has sponsored as much in terms of legislation as she has. In addition, his Senate staff is larger then her Campaign Staff. When you take his advisors for his campaign and compare them against hers you will notice that at least he has the ability to draw a wide range of people to him and to lead them. This is something Clinton doesn't have.

    January 8, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Liam

    John Edwards is repeating his 2004 results. He got a false 2nd place lift in Iowa and then got whipped in most primaries. Tonight shows that he is not a real contender. He is toast.

    January 8, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Ms.Independent

    Obama stutters, Hillary's fake. They both give good speeches but the only Dem candidate who came up like most of us is John Edwards. All of his kids attended public schools. He understands the working and middle class because that is where he comes from. This country is built on the backs of middle and working class taxpayers. Its about time the voice in Washington isn't an Ivy League elitist but a rags to riches American who did it without his parents trust funds, but rather with hard work and education. Go EDWARDS!!! I can't afford to contribute to his campaign, but he can sure as hell count on my VOTE!!

    January 8, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. Grant Kapewaokeao Parker

    I'm from Hawaii and am very proud of Obama. He went to school here and I think he will make a great President for our country. He is a good man and will take care of America. We here in the islands wish him luck and say to him IMUA.

    January 8, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Ms.Independent

    And as for the fact that Mrs. Clinton loves to promote the fact that she turned down large law firms to do pro bono work. Well ofcourse she did!! She didn't have to work. She obviously was independently wealthy or she would have taken a paying job. Full time charity work is for the elite and wealthy. Leaving law school with student loan debt prompts most newly graduated attorneys to go straight to work, not to working for free. Most Americans can't afford the luxury of doing charity instead of working. Hillary does not represent most working women. We don't all have nannies to raise our kids while we pursue politics.

    January 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Moderation


    Getting a second place finish, followed by a MEDIA BLACKOUT rather than mere equivalent coverage to Obama and Clinton, might...just might...have had something to do with it. You know, like when someone says beating the frontrunner (Clinton at the time) is a defeat. Or when someone says that gaining 2% in Iowa and 9% in NH is good for Guiliani. You know, setting the frames, controlling all of the memes, etc? Edwards is at a severe disadvantage, with far less money, and a media blackout before Iowa. He still took second above the frontrunner in Iowa. He still has a rock-solid 17% (12% more than the next lowest) in New Hampshire.

    Edwards...under a media blackout, takes 2nd in Iowa. Still no coverage. Less votes in NH. What a shocker. What a bloody shocker.

    January 8, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. David

    Obama came from the lower-middle class and I suggest you spend less time trying to re-cast John Edwards as anything but an elitist who pays $400 for a haircut. I wonder how many people in his home-town are having their electricity cut off, can't affair to pay their rent or buy food for their family and would love for him to show he cares but donating $390 and paying $10 for a haircut like the rest of us common folk.

    January 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. David

    Ms.Independent, please tell us how the poorest of the three has less in common with us than Edwards. I waiting for you to tell us how Obama somehow doesn't understand us while someone who pays $400 for a haircut while people are going hungry in this country does.

    January 8, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    If I hear one more idiot talk about haircuts, I am going to SCREAM!!! WAKE UP, people...America cannot screw this election up again!!! Have the past 7 years taught us nothing????? UGH, good grief.

    John Edwards will fight for ALL Americans – even the idiots. WAKE UP, America...wake up, wake up, wake up.

    January 8, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Liam

    John Edwards is toast. Look at how poorly he is doing tonight, and look at how poorly he did in the primaries in 2004. He does not have enough funds to compete on TV in the big states on Super Tuesday. He might as well withdraw tonight. He does not have any chance of winning the nomination.

    January 8, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. David

    Why thank you Julie for your low opinion of us common folk who won't vote for our intellectual superior. Please tell us idiots how we should vote for someone who isn't an idiot like us. We will get a good laugh from it. I am already screaming because I am fed up with being called names, and belittled by people like you and John Edwards and that is why I will never vote for the likes of someone like you. So vote for Edwards if you want but he is no different then Clinton.

    January 8, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Moderation


    Edwards started his life in a poor family, and earned all of his $$$ taking on huge corporate interests. He literally fought for all of our rights, daily. He EARNED buying himself whatever kind of haircut he wants, and GIVES BACK to us all. Of course, others also give back, so this is not unique to Edwards, as starting off poor is not unique to Obama..

    Edwards also puts his money where his mouth is, and is only taking financing from We the People, with the rules for matching federal funding. He is NOT taking money from lobbyists, unlike Obama and Clinton.

    Incidentally, Obama is my second choice, behind Edwards. Either one of those is a win, and even Clinton deserves the presidency before any of the current crop of Republican candidates.

    January 8, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Dana

    And Edwards will ALWAYS be third!! He's not in the primary to speak of and definitely not in the election. He's considered a perpetual candidate, one who doesn't get the hint. If he wants to keep trying, fine, who cares, but I wouldn't shell out a nickel for the guy. He's shallow and carries a "better than thou" air about him that turns me (and apparently others) off completely.

    Our best candidates, one of whom will be President someday soon: Clinton and Obama. Thank goodness they're ours!!

    January 8, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. David

    Moderation, Obama isn't taking money from lobbyists and has banned his campaign from doing so. You can try to distort his and Edwards records but Edwards actions speak for themselves. Anyone who will run for President and lose, then run as Vice President and lose and then run for the Senate and lose and then have the audacity to run for President again is an opportunist and that goes for Clinton as well. I for one have had it with opportunists of both parties.

    January 8, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Liam

    Forget about Edwards. He had his chance on the 2004 ticket, and added nothing to it. He is supposed to be a great trial lawyer, which should make him a great debater. Yet, when he had his chance in the 2004 debate against Dick Cheney, he failed miserably, and looked like and sounded like an intimidated schoolboy.

    If he could not stand up to Dick Cheney in a face to face debate, then why on earth should anyone believe that he has since turned into a pit bull who is going to make all of Washington bow down before him. He is toast.

    January 8, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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