All Candidates Push Forward Despite Outcome of NH Primary

By: Linsey Davis
By: Linsey Davis

The New Hampshire Primary has given a timely boost to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Voters defied the pollsters and rode to Clinton's rescue, turning aside what seemed to be a rousing surge by Barack Obama.

On the GOP side, John McCain got the voters' nod.

Polls, pundits, politicians . . . they all got it wrong.

"We came back tonight because you spoke loudly and clearly," shouted an overjoyed Clinton.

In a startling turn of events, Senator Clinton came out on top in New Hampshire's Democratic Primary on Jan. 08, defeating Senator Barack Obama and giving new life to her run for the White House.

"That's the same way I felt in '92 in New Hampshire when, you know, at that time it was my husband," recalled Clinton.

"He'd been dropping in the polls and everybody was basically saying you know, ok, it's over."

On the Republican side, the outcome didn't come as a surprise.

"The Mac is Back" slogan of the John McCain campaign proved true after the Arizona Senator beat out Mitt Romney and his other Republican rivals.

McCain is hoping to gain ground in the next battleground, Michigan, where he started seeking support early in the morning on Jan. 09.

"I came back to tell them the truth and to have lots of town hall meetings," exclaimed McCain.

"We had our 101st yesterday, and we ran a positive campaign."

The day after his unexpected New Hampshire defeat, the Obama bandwagon rolls on, with stops in New York and New Jersey on Jan. 09.

Obama has based his campaign on change, and his first campaign stop after the New Hampshire Primary is about changing minds and swaying voters.

"What's clear is is that the voters are also going to make all the candidates earn it," said Obama.

"This is going to be a hard-fought contest."

The recently red-hot Senator is hoping to re-energize the machine that's catapulted him this far, oiled by an enthusiasm to support him not only as a candidate but a movement.

And no rest for the weary.

Next up, primaries in Nevada, Michigan and South Carolina.

In New Jersey, Senator Clinton is said to have a commanding lead in early polls.

Barack Obama is hoping his rally here at St. Peter's College will convince voters that he is the candidate who can put the Democrats back in the White House.


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