New Hamp­shire poll

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Af­ter speak­ing to a sell­out crowd of more than 1,600 in New Hamp- shire, Illi­nois Sen. Barack Obama is reap­ing the ben­e­fits of his visit, the Con­cord (N.H.) Mon­i­tor re­ports.

If the Demo­cratic pri­mary were held­now,Mr.Oba­ma­would­beinas­ta­tis­ti­cal dead heat with New York Sen. Hil­laryRod­hamClin­ton,ac­cord­ingto a new Mon­i­tor poll. In Novem­ber, a Mon­i­tor poll showed Mrs. Clin­ton trounc­ing her op­po­nents, with Mr. Obama lag­ging 23 points be­hind, the news­pa­per said.

“I’mnot­sur­prised,be­causeBarack Oba­m­agot­five­daysof­con­stant­media at­ten­tion in New Hamp­shire,” said Jim De­mers, a lob­by­ist and for­mer Demo­cratic law­maker who ac­com­pa­nied Mr. Obama through­out the sen­a­tor’s New Hamp­shire visit. “Obama­has­demon­strat­ed­tothep­eo­ple­ofNewHamp­shirethathe’satop­tier can­di­date.”

Al­thoughMrs.Clin­ton­com­mands con­sid­er­able sup­port among likely Demo­cratic pri­mary vot­ers, she strug­gles in gen­eral elec­tion matchups, ac­cord­ing to the poll. If the con­test­were­held­now,both­Ari­zon­aSen. John McCain and for­mer New York City mayor Ru­dolph W. Gi­u­liani would pre­vail over Mrs. Clin­ton. Mr. Obama, in con­trast, would eke out a slight win over both Repub­li­can can­di­dates,the­p­oll­sug­gests.For­merDemo­cratic vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee JohnEd­ward­sis­neck-and-neck­with the Repub­li­cans.

As­the2008pres­i­den­tial­pri­maries near,theRepub­li­can­field­hasal­sobe­come in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive. Mr. Gi­u­liani closed the gap with Mr. McCain in re­cent weeks, turn­ing an 8point deficit into a slight lead, ac­cord­ing­tothe­p­oll.Mas­sachusettsGov.Mitt Rom­ney and for­mer House speaker Newt Gin­grich trail, with 10 per­cent and 8 per­cent, re­spec­tively. The poll showsMr.Gi­u­lian­i­gar­ner­ing26per­cent to Mr. McCain’s 25 per­cent.

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