by Nick Juliano
Published: Tuesday January 8, 2008
McCain wins GOP contest, Paul within striking distance of Giuliani
Very early results from Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary showed a closer-than-expected race developing between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
With nearly half of precincts reporting, Clinton was showing a slight lead, with 39 percent of the vote to Obama’s 36 percent, but networks still avoided calling the race for either candidate. CNN reported that elections officials were waiting to receive results from some of New Hampshire’s college towns, which are expected to be bastions of Obama support.
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards lagged far behind with 17 percent, according to news reports.
The GOP race was over almost as soon as it began. CNN called New Hampshire for John McCain at 8:13 p.m., less than a quarter-hour after polls closed. Early returns showed McCain up 37-28 over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Once polls officially closed at 8 p.m., CNN projected that Edwards would finished in third place, based on exit polls and early returns. The network said the fight between Hillary and Obama was too close to call, an unexpected development after pre-election surveys showed Obama with a healthy lead.
Further down the GOP ticket, Ron Paul was threatening to score a coup against onetime frontrunner Rudy Giuliani. Paul was nipping at the former New York Mayor’s heals with 8 percent of the vote in early returns compared to Giuliani’s 9 percent. At one point fewer than 100 votes separated the two men.
Barack Obama and McCain ahead in polls
By Alex Spillius in Nashua, New Hampshire and Sally Peck
Last Updated: 2:09am GMT 09/01/2008
Barack Obama appears poised to cement his lead against rival Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination as record numbers of New Hampshire residents turn out to vote in the state’s primary.
Mrs Clinton spent the day fighting to keep her once “inevitable” Democratic candidacy alive as early opinion polls indicated that Mr Obama was comfortably in the lead.
Clinton fights back in New Hampshire
· Clinton and Obama in predicted dead heat
· Republican primary called for McCain
Ewen MacAskill and Suzanne Goldenberg in Manchester, New Hampshire
Wednesday January 9, 2008
2.30am GMT / 9.30pm ET update
Hillary Clinton staged a remarkable comeback in New Hampshire tonight to slow Barack Obama’s progress towards the Democratic nomination.
With 40% of polling stations delivering results in New Hampshire, Clinton had captured 39% of the vote and Obama 37%.
A first-place finish or even a close second would mark an astonishing turnaround for Clinton, who had seemed almost overwhelmed by the wave of Obamamania that followed his win in the Iowa caucuses five days ago.
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