Clinton, McCain win in New Hampshire

AP, CBS: Clinton wins New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (CBS/AP) – CBS News projects Hillary Clinton will be the winner of the New Hampshire Democratic primary.

Arizona Sen. John McCain won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, completing a remarkable comeback and climbing back into contention for the Republican presidential nomination.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has rebounded from her loss in Iowa to defeat Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary.

It was an unexpected victory for Clinton, who had fallen behind Obama in the New Hampshire polls in recent days. Her top campaign aides had appeared to be bracing for another loss.

Exit polls found Clinton with the solid support of female voters. She also won handily among registered Democrats, even as Obama led by an even larger margin among independents.

Obama had drawn huge crowds in New Hampshire after his Iowa win. Confident of victory, he stuck to his pledge to deliver "change we can believe in." Clinton, meanwhile, was forced to re-tool her appeal. She lessened her emphasis on experience, and sought instead to raise questions about Obama's ability to bring change.

With more than two-thirds of the precincts reporting, Clinton had an edge of more than three points over Obama. The startling upset resurrects her bid for the White House.

Clinton maintains slight advantage

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding onto a narrow lead over Barack Obama, based on returns from about half of New Hampshire's precincts.

Clinton has more than 39 percent of the vote, compared to just over 36 percent for Obama.

Interviews with voters leaving the polling places showed that Clinton was winning handily among registered Democrats, while Obama led by an even larger margin among independents.

John Edwards is third with about 17 percent.

It's an unexpectedly strong showing for Clinton, whose closest advisers had appeared to be bracing for a second defeat at the hands of Obama following his Iowa win last week.

Officials said Clinton's advisers were thinking about whether to effectively concede the next two contests -- in Nevada and South Carolina -- and to regroup in time for the 22-state marathon on February 5th.

Huckabee says he's happy to be third

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Mike Huckabee says he's "pretty happy" with his third-place finish in New Hampshire.

Huckabee was never a threat to John McCain or to second-place finisher Mitt Romney in the first primary of the year.

But he told supporters afterward that he leaves New Hampshire with "continued momentum."

Huckabee, the winner of the Iowa caucuses, had been hoping for the third-place finish, in order to keep his campaign healthy as he heads into friendlier territory. His come-from-behind win in Iowa brought him out of the back of the Republican pack.

Polls in Michigan and in South Carolina, hosts of two upcoming contests, show him leading or in a tie for first place.

Huckabee is voicing optimism about those states and Florida, and says "it won't be long" before he's able to secure the nomination.

But he's now going to have to compete more directly with McCain, who's also counting on Michigan and South Carolina to propel his campaign.

Unlike Iowa, New Hampshire doesn't have a large evangelical population. Huckabee is a former Baptist minister. In New Hampshire, he stressed an economic populism, rather than his anti-abortion, Christian heritage.

Giuliani heads to Florida after NH loss

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican Rudy Giuliani didn't hang around to hear how poorly he fared in New Hampshire before pressing onward to what he hopes will be friendlier territory.

The former New York mayor quickly thanked his supporters, then left New Hampshire for Florida, one of the delegate-rich states on which he has pinned his hopes in a risky political strategy.

Before departing, Giuliani told supporters, "This is just the beginning." He said, "Think of it as the kickoff in what's going to be a very long and very tough game."

Mike Huckabee won Iowa; John McCain prevailed in New Hampshire. Giuliani is in a close race with Ron Paul for fourth place in New Hampshire.

Though he all but ignored Iowa, Giuliani invested a fair amount in New Hampshire, with a cluster of visits in the fall and a burst of advertising. At the same time, his underlying strategy has been to focus on later voting states like California and Florida.

Romney congratulates McCain, vows to keep fighting

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney says he's now picked up "two silvers and one gold" in three election contests. The latest silver for a second-place finish came in today's New Hampshire primary.

John McCain easily outdistanced Romney, the former Olympics chief and former governor of neighboring Massachusetts. Romney, who earlier finished second to Mike Huckabee in the Iowa caucuses, congratulated McCain for "a first-class race."

He told supporters after his second-place New Hampshire finish that he's learned that "people are frustrated" and that they believe Washington is broken. He described himself as someone from outside Washington who can get the job done.

Earlier, Romney told reporters he expects to be "one of the two" candidates in the race until the very end.

He also chided McCain and Huckabee for cherry-picking contests, with Huckabee having focused on Iowa while McCain focused on New Hampshire as Romney tried to challenge in both.

Romney won this weekend's Wyoming caucuses.

Clinton mounting surprisingly stiff challenge to Obama

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The election returns from New Hampshire so far find Hillary Rodham Clinton dueling with Barack Obama in an unexpectedly tight Democratic race.

Clinton, who finished third in Iowa, is mounting an unexpectedly stiff challenge to Obama in the nation's first primary. With votes counted from 13 percent of the state's precincts, she had 40 percent to 35 percent for Obama.

Former Senator John Edwards is trailing the two Democratic leaders.

Clinton's performance, based on the early returns, surprised even her own inner circle.

In the hours leading up to the poll closing, her closest advisers had appeared to be bracing for a second defeat at the hands of Obama.

Officials said her aides were considering whether to effectively concede the next two contests -- caucuses in Nevada and a South Carolina primary -- and instead try to regroup in time for a 22-state round of contests next month.

McCain wins New Hampshire GOP Primary

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- John McCain has won the Republican primary in New Hampshire.

McCain's victory came as he tried to climb back into the thick of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Surveys of voters leaving polling places today found him getting a boost from independent voters, who helped him win the primary eight years ago.

McCain had once been seen as the GOP front-runner, but his fundraising and support collapsed last year. He rallied as the New Hampshire primary approached.

McCain told The Associated Press, "We showed the people of this country what a real comeback looks like." He says he's "going to move on to Michigan and South Carolina and win the nomination."

McCain grabs early NH GOP lead

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Republican Senator John McCain has grabbed an early lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. Senator Barack Obama is dueling with Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic contest.

The economy and the war in Iraq were the top issues in both party primaries, according to interviews with voters leaving polling places after casting their ballots.

The first fragmentary returns show McCain with an advantage over Romney in a race neither man can afford to lose. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won last week's Iowa caucuses, is running third.

Obama is vying with Clinton on the Democratic side, with former North Carolina Senator John Edwards trailing.

Even before the votes were counted, Clinton's campaign appeared to be bracing for a second straight defeat to Obama.

Officials say a campaign shake-up is in the works, with longtime Clinton confidante Maggie Williams poised to come aboard to help sharpen the former first lady's message. Other personnel additions are expected.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

New Hampshire - Democrats

227 of 301 precincts - 75 percent

x-Hillary Clinton 82,255 - 39 percent

Barack Obama 75,675 - 36 percent

John Edwards 35,138 - 17 percent

Bill Richardson 9,642 - 5 percent

Dennis Kucinich 2,869 - 1 percent

Total Write-ins 1,807 - 1 percent

Joe Biden 623 - 0 percent

Mike Gravel 295 - 0 percent

Others 687 - 0 percent

New Hampshire - Republicans

220 of 301 precincts - 73 percent

x-John McCain 63,140 - 37 percent

Mitt Romney 54,483 - 32 percent

Mike Huckabee 19,139 - 11 percent

Rudy Giuliani 14,619 - 9 percent

Ron Paul 13,283 - 8 percent

Total Write-ins 2,974 - 2 percent

Fred Thompson 2,045 - 1 percent

Others 1,971 - 1 percent


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