Dean’s Lead in New Hampshire Grows Significantly

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 27, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Dean’s Lead in New Hampshire Grows Significantly

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 27, 2003

Washington, DC ( — Howard Dean is the flavor of the month among the Democratic candidates for president.

The pro-abortion former Governor of Vermont has jumped out to a commanding 21-point lead over rival pro-abortion Sen. John Kerry in the latest New Hampshire poll. Dean, who held a single-digit advantage in a recent survey, led Kerry 38 percent to 17 percent in the Zogby International poll of likely primary voters conducted
Aug. 23-26 and released today.

Kerry led in New Hampshire polls earlier this year, including a 26 percent to 13 percent advantage in February.

The August survey comes as Dean has shown strength in his fundraising, drawn large crowds for his summer campaign tour and appeared in television ads in New Hampshire.

Political observers say Dean, who was recently criticized for lying about parental notifcation, has a good chance to capture the nomination.

Kerry is expected to do well in neighboring New Hampshire and Gephardt is expected to fare well in neighboring Iowa. If Dean beats both candidates in their home regions, he has

However, the Democratic voters believe the election is Bush’s to lose. Almost two-thirds, 64 percent, said they think the president likely will win re-election in 2004.

Pollster John Zogby said support for Dean was found in all regions of the state, among men and women, Democrats and independents, liberals and moderates.

Dean took support from pro-abortion Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri and from undecided voters. Gephardt, who was at 11 percent in February, dropped to 6 percent. Undecided voters fell from 29 percent to 23 percent.

The rest of the Democratic field was in single digits. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut was at 6 percent, and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who also is running ads in New Hampshire, was at 4 percent. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who is considering a presidential bid, was at 2 percent, while Sen. Bob Graham of Florida and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio were at 1 percent. Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton were at 0 percent.

All of the candidates are pro-abortion.