by Steven Ertelt
January 9, 2008
Concord, NH (LifeNews.com) — Hillary Clinton surprised political observers Tuesday night with a come-from-behind victory in the New Hampshire primary over Barack Obama. Polls had shown the pro-abortion New York senator behind her Illinois counterpart by as much as double digits, but Clinton wound up winning the primary by two points and more than five thousand votes.
With 86 percent of the precincts reporting, Clinton came away with 39 percent of the vote to 37 percent for Obama and a lead of 95,331 votes compared with his 89,360.
John Edwards, the pro-abortion former North Carolina senator and vice-presidential nominee, came in a distant third with 41,190 votes or 17 percent.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson came in fourth with five percent of the vote and Rep. Dennis Kucinich had one percent of the vote. Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, who pulled out after the Iowa caucus, each received a handful of votes.
All of the Democratic candidates take strong pro-abortion positions and support forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
As LifeNews.com reported, the final polls in New Hampshire showed Obama could capture a large win among Democratic voters. Four new tracking polls released on Tuesday showed him with an advantage from five to thirteen percent over Hillary Clinton.
Exiting polling from a collection of media outlets found that Clinton won because the turnout on Tuesday in New Hampshire was much different than polling data predicted.
Some 57 percent of the voters were women and Clinton had a 46 to 34 percent advantage among those voters.
New Hampshire voters are also older than those in other primary states with 44 percent above the age of 50. Clinton won the 5-64 age category by a 39 to 30 percent margin and the 65 or over group with a 48 to 32 percent margin.
Obama won decisively among younger voters but much fewer younger voters turned out in New Hampshire than did Iowa.
Exit polls also showed that New Hampshire Democrats paid significant attention to the weekend debates and felt they were very important. They also found that Bill Clinton’s campaigning for his wife paid off as 83 percent of voters on the Democratic side said they like him and his presidency. Those voters supported Clinton by large margins.