New Hampshire Results: Hillary defeats Obama, Negroes come back to earth

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, ...

Resplendent and rejuvenated by victory, Hillary Clinton took the stage tonight and donned the mantle of front-runner once again. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, the Borg Queen’s minions basked in the glow of her malevolent glory and patted themselves on the back for having assimilated enough flinty Yankees to eek out a win. It is clear that the rumors of Hillary’s demise, which I am guilty of spreading, have been greatly exaggerated. This race for the Presidency of capitalist patriarchy just became much more interesting.

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
New Hampshire

Updated 1 minute ago

103,051
39%
9
92%
reporting
 
95,743
37%
9
 
44,535
17%
4
 
12,025
5%
0
 
3,559
1%
0
 
584
0%
0
 
361
0%
0
 
176
0%
0

 

 

(CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton is doing significantly better among women voters in New Hampshire than she did in Iowa. Clinton lost out to Sen. Barack Obama among women 35 percent to 30 percent in the Hawkeye State, but New Hampshire is a different story.

Forty-five percent of female Democratic primary voters picked Clinton, compared to 36 percent who went for Obama

Age is also playing a big factor. Older voters are overwhelmingly outnumbering younger voters, a proportion that is clearly benefiting Clinton. Sixty-seven percent of Democratic primary voters are over the age of 40, and they are breaking heavily for Clinton over Obama.

 

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Hillary’s allies strategize a comeback

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Hat Tip: By Thomas Edsall, The Huffington Post

Manchester, N.H. — A panicked and cash-short Clinton campaign is seriously considering giving up on the Nevada caucuses and on the South Carolina primary in order to regroup and to save resources for the massive 19-state mega-primary on February 5.

At the same time, some top independent expenditure groups supporting Clinton have been exploring the creation of an anti-Obama “527 committee” that would take unlimited contributions from a few of Clinton’s super-rich backers and from a handful of unions to finance television ads and direct mail designed to tarnish the Illinois Senator’s image.

The Clinton campaign has raised over $100 million, but has “only” $15 to $20 million left. It faces donor reluctance to give more in the face of the Iowa defeat and the prospect of a second loss in New Hampshire today. Even worse, the campaign fears defections among those fundraisers who want to be with a winner and who might be easily persuaded to support Barack Obama.

While the amount of money Clinton has would seem to be more than enough by past standards, the cost of competing in the February 5 states — including New York, California, Georgia, New Jersey, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Arizona – is unprecedented in the history of American primaries. She will face, in turn, an extremely well-funded Obama campaign, whose cash register right now doesn’t stop ringing as donations are coming in over the Internet, by mail and in checks handed over in person.

The decision whether to take on Obama in Nevada and South Carolina will likely be made within the next 12 hours.

Both states look like probable defeats for Clinton. South Carolina has a large black electorate that is now likely to back Obama by wide margins, and the Democratic primary is open to all voters, including independents and Republicans, two other groups that in Iowa backed Obama decisively. Clinton had looked fully competitive in Nevada, but Obama’s victories have boosted his chances there and now he appears almost certain to get the endorsement of the powerful Culinary Workers Union.

Arguing against pulling out of South Carolina and Nevada are Clinton aides who say that bowing out now would guarantee four defeats in a row – Iowa, N.H. lost at the ballot box, and South Carolina. and Nevada given up by default – would be a disastrous precursor to the February 5 contests. “You’ve got to put some points on the board. You can’t just let the other guys run up the score and expect to come back in the fourth quarter,” one Clinton aide said.

Three groups conducting independent expenditure campaigns in behalf of Clinton – Emily’s List, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – have explored the possibility of trying to put together a multi-million dollar effort privately dubbed the Anybody-But-Obama 527 Committee, but they have run into problems finding any Democratic operative willing to become the director of a campaign against the man who now is the odds-on favorite to become the party’s nominee.

“You might make some good money in the short term, but your chances of getting any Democratic contracts in the future, especially if Obama wins, would be zilch,” said one operative. “I wouldn’t go there.” The effectiveness of a 527 that goes negative was demonstrated by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which attacked John Kerry’s war record in the 2004 campaign.