The Lid: Clinton’s New Hampshire Chances, Then and Now

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‘16 from 30,000

Before the Iowa caucuses, we nagged our patient Lid readers not to forget that John Edwards played a role as a spoiler for Hillary Clinton in Iowa eight years ago. So, when comparing then versus now for Clinton here in New Hampshire, we naturally looked back at the numbers from the 2008 primary to see how the other candidates still in the race impacted the dynamics of Hillary Clinton’s win here too. It turns out that Edwards -- along with Bill Richardson, who stuck around to finish fourth in New Hampshire -- accounted for more than 20 percent of the vote in the state in 2008. Now, with the big caveat that our NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll was in the field last week - so things might have changed since then -- Clinton’s level of support has actually been registering about where she was at the end of the night on January 8, 2008. She won the 2008 primary with 39 percent of the vote, including pluralities among women (46 percent) and registered Democrats (43 percent) -- although she lost among independents. In the NBC poll last week, Clinton got the support of 38 percent of New Hampshire primary voters, including 46 percent of women and 46 percent of Democrats. Clinton appears to be losing to Sanders badly (ie worse than she did to Obama in 2008) with independents and young people. But it’s maybe worth noting that she’s getting the same overall SHARE of voters that she was eight years ago. The difference is: The remainder of voters have consolidated around Sanders instead of being divided among three or four different candidates.



“There's still people shopping, it's 34 hours to go. If you do this in every other part of your life, I can only imagine what the stores look like on Christmas Eve.”

  • Chris Christie on New Hampshire voters’ famous tendency to decide late in the primary process.


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