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Galvanized Democratic Campaigns Head to New Hampshire

BY Admin  January 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM EST

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his wife Michelle

Obama took the lead in Thursday’s caucuses with 38 percent of the vote, and Edwards nabbed 30 percent, just barely edging out Clinton for second place.

On Friday, Obama was rallying in Portsmouth and Concord, N.H., where he said he saw no reason to revamp his campaign: “No, it’s not broken, why fix it?”

Nearly twice as many people showed up to vote in Iowa’s caucuses as four years ago — almost 240,000 compared to 124,181 in 2004 — demonstrating an appetite for change, Obama’s advisers said, according to Bloomberg News.

Obama declared at his victory rally that in “big cities and small towns, you came together to say, ‘We are one nation, we are one people and our time for change has come.’”

Edwards, who also has been pressing a message of change, implored voters in Manchester to back him: “I am the candidate who will fight with every fiber if my being, every single step of the way, for you, for your children and for your grandchildren.”

Clinton, meanwhile, was joined by her husband in Nashua, hoping to slow Obama’s momentum. As Clinton’s campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle said after Iowa’s results came in, “Our campaign was built for a marathon and we have the resources to run a national race in the weeks ahead.”

Clinton spent $7 million on television ads in Iowa, while Obama spent $9 million and Edwards $3 million, though none chose to air negative ads in a remarkably civil race.

Edwards downplayed his funding disadvantage in New Hampshire, saying, “We’re not going to have an auction, we’re going to have an election in four days.”

In New Hampshire, candidates will have to woo independent voters, who represent about 40 percent of the state’s voters and can ask for either a Republican or Democratic ballot.

The differences between the states will also see a shift in messages away from religion and social issues to the economy, taxes and national security.

The race has two fewer Democratic contenders as Sens. Joseph Biden, Del., and Christopher Dodd, Conn., dropped out after receiving less than 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa contest.

New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, who finished a distant fourth in the caucuses, has said he will stay in the game as the only candidate who will pull the troops from Iraq next year, according to the Associated Press.