Posted: January 8, 2008 9:30 PM
Clinton, Obama Locked in Close N.H. Race
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. are locked in an unexpectedly tight race for the win in New Hampshire.
With 32 percent of precincts reporting Clinton had 40 percent of the vote and Obama had 36 percent.
Heading into Tuesday, polls had Obama significantly ahead of Clinton, and Clinton’s campaign has been bracing for a second loss.
Both Clinton and her campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe started out Tuesday trying to place the focus on future primaries saying that Feb. 5 is the big day.
And before the polls even closed it was reported by the Washington Post that big changes are in the works for Clinton’s campaign strategy should she suffer a second big loss.
Obama has been riding a wave of enthusiastic support, though he has tried to keep expectations for Tuesday in check.
Still, his optimism was apparent at his campaign events before the primary.
On Monday, Obama oozed enthusiasm, telling supporters we are “happy warriors for change. We are cheerful about the prospects of taking over. The American people taking over their government — what a radical proposition.”
“I can only tell you that [Obama’s campaign is] very nervous right now … what they are watching very carefully is what happens in these key areas,” Gwen Ifill reported from New Hampshire. “They are ‘on the edge of their seat.’”
If Clinton does pull out a win it would be an “earthquake on top of an earthquake,” said David Brooks on the NewsHour.