An enthusiasm gap?

In New Hampshire, the Democrats' No. 2 outpaces the Republicans' No. 1.


Tim Grieve
January 9, 2008 6:37PM (UTC)

New Hampshire went for George W. Bush over Al Gore in 2000 and then John Kerry over Bush in 2004, but the state is not so much swing as swung: As the Christian Science Monitor puts it, an influx of new residents has turned the "Live Free or Die" state into "Blue Hampshire."

That being said, the near-final election results from Tuesday night's primary may be a cause for some cheer among Democrats. Barack Obama, the Democrats' second-place finisher, polled substantially better than John McCain, the Republicans' first.

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With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, here's how the combined results look now:

Hillary Clinton: 110,550

Barack Obama: 102,883

John McCain: 86,802

Mitt Romney: 73,806

John Edwards: 47,803

Mike Huckabee: 26,035

Rudy Giuliani: 20,054

Ron Paul: 17,831

Bill Richardson: 12,987

Dennis Kucinich: 3,845

Fred Thompson: 2,808

Mike Gravel: 397

And yes, Fred Thompson, that means you were beaten not just by Ron Paul but by Dennis Kucinich, too.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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