An enthusiasm gap?

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

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


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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