What a difference five days makes! With her campaign on a respirator after a third-place blow in Iowa, Hillary Clinton managed to pull of a crucial comeback win in New Hampshire tonight, edging out Barack Obama by two points—but close means nothing in horseshoes and New Hampshire. Clinton's win tonight ensures the race is still up for grabs.
Hillary's emotions dominated the news in the lead up to the polls opening—which may have helped her secure more of the women vote at 47 percent, up from 30 percent in Iowa.
Scant six months ago, John McCain's campaign was similarly presumed DOA—and after a disappointing fourth place finish in Iowa, he needed a win in New Hampshire just as desperately as Clinton. Securing 37 percent, he walked away with a comfortable six point lead and what will surely be considered his own "New Hampshire Bounce," which he'll need to boost his empty coffers. Jubilant, McCain said,
“I’m past the age when I can claim the noun ‘kid’ no matter what adjective precedes it. Tonight we sure showed them what a comeback looks like.”
To find out how the other candidates fared,
John Edwards accepted third place in the showdown Democratic race with the sage words,
"Up until now, about half of one percent of Americans have voted. Ninety-nine percent plus have not voted. And those 99 percent deserve to have their voices heard because we have had too much in America of people's voices not being heard,"
Edwards vowed to continue on.
After his surprising third place showing in Iowa (upsetting everyone's predictions, TK link bye bye freddie) Fred Thompson's numbers bottomed out at 1 percent of the vote.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both accepted second place finishes for their respective parties.