Clinton’s lead over Obama drops down to single digit

Clinton’s lead over Obama drops down to single digit

By Reuters

Washington: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s lead over rival Barack Obama in New Hampshire has narrowed to single digits a month before the state’s primary election, said a poll released on 5 December.

The poll showed the US senator from New York leading Obama 35% to 29% in the race for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on 8 January. The survey had a 4% point error margin.

Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards was at the third place with 17%, followed by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson at 10%.

Three others competing to be the Democratic candidate in the November 2008 presidential election -- US Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Delaware Senator Joseph Biden and Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut -- each had 3% points or less.

The findings suggested a fiercely competitive race in New Hampshire months after an early autumn survey, which gave Clinton a lead of more than 20 points over Obama, who is a US senator from Illinois.

The recent results could mean some fresh trouble for Clinton, who was recently edged out of first place by Obama in a poll in Iowa, which holds the first contest of the party nominating process with its 3 January caucuses.

Among New Hampshire voters who want a fresh approach to governing, Obama led 44% to 19% each for Clinton and Edwards.

Clinton drew 57% of voters who view strength and experience as the most important issue, compared to 14% for Edwards, 11% for Richardson and 10% for Obama.

Obama had the edge on honesty, with 29% calling him the most trustworthy, compared with 21% who said so of Clinton and 17% for Edwards, the poll said.

The survey polled 592 New Hampshire adults who said they were likely to vote in the state’s Democratic primary.