Hillary Clings to Lead in NH

Obama trails by just 6%; Hillary hopes to gain ground here if she loses Iowa
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2007 4:07 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., greets supporters after speaking about his foreign policy strategy for Iran at the University of Iowa on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in Iowa City,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As Iowa's race heats up, so does the battle for New Hampshire. In the New England race, Clinton leads Obama 35%-29%, while Edwards trails with 17% and Richardson brings up the rear with 10%, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. All other candidates garnered less than 4% support. Clinton staffers hope that if she loses in Iowa she'll gain  ground back in New Hampshire.

Obama leads Clinton in categories like perceived honesty and new ideas, while voters think Clinton has more strength and experience, and would trust her more to manage health care systems and the deficit. Edwards is seen as best understanding voters' problems. Clinton polled better among older voters and Democrats while Obama led among younger people and independents.