Clinton Hopes NH Foundation Will Hold

Obama's recent surge threatens old ties the Clintons cultivated
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2007 11:41 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses the crowd at a 'Meet The Candidate' event Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Independence, Iowa. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As Barack Obama draws into a tie with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire polls, the New York senator looks to be leaning more and more on the relationships she and her husband established back in Bill's campaigning days. Clinton officials shrug off the tightening polls, but some find her camp's lack of energy "scary," reports the Washington Post.

While some feel that Clinton's familiarity within New Hampshire will inspire people to be "more engaged, and more willing to step up," others think she may be banking on support that is no longer there. One former Clinton campaigner opines that Bill and Hillary "might as well not even be related," and says he'll be pushing for Christopher Dodd.