Obama Ties Clinton in NH

Fresh face draws voters, but Bhutto assassination could help Hillary: poll
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2007 8:50 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls, from left, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Sen....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has erased Hillary Clinton’s lead in New Hampshire, pulling into a tie by persuading voters he is more honest and change-minded, according to a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll. In Iowa, both hopefuls are neck-and-neck with John Edwards—but Clinton could rise if the Bhutto assassination focuses voter concern on national defense, an area where she is perceived as strong.

On the GOP side, John McCain is looking for a Bhutto boost. Seen as strong on foreign policy, McCain still trails Mitt Romney 21% to 34% in New Hampshire and lags in Iowa, where he and Fred Thompson trail by more than 10%. Iowa has become a two-man race between Romney and Mike Huckabee, with Huckabee in front by 37% to 23%, and leading among women, churchgoers, and the discontented.