Clinton, McCain Leads Slipping in NH Poll

Races tighten ahead of tonight's debates, Tuesday's primary
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2008 11:48 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful ,Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,speaks to reporters as his wife Cindy looks on at Hudson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5791, in Hudson, N.H., Friday, Jan. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's and John McCain's slim New Hampshire leads grew even slimmer in the latest poll, Reuters reports. McCain leads Romney 32% to 30%, within the margin of error in the Reuters/Zogby poll out today. Clinton leads Obama 32% to 28%, and pollsters expect that margin to shrink as Obama gets a boost from his Iowa win. Edwards is at 20%. Most of the polling took place before the Iowa results were known.

Mike Huckabee, too, is expected to get an Iowa bounce, but he's at 12% now and not expected to contend in NH. Independent voters are crucial there: In 2000, they powered McCain to victory, and they still prefer him over Romney 42% to 29%. But most independents will be voting Democrat this time, potentially making up 40% of all Democrat ballots. That’s good news for Obama—34% of independents support him, to Clinton’s 26%.