Black Democrats are now backing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton by 28% after he won in Iowa and took a close second in New Hampshire, according to a new national poll. "Now they believe" he can win the presidency, a CNN analyst said. But both hopefuls lost ground among all registered Democrats after their ugly race row, Clinton dropping 7% to 42%, and Obama slipping 3% to 33%. John Edwards jumped 5% to 17%.
Clinton led Obama among black Democrats by 24% only 3 months ago. Now he is ahead by 50% with black male voters and 11% among black females, once a Clinton bastion. Among GOP hopefuls, John McCain held top spot with 29%, as Huckabee took second with 20% and Romney caught up to him with 19%, thanks to a 5-point bounce from his Michigan primary win.