Clinton Falling Behind in 'Critical' New Hampshire

New poll gives Bernie Sanders 16-point lead
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2015 3:40 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton is falling behind Bernie Sanders in "critical" New Hampshire primary.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Things aren't looking good for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, a state seen as "vital" for the success of her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Wall Street Journal reports. A new CNN poll puts Bernie Sanders 16 points ahead of Clinton in the first Democratic primary state, with Sanders beating her among men, women, liberals, and moderates. He's also seen as more progressive and more likable, according to the poll. Experts say New Hampshire is "critical" to Clinton's hopes, as Sanders is closing the gap in Iowa—which has historically been cool on her—and she faces the possibility of Joe Biden launching his own campaign from South Carolina, the Journal reports.

New Hampshire has been good to the Clintons in the past, the Journal reports. In 1992, Bill finished second there but used it to kick off his "comeback kid" narrative. Sixteen years later, New Hampshire revived Hillary's candidacy after she lost Iowa to Obama. Hoping for a similar outcome, Clinton opened her ninth campaign office in the state yesterday. But it might not be enough to combat the excitement that has pushed Sanders into the lead. Last week, Clinton drew a crowd of 600 at the University of New Hampshire; two days later, 3,000 showed up to hear Sanders. There is some good news for Clinton. Despite New Hampshire voters' current preference for Sanders, they still see Clinton as the candidate with the best chance of winning the presidency, according to CNN. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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