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New Hampshire Primaries Tonight

On the right side of the aisle, the campaign's only military veteran, former Vietnam POW John McCain, is seen as the likely winner of the New Hampshire event. Democrats appear to favor Obama.

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Neil Tillotson (1899-2001) cast the first vote in the nation in every New Hampshire primary and general election from 1964 to 2000. Remembered as the "Godfather of the New Hampshire Primary," Tillotson was a successful entrepreneur and stalwart supporter during his lifetime.
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(SALEM, Ore.) - The spotlight is on the New England state of New Hampshire where political heat is matched by unseasonably warm weather today. Voter turnout is expected to be high as the state holds its much anticipated primary election tonight.

Democratic and Republican candidates are fighting state by state for delegates to this year's party conventions, as the nation prepares to elect a new leader at what many call a crucial time in our national history.

For the first time ever, Democrats are likely to elect either a black man or a white woman to the oval office. John Edwards' numbers have not fallen significantly overall, but the race still seems to be between between Barack and Hillary, and for Hillary things aren't looking so good.

In fact, the British press reports that Hillary Clinton's hopes of winning the White House continued to unravel today, her camp privately conceding the end of what Clinton insiders refer to "Plan A" as they re-gear to move to "Plan B".

Her alternate plan reportedly is an all-or-nothing fight for the six biggest US states - Florida, California, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and New York. If Clinton could secure a victory in each of those states she would still receive the Democratic nomination.

On the right side of the aisle, one of the campaign's only military veterans, former Vietnam POW John McCain, is seen as the likely winner of the New Hampshire event. He has drawn support from many of the state's Republicans and also from New Hampshire's Union Leader.

They stated: "For one, he listens. If you asked him a question, he definitely answered it, even if it was hostile, and he probably addressed you by name when doing it. You also will have noticed that he is respectful of those who disagree with him, yet does not back down when challenged. Those qualities will serve him well in the White House."

Boston.com says that in recent New Hampshire polls, Senator John McCain of Arizona has been locked in a three-way race with former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. They have all set up exploratory committees to raise and spend money in early primary voting states like New Hampshire.




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Jefferson January 9, 2008 6:26 pm (Pacific time)

SDI, you leftist's have your viewpoints and we Americans have ours. Politics is a hardball world, so according to people of your ilk SDI, we are suppose to give a pass to Chillary because she's a female, or Obama because he's black? Pretty far left thinking that as usual will be ignored by the voters. I imagine you would vote for Marion Berry or Al Hastings if you could!


Anonymous January 9, 2008 2:24 pm (Pacific time)

Jefferson - As usual standard neocon nonsense when proven wrong. Dive deep into delusional denial and drag up all the discredited hash from almost 20 yrs ago. Clearly you have no new ideas and the misogyny is clear ... most of what I see leveled against Hillary (learn to spell correctly, you just look completely immature otherwise) would be praise if made towards a man, but since she is a woman the charges are made as attacks. Again, typical. Ah well...


Jefferson January 9, 2008 1:30 pm (Pacific time)

An observation my gardner just made to me: "The polls in NH on the republicans were right on but not the democrats. What's with that?" Yeah, I wonder what is up with that? Did some ballots get new life from deceased voters? Or? Or was it Chillary's emotionalism just prior to the election when she said her running for president was "personal"? I don't know about you people, but I don't want a president in office that takes things "personally". I bet Vince Foster, the travelGate personnel, and on and on don't either! She and Obama are a good lesson for America, they show just how easy it is for incompetent (and dangerous?) people to get into positions of power. They of course will not win, but them just being on the national stage is not only a total embarrassment for America, but pretty scary also...


Jefferson January 9, 2008 12:34 pm (Pacific time)

My goodness SFI, you have it bad! Lowered expectations has always been a Clintonian calculus, and if and when the polls tighten up you will see more sewage from newly formed 527's, and in due time the race card...which Donna Brazzille (former Clinton water-carrier) already played against Bill Clinton, whose statements about Obama's lack of experience (like all of the dimo candidates) had nothing to do with race. The dems and the pubs will both become more abrasive, that's politic's Badmitton (BM) Warrior...


Henry Ruark January 9, 2008 11:19 am (Pacific time)

"Never, ever wrong !" he declared, offering catastrophe for sure for Hillary here. So much for prognosticating skills so broadly claimed by N-N. Can other claims to universal knowledge and experience stand up any better, on practical test ?


Neal Feldman January 9, 2008 7:34 am (Pacific time)

Same top three for dems just different order... Instead of Obama, Edwards, Clinton this time was Clinton, Obama, Edwards. Still pretty ,uch a three way race and it will be interesting to see how it develops through Super Tuesday. On the republican side Guliani again fails to get in the top three or to even amass 10%. If he is counting on support from NY he seems to forget NY only has so many electoral votes. Stick a fork in him, he seems to be done. The big surprise is McCain's strong showing in Iowa and NH and his winning in NH. The republican race is shaping up to be the religious camp vs the nonreligious camp (Huckleberry vs McCain). Again it will be interesting to see the results after Super Tuesday. I still wish that we had a national primary day same as national election day. Maybe someday... Ah well...


Jayson_NH January 8, 2008 1:26 pm (Pacific time)

FYI, Ron Paul was also a military service veteran. He was a US Airforce Flight Surgeon. If facts are required for journalism, then please get your facts straight!

Editor: The problem in the story that Jayson referenced has been amended to reflect the fact that Ron Paul is also a military veteran, we regret the error.

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