AP Projects Clinton Winner in New Hampshire

The Associate Press is projecting Sen. Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, edging out Sen. Barack Obama.

It would be an unexpected victory for Clinton, who had fallen behind
Obama in the New Hampshire polls in recent days. Her top campaign
aides had appeared to be bracing for another loss.

With 69-percent of precincts reporting, Clinton has 40-percent of the votes to Obama's 36-percent. The numbers had been running neck-and-neck throughout the night.

Exit polls found Clinton with the solid support of female voters. She also won handily among registered Democrats, even as Obama led by an even larger margin among independents.

Obama had drawn huge crowds in New Hampshire after his Iowa win.
Confident of victory, he stuck to his pledge to deliver "change we can believe in." Clinton, meanwhile, was forced to re-tool her appeal. She lessened her emphasis on experience, and sought instead to raise questions about Obama's ability to bring change.

Sen. John Edwards is projected to come in third, the same position he finished in the Iowa caucuses last week.

Obama scored a win over Clinton in last week's Iowa caucuses.


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