Bloomberg: Obama widens lead in NH

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Obama Leads Clinton 38% to 26% in New Hampshire, ARG Poll Says

By Dan Hart

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama, who won the Iowa caucuses, leads Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire by 12 percentage points among likely voters in the Jan. 8 Democratic presidential primary, according to an American Research Group Inc. poll.

Obama, an Illinois senator, led with 38 percent, over Clinton, who received 26 percent support in the American Research Group poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The survey of 600 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted yesterday and Jan. 4 via telephone.

Obama had trailed Clinton by 4 percentage points in a Jan. 1-3 poll, when he had 31 percent support. Clinton’s support waned from 35 percent in the previous poll, after she finished third in the Iowa caucuses behind Obama and former North Carolina senator John Edwards.

Edwards picked up some support in New Hampshire with 20 percent in the latest poll, up from 15 percent from Jan. 1-3.

Among Republican candidates, Arizona Senator John McCain had 39 percent in the latest New Hampshire poll, followed by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with 25 percent and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa Republican caucuses, with 14 percent.

The previous American Research Group poll had McCain leading at 35 percent, Romney with 25 percent, Huckabee with 12 percent, and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani at 8 percent.

McCain’s support has increased after it reached a low of 10 percent in New Hampshire in a July 2007 poll, while Giuliani’s support declined from a high of as much as 27 percent in July. Romney won support from as many as 36 percent of likely voters as recently as late November.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Hart in Washington at dahart@bloomberg.net .

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