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For Obama, an apparent bounce after all

January 6, 2008 |  4:41 pm

Manchester, N.H. -- The latest poll in New Hampshire shows that, as most expected, Barack Obama did benefit from his solid win in Thursday's Iowa caucuses.

The survey, conducted for CNN and New Hampshire television station WMUR, gives Obama 39%, Hillary Clinton 29%.

A comparable poll released Saturday had shown Obama and Clinton tied at 33%. That helped prompt a release from Clinton strategist Mark Penn asserting that Obama's Iowa victory had not significantly benefited him in New Hampshire. (You can view the previous polls here.)

The new poll also shows slippage for John Edwards in the Democratic presidential race, with his support declining to 16% from 20% in the survey released Saturday.

In the Republican race, the new poll -- in line with the first ones following the Iowa results -- gives John McCain the lead over Mitt Romney, 32% to 26%. Mike Huckabee runs third, at 14%, followed by Rudy Giuliani (11%) and Ron Paul (10%).

A new poll from USA Today/Gallup reports in with results somewhat better for Obama and somewhat less so for McCain. It gives Obama a 13-percentage-point lead, McCain a 4-point advantage.

-- Don Frederick

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