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Obama ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire race

 Obama ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire race
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With her front-runner poll status well and truly gone, US Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wrapped up her campaign for today’s crucial New Hampshire primary by having an emotional exchange with a small group of floating voters.

“Some people think elections are a game, they think its ‘who’s up and who’s down’. It’s about our country, its about our kids’ futures. It’s really about all of us together. Some of us put ourselves out there and do this against some pretty difficult odds. And we do it – each one of us – because we care about our country.”

A poll at the weekend suggested that, with 39 percent, Barack Obama has a double-digit lead over Clinton, his closest rival. Third-place contender John Edwards is on 16 percent.

Obama has been capitalizing on his win last week in Iowa. His campaign has been based on the concept of change – a buzzword he stood by at a last minute rally on Monday:

“We can begin this process by ending this war in Iraq. When I am sworn in, I will bring our troops home. I will finish the fight with al Qaeda in Afghanistan, which is where we should have been focused. They are the ones that killed three thousand Americans. But I don’t want to just end the war, I want to change the mind set that got us into the war.”

A small state with a big political influence, New Hampshire has an historic tradition of picking out the eventual President.

But an estimated 40 percent of voters are independent floaters – meaning the race remains wide open.