Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Did Hillary Win NH?

I scrutinize every word, memorize every line
I spit it once, refuel, re-energize and rewind
I give sight to the blind, my insight through the mind
I exercise my right to express when I feel it's time

Sullivan asks the question:
I'm not an expert on this, but is there an obvious explanation for why Obama had a 7.5 percent advantage over Clinton in New Hampshire votes counted by hand and Clinton had a 5.5 percent advantage in votes counted by machine? I presume that it's a function of differing locations, with the more urban Clinton districts relying more on machines. Is that the right inference?

Reaction has been anger towards Hillary's win, and I don't think its going to subside.

On to Nevada:

“There’s something in the wind all across America,” he said, amid shouts of “Yes we can” and “Fired up” from the crowd of more than 2,000 people at a gymnasium at St. Peter’s College. “You first saw it in Iowa last Thursday, and you saw it yesterday in New Hampshire, even though we just came up a little bit short.”

Mr. Obama made only a few mentions of New Hampshire during the 40-minute speech, as he looked to regain momentum on the way to Feb. 5, when New Jersey, where Mrs. Clinton has consistently been ahead in polls, and more than 20 other states, including New York and California, will hold caucuses or primaries.

Saying that the results in New Hampshire, where he came in second to Mrs. Clinton, reminded “us that change isn’t easy,” he added that “change is always met by resistance.”

Although the crowd was clearly excited to see Mr. Obama — many had waited hours, and more than 1,000 who could not get in waited outside — Mr. Obama’s energy level appeared to ebb at times, and he took the stage with an acknowledgment of the toll that the campaign was taking.

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