N.H. victory buoys Clinton supporters

01/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Hillary Clinton has consistently led the polls in Florida for the Democratic nomination over the past year. The first Florida poll released since Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa shows the race tightening in the sunshine state.

The Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion Survey conducted for the Southern Political Report shows that Clinton’s double digit lead over Obama has dwindled to 8 points, 40 –32.

Clinton has many supporters in the Tampa Bay area. Former Gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride said today that, unlike most political observers, he was not surprised that Clinton took down Obama last night.

One statistic from the exit polls loomed larger than any other – women overwhelmingly voted for the New York senator, who is trying to become the first female president in U.S. history.

Although that was different than the breakdown in Iowa, former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman said she believes women will always break for Clinton.

And Freedman, who became Tampa’s first woman mayor back in 1986, says that people need to take a look at how far women have evolved in politics over the years.

Clinton’s display of vulnerabillity on Monday morning, in which her voice broke as she described the toll the campaign has taken, has been mentioned anecdotally as a factor that led some undecided or Obama declared voters to choose Clinton.

Democrat Bill McBride says that if seeing a "different" Hillary Clinton was appealing to voters, he hopes she continues to show the side not usually seen in the mass media.

Clinton herself said this morning on the Today Show that the tides turned in New Hampshire Saturday night during the debate. That’s when she reacted with anger at times, and also appeared to be ganged up on as John Edwards seemed to team up with Barack Obama against Clinton.

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