Was it the tears?
Clinton defeats Obama in N.H. primary
Resurgent McCain savors defeat of Romney, Huckabee
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won New Hampshire’s Democratic primary Tuesday night, pulling out a stunning victory over Sen. Barack Obama in a contest that she had been forecast to lose.
On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and climbed back into contention for their party’s presidential nomination.
Obama had beaten Clinton, who has been the national front-runner, in the Iowa caucuses last week, and he had appeared to be poised for victory in New Hampshire with tracking polls showing him surging into the lead.
But with 63 percent of Democrats precincts reporting Tuesday night, Clinton had 39 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Obama, who is seeking to become the nation’s first black president. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina trailed with 17 percent.
Polling place interviews showed that the female vote â€” which deserted the former first lady when she finished third in last week’s Iowa caucuses â€” was solidly in Clinton’s New Hampshire column.
The former first lady also was winning handily among registered Democrats. Obama led her by an even larger margin among independents…
Among the Republicans, McCain was handily ahead of Romney, 37 percent to 31 percent.
“Iâ€™m past the age when I can claim the noun ‘kid,’ no matter what adjective precedes it, but tonight we sure showed ’em what a comeback looks like,” McCain said in his victory speech.
“We celebrate one victory tonight and leave for Michigan to win another.”
The boisterous crowd responded, “Mac is back, Mac is back.”
After achieving early status last year as the front-runner , McCain had watched his lead disappear nationally and Rudy Giuliani and Romney pass him. In Iowa just last week, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the Republican caucuses.
“When the pundits declared us finished, I told them Iâ€™m going to New Hampshire, where the voters donâ€™t let you make their decision for them,” McCain said.
Hillary Clinton’s victory speech:
John McCain’s victory speech:
And, finally, the speech about which everybody seems to be talking: