Obama wins in New Hampshire

November 4th, 2008 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Nov 4 (ANI): Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama confidently secured victory in the first official results announced early on Tuesday from two small towns in New Hampshire, where a tradition of casting the first votes on election day lives on.

Obama defeated McCain by a count of 15 to 6 in Dixville Notch, and the town of Harts Location reported 17 votes for the Democrat, 10 for the Republican and two for write-in Ron Paul. Both towns had favored George W Bush in the last two elections.

The rivals, separated by 25 years and a seemingly unbridgeable political gulf, had agreed on one thing during the longest presidential campaign in US history- their promise to slam the door on the era of George W. Bush.

Record numbers of Americans were expected at polling stations across the US adding their ballots to 29 million citizens who had already voted in 30 states.

Meanwhile, on the eve of Election Day in what has effectively been the longest and most expensive presidential campaign in US history, Republican nominee John McCain has gained some ground on rival Obama, a new CBS News tracking poll finds.

But going into Tuesdays voting, Obama maintains a comfortable, nine-point advantage among likely voters, with a smaller percentage - just five percent - remaining undecided.

The Democratic ticket of Obama and Joe Biden now leads the Republican ticket of McCain and Sarah Palin 51 percent to 42 percent among likely voters nationwide, including those who lean towards one of the candidates.

Thats a narrowing of four points in McCains deficit from what CBS News polling showed on Saturday and Sunday, when the Democratic ticket was shown to have a 13-point lead.

Overall, nine percent of likely voters say they are uncommitted - either undecided or open to changing their mind. In a CBS News/New York Times poll conducted just before the 2004 election, about 10 percent of voters said they were uncommitted. At the same time in 2000, 16 percent were uncommitted.

This campaigns uncommitted voters are mostly white, and the majority is 45 or older. (ANI)

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