- Title: USA: Americans react to the New Hamphire primaries
- Date: 10th January 2008
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA (JANUARY 9, 2008) (REUTERS) TIMES SQUARE VARIOUS OF NEWS TICKER ANNOUNCING HILLARY CLINTON'S WIN NEWSPAPER KIOSK IN TIMES SQUARE
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- Country: USA
- Topics: Domestic Politics
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- Story Text: News of Hillary Clinton's and John McCain's election victories in New Hampshire did not surprise voters in other states on Wednesday (January 9). With the election season now officially underway, most people remain undecided.
In the nation's capital, Senator Clinton's narrow win over Senator Barack, Obama despite the latter's lead in the pre-election polls, came as no surprise. Neither was McCain's victory.
James Spencer, a resident of Virginia, said, "as far as Hillary Clinton goes, I am not surprised that she actually won the democratic primary in New Hampshire."
"I am still kind of choosing between her and Obama. I am not sure which candidate I would vote for," he added.
"The results, again, were not terribly surprising," said Jim Egmund, also of Virginia. "I expected Barack to overtake Hillary, which didn't happen. I expected John McCain to win and he did."
New Yorkers were mixed about their home-state senator's win, as news of her Obama defeat was plastered all over Times Square. News tickers on buildings announced that Clinton had "found her voice," while newspapers touted the win with headlines like, "Look Who's Crying Now."
"I think that the conservative Democrat and the moderate Republican are going right down the middle and that's where their success is coming from. I'm disappointed. I like her, but I had another candidate in mind; I'm and Edwards girl," said Amy Ravitz-Hogan.
But for New Yorker Keith McClain, Clinton's New Hampshire win was a welcome surprise for Democrats.
"As far as Hillary goes, I think it's a good thing. From a standpoint of, being symbolic of real social change and progress, just the fact that she's a woman and obviously she's very competent, capable, and qualified, I think it's a very good thing."
New York's primary vote will be on "Super Tuesday," February 5, along with 20 other states. Virgina, Maryland, and the District of Columbia vote a week later on February 12.
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