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Clinton Cannot Spin A NH Loss

Sean Spicer - February 9, 2016

The Clinton campaign has been desperately trying to lower expectations for tonight’s outcome but they cannot credibly spin a loss in a state that has delivered for them over and over again. A few key points worth remembering ahead of tonight’s Democrat primary election in New Hampshire:

  • New Hampshire resurrected Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign after he bet the farm on the state. Bill’s moral victory earned him the moniker “The Comeback Kid.”
  • New Hampshire provided Hillary Clinton a much needed win in 2008 after finishing third in Iowa. While polls showed Obama with a clear lead, Clinton won by over 2 points.  
  • Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders by roughly 40 points last year. If Sanders’ proximity to the state really was a factor, this race would have always been tight.

After turning in an embarrassing showing in Iowa last week, Hillary Clinton simply cannot afford a loss in New Hampshire, no matter how close. Two recent national polls have shown a dramatic tightening of the race after Iowa and Sanders’ grassroots-powered campaign outraised Clinton by $5 million last month. There are already reports of a campaign shakeup in the works, nervous Democrats are giving the Draft Biden movement a second look, and Michael Bloomberg is eyeing a possible independent run. Too much is at stake to come up short in a state that the Clintons have relied on to boost their political fortunes. 


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