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NH watch: Optimistic Sanders supporters sing about having ‘somebody to lean on’ (a primary open thread); Updated

By Doug Powers  •  February 9, 2016 09:29 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Update: The GOP side has been called for Trump, with Kasich, Cruz, Bush and Rubio following at a fairly distant 2 through 5.

Hillary lost big to Sanders. Right now it’s in the 58%-40% range. The only demographic groups Hillary won were people over 65 and/or with incomes over $200k who don’t care if a candidate is under FBI investigation. The Clinton “young voter outreach” is about to get even more embarrassing. In her next ad she’ll probably be skipping rope with Lena Dunham while listening to Justin Bieber.


The winners in the first area to vote in New Hampshire, Dixville Notch, were John Kasich and Bernie Sanders. Kasich got three of five GOP votes, and Sanders got all four Dem votes. Feel the Bern, Hillary!

Among the Republican field, RCP polling average has Trump with a big lead, followed by a tight group of Rubio, Kasich, Cruz and Bush. But if you remember the Iowa polling that should be taken with a grain of salt the size of the dot on Jeb’s exclamation point.

On the Dem side, it’s still early in the day but already Drudge’s headline is very encouraging:


If things go badly for Hillary in New Hampshire, there’s a report that the Clintons will shake up her campaign staff. Here’s a preview of that meeting:


John Podesta completely denied the report, which adds to its validity.

Optimistic Bernie Sanders supporters broke out into song last night: “It won’t be long, ’til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on”:

They obviously think the title of the song is “Lean on THEM (or: Free College in C Major).”

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton turned a final New Hampshire event into a confessional:

In his last appearance before the primary here on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton said he wishes “sometimes” that he wasn’t married to Hillary Clinton because then he could speak more freely.

“Sometimes when I am on a stage like this, I wish that we weren’t married, then I could say what I really think,” Bill Clinton said before introducing his wife at a rally. “I don’t mean that in a negative way. I am happy.”

Have any other candidates’ spouses said they wish they weren’t married so they could speak their minds more freely? I think he did just speak his mind freely but doesn’t know it.

Being married has blocked Bill’s ability to speak openly, but it doesn’t seem to have impeded his dating life. Go figure.

Also, it looks like the “special place in hell” Madeleine Albright warned women who don’t support Hillary about is going to be standing room only:

I’ll update later when some results are known. Place your bets!

**Written by Doug Powers

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