MANCHESTER–I’m here at the media center at Saint Anselm College, where all the buzz is about the new CNN/WMUR poll showing McCain opening a 6 point lead over Romney, and Barack Obama moved into a 33 to 33 tie with Hillary Clinton.
UPDATE–This is key:
The biggest shift appears to be electability. 36 percent of likely Democratic New Hampshire primary voters now think Clinton has the best chance of beating the Republican presidential nominee. Thatâ€™s down nine points from our last Granite State survey, which was conducted December 27-30.
Obama is just behind Clinton when it comes electability, at 35 percent, a virtual tie. Obama gained 13 points up since our pre-caucus poll.
â€œObama got something else out of winning Iowa: a big boost in his perceived electability. A week ago, Clinton led Obama by better than two to one when New Hampshire Democrats were asked which candidate has the best chance of beating the Republican in November. Obamaâ€™s victory in an overwhelmingly white state may have resolved some doubts about an African-American candidateâ€™s electability,â€ says Schneider.