After trailing in New Hampshire since the mid-summer, Hillary Clinton now edges Bernie Sanders there 37%-35% according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe post-debate poll of likely primary voters.
Yep, she definitely won the debate:
A majority of likely voters who watched the first televised Democratic debate Tuesday night said that former Secretary of State Clinton won (54 percent), while 24 percent said Sen. Sanders of Vermont prevailed.
“Clinton’s willingness to engage Sanders on gun control established her progressive credentials,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “And her debate performance solidified her standing with New Hampshire Democratic voters, who have her leading her closest rival for the first time since July.”Also, this is big:
When likely voters were asked which Democrat has the best chance of defeating the eventual Republican nominee, 52 percent said Clinton, 16 percent chose Sanders, and 14 percent selected Biden. However, 60 percent of those who watched the debate said that Clinton has the best chance in the general election, compared to Sanders and Biden (13 percent each).Biden received a relatively low 11% support in this survey, suggesting that much of Clinton's boost came from his supporters. Should he opt out of running, Hillary's numbers will likely go even higher.
With an NBC online poll also showing a clear debate victory for her and Iowa Democrats seeming to agree, last Tuesday night is looking more and more like a dramatic game changer in favor of Hillary Clinton.