Mark Penn: The Poll is Half Full!

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Clinton campaign just sent this out:

Memo from Mark Penn:

Where Is The Bounce?

Two polls that had the race within a few points before the Iowa caucuses have the race tied after the Iowa caucuses.

In today’s CNN/WMUR poll, Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama are tied at 33 percent – their last two polls had Hillary up 4 points and before that had Hillary down 2 points, so there is no statistically significant change in their numbers before and after the Iowa caucuses.

And the Concord Monitor is out as well today with a poll showing the race at 33 percent for Hillary Clinton, 34 percent for Barack Obama and 23 percent for John Edwards – exactly the same margin as before Iowa.

Contrast that with the 17 points John Kerry gained in 2004 in the Boston Globe poll, which catapulted him from a 17-point deficit to a 20-point lead in New Hampshire after the Iowa caucuses. Or with the 7 points Al Gore gained in 2000 in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, increasing his lead in New Hampshire from 5 points to 18 points.

New Hampshire voters are fiercely independent. They will make their own decisions about who to support.

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