The latest Rasmussen Poll indicates that Hillary Clinton has dropped well behind in New Hampshire after her third-place finish in Iowa. Meanwhile, John McCain now has a five-point lead over fellow Republican Mitt Romney.
In a telephone survey of 510 likely Democratic voters on Friday, Rasmussen found 37 percent backing Barack Obama, 27 percent for Clinton, 19 percent for John Edwards and 8 percent for Bill Richardson.
In Rasmussen's last New Hampshire polling, before Christmas, Clinton led Obama by 3 percent. Romney had a narrow lead over McCain.
Rasmussen now projects that 40 percent of the Democratic ballots and 32 percent of GOP ballots will be cast by independents, not registered party members.
This week's survey shows McCain with 31 percent, Romney at 26, Ron Paul rising to third place with 14, Iowa winner Mike Huckabee at 11, Rudy Giuliani 8, Fred Thompson 5, others 2. Three percent are undecided.
The poll's margin of error is 4.5 percent.
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