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The once smooth-running machine that was the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton may be coming apart.
Beset by rookie mistakes, slipping in the polls and under constant attack by Democratic rivals, Clinton is no longer considered the presumptive nominee and some insiders say the campaign is imploding from within.
According to campaign sources, meetings of Clinton campaign strategists often turn into shouting matches and the candidate has threatened to “clean house” if things don’t get back on track.
Clinton recently lost the lead in polls in Iowa and her once seemingly-insurmountable lead in New Hampshire is slipping. Some insiders feel she will become the Howard Dean of 2008, blowing a race that everyone says was hers to lose.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s lead over rival Barack Obama in New Hampshire has narrowed to single digits a month before the state’s primary election, said a poll released on Wednesday.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll showed the U.S. senator from New York leading Obama 35 percent to 29 percent in the race for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on January 8. The survey had a 4 percentage point error margin.
The findings suggested a fiercely competitive race in New Hampshire months after an early autumn CNN/WMUR survey gave Clinton a lead of more than 20 points over Obama, who is a U.S. senator from Illinois, the Post said on its Web site.
That could mean new trouble for Clinton, who was recently edged out of first place by Obama in a Des Moines Register newspaper poll in Iowa, which holds the first contest of the party nominating process with its January 3 caucuses.
Among New Hampshire voters who want a fresh approach to governing, the Post said Obama led 44 percent to 19 percent each for Clinton and Edwards.
Questions over Clinton’s honesty will increase as the primaries draw closer. Her record of evasions as both First Lady and as a Senator and Presidential candidate is not a good one and after two terms of George W. Bush’s constant lying, voters want a President they can trust.
Reports The Associated Press on a recent New Hampshire poll:
The two (Clinton and Obama) are tied on which candidate would do most to bring change to Washington and are close on who best understands peoples’ problems, but Obama is considered the most honest and most inspiring candidate.
The emerging message in polls in clear: Hillary, don’t give up your day job.