Hillary Clinton wins Democratic primary

January 9, 2008 2:43:08 AM PST
In a startling upset, Hillary Rodham Clinton has won New Hampshire's Democratic primary, defeating Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for White House. Clinton's victory caps a comeback from last week's third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. It raises the possibility of a long battle for the party nomination between the most viable black candidate in history and the former first lady, who's seeking to become the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.

After Iowa, Clinton and her aides seemed resigned to a second straight setback. But polling place interviews showed that female voters, who deserted her last week, were solidly in her New Hampshire column.

Clinton also is winning handily among registered Democrats. Obama led her by an even larger margin among independents, but he suffered from a falloff in turnout among young voters compared with Iowa.