Defying opinion polls and political pundits who virtually wrote her off, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday defeated front-runner Barack Obama in a nail-biting New Hampshire Democratic presidential nomination contest to resurrect her campaign to be the first woman president of the United States.
With more than 70 per cent of the precincts counted the former First Lady had come away with 40 per cent of the votes in the presidential primary with Obama coming a close second at 36 per cent. Former Senator John Edwards posted 17 per cent of the vote.
Going into the final day of voting, Hillary, 60, was trailing 46-year-old Obama in double digits in several polls and the speculation in some quarters was that the New York Democrat, who suffered a devastating defeat in Iowa last week, could be forced to throw in the towel if she did not make it in New Hampshire.
If in 1992 her husband and former President Bill Clinton was dubbed the "Comeback Kid", this time around one analyst referred to Clinton as the "Comeback Gal" for the stiff fight to Obama's bid to be the first black President of the US.
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