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January 9, 2008

Clinton, Paul supporters duke it out

CONCORD, N.H. | Hillary Clinton supporters appeared optimistic about a New Hampshire victory as her tour bus rolled into the Broken Ground School around noon today.

Mark Anderson, 59, characterized the New York senator as "Tom Brady-esque" in her ability to come back strong with a win in the Granite State after losing to Obama and Edwards in Iowa last week.

"She may lose to Obama today, but she won't give up the fight," said Anderson, an accountant from Concord who held signs supporting Clinton with his 12-year-old daughter alongside.

In addition to shaking voters' hands, Clinton greeted several classes of children from the Broken Ground School who made a procession through the crowd with handmade signs supporting the former first lady.

But even though Clinton was the only candidate to make an appearance at the school, supporters of Republican Ron Paul almost outnumbered Clinton's fan base. Not only did they hold signs, they also sang songs bashing Clinton and supporting the Texas Congressman.

"We want her to stop voting to support the war," said Aaron Jones of Indiana, who led the singing for the Paul supporters.

Clinton's stop was one of several planned throughout the day. Earlier in the day, she stopped at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry. Clinton will be at Southern New Hampshire University tonight awaiting the primary results.

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