Obama Soars In New Poll

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There's fresh evidence of a surge toward Barack Obama in New Hampshire in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A new USA Today-Gallup poll has Obama opening up a lead of 41 percent to 28 percent over Hillary Clinton.

Each had 32 percent in a comparable mid-December poll. John Edwards
trails at 19 percent.

In one of the sharpest exchanges today, the Edwards and Clinton
campaigns traded words over Edwards' reference to last month's
death of a 17-year-old California girl in making his case for
challenging the health insurance industry.

A Clinton aide suggested Edwards was using medical victims "as talking points." Edwards, speaking to reporters, said Clinton and her advisers "have no conscience."

Today's campaign tone picked up from last night's debate, when
Obama and Edwards seemed to work in tandem to deny Clinton's claim
that she is the best prepared to undertake change.