A new Research 2000 poll has some interesting numbers coming from New Hampshire. The poll has Obama edging Hillary now with 32% to her 31%, which is a statistically meaningless number except when you look at two things: Hillary had double-digit leads in New Hampshire (then considered her "firewall") just a couple months ago; and Barack Obama is wiping the floor with her among Independents, who picked Obama by a margin of 40% to 23%.
Obama's appeal—and frankly, Hillary's tepid support—among Independents has always been the heart of the campaign. He's the one candidate on either side of the field who is attracting NEW voters and lapsed Democrats. Ironically, he's the least triangulated on the issues, which shows that people are willing to disagree with you and still cast their vote in your direction if they feel you're positions are genuine. That may have more to do with perception than anything else, but it's a key "nagative" for Hillary Clinton.