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Gallup Poll: Republican Race Gets Tighter as Gore Sees Bigger Gains in New Hampshire, Nationally

Aired January 28, 2000 - 1:36 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: And just how are things shaping up for the New Hampshire primaries? Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, joins us from Princeton, New Jersey, with the latest numbers -- Frank.

FRANK NEWPORT, GALLUP POLL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Andria, indeed things are neck-in-neck, as Natalie just said, in the Republican side in New Hampshire, not nationally, as we'll show you in just a moment.

Let's show you our tracking numbers, which go through Wednesday night of this week. The top line is John McCain; he has been ahead since we've been tracking over the last week. That's George Bush in the middle. But notice that the race is getting closer, so Bush is closing the gap. It's really McCain falling more than Bush increasing. Also, we've seen somewhat of an uptick, slight uptick for millionaire publisher Steve Forbes, who's gaining a little as well, but the race looks very close on the Republican side.

This is nationally, just this week among Republicans nationally, and this is much better for George Bush. It shows he's way up there at 65 percent of the votes, so a lot's going to have to happen in New Hampshire to change these votes nationally if anybody's going to challenge the governor of Texas.

Now, over on the Democratic side, Al Gore has been doing better and better as we've been tracking the race. Our last numbers here have him at 57 percent, challenger former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley just at 39 percent, so Gore's looking pretty good at this point in New Hampshire. We'll see what happens as we go on through the weekend.

Nationally, we can show that you Gore, like Bush, is sitting very, very comfortably among Democrats across the country. He's now up at two-thirds of the Democrats across the country say they prefer that Al Gore get the nomination.

We went back and looked in '96. A lot changed on that last weekend. That's when Pat Buchanan and Lamar Alexander did better versus Bob Dole, so a lot can change over the next two or three days. And Andria, we'll be monitoring it for you. That's where we are now. Back to you.

HALL: All right, thanks, Frank. TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com

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