Richardson has 'momentum'
Democratic presidential hopeful New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, addresses the media and supporters before speaking at the Utah Democrats dinner as Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, right, listens, Friday, July 13, 2007, in Salt Lake City.
(AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
Bill Richardson
Governor, NM
Born: 11/15/1947
Birthplace: Pasedena, CA
Home: Santa Fe, NM
Religion: Catholic
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PORTSMOUTH New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has moved past John Edwards into the top tier of Democratic presidential primary candidates in New Hampshire, according a CNN/WMUR-TV poll released Wednesday.

"Voters are learning who Bill Richardson is and are hearing his message, and we're very pleased with the position of the campaign," said Dave Contarino, Richardson's campaign manager.

"In February 2007, at the beginning of this campaign, Bill Richardson was tied for sixth place at 1 percent in this poll. To be in double digits in third place at this point demonstrates genuine momentum."

The latest poll results, for July 2007, show Richardson at 11 percent, behind Hillary Clinton (36 percent) and Barack Obama (27 percent). John Edwards was at 9 percent.

Joe Biden came in at 4 percent and Dennis Kucinich at 3 percent. Nine percent of those polled had no opinion.

The poll was conducted July 9-17 by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and has a margin of error of 5.5 percent.

"The polls reflect what we have believed all along voters are taking their time getting to know the candidates and where they stand on the important issues," said Contarino.

"We're confident that as people hear about the governor's plan to get the U.S. out of Iraq with no residual troops, his innovative and detailed plan to provide universal health care to all Americans without raising taxes, and his bold initiative to fight global warming and make the U.S. energy independent he will continue to move up."