A softer image of Sen. Hillary Clinton helped propel the former First Lady to a surprise victory in the New Hampshire race for the Democratic party presidential nomination, aides said.
After a disappointing third-place finish in the Iowa caucus last week, the typically stoic Clinton showed a more vulnerable side in New Hampshire, only the second state to choose a nominee for the nationwide November election.
On Monday the New York senator choked up and her eyes filled with tears while meeting New Hampshire voters. The emotional moment was unusual for Clinton, who normally has kept her feelings to herself, even during revelations about her husband's affair with a White House intern.
Asked if that tearful moment helped win the women's vote in New Hampshire, Clinton's senior adviser Ann Lewis said: "I know it, but I can't prove it."
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