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Opinion: Hillary Clinton zooms past Barack Obama in popularity. Ah, sweet redemption.

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Finally, Hillary Rodham Clinton has bested Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup at the polls.

One year after their grueling fight for the Democratic nomination, Gallup reports that the secretary of state is now posting a 62% approval rating, compared with the president’s tally of 56%.

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Clinton’s current favorable rating ranks among her best in the 17 years Gallup has polled Americans about her,’ said the organization. Her highest-ever rating? That was 67%, right after her husband, President Bill Clinton, was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Maybe she has found a job worthy of her ambitions -- delivering America’s message to nations around the world. Just the other day, Clinton seemed to rule out a run for the presidency again. ‘No, no, no,’ is how she put it to NBC’s Ann Curry. ‘This is a great job. It is a 24-7 job. And I’m looking forward to retirement at some point.’

But given the new numbers, the New York Daily News couldn’t resist noting that HRC has about $3 million in her political coffers and added, ‘For Hillary fans old and new, ya never know.’

-- Johanna Neuman

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