Sunday, September 26, 1999 Published at 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK
Bradley ahead of Gore
Bill Bradley's supporters give their man a cheer
Former US senator Bill Bradley has taken an opinion poll lead in the contest to be the Democrat Party's presidential candidate.
It is the first time Mr Bradley has nosed ahead of Vice President Al Gore - the favourite and only other challenger - in the polls.
The CNN-Time poll was conducted in New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first presidential primary in February 2000.
The majority of those polled saw Mr Bradley, an ex-basketball player, as "a candidate of new ideas", while nearly half said he was "inspiring".
The bad news for Mr Gore was that most saw him as "an uninspiring typical politician" and "too tied" to US President Bill Clinton.
The two candidates made separate appearances on Saturday at the autumn meeting of Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Washington.
The event was billed as a preview of "a real contest with real choices".
Both men received a rousing reception from their followers - although most nationwide polls still put Mr Gore ahead of his challenger by around 52% - 29%.