Wesley Clark has edged slightly ahead of John Kerry to move into second place behind Howard Dean in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential race. Clark, a retired general from Little Rock, has been gaining ground in national polls and is trying to position himself as the alternative to Dean, the former governor of Vermont. Dean had the backing of 35 percent of likely primary voters in the New Hampshire tracking poll. Clark was supported by 18 percent while Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, had 12 percent. A year ago, Kerry led Dean by a two-to-one margin in this poll. Clark has been moving up steadily in the tracking poll, but campaign aides don`t expect him to catch up with Dean in the state. They are looking ahead to more competitive races in the South and West.