November 14th, 2007
03:10 PM ET
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Poll: Clinton has large lead in Nevada prior to debate

Sen. Clinton has a commanding lead over other Democrats according to a CNN poll released Wednesday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton has a large lead over her rivals among Nevada Democratic caucus goers, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday.

The New York Democrat is the top pick of over half, 51 percent, of the likely caucus participants interviewed for the poll. Her closest rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, was the choice of 23 percent. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina came in at 11 percent.

All other candidates came in at single digits: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, 5 percent; Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, 4 percent; former Sen. Mike Gravel at 1 percent and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich at 1 percent.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. J Houston, TX

    Also according to polling, the prescreened answers Clinton will give are the best selection available.

    November 14, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I think there should be a government program that targets illiteracy in Nevada...omg....do they read her (non) answers?

    November 14, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Costa Mesa, California

    Senator Clinton, Could you tell us what you plan to do about your big lead.

    Clinton: Though I am for the lead. I really don't support the lead.

    November 14, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. deroy WPB, FL

    elect rodham and watch the daily disaster.

    she's inexperienced and has no executive experience.
    she is a long term liar and will lie on any issue.

    but as asleep as the US is watching reality shows and reading about celebrities they need a dose of hillary.
    it will serve them right for spending most of their lives out to lunch.

    November 14, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. SD, NY, NY

    Funny to see all these desperate Obama supporters reacting. Earlier today, a new national poll showed Hillary with a 25% lead over Obama and a 35% lead over Edwards (46% vs. 21% vs. 11%)

    November 14, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. HILLARYLOVER NY NY

    Obama supporters are so bitter. When the polls suggest Hillary is losing or the gap is closing to Obama, they scream out loud in elation at the satisfactory result of the polls for their candidate. When Hillary is ahead they have all kinds of conspiracy theories on why Hillary is winning–or that the polls are just FLAT wrong.

    Don't people get it? Hillary doesn't just have one or two supporters around the country. She has MILLIONS of supporters and ALL of the polls can't be wrong. I can see one or two–BUT NOT ALL of them.

    Thank you CNN for keeping the polls honest and for always reporting the truth–the way it happens and not the way people want it to happen.

    HILLARY 2008

    November 14, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Darko, New Orleans LA

    Who cares what her polling is on the democrats... The truth will come in the general election. I can guarantee the GOP is sitting on some juicy stuff.

    November 14, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. RAH

    The Obama's supporters don't think that much about polls. Only Clinton does. Notice the timing for releasing this trumpt up poll. That's all Clinton point to in order to avoid the real issues.

    I don't expect CNN to be insistant on Hillary to give a clear answer. They can just point to polls.

    November 14, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. JB, Portland Oregon

    Interesting comment regarding Obama, especially since there was no mention of him in any of the comments. What I find extremely interesting is the lemming type of support that Clinton is receiving. It's as though everyone is ignoring the fact that the Clinton's move to New York was for no other reason but political gain. It's really quite simple, if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, you can plan on putting a republican in the white house for the next 4 years, no matter their nominee is. I certainly haven't made my mind up at this early state, but I am already seeing some of the same patterns take place with the Clinton campaign that push the envelope to the point of breaking with respect to openness and honesty with their campaign. Instead of "the buck stops here", Hillary's mantra is more that of Sgt. Schulz on Hogan's Heroes. "I know nothing, I saw nothing."

    November 14, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. theresa lv

    CNN, you're still at it. You have to somehow make her look unbeatable after the disaster she caused with her unethical behavior and her many sides to every issue.

    B Clinton and Penn must have had a long talk with all of you about their girl.

    November 14, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Some times you just have to scratch your head! Here are the Vegas Odds for winning the Presidency (in order):

    Hillary: 3-1
    Guiliani: 10-1
    McCain: 12-1
    Dick Cheney: 20-1
    Condi Rice: 25-1
    Colin Powell: 25-1
    Joe Biden: 30-1
    John Edwards: 30-1
    Jeb Bush: 35-1
    Bill Richardson: 50-1
    Mitt Romney: 50-1
    Newt Gingrich: 50-1
    Barack Obama: 70-1
    Albert Gonzales: 75-1
    Jesse Jackson: 200-1
    Dennis Kucinich: 200-1

    November 14, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Sean, Farmington Hills, MI

    To know Obama is to support him. Many polled individuals still do not know him and are "choosing" Hillary based on name recognition. Be wary of these polls, confident Clinton supporters. Your candidate can truly go nowhere but down.

    Republican candidates are salivating at the possibility that Hillary will be the nominee. So much more dirt to dig up, so much less likeable and electable than other Democratic candidates. She would be absolutely steamrolled in the general election.


    If you want four more years of Bush-style Republican leadership, vote for Hillary!!

    November 14, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. T-Bone

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA—Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is gaining momentum in New Hampshire and Iowa, according to a poll released Tuesday by CBS News and the New York Times. The Texas congressman has garnered an estimated 8 percent in New Hampshire, surpassing former GOP front-runner Fred Thompson, and is now tied with John McCain in Iowa.

    Don't underestimate the power of honesty, justice and truth. Vote Ron Paul. The only candidate without skeletons

    November 14, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Olivia - San Antonio - Texas

    I agree w/HILLARYLOVER NY NY people just don't get it? Hillary doesn't just have one or two supporters around the country. She has MILLIONS of supporters and ALL of the polls can't be wrong. I can see one or two–BUT NOT ALL of them. We are in the millions – she will win! Say whatever spiteful things you can. She is best and all the "boys" running against her know that. Stand straight and take the beating like a real man would instead of all running around bashing her. And, to think that Obama who states ""I don't have — I don't maintain — a file of eight years of work in the state Senate" Really odd eight years and nothing?

    November 14, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Bertin--Houston, TX

    Hillary is the best candidate that can fight agaisnt the Republicans people, she won't let anyone swift boat her easily. She has been staying positive and she will not engage the other Democratic candidates. She is running against the Republicans and she is leaving all the amunition for them. Hillary haters-stop hating. She is leading because people are actually seeing her as the most experienced and electable. Obama is just a rookie politician and Edwards had his chance–Obama must be charismatic, clean and articulate, but that is not enough to be President.

    November 14, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Ron, TX

    Boy oh boy are people going to be surprised when she hits 3rd place in Iowa!

    The Clinton campaign has been fumbling and flopping the past two weeks. It will only get worse as the campaign gets more and more desparate to compete with Obama's message of REAL CHANGE.

    BARACK OBAMA '08

    November 14, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Daniel, NY

    Combine this with the wave of early state polls that were released yesterday: two from Iowa, one from NH and from SC. Check out the full roundup here.

    November 14, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Henry, Oakland CA

    She is the most electable candidate and the strongest leader in the field.

    November 14, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. AJ, IL

    I'm a little surprised by that poll. I would have though Bill Richardson would carried the lead in that poll. Nevada is mostly known for Las Vegas, a.k.a. Sin City. The Clintons and Sin City go hand-in-hand.

    Obama in '08!

    November 14, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Amy, Seattle, WA

    You hate her because she is a woman.. and an intelligent one. In your retrograde minds, a competitive man is something to admire because you associate this with strength and leadership. You have different standards for women, many CNN postings are so inconsiderate. Its interesting to note how male Americans even give up their racial differences, but still cannot have open minds when it comes to gender!

    You just cannot stand the fact that women have also leadership skills and perhaps after so much political, economic and social damage in the last 7 years, its time for a different vision. Try to get used with this!

    Hillary may not be the perfect candidate, but she is the best among Democrats and Republicans at this moment. And she will win, Americans cannot be so stupid.

    Hillary 2008!

    November 14, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. J- San Antonio - Texas

    Couldn't have said it better Hillarylover NY NY – "Don't people get it? Hillary doesn't just have one or two supporters around the country. She has MILLIONS of supporters and ALL of the polls can't be wrong. I can see one or two–BUT NOT ALL of them."

    And what about Obama? As I quote "I don't have — I don't maintain — a file of eight years of work in the state Senate." Eight years and nothing? C'mon this is really odd!

    November 14, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. J-San Antonio Texas

    CLINTON 08

    November 14, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Jimenez - San Antonio - Texas

    Latest news on Obama on his EIGHT years in the senate: "I don't have — I don't maintain — a file of eight years of work in the state Senate." Eight years and nothing?!

    November 14, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    The best way for her to win the debate is to keep her mouth shut.

    November 14, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Daniel, NY

    This confirms a Zogby poll released on Monday that also has Clinton massively ahead, though Obama is closer there. The Zogby poll also tested the Republican field and found Giuliani and Romney competing for first place.

    November 14, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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