November 29th, 2007
03:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton leads in the Sunshine State

Clinton leads in a new poll out of Florida.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - It appears that a majority of Florida Democrats want Hillary Clinton to be their party’s presidential nominee.

Fifty-one percent of likely Democratic Florida primary voters support the New York senator in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll out Thursday.

That’s 30 points ahead of her nearest rival in the Sunshine State, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

“Hillary Clinton has a big lead in Florida, but there is evidence that the race may change dramatically in the Sunshine State after Iowa and New Hampshire have their say,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “If the election were held today, Clinton would get support from 51% of Democratic likely voters, to 21% for Obama and 11% for Edwards.”

The Iowa caucuses, which kick off the presidential primary voting, will be held on January 3, five weeks from today. Florida will hold its primary on January 29. The state moved up its primary date to become more of a player in the presidential primary process, but it did so without permission from the national Democratic and Republican parties.

The parties, angered by the move, penalized Florida. The Democratic National Committee voted to prevent the state from seating any of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention next summer. The Republican National Committee voted to hold back half of Florida’s delegates at their nominating convention.

The major Democratic White House hopefuls also agreed to refrain from actively campaigning in Florida. The Republican candidates are stumping in the Sunshine State, and faced off last night in a CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg.

So will the lack of a presence by the Democratic candidates influence the horserace?

“Six in ten likely Democratic primary voters saying they have not made up their minds and a quarter admitting that they will wait until the first primaries to decide who to vote for, so the outcome in the Sunshine State is difficult if not impossible to predict,” says Holland. “Most Democrats have not campaigned in Florida, so it's possible that Clinton's big lead is due to name recognition. If that's the case, the early primaries may provide instant name recognition to one or more of her rivals and make the Florida primary very competitive.”

The poll had a sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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  1. john plano texas

    I still the best thing for us to have a woman Prsident. She is much better than all the men combined

    November 29, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Tommy, Chicago, IL

    If this is was a "popularity/beauty contest", I am sure Rudy or Obama would win..... BUT this is to find TOUGHEST person to handle the TOUGHEST job in the world, Go Hillary!!!!! Go kick those haters' b-u-t-t.... 🙂

    November 29, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. fladem, ft.lauderdale, florida

    Yep. These poll numbers mean absolutely nothing. We in Florida don't have a clue who the other candidates are cuz we're too busy spending all our time at the beaches to pay any attention to what's happening in the mega-state of Iowa. Really, why are we going to have the primaries in all the other states anyway?? The voters in Iowa are deciding the candidates for both parties and the rest of the country will only vote in lock step for the winners of their caucuses. And why the citizens of New Hampshire even think they're important anymore is beyond me... Iowa is everything baby! Isn't their delegate count alone enough to win the respective party's nominations anyway?
    Yep...Iowa is everything baby!

    November 29, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. CJ NYC NY

    yep Go Hillary !!!! the only one with sense out of all these tired looking,angry men
    Smart ready to LEAD,Bring our troops home,health care,fighting for poor families poor children.
    She will not leave 15 million out of health care like that other person from ill.obamosa,whatever his name,
    And just Had RFK JR at her side .

    Hillary's campaign today announced the endorsement of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

    "Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to bring the war in Iraq to an end and reverse the potentially devastating effects of global warming," Kennedy said. "I watched proudly as Hillary won over New Yorkers across the state in her race for the Senate seat my father once held. Since then, she's been reelected in a landslide victory and proven that she is ready to lead this nation from her first day in office. Hillary will inspire the real change America needs."

    November 29, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. tommy

    Why do people think that HATE is the answer??? That is so sad.... This country has always been portraying women as an SEX OBJECT.... For once, a tough woman stands out... these "bois" got jealous.... LOVE, people, LOVE just the Lord has taught us..... *sigh*

    November 29, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Brent, Las Vegas, NV

    Why in the world would democrates vote for Hillary, she voted for the war in Iraq, she voted for the Patriot Act and reissuance of the Patriot Act, and she sounds more hawkish than George Bush when it comes to Iran. In addition, if elected, the county will be ruled by more than 24 years on Clinton/Bush family rule.

    Come on democrates, research the issues and take back control of your own party, do not vote for Hillary!

    November 29, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Devin, Pace FL

    You know, with all the strong words of discouragement floating out there, which by the way is enormously outnumbered by the positive support, it's all the more obvious, we are talking about the next president here, and the more hateful the messages the more clear they know it too! 🙂

    November 29, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. USMC397 Miami Florida



    November 29, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Peggy McGilligan , National Capitol Area

    BILL & HILLARY ACTUALLY SAME CLINTONS WHO OCCUPIED WHITE HOUSE NATION SUDDENLY REALIZES. It’s sad to see Hillary Clinton flounder. She had so much promise. I guess getting tangled-up with the wrong man can do that. Hillary claims to be big on education, has been for years. Still and all, no specifics, but I’ll bet this weighs heavily on her aspirations:

    November 29, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Sunshine

    To all people in IOWA AND HEW HAMPSHIRE, vote for Hillary. We people here sure back her, the most qualified candidate in this race.

    HILLARY 08 !!!

    November 29, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Joey, Alexandria, VA

    Hillary has anger issues. CNN did a terrible job on the republican debate. They clearly showed themselves as a biased media outlet. Will the next demcrat debate have questions from republicans? Doubtfull... that's why CNN's ratings continue to fall. 🙂

    November 29, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Gwen Spiers and Family

    God speed Hillary Clinton to the Whitehouse in 2009. She is the only candidate who has it all – experience, progressive record, excellent Senator, and she is totally wonky and brilliant.

    Go Hillary! And that comes from me and the 5 other people in my immediate family!

    November 29, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. jmaya, iowa

    Go Hillary! go!
    Hillary will win primary and general others are just a hype.

    November 29, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  14. Sabi Kanani, Dallas, TX

    She's the most qualified right? Wait...Obama has been an elected official about twice as long as her.

    November 30, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. Ken, San Diego, CA

    To: Markie Bee, Sacramento, Calif

    I'll answer your question:

    Hillary Clinton was no typical First Lady; not for Arkansas and not for the U.S. In Arkansas she led the effort to provide health care for children (and won). Folks from Arkansas overwhelmingly approve of her and what she did for Arkansas. She polls higher than Bill Clinton and ALL of the Republican candidates, INCLUDING ex-governor Huckabee.

    In addition, Hillary did more than pick China decor for the White House (I doubt she even did that). You tell me what other First Lady has led an administrative initiative, has traveled to over 80 nations as a liason, diplomat, and representative, has led a conference in communist Beijing for women's rights, who has met with countless leaders all over the world (for a variety of purposes), and who has had a hand in policy decisions (the "infamous" White House secrets that only the Archives can release)? To suggest that someone of her position, living in the White House for 8-years with such an active role gained no executive experience is naive (at best). Whether you like to admit it or not, we all know that the "2 for 1" slogan was more reality than rhetoric.

    As a legislator, Hillary Clinton is known by her peers (on both sides of the aisle) as a "work-horse", as someone who has reached across the aisle to get work done (she has worked with Lindsey Grahm, Sam Brownback, and John McCain to name a few) on countless pieces of legislation. The only ones who keep professing her polarization are people like you. Not a single senator (none of consequence, anyway) on either side of the aisle has said anything derogatory about her; only that she has work ethic, is tough, is pragmatic, is always the "smartest one in the room".

    Obama and the others are good, smart people, but none of them have shown the experience, durability, tenacity, and smarts of Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden might have the most legislative experience (and quality experience at that), but if you're looking for the whole package, then Hillary is the candidate of choice.

    People say that without Bill there would be no Hillary candidacy. That may be right. But I'll tell you this, without Hillary there would have been no Bill Clinton White House. And we all know it.

    November 30, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. Bill, San Diego, Ca

    Ground Control to Clin – ton
    Your circuit's dead, there's something wong.
    Can you hear me Clin – ton?
    Can you hear me Clin – ton?
    Can you hear me Clin – ton? Can you ...

    Enjoy your trip to Mars Hillary!

    November 30, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  17. D Marchi, Medford, Oregon

    She is pragmatic, organized, devoted to service, intelligent and a leader. I like Obama and Edwards but, Hillary is exceptional! Hillary "08 !

    November 30, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  18. Janel, St. Paul

    Please, Florida, don't give the election to Hillary. OBAMA 08!!!

    November 30, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  19. Dan Martin, Davenport, Florida

    Qualified, by what? Her marriage to the most disgrasefull person ever to hold our highest office? She is qualified to lead us to socialism and complete ruin of our nation. Carl Marx, Shillary Clinton. Brother and sister, one and the same.
    Lots of promises, NO ACCOMPLISMENTS. I defy anyone to name a single thing this so called leader has accomplished other than a drain on our nation just like her so called husband of poitical convenience.

    November 30, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. C. La Fluer, Ramstein AB, Germany

    With the media such a larg part of everyday life around the globe, it would be hard not to be able to form an opinion of the candidates. Internet, cable/sat tv, Pod cast, tv on your cell phone...who needs to campaign in each particular state? I think the people of Florida may be getting of easier than other states

    November 30, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  21. Anymous

    Go Hillary! California is with you and Governor Richardson all the way.

    Obama and Edwards get out of the race and safe face.

    November 30, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  22. Lee Columbus Ohio

    GO HILLARY, wow this is awesome news coming out of Florida, Really show how good she is,Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate, the most experienced candidate

    November 30, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |

    (Craig, in Seattle) Someone did die and also a lot of forgetfulness. Could not remember, billing which was conducted on the phone, what was said, can't find paper work,2 people went to jail, one was pardon by Bill, Please, this is who you want in the White House? THIS IS NOT WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE AND SHE HAS NEVER ANSWERED TRUTHFULLY. When asked about this, she always answers "this is rehash of old stuff." Truthfully, she has never answered the questions, bob and weave like she is doing now. WAKE UP VOTERS

    November 30, 2007 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  24. Daniel Lummits NH

    Notice obama supporters have nothing to say about him doing ANY GODOD for this solutions, nothing...


    November 30, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  25. Robert NYC & Miami

    My Vote Is For Hillary Clinton.

    November 30, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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