February 4th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
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National Super Tuesday poll shows dramatic Democratic shift

 Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate in California on Thursday.
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate in California on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton is losing ground to Sen. Barack Obama in a national CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released on the eve of critical Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses.

The two are virtually tied in Monday's survey, which shows the New York senator has lost a comfortable national lead she's held for months over Obama and other rivals.

The survey also shows Arizona Sen. John McCain as the clear Republican front-runner.

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  1. pam Eugene OR

    Jaqueline
    There you are again today with your "I caught a story" crap. It is so obvious that you are a Clinton supporter or a Clinton plant. You nonsense that Obama is in favor of partial birth abortion is a load of bull!
    Only a Clinton operative would slime that low. You can smell their touch on this rumor a mile away.
    Get a grip and stop spreading lies about a great man!

    February 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. kevin

    I REALLY HAVE TO WONDER WHY OBAMA HAS NOT GONE AFTER CLINTON FOR HER LACK OF A TRUE COMMITTMENT ON TROOP WITHDRAWL. IS IT JUST ME , OR DOES CLINTON NOT SEEM TO EMBRACE SOME OF THE SAME POLICIES AS BUSH AND WHY HAVE'NT SOME OF THE MORE SAVVY REPORTERS PICKED UP ON THIS ??

    February 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Terri White

    God bless America and Obama! Obama 08!

    February 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Mel

    I think the democrates in Washington are wising up a bit. If HIllary gets the democratic bid she will not get the republican voters in November. There are enough republicans that are sick this adminstration that will vote for Obama over McCain and another 4-8 years of this rapid down hill spiral that we are in now.

    You see, there are republicans that like to have money in our pockets and like having health care and not working just to buy gas just to get back to work to yet to buy more gas and not spending $5 or more a gallon of milk . Enough is enough!

    Someone, Somewhere, Someday hopefully can and will be able to cross the great divide as the democrates and republicans have worked so hard to protect and build and are so reluctant to give up. HIllary can not do this nor can McCain.

    Obama' s already offered enough hope that Southern Republicans are excited about him. I only bring this up due to the illusion that all southern states will not vote out side of what is expected of them.

    February 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Ed Cammpbell

    Of course Obama is ahead. His number one supporter is Wolf Blitzer. Obama has four full hours every day on his show. I used to think a lot of Wolf but his backing of Obama has changed all of that. I am not for Hillery but his one sideness has taken my respect for him away. He is supposed to be an independent reporter. But he is not anymore. Shame on you Wolf.

    February 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. suzi roe

    Obama--oh the Kennedy political machine I meant to say.

    February 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Dem08

    First, people should stop calling Hillary Clinton supporters names. There is a media bias out there. In a CBS poll just conducted yesterday, they found 8 out of every 10 people thought the media favored Obama, and treated Clinton unfairly. Thats one report. The other is what people actually see. Its great that CNN covers Obama so much. I think the complaint is that the coverage is not equal and a lot of the stories have little to do with the issues we are voting on. CNN analyist always scream about canidates not talking about issues, but the media is not covering the issues.

    There is no sour grapes. The polls CNN is covering are okay. But they are not the only polls. They are not covering polls that show Clinton with leads, and these are reputable polls. There is very little balance. John Edwards was victim to this and on the other side, Ron Paul.

    Hillary 08. She will prevail on Super Tuesday.

    February 4, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. CA Black

    Obama will win!

    February 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. CA Black

    Checkmate! Black wins.

    February 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. GillianK

    Holy crap people. The polls in New Hampshire weren't wrong. If anyone was actually paying attention to the polls and not the way the news was spinning them, they would know that Obama's numbers were almost dead on, what happened was that there was a comparatively huge percentage of undecided voters that swung in large part to Clinton. Nevertheless Obama still came within 6 points of Senator Clinton in a state where only a week previous he had been trailing her by double digits. If you're gonna talk about the polls, know what you're talking about!

    February 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Luis Vasquez

    I totally agree, CNN should be Obama campain manager they are so affraid of offending Obama he might get upset.
    but day in and day out they attack Ms. Clinton.

    February 4, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Arizona for Hilary

    I agree 110% with the comments of Independant Voter, New York. CNN does SPEW Anti Hilary comments. I have chosen to get my news elsewhere because I have found that CNN does not give a fair nor clear picture of all candidates. Put simply, CNN is not being fair in the depiction of how the majority is voting, and it's because they are afraid that Hilary just may win.
    I beleive that the reason alot of the Male Newscasters, spew such garbage about Hilary, is because, in their narrow minds her being elected as President would threaten their manhood. The little man syndrome, so to speak.

    February 4, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. D.L.

    Good Luck Hillary tomorrow.
    You have earned your place in history!
    I for one, are very proud of you and all of your amazing work to make the lives
    of Americans better! And the World!
    Cnn,
    Please give this canidate the respect she deserves with equal
    coverage of the positive!

    February 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. pete

    an in-depth look at Clinton’s claim that she has brought change to people’s lives for 35 years. “Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund for less than a year, and that's the only full-time job in the nonprofit sector she's ever had. She also worked briefly as a law professor.

    Clinton spent the bulk of her career — 15 of those 35 years — at one of Arkansas' most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards. Neither she nor her surrogates, however, ever mention that on the campaign trail. Her campaign Web site biography devotes six paragraphs to her pro bono legal work for the poor but sums up the bulk of her experience in one sentence: ‘She also continued her legal career as a partner in a law firm.'”

    Clinton did public service work during her time at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock. She served on the board of the Legal Services Corp. during and took on several tasks as the state's first lady. But these were all activities on the margins of her professional life, working as a corporate lawyer, representing corporations.

    February 4, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. saire

    aNYBODY who thinks that a woman will be president is crazy. There will be a female president but it wont be HILLARY clinton. tHAT IS WHY she is crying. HIllary is becoming increasily aware that the american people do not want her but she is going to stay in it until the end.

    You see those superdelegates she has by her name. They are going to take theirs back and give them to Obama. Ted Kennedy sealed the nomination for Obama.

    Watch and see.

    February 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. Long Time Democrat

    If anyone is interested., check out the articles in the Wall Street Journal today. One is written by Hillary Clinton called "My Plan for Shared Prosperity . The other one is called The Obama Opportunity written by Janet Napolitano,Governor of Arizona, Kathleen Sebelius the governor of Kansas and Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri for Senator Obama. This article is basically a puff piece on Senator Obama, no specifics on any of his proposals. If you want platitudes and feel goods, be my guest and vote for Senator Obama. If you want real proposals for real solutions, then vote for Senator Clinton. I want real solutions.

    February 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. Pamela

    CNN should serve two primary purposes: Inform the public without bias and influence us to vote – periodl. It is most important that we excercise our freedom and priveledge by going to the polls and supporting whomever we individually feel in our heart of hearts to be the best choice. I am for Hillary 100%, but have enough confidence in her ability to be a incredible leader that I don't feel the need to beat others over the head with my views. I was very happy to see both she and Obama behaving so respectively toward each other at the debate. I have found Obama to be more combative in other settings with the two of them. I find that kind of behavior and defensiveness to show insecurity. I have much more respect for him when he conducts himself as he did in the last debate. I think it is wonderful that either a black man or a woman will be our democratic representative. Cnn, feel free to keep your reporting skewd. You will probably only incite more fierce defense of Clinton and give Obama supporters a false sense of security resulting in a weaker showing at the polls. GO HILLARY

    February 4, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  18. plain jane

    I HEAR PEOPLE SAY OBAMA CAN PULL VOTES FROM IND. AND REP.

    WELL, IF HE IS THE DEM CANDIDATE, I WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN.

    WHERE IS THE BEEF WITH HIM. HE IS NOW IMPROVING HIS SPEECHES BECAUSE HE HAS OTHER POLITICANS COACHING HIM.

    HE WILL BE A PUPPET TO THE BURACRACY HE IS CAMPAINGING AGAINGT.

    WHO WANTS TED KENNEDY AND JOHN KERRY RUNNING HIM.

    OBAMA HAS SOLD OUT. IF YOU HAVE FOLLOWED HIS CAMPAING, YOU HAVE SEEN THE MAKING OF THE NEXT PUPPET, JUST AS BUSH WAS. THEY WILL TELL HIM WHAT TO SAY AND WHEN TO SAY IT.

    HILLARY – WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. OBAMA IS A BIG UNCERTAINTY

    HILLARY WILL DO WHAT SHE SAYS. OBAMA CANNOT DELIVER.

    February 5, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  19. sandra longley

    hey Pam, You have to have actually done something to be called great, he's a great speaker and thats it. Tell me all the great things he has done,you know something concrete. Two recent stories about what he has done for his constituents in ILL surfaced one involving a leak in a nuecleur reactor-New york times-and the closing of the maytag plant, and jobs that went to Mexico-Chicago Tribune, both cases involved large companys and very large contributers to his campaign. Research, and i'm not a hillary plant I'm an oregonian not living in the land of Oz. Polls here switched from an Obama lead to a clinton lead.

    February 5, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  20. Los Angeles

    I feel that those who endorsed Barack Obama are totally selfish and only in their best (self-) interest. It's so obvious….why can't voter see this! I am voting Clinton for a real change and for a better future!!

    February 5, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  21. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Hillary is polarizing and will only continue the divisiveness in our country. The Republicans would love to run against her. CNN has reported only the facts. Those of you who only see one side just don't get it. Barack is new, fresh and has a good chance to start a change movement in Washington. As a Barack supporter I didn't like it when I felt that the media was showing Hillary as "inevitable." Think outside the box and the establishment.

    February 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Adam

    Hillary did terrific last night in both her on screen appearances. The Obama rush is such stupid Celebrity hype. Bill is right, its a fairy tale!! He cant and wont beat Mcain and this is a real problem for America. Are you prpeared for 4 more years of Bush, if so and your a Democrat, then vote for Obama and you will get your wish!

    February 5, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Brandon

    You got too remember Bill Clinton ran for president and did a heck of a job in office alot of people can tell you... so why cant you trust Hilary????

    February 5, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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