March 18th, 2008
01:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Clinton has double digit lead in Pennsylvania

 Clinton holds the lead in Pennsylvania, a new poll suggests.
Clinton holds the lead in Pennsylvania, a new poll suggests.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday suggests Hillary Clinton holds a clear advantage over Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, the next crucial battleground in the prolonged fight for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton holds a 12-point lead over Obama in the state, 53 percent to 41 percent, according to the poll. The New York senator's lead is double what a similar poll showed in late February, though it is still less than the 18-point gap between the two candidates in a month ago.

Clinton's widest gains in the state are among white voters, who now back her over Obama by a margin of 28 points. That compares to a 19-point gap in the late February poll.

Obama has made gains among Pennsylvania African-Americans, but hasn't drawn the same level of support from them as he has in previous contests. According to the poll, Obama wins 76 percent of the black vote, up from 69 percent in late February. In most recent primary states, Obama's African-American support has hovered around 90 percent. The narrower margin may be due to Clinton's endorsement from Philadelphia's popular black mayor Michael Nutter.

When it comes to the prospect of a joint ticket between the two candidates, 32 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats say they prefer Clinton on the top of the ticket while 18 percent prefer Obama. But 43 percent say they don't want the two to run together.

The new poll is similar to other recent surveys. In a CNN analysis of three recent polls, including Quinnipiac's, Clinton holds an average lead of 13 points over Obama.

Both campaigns have attempted to set the expectations ahead of Pennsylvania's vote. Obama's campaign has repeatedly noted the state is only 1 of 10 remaining contests, while Clinton's campaign has said a win there will prove the New York senator can win crucial swing states in a general election.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (367 Responses)
  1. Quinn

    Repeat after me.

    HILLARY IS DONE!

    Pennsylvania is nothing more than a beauty contest at this point.

    Hillary is no longer running against Barack...she is running against SIMPLE MATH. She cannot catch up in pledged delegates...or overall delegates.

    Her back room deal for the nomination will not go through. Even Florida has decided that she is not worth accomodatiing.

    March 18, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Bill, Sacramento

    CNN – My last post was truthful and to the point and within your Comment Poilcy so why AGAIN have you moderated it – is it wrong to advise the voters to watch Hillary the Move (available on U-Tube) or to mention that the Clintons are to give evidence about FRAUD later this month? I do not understand your bias on this issue and would delight in an explanation from you........ Well, do I get a comment?

    March 18, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. LATINA VOTER,CALIF THE STATE WHO GOT IT RIGHT

    Come on America, we need to wake up>>
    Do we want a LIAR as a president.
    Lets go PA & NC>>

    Go Hillary, we need someone who is going to be strong,
    and we do need change and experience, so we will take the
    DOLLAR BILLL

    Hillary "08

    March 18, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Wayne

    PA is but one battle in this long and drawn out war. Obama has kept in close in states she won and blown her out in others. The end result is more states, more votes and more delegates.

    OBAMA 08

    March 18, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Diego

    i am a hillary supporter.
    i dont want obama or Mccain in the white house come 2009.
    but i will say to all of you who are posting
    "why is this news"
    "you are bias toward (hillary/obama)"
    get a grip.

    there are plenty of stories that are good and bad for both canidates.

    March 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Barry

    And this means what? Even if she wins Obama is still in the lead with delegates, popular votes, and states won. The only way she can win is for the super delegates to take it from Obama and give it to her. And that won't divide the party?

    March 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Bukky, Baltimore

    Actually her Lead is getting smaller... She was up by 20 points two weeks ago. She's not gaining ground but loosing. Once again she needs a blow out but she isnt going to get it.

    March 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Hillary 08

    Obama drop out now! as Hillary is the Clear choice!. Go chase the rest of your Ghosts!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. ForBetterAmerica

    You did it again , Clints !! That is all your point ! Do the Damage possible !! All your apologies , drama !! It is all about you ?! You never care about the country !! It is your personal agenda...

    March 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Ursula

    Guess what Obama, PA does matter. It matters a lot and you know it! It's a large blue state and it is speaking for Hillary. And so has Ohio, Florida, Texas and CALIFORNIA!!!

    Go Hillary '08!

    March 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. prakash chand for HILLARY

    Its not about delagates and who wins caucases.

    ITS ABOUT WHO CAN WIN BIG STATES AND THE GENERAL ELECTION.

    THAT IS HILLARY CLINTON.

    March 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. JANE

    The person in charge of all of these polls must be a super power...he or she must work all the time!

    March 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Alba Bali

    Vote for Hillary 08". She is not going to give up because of attacks by anyone. She will win.

    March 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Charles

    Well the Clintons have succeeded in defining Obama as the black candidate and made sure whites would be uncomfortable voting for a black man....just like the old days. Is this the kind of person we want to be president.

    March 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Vicki

    It's disheartening and disappointing that after everything that has come out about Senator Obama, that anyone would still consider voting for him to be our President. What other secrets are they trying to hide? Hillary is the best choice to get the job done! We believe in you, Hillary!!!

    March 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. James, Houston, TX.

    Would You Buy a Used Car from This Guy?

    March 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. josh

    go hillary..... obama is a divider and a liar

    March 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Dallas from God Forbid

    You people are delusional.

    March 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Huntley

    The Headlines should read, " Obama narrows margin in Pennsylvania"

    March 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Esteban - Indiana

    GO HILLARY!!! KEEP IT UP GIRL!!!

    March 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Elaine Wilson, Kentucky

    Go Clinton
    Obama you blew your chance.

    March 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Sergio

    Go Hillary! I much rather vote for someone that does not go to a church that degraded America so harshly.

    March 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Deb

    This is REALLY Good news!

    I'm sure by the time the Primary is held we will see that Obama has also lost the support of Blacks after throwing them under the bus....

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate

    Hillary 08

    March 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. cathy battle

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU TRY TO DO, GOD IS IN CONTROL, SORRY

    March 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. josh

    March 18th, 2008 11:02 am ET

    Now he admits he knew all along about Wright's views. Obama you are a menace to this country and a liar.

    Keep talking, Obama. Oh, yes, you do have our attention!

    March 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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