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
Please wake up from the hypocrisy! Every race has made remarks about others races...this should not be a topic. When are our troops coming home!! When will the war cease!! We are wasting valuable time and energy here when another soldier has died in Iraq!
I HAVE NEVER HEARD OBAMA SAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!...NOT EVEN TODAY AFTER HIS SPEECH OF JUST WORDS....
Hillary's taxes, library contributions to Bill, where are they? No more delays, just present them to the public.
OUR FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last week he said he never heard these statements while at church. Today's speech He did hear things. Which one is it! Flip Flop! To say only white were shocked by the comments! I'm latin and shocked! My minister never spoke that way and if he did I would have left!!
You can't always trust these polls. All that Obama needs to do is close the gap in P. A and he will be fine. As I read some comments from the Hillary (Cult) supporters I notice some racial tension and that is why we need someone like Obama to unite the country.
These poll numbers are meaningless seeing that the election is 5 weeks away. And the fact that obama gave the most inspiring speech of his career about RACE in this country. He will win pennsylvania!!
Hey folks there is way too much time left; Mr. Obama will close the lead. He may not win but he does not have to win the nomination. O
So what ?? If she wins Penn she still will not be in the lead.. Big deal... Its too late for her. At least it will make Hillary feel good. Then we can hear her explain why Penn is more important than say Virginia.
To all of you haters who hate Obama. Keep putting racism under the rug and see where it gets us. I personally feel that America should be honoured to have a man like this for president.
WOW. Am I glad blogs aren't a good representation of the general population.
This is exactly what Barak was saying, with people like JP SW over there, there will not be progress in America. He is worse than Rev. Wright. You go Barak, you will do great things and the world will learn from you how tolerance can change people....
She can't win enough to come back. This has gone on to long and she needs to bow out for the better of the party.
All she is doing now is more damage. There is a reason why thousands and thousands of Republicans are voting for her. It's time to end this.
Hillary! Go Go GO.. you are our girl!!!!!!!!
Obama, Go away... A BIG LIAR.
I just listened to Obama... he sounded good...but I am having a very difficult time trusting him.
He has different words for different people...that's not integrity.
He seemed to think it was okay to have a different voice on Sunday morning...but isn't that what HYPOCRISY is all about?
That still won't give the cut in the 138 deligate lead !! Dream it HRC !!
YOU GO GIRL!!!
Hillary is gaining momentum as Obama is becoming vetted. This nomination will be decided by the popular vote, as the delegates will be close. I believe that if Hillary can match Obama on dollars spent the rest of the way, she will be without any doubt the next President of the United States.
No proof needed, Hillary has won all of the big states that count to win in November, including Florida which should be seated at the convention.
Indiana and North Carolina will follow Pennsylvania May 6th and Hillary will be unstoppable!
On to victory Hillary, our next President!!!
Reading through these comments, be they pro-Obma or pro-Clinton, my stomach begins to churn. There certainly is a lot of hate out there.
To: JP SW
You sound real stupid
The American people forget that he was born to a WHITE WOMAN AND GREW UP WITH WHITE GRANDPARENTS. As a white person I am proud to support BARACK OBAMA! I am not going to base my vote an a 30 second clip by his pastor but on what he can do for our country.
New PPP Poll has Clinton ahead 26 points. Hillary 56%, Obama 30%. He's toast.