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. fred

    Go Hillary!!!

    March 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Mary

    Wow, wow, wow. Are you listening to the speech that Senator Obama is making right now? I was a Hillary supporter until just this moment. I have tears streaming down my cheeks-I can't remember a speech of such raw honesty and principle. This man is a gift to us and we should wake up and accept his dream as our own. He speaks of an America I want to be a part of.

    March 18, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. La Petite Sorciere

    CNN, please stop campaigning for Clinton National News... We wont know until the day the votes are counted.. you still said that Billary won Texas, the facts show she did not................

    so please stop rumors...and please choose the words of your headlines carefully you re always so positive for the most negative person in the world ...

    March 18, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Snowball--Denver

    woo-hoo Hillary. You the man. See you in the White House soon

    March 18, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Rich from Ohio

    why?...because, unfortunately, Penn. is no different than Ohio....full of lower income, uneducated whites that are fearful of change and a black candidate...sad, but true....

    March 18, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Rich from Ohio

    ..and Hillary will exploit that very fact...

    March 18, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. tsr

    I am supporting Hillary as she is the most qualified to be president.

    HILLARY 08 !!!

    March 18, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ah, fear is a powerfull, but in the end destructive emotion.

    Doing the correct thing is not always easy, but it is always hard.

    I hope we can overcome.

    March 18, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Alexandra

    so what, she always did.
    Besides she has family roots there.
    Obama '08

    March 18, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Mike Brian

    Quote: "Not once in my conversations with him(Wright) have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. "

    I am speechless after hearing this. What a LIAR…

    March 18, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Bill, Sacramento

    CNN why do you always moderate the TRUTH? or are the Clontons above the truth (and the law)

    March 18, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. BL-NYC

    She is an amazing woman and the one person that can Govern our Nation the way it needs to be done.
    There will be no hour long speeches, pointing the blame and diverting the guilt with Senator Clinton. Amazing to me that people buy into these speeches from Senator Obama... AMAZING that anyone would think that these words will save our country...

    March 18, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Alice in Fort Myers

    YEAH!!! HILLARY!!!!! KNOCK that Obanana FOOL OUT – he's down now already, thanks to his own stupidity

    March 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. RightyTighty

    Evidently the race card still trumps a full house...

    March 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Florida for Hillary

    GO Hillary !!!! We now know the truth about your competitor. Show them what a true patriot you really are.

    March 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. SC Voter

    Smart Pennsylvanians recognise a STRONG LEADER – HILLARY!

    It's sink or swim..... Swim with HILLARY

    March 18, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Reid

    Go Clinton. Keep defining Obama as the BLACK candidate and you can win Pennsylvania!! But then what? Keep the party torn apart while the wounds get deeper all the way to the convention? If John McCain wins in November then we get a 6-3 ultra conservative Supreme Court for the next 30 years!! BLIND AMBITION kills the democrats again!

    March 18, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Jonathan Quijano

    Pennsylvania, don't please don't settle for Hillary!

    March 18, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Osama Akhtar

    18-point gap a month ago..12 points now...woah! in 5 weeks he'll have a 10 point lead then!

    Excellent!!

    March 18, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. True Million

    What ha s hurt Obama is the the Media's dwelling on his pastor Jeremiah Wright- which i believe has some racial agenda. I however denounce and reject what Pastor Wright said.

    March 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. vanchava

    Her lead is going down.... it was once 21

    GO OBAMA

    March 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. ABC=Anybody But Clinton

    THE GAP WILL CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Peg

    What is Hillary hiding? We demand to know the truth!!

    March 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Bob Hughes

    Your comment on the CNN " crawler today, Mar. 18th reads,

    "the right to keep and bear arms."

    The wording actually begins with 'The right of the PEOPLE, to keep and bear arms "

    March 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. PW

    Just watched Obama's speech and it was well written, but I can no longer find anything he says credible. Too little, too late. Sorry.

    March 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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