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
NO! PA for Obama.
Pittsburg bob – you still want to be an Obama supporter, have you not been listing to the news – Rev Wright, and Rezki, "it was only $60k that Obama received in campaing contributions to now $250k and who knows how much more.
HRC is the way to go!
Come on, you are who you hang with. That is why we as parents try desperately to screen our childrens friends. Obama talks the talk and very well one might add, but he said exactly what he knew we wanted to hear.
Why CNN ???????????????????????????? Thanks for killing HOPE for thousands of our YOUNG Generation. Thank YOU!!
SO WHAT – HASN'T SHE HAD DOUBLE DIGIT LEADS IN ALL THE STATES. Has a lot to do with name recognition.
America is FINALLY waking up!!
CLINTON-GENERAL WESLEY CLARK 08!
HRC is the only one who can bring this country together through action NOT words.
Hillary's superdelegate count has barely budged since Super Tuesday.
Obama's has soared.
And seriously....who cares what his pastor said. If he shut him up then people would be complaining about lack of free speech. Just shut up about it, he's not a ventriloquist and the pastor is not his dummy.
Brian from Fort Mil, SC – listen to the news Obama is going to lose some votes and numbers his popularity is starting to slide!
Learn who you candidate is before you jump on his wagon.
Long live HRC & America!!!
Billary can lead 100% in PA, but the reality is she is still going to be behind in Obama in the delegate count. Go figure!
Woo! Clinton win Pennsylvania! Become the next president! Show Obama who should win and who is going to win!
Why did the link from the main page claim that Clinton "widens lead" in key state? There is nothing in this story to support that headline.
Even if she wins Pennsylvania, her net gain in delegates will not be significant to close the gap that already exists. Her last stand and act of desperation......
I can see that white people are still leaving in 18 century.
Hillary also sees the unbalanced situations with the minorities vs. whites in this country; however, she can help to get them under control and she won't have "anger" involved.
Take it away Hillary. You are the best.
Who cares. She has every politician on her favor list backing her. She'll still lose, and she's still a loser, just as all of her followers.
OPEN LETTER TO SEN. OBAMA:
As long as you feel that pastor Wright ""has been like family to me"" you are UNFIT to reside at the WHITE HOUSE.
HAVE A NICE TRIP BACK TO CHICAGO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hillary did not win Texas after the caucus. FYI the PA election is how far off? Are we really going to think that these polls are going to mean a thing by the time they vote? Obama's speech was smart, eloquent and well done, there is nothing you can attack in it. He handled the situation well.
Slowly but surely the true colors are coming through. Thank goodness there are still enough primaries left for people to vote for Hillary now!! Obama you just dug yourself a mighty deep hole!
Obie is a LIAR! he needs to pick a story and stick with it. The American people are not 5 year olds.
Obama is the GREATEST candidate in this race!
YES WE CAN!!!!
Shame on CNN for their headline of Obama's speech. A profoundly moving speech like that and you zero in on "Constitution stained by slavery"? Did you morons not actually watch the speech?
This is hilarious and ridiculous...we are here tearing apart the two democratic candidates and the Republicans are having a field day!
I guess McCain in '08... :-(