March 18th, 2008
01:04 PM ET
7 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. Jay, CA

    Is CNN going to go after the fact that Obama just admitted lying about hearing Wright say inflammatory stuff when he claimed not to do so previously, or is CNN just going to ignore it and keep praising the guy?

    March 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Chicago



    Obama, your true colors and shameful connections to subversives are coming out.

    March 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. lamarr



    March 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. yns

    Go Hillary Go!

    March 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. dAnnE

    wow, Kim and JP I just don't understand how someone could have just fully watched the speech and still put out such angry and borderline hateful messages. You can be a Hillary supporter and still be respectful of Obama and vice versa. I am deeply sicked right now when I was just so proud. You are the resentful people he was referring to and need to seek help.

    March 18, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    People are actually buying what she is selling? Hillary... just like Bush with different stripes. I guess many of the people in this country will swallow anything as long as it is displayed on the platter the right way.

    How pathetic...

    March 18, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Response to Caucus States

    In reference to Brian from SC - I was in Texas during a caucus with 4 precincts represented - the Obama team walked out at the end of the night with 3 of the "voting packets" and the Democratic Party did a very, very poor job – in fact NO one showed up to run the caucus. So, at the end of the night about 10 delegates that should go to Hillary Clinton have probably been lost because of the cheating by the Obama people. I have signed an affidavit as a witness to those events that night.

    Now you know why Obama wins caucus states.

    March 18, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Ree

    Like HRC has never lied about anything in her life. Let he who has not sin cast the first stone.

    March 18, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Zeenethia

    For all of you non-understanding people who know NOTHING about the African-American race in this country, why are you all so shocked? Do you not think that blacks are still mad about slavery in this country? My mother, who is 60 is still telling us stories how she had to sit on the back of the bus! Its real people! And lets not talk about Hurricane Katrina!! FEMA called them REFUGEES!! Oh but we are wrong when we talk about the inequalities in this country. Who else is going to talk about it? You? Yeah Right. If you all did not know, blacks do not view America in the same light as whites do. And what gets me is, you all dont know why!!

    March 18, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. HomoSapien

    Kim/JP/others like you – you just hear what you WANT to hear, don't you?? Did you listen to the entire speech?? Do you understand English?? Is your vocabulary limited to words like "LIAR!!!"??

    Do you have an education??

    Stop talking for a change. Stop screaming.

    Sit down. Listen. Maybe you will learn something.

    March 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. CHERYL




    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Kevin

    I feel sad for those who just watched Obama's speech, and all they can say are things like:

    LIAR!@@@@@@@@@THE PULPIT!!!!!!!

    This tells me that you only hear what you want to hear.

    The words that Obama choses to use over and over again are some of the most inspirational and unifying words I've ever heard from a politician.

    He's not perfect, he makes mistakes, he has an ego and yes, OMG, he's a politician. But he's not a liar, he's not try to steal an election, he's not trying to gain power just for power's sake. He's trying to make us better, he's trying to unify this country, he's trying to solve our serious problems. He's trying and for most of his detractors, you are simply trying to tear him down. Why?

    March 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Nik

    Too bad she already lost 30 states. This is over. Hillary, stop trying to divide the party over your selfish, spoiled interests.

    March 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Gideon

    Hillary may take PA, but she's already lost the nomination. Did all her supporters and advisors fail sixth grade math?

    March 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Jed in Texas

    When will people learn they cant believe the polls?

    March 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Looking in the Mirror...

    A bunch of hypocrits....

    All of you wondering why Reverend Wright made the statements he made…take a look at how Reverend Wright/Barack Obama is being focused on….while McCain/Rod Parsley and McCain/John Hague is slipping so peacefully under the radar….these are the tribulations of being a Black man with freedom of speech vs. a White man with freedom of speech…

    These are things that need to change, but no one wants to look at that…so for all you pointing the finger, take a long hard look in the mirror and see who has the real problem!!

    March 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. MD

    Oprah left the chruch, why couldn't he?

    March 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. It is time!!!

    Obama is closing the gap in PA. Way to go Obama. The media, the Clintons and the Republicans can not stop the majority of the people. We have spoken.

    March 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. jeremy

    guess what people Hillary can't overcome obama on delegates. so don't get exited about her leading in PA. she should do the right thing and drop out before she divides the party any more.

    March 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. John

    Clinton: don't slow down, you need more and more. Keep up the hardwork.

    Obama steal his book title from his pastor and steal speach from everywhere he can. Does he has anything original?

    March 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Frustrated

    Frustrating and disappointed in listening to the varied resonses to Mr. Oboma's speech this am...from CNN to Fox....first off Tony....can you get more excited....thought you were going to cry there for a get paid to report the news...keep the emotion out of it...Mr. Oboma was not going to speak about race until this story broke.....until his feet were held to the fire. As for Fox....they act like the talk said it was just another day at the pulpit....trying to downplay the importance of the words that were spoke today. That is where I am really hung up....was it just words??? as has been said all along....Mr. Oboma is a great speaker....doesn't necessarily translate into a great leader.

    March 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Dave

    Hmm.. did he hear the particular one being circulated on the you-tube and media. he sais No, but for others, he said he did hear and some may come out

    March 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. elvira

    America already has a liar in the White House, you don't need another one. Michelle and Obama a combination of two liars and racists. Vote
    Hillary now!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Oh yeah by the way...if the primary season is a "delegate race" doesnt that mean that Hillary lost Texas? Its funny how all of this came against Barack in the wake of the caucus results in Tx!! Hmmmmm!

    March 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Seattle Sue Seattle, Wa.

    I just watched Obama's speech and I think I could see a hint of a redneck in reverse.

    March 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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