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. former hillary supporter

    I am still waiting for Hillary to release her tax returns, and all of her

    EARMARKS since becoming senator, but i guess that asking too

    much from that corrupt 2. This is insane !! we are caught up with what

    someone else said.. that knows obama ,who is next his babytsitter.

    Obama 08 ..where the movement reign supreme.

    March 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. anna

    I knew the man lied to the American people and still does. People, wake up and do the right thing. This man should not be trusted and you will see that more of the same will come out before November election.

    March 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Mark, VA

    Yes, this is no surprise.I believe Clinton will win 56%+ of the vote.

    March 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. rj

    This is not surprising that Clinton has a lead in Pennsylvania. The "Clintons" have "ties" in Pennsylvania. Same old, same old. Way to go Billy!!!

    Obama will close in on the gap. Lots of time.

    March 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Paulette, Cincinnati, Ohio

    I can only hope Pennsylvania sees beyound his lies. How sad Obama compared his white grandmother to Wright. He danced around Wrights sick sermons with a sermon. Go back to church and stay Obama. We don't need so call leaders like you. GO HILLARY '08

    March 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Sally

    When Obama wins the nomination it's really going hurt some of these pathetic Hillary supporters

    March 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. anna

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

    March 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. John

    Can anyone believe Obama's talk? He told American voters that he against NAFT, but told Canada government that that is only for his election politics. His public talk does not match his private talk and does not match his believe.

    March 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. dee

    KIM- Move on

    It is ppl like you that we Americans will never move ahead

    Open your big heart and try to read beyond that...

    March 18, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Omar, Phoenix, AZ

    It looks like the dirty race and smear politics are working well for her. Good job Hillary, for running a dirty campaign. You should be ashamed.

    I hope Penn. can see past the Fox News/Clinton camp tactics of smearing this man that wants nothing more than to move us in a positive direction. If Clinton wins, I will feel the same way I did in November 00' and 04'.

    Obama 08'

    March 18, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Vidal of Memphis, TN

    How many of you have never told a lie?
    The sad thing is... your lie doesn't matter in this situation.
    No one is perfect... and RACE is an issue in this country and it needs to be addressed ASAP before the war began here in the good 'ole US of A!

    March 18, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Jay from San Diego

    what he said was he heard his pator say things that he didn't agree with...which I'm pretty sure your spouse has said things you didn't totally agree with

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. kab

    Thank god I watched MSNBC..they did not cut anything

    I heard CNN did

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. pat

    Here we go again another spirtual liar. Thank you CNN for giving him the time to tell us he lied. Those of us that wanted to believe in him have just gotten screwed. OH sorry thats just my WHITE ANGER.

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. rrr

    So what....she cant catch him period!

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Alice Rea

    Thank god..........

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Steve

    Even with her name Hillary can't touch obama with a 10 ft pole.

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    It doesn't matter if she has a 90 point lead....

    Her message and agenda is skewed–establishes a whole slew of government control of the health and welfare of American–not specified in the constitution and she strives to create the biggest nanny state in world history.

    America is not ready to leap off of a cliff towards socialism–even if some polled citizens may make it appear so.

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Alex from IL

    Doesn't matter if she has 15% or even 25% leads, she needs to consistently get well over 66% of all pledged delegates left in every race from here on out to get more pledged delegates than him, and we all know that this isn't going to happen.

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Jay

    Kim,PA -– At least him has the decency and courage to admit it, what about the Hillary and McCain for the war. which has killed 4000 of our people.

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Joe G

    The Public Policy poll that came out 3/17/08 has Senator Clinton over Senator Obama by 26% in Pennsylvania.

    If a blow-out like that happens, the dems will have to reconsider any Obama nomination.

    March 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Matt B

    Come on. These two need to be friends. Calling each other liars and so on will just help the Republicans. I for one will be extremely disenchanted with the system if Obama wins the popular vote, but is trumped by Hillary's super-selegates. That is NOT democracy. In fact it would be the ONE thing that would hand this country back to the faultering neo-cons. Don't do it Hillary!!!

    March 18, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Vidal of Memphis, TN

    There are Whites that still don't recognize Blacks as equal... In my opinion and I don't care what anyone says, ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE EQUAL in my eye no one is SUPERIOR over the other. We didn't create ourselves nor one another so our SUPERIOR is our CREATOR!

    GET IT?

    PEACE/LOVE '08

    March 18, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Historic Speech

    THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    B A R A C K O B A M A

    March 18, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Bismarck

    The Obama story will not receive "understanding" from the "Rs!" He should drop out for the good of the party.

    March 18, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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