March 31st, 2008
12:55 PM ET
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Poll: Obama has double digit lead nationally

 Obama has double digit lead nationally over Clinton, according to Gallup.

Obama has double digit lead nationally over Clinton, according to Gallup.

(CNN)—Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama extended his lead nationally over Sen. Hillary Clinton Monday according to the latest national polls.

The Gallup Poll conducted March 27-29 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points shows the Illinois Senator has a 10 point lead over the New York Senator among Democrats, marking the first time since early February Gallup polls have shown either candidate with a double digit lead. In February, Gallup showed Clinton held an 11 percent advantage over Obama.

Last week’s Pew Poll also confirmed Obama had weathered the media storm surrounding the Reverend Wright controversy and maintained his lead.

Despite pressure from some powerful Obama supporters and being behind nationally in the polls, Clinton said the race should not end before all votes had been cast. "I didn't think we believed that in America. I thought we of all people knew how important it was to give everyone a chance to have their voices heard and their votes counted," she said.

Looking to the critical state of Pennsylvania, Clinton holds a 12 percent lead ahead of the state’s April 22 primary, according to the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released earlier this month.Both candidates continue to campaign heavily in the state of Pennsylvania Monday, where there are 158 pledged delegates up for grabs.

Update: CNN poll of polls released Monday, which includes the results of several recent major surveys, shows Hillary Clinton with a 14 percent lead in Pennsylvania over Barack Obama.

Update II: The latest Gallup tracking poll out Monday afternoon has Obama up by 8 points.

–CNN’s Emily Sherman

soundoff (390 Responses)
  1. cheater

    That is what happens when you cheat.

    Count the Fl and Mi votes and Hillary has the lead.

    March 31, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Tiffanie


    March 31, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Dave in Atlanta

    Didn't these same polls last week show Clinton closing the gap between her and Obama? Either the polls are crazily flawed, or we are some really really fickle people here in America.

    March 31, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. good


    Maybe now he will be willing to count the votes in Fl and Mi.

    Then it will be a fair fight.

    March 31, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. for freedom

    In NM we will not follow Bill Richardson.

    We are staunch democrats who believe in fair elections.

    We are Mavaricks and if the DNC and party elites hand the nomination to Obama without counting the votes in Fl and Mi- we will not support Obama in Nov.

    March 31, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Paul

    It's funny that the Clintons want to force polls down our throats when they are in there favor. The latest polls also show Obama ahead in California and tied with her in Michigan (the state they are saying would help her win the popular vote). Come on Clintons, tell us about these polls, let's be honest. Oh yeah, honesty in not in your playbook.

    March 31, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    what happens if Sen. Clinton makes up 60 delegates to the number Sen. Obama has? is that what people are afraid of, that she is going to get closer and closer? isn't that the point of a contest? to fight? GO HILLARY GO! and to al of you ignorants that just want her to drop out... I wish you are green with envy! what kind of americans are you anyways? this is a democracy and if Sen. Obama is to be the one to win... let him will ALL the votes... not just because the person best suited to be president dropped out of the contest and he is the only one left standing...

    March 31, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Jim Shimmer

    Hillary doesn't have a chance.
    She can't manage her campaign, how do you expect her to manage the economy?

    Bill and her will keep fighting on who runs the country.

    Enough already! Enough of the Clintons and Bushes.

    March 31, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. goes to show

    tells you public opinion changes quickly.

    So count the Fl and Mi votes and make this a fair election.

    Come Nov, it will hurt Obama if he wins by swiftboating his democratic opponent.

    March 31, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. obama 08

    Even with Michigan and Florida, she still can't win. What ever happened to following the rules you agreed to anyway? Oh yeah, I forgot...rules don't apply to the Clintons.

    March 31, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Tiffanie

    Get Out! The writings on the wall.

    March 31, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Alonzo Demetrius

    There's no way that at least 1/2 of this nation will forget about the hatred toward whites and the USA from that preacher which we know are engrained in Obama's heart since he stayed attuned to those attacks for 20 years. Should Obama become president, our country will go down the tubes based on racial divisions. Why is it that when whites say things that sound like race-based hatred they are punished but not so when blacks do it?

    March 31, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Zina

    All, Obama has NOTHING to do with the votes in FL and MI. Get over yourselves and stop making excuses. The statistics above are from a gallup poll.

    Let's use common sense.

    Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Allen

    wow, what sources are people reading that they think counting Fl and MI gives her the lead?

    she is behind 160 delegates FL gives her 38, how many of you think MI has 120 delegates to give hillary?

    and even with Florida she is still behind in Popular vote 300,000, you guys think she won MI by 300,000?

    and anything she wins in PA is offset in NC so can someone please link the sources and the Math that shows she is in the lead?

    do people really believe that?

    March 31, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Daniel in Michigan

    What actually matters, is whether or not he has a double digit lead in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanian voters can be the difference in this election – the buck stops there. I trust they will come out and end this Democratic race and advance the debates towards something more substantive between Mccain and Obama. Discussing issues between two opponents face to face is what this country needs now, and not about feeble attempts at racial bashing.

    March 31, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. tina

    Don't blame Barack for the votes from Floriday and Michigan for not being counted. Blame your local Democrats by not playing by the rules. How childish to point fingers at the wrong person. Plus Baracks name was not on both how could it be fair if the were counted at this point? If you want fair, challenge your local politicians to hold another primary, but be prepared as citizens to pay for it with your state taxes. Until then...get a grip on reality!

    March 31, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. mp

    To 'cheater'

    Exactly how do you figure Obama cheated?? I hate it when you haters just throw out random comments/things you have cherry picked from other people, since you rarely have an original thought. Are you seriously following any of this?

    Obama wants this to go to the convention. So does Clinton. And it should. End of story.

    March 31, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. John

    Yessss!!! Good job Senator Obama!

    March 31, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. tiredofthecrap

    good March 31st, 2008 10:13 am ET


    Maybe now he will be willing to count the votes in Fl and Mi.

    Then it will be a fair fight.

    Fair? She was the only one on the ballot in MI and they weren't allowed to campaign in FL. Hard to get your message out against name recognition when you can't campaign.

    March 31, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. ladymary

    you're all like a bunch of little kids..count the votes regardless of the fact that we disobeyed the rules and agreed to the punishment long ago.

    March 31, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. The Great One

    How is it not a fair fight now??? i'd say if FL and MI were counted then it wouldn't be a fair fight? god clinton suppoerters are just wild with their way of comming to conclusions. lol

    March 31, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. rules


    didn't FL and MI violate the rules. do rules can't anymore. why make them if they don't mean anything.

    March 31, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. The Perpetual Student

    OK, we know that polls are flawed (re: New Hampshire). However, for Obama to be doing so well despite all the things he had to endure recently, says a lot!

    March 31, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. for freedom

    The people of NM will not follow the lead of Bill Richardson.

    We are staunch democrats.

    We believe in fair and honest elections.

    Fl and Mi are 9% of the democratic voters. You MUST count those votes. If Obama's lead is not just illusion- why is he blocking a revote?

    We are mavaricks in NM and if Obama steals this nomination by swiftboating his opponent... we will have the last say in Nov.

    March 31, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. RFP

    I thought the polls on realclearpolitics show something else...

    besides, a "double digit" lead nationally of 10 percent with margin of error of 3... very misleading.

    March 31, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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