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. Michelle

    Voter - You are 100% correct, I couldn't have said it better myself!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Victor

    The hard truth is that this a battle that Hillary can no longer win. Even as an hardened supporter of Hillary 08 presidential bid, something inside tells me she can no longer win. I know there are millions of Hillary supporters who feel the same way I feel inside but who speak out a different thing. It's a bitter truth!

    March 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. soulkat

    March 31st, 2008 10:28 am ET

    That's okay. Fox stated last night a poll that showed 56% of Americans will not vote for Obama b/c of their feelings on his relationship with Rev. Wright.

    Almost 30% of Hillary voters would rather vote for McCain.

    Here's to all the left wing liberals who keep trying to force Obama on the democractic party: We will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee.

    We still live in a democracy, right? Let FL and MI be heard!

    Hillary '08
    who are u hurting by voting for mccain...america or obama? hillary should be ashamed to call u a "supporter". voting for a candidate who has already stated that he has no problem engaging in this God-awful war for another 100 years if that want is wanted! so people have an issue with rev. wright, but not with mccain accepting an endorsement from pastor rev.john hagee who has stated that "hurrican katrina was God's punishment against New Orleans for hosting a homosexual parade" and a man who believes that the jews brought the holocaust upon themselves for "turning away from the true God". u will choose a man who aligns himself with these types of thoughts, over obama if hillary is not "your" chosen candidate? who wants u as a democrat anyway!!! be gone!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Steve

    Wake up you Democrats, the reason there's so much infighting and bickering between Clinton and Obama camp is not because these are "excellent" candidates as some of you suggested; it's because both of them are deeply flawed candidates. Let's look at McCain. Here's a guy who has showed in his twenty some years in Congress that he can reach across the aisle to Dems and lead in bipartisan ways. McCain is the guy who can truly "bring the country together. He has integrity and strength of character. He's the kind of guy all Americans should be proud to have as president.
    Go McCain.

    March 31, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. eric

    Both Clinton and Obama signed agreements that the FL and MI votes would not count since because early voting in those states violated established rules. Moreover, Obama's name was not even on the MI ballot. Having a re-vote may be a way to resolve this. However, we can not promote breaking rules.

    March 31, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Karla

    Forget the polls, let's talk about cheating! Fl and MI..didn't they move up their dates, Democratic party agreed no candidates would campaign, and the candidates agreed to not be on the ballots, but Clinton decided to add her name anyway? Thought so.

    March 31, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Tom

    Niether Clinton or Obama are perfect, but people seem to forget that either one of them will be better than McCain/Bush's 3rd term.

    March 31, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Hilary supporters - read this carefully. Hilary doeasn't care about Florida and Michigan voters. She has been touting for super-delegates to overturn the will of the people. She is now using FL and MI to ignore what the rest of the country has voted. You really ought to listen more carefully to what your candidate is saying. I know it's difficult sometimes because she keeps changing her story, but please listen to what she is saying.

    Michigan and Florida are an excuse for her to stay in the race. That's all. She didn't think their vote should be counted when she was ahead in all the polls and was crowned the inevitable winner. She signed on for their delegates not to be counted. Don't blame Obama, blame Hilary for not speaking out in the beginning. Obama said he will go with whatever the DNC decides..... now that's fair.

    March 31, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. lostin ohio

    i live in ohio and i cant believe these people complaining about not getting paid. these are the same people who voted bush in for a 2nd term. and in youngstown voted 2-1 for hillary in my district. were job are few and far between because of nafta. ohio i am so glad the rest of the country will bail us out........................go obama08

    March 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Hillary is out of touch with reality.... just what we need: another Bush....


    March 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Kimberly Beasley

    The only reason Hillary is still in is so she won't go broke. She's trying to raise money to pay her back debts.

    March 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. UM

    The Media is The ONLY one that doesnt get the point that we need CHANGE from The Clintons ....... No More !!

    March 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Gideon

    Why do people want Hillary to pull out of the race prematurely. Are they afraid her remaining in the race will make Obama not to win the nomination? If I were Obama I would urge the race to go on so that I win convincingly. Give her a knock out. If the race is stopped at this time, people will put Obama's nomination in doubt.
    The polls are not convincing either. The media is playing a game of numbers with the entire country. Have they not learned their lesson with the last elections. Media keep your polls to yourselves, they are deceitful. Instead of making polls for Pennsylvania which is at stake right now , they are making national polls. This is not logical at all.

    March 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. undecided

    If the good people of Florida and Michigan were so worried about having their votes counted, then why did they not make a huge stink over their votes not counting when their primaries were held. Why are they waiting till now, almost 2 months later. Its because they did not care enough about their votes at the time. Why should we give them a second chance to vote when they already had the opportunity to speak up. If they really wanted their votes counted, then they should have done something before their original primaries, not after the fact. Oh and by the way, I have yet to make up my mind as to who I want to vote for in the democratic party.

    March 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. JohnS

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    Please join the movement that is changing America.

    March 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Teresa

    Thank Lord. Obama point is coming across. Now we must unite the Dems. I pray to the Lord, by his will that he will grant this opportunity for change.

    Our country must hold for hope.

    March 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. united we stand

    To the "cheater" with the opening comment and all others who think alike: there is no cheating going on, Florida and Michigan CHOSE to break the rules and were warned of the consequences, now there acting like little children who come back and ask for a second chance and blame their situation on everyone else instead of taking responsibility for their actions. I say, play by the rules or don't play!

    March 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. carolflowery

    thanks to cnn's bias campaigning, you would think they were all running

    March 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Anonymous

    How is it that we lable Obama a cheater ? Fl and MI have their problems no doubt about it ; however , this is a problem for the states.
    I don't see how the DNC can solve a state government problem. The DNC can only say that they can not seat the deligates as they are. That would unfairly advantage one candidate over another. How to solve this problem is up to the states themselves. The DNC can only say what is fair and what is not. Just like the issue of moving the primary date.

    March 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Mark Anthony

    To all you people out there that say the MI and FL votes should count, yes they should count IF THEY WERE DONE CORRECTLY!!! We have a tendency in this country to break the rules and cry about not being heard. I could only imagine what your teaching your kids about breaking rules, my GOD would not want to be your neighbor.

    March 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Coby Austin, Tx.

    Ok, people keep saying that now if they seat MI and Fl then Clinton will be in the lead. ??? No she wont. It's not winner take all, so everyone do their math.

    March 31, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. HP Boston

    Well this is wonderful, if it had been Clinton ahead they would be decrying polls and dismissing Gallup!

    But ah now the FRONT RUNNER is solid and we can ease up on the Clinton"s, the nails in their cross are getting rusty.
    Time for a prayer or two from the great Pastor WRIGHT!

    March 31, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Sharon

    I'll wait for the REAL poll that matters....THE EXIT POLL AFTER PENNSYLVANIA VOTES ON APRIL 22........................

    March 31, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. North Iowa

    When the PA vote is in we will see the writing on the wall
    People are disappointed will Hillary and her Mispoke statements.

    And one more thing Obama has nothing to do with what happened to MI and FL. Try blameing DCCC/DNC/ Howard Dean and of course the legislative democratic bodys from both MI andFL. The rules were set by them and that is the way the game should be played. When we have a new game in 2012 we can have new and better rules I hope/
    Hope the Democrats adopt the KISS plan/ keep it simple stupid??

    March 31, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. lol

    hillary is way ahead in PA polls, she wins the must win big states, and obama can't seem to win them. hillary has had less money, intense media scrutiny, and had to deal with the medias love affair with obama, not to mention the democrats turning on her. hillary has proven she is a fighter, and can handle the pressure. keep fighting hillary. Hillary 08! who cares what the polls say.

    March 31, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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