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. Mark

    Don't count the votes in FL or MI!!!!! They were aware of the rules and broke them. The easies thing to do would be to reduce the overall delegate count that those two states contribute. Then you would have a fair race!!!! GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Ken

    Obama is leading in the polls and he is almost certainly going to be the next president of the United States not necessarily because his presidency will be dramatically different from those of other American Presidents before him, but because unlike McCain or Hillary Clinton, Obama's election will give practical meaning to the American dream. His election as the President of the most powerful nation on Earth will inspire and give hope to everyone in the world, rich and poor, irrespective of race, religion and location. The Obama project is sweet and fresh because it inspires. It's real !!

    March 31, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Luke

    All you people who would like FL. and MI. to count need to wake up and smell the coffee. They broke rules, and you can't simply allow their delegation to be counted as is. How would it be fair if those states were counted anyways? Hillary was the only one on the ballot in MI. and the only one who campaigned in Florida. That makes a whole lotta sense. If these two states really want a revote, it will be either the Clinton fundraisers who raise the money (obviously), or the taxpayers (we'll see how many people want to pay for it). Also, Obama would still be in the lead, but it's principle.

    March 31, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Shawn, Takoma Park, MD

    Michigan and Florida BROKE THE RULES. It's incredibly childish and ignorant to blame Obama for that.

    Hillary lost. She can NOT catch up, and she will NOT be the nominee without overturning the will of the people, which is totally immoral and undemocratic.

    It's clearly time for Hillary to drop out before she does even more damage to the Dems chances in November.

    Go DEMS, Go OBAMA!

    March 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Concerned in CA

    Obama is not the best candidate

    But hey CNN likes him so he gets better stories about him. I wish CNN didn't ommit all the bad emails about Obama.

    CNN please be fair. All of America notices CNN's bias.

    March 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. jobblyman

    PA will pound that liar! I LOVE him trying to bowl, eating hot dogs, and drinking bud. What a fake! Why is he SO scared to count FL and MI?? I'm tired of American's being brainwashed by empty suits!

    Hillary 2008 (in case you couldn't have guessed!)

    March 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. No Hillary

    Time for Hillary to see the bitter reality of dfeat and steps down!

    March 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    How can it be fair when Obama's name wasn't on the ballot in Michigan and neither candidate were allowed to campaign in Florida? We don't what the possible outcomes of those two states. Your statements are flawed and biased. Besides, she didn't object until she got behind in the delegate count, and those two states broke the rules.

    March 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. e r lopez

    Obama is the man who will be president.
    So, Yes, I put my money where my mouth is.

    March 31, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. MP

    First off, Clinton could care less about the voters rights. On several occasions she said the MI nad FL were not going to count. She signed a statement for MI saying she would not put her name on the ballot as did all the canidates. I guess she lied. Second, she says every vote should count then turns around and tries to get Obama pledge delegates. What happened to the voter? People, its not about the voter, its all about her. You you expect to Obama to do a re-vote in MI when many democrats voted republican because they were told their vote would not count? You expect Obama to do a revote to a election sponsered and paid for by Clinton Supporters?

    March 31, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. MQ

    I am curious why the folks that want the MI and FL votes to count for HC think that Obama just decided not to get on the ballot in MI or not campaign in either one?? Have we forgotten that the candidates INCLUDING CLINTON agreed to follow the DNC rules until Hillary inconveniently fell behind? How is that OK?? Split them down the middle, seat the delegates and don't reward Clinton for wanting to CHEAT!

    March 31, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. cindy barba

    I don't care if he's leading today
    I am still voting for Hillary Clinton or Joh McCain Who is conducting these polls?
    All the people I talk to are not voting for Obama

    March 31, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. vasupporter

    Way to go Obama!

    March 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Peter Damoah-Afari

    That is great news............God bless Senator Obama and America.

    March 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. 4Real SC

    Obama didn't run in Michigan so there will have to be a revote or divide the delegates. Hillary will not win everything. May someone needs to take up a collection so she can pay her bills.

    March 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Sheila

    To Paul from Kissemee who wrote:

    March 31st, 2008 10:47 am ET

    Obama's ahead? That's dangerous. I guess if they're looking for change, they'll sure get it. I'll miss the nights taking my wife out to eat while I'm funding programs for people who don't work and bought houses they shouldn't have.

    Shame on you Paul. Are you like this everyday? or only when you are safely behind your computer?

    OBAMA 08

    March 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Chris

    Enough about Fl and MI already. I mean what does it say about Hillary that 40% of the people in MI would rather vote for no-one than her?

    March 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Ben

    Only voters in PA, NC, IN, OR, maybe FL and MI, etc matter - they are the only ones who have votes left to cast.

    Clinton is not going to have to worry about any of the rest of these peoples' opinions until November, if she wins the nomination – decided by the superdelegates and the 20% of the Democratic people left to put her or Obama over the top. 80% of the people surveyed by Gallup have already had their votes counted.

    March 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. The Watcher

    Ironic that "cheater" is calling Obama a cheater for the FL and MI votes. Of course the fact is that those two states violated the DNC rules by moving up their primaries and the candidates AGREED not to campaign in those states. The votes are not accurate because they don't reflect an informed electorate's decision.

    March 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Edd

    It's still a long wait to go until the Puerto Rico Primary, polls change from time to time! HILLARY is the most electable candidate, she is the winner of the big blue democratic states, she has the power to win this primary!

    March 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Jesus

    I like both Obama and Clinton. But he is silent about FL and MI, trying to run out the clock. But this is like tennis not a timed sport event, there is no clock here, and despite having match points Obama has not put it away.

    Obama's superdelegates are hypocrites! Richardson, Kerry, Kennedy your constituents chose Hillary why are YOU overturning the will of your people? If you say go by the pledged delegates or your constituents' choice be CONSISTENT.

    If Hillary wins with superdelegates (which by the way Obama would too as he can't reach 2,024 without them) she should choose Obama as VP and win in Nov.

    March 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Tom

    So lets count Florida and Michigan's votes:
    Hillary would gain 86 votes from winning 55% of Michigan
    Hillary would gain 36 votes from winning 50% of Florida to Obama's 33%

    That gives Hillary 122 more votes which shrinks Obama's lead in pledged delegates from 171 to 49. If we add in Hillary's lead of 32 superdelegates then we have Obama winning by 17 votes.

    We've counted Florida and Michigan. How is Hillary winning now?

    March 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Dems r worthless

    U cant go with the polls plus florida and michigan havnt been counted

    March 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. norb

    This back and forth between Obama and Clinton is ridiculous! How can anybody in their right mind vote for John McCain or any Republican after the past eight years of George W is beyond me. John McCain can't even get the Republican base to support him!

    March 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Maxie

    Change the rules in the middle of the game?......
    What if Hillary was leading... would FL and MI matter?

    She has done the math, knowing there is absolutely no way to win... She'd rather spoil it for any other Democrat.

    Listen to Obama's speech in full...and stop watching the clips so as to play dirty.

    March 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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