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. Andy

    How in the world can you count "votes" in FL & MI when all of the candidates were not even on the ballot. A decision was made and no campaigning was done, except for Hillary not doing as she was supopose to do, and now she thinks that she WON those states and deserves the delegates. She needs to wake up and try to do something according to the rules everyone else follows. Personally it has taken ALL of the Bush and Clinton politics to get us to where we are today. Dishonesty, cheating, scandel and I can't imagine putting that type of person back in the White House. I wouldn't trust her to take care of my dog!

    March 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Brenda, NC

    You can't believe all the polls. Don't quit, Hillary!–You have every reason and right to stay in the race. Senator Clinton should ignore the news media and Obama supporters urging her to quit. It is a close race and Hillary Clinton needs to stay in the race. Let the rest of the states vote. If it has to go to the convention, so be it. That's the way the nomination process was intended. So, let's be fair and let the process continue. In the end, The Democratic Party will be fine and will be stronger if the nominating process is not interrupted.

    March 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Bella from Florida

    I do not think the people of Florida nor Michigan should be punished for decisions that our politicans make. It 's so clear to me that the media has influenced this election.Obama's name was not on the ballot in Michigan ,but it was in Florida. Why can't we accept that Hillary won that state. We are stealing the election from this woman and it is not fair. I hope you Obama supporters can live with your decision to vote for someone we do not know much about. Go ahead hand this election to McCain because the Republicans are just waiting for him to be the nominee so they can start getting his dirt out..He is a "Typical Politician" like all the rest. He has been lucky that the media has been so in love with him because he would have shown his true colors by now.It's a disgrace what the media has done. Shame on them ! If my vote is not counted now during the primaries then don't expect me to vote in the General Election.

    March 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. dem o nothing

    It amazes me how people say they will not support the Dem nomination if their candidate does not win the nomination. How could your put our soldiers at risk by electing a Bush third term in Mccain? Allow an individual with no clue about domestic policy be in charge of your economy?

    If you are willing vote for the opposition over a temper tantrum. It makes me how some idiots get into office because of people's childish attitudes. As far as the Rev Wright comments, everybody act like this is the first time that they have heard offensive comments by a pastor. Do you forget Rev Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have both made Anti-American and racist comments.

    March 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. rita

    We are all grown-ups, who follow rules everyday. Michigan, Florida, and Hillary broke the rules. This is not hard to understand. The Clintons raised money for a revote in Florida, take that money and pay your bills in Ohio. Watch out Pennsylvania, take only cash in advance.

    March 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Dan in CO

    I like how the more people scream for the unfair results in MI and FL to be counted, the more it backfires in national public opinion, and the more Hillary takes the negative hit for pitching such unfairness.

    So as an Obama supporter, all I can say is...keep screaming for your right to cheat. It's working wonders for my candidate!

    March 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Truth Hurts

    Hillary has proven to be a Liar (opps I mean MisSpeak-err). The agreement between both Hill and Sen Obama was not to count Mi and Fl. Now that she is behind NOW she wants to go back on the agreement! After all that – still Sen Obama said he would abide by whatever solution the DNC has. It is beyond ridicilous to even remotely blame or point fingers @ Obama for this. Talk about fair- Put Obamaa's name on the Ballot – HOW'S THAT FOR FAIR! Get your facts straight blind Hillary supporters.

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. lynn

    Right...maybe he will let Michigan and Florida re-vote
    and be fair........

    Doubt it....

    These polls...... are't they done by people with computers?.......
    usually not older people......... hmmmmm......leaves out alot of

    that's his strategy......leaving out alot of people.....

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Maggie

    Some of blogs that were written are saying that even if Clinton got the delegates from Michigan and Florida she still will not be able to win. Obama also does not have the delegates to win so neither candidates can win. So why are they saying that Clinton should bow out? If thats the case, then both candidates should bow out of the race and then the democrats can start from scratch again. That should be fair enough. If both candidates cannot reach that goal of delegates (2024) then it should wait until the convention to fight for the nomination.

    You, Obama supporters want everything to go your way but its not going to happen. Clinton has all rights to stay in the race because Obama has not achieved all of the delegates that is needed to win. Is America not a democratic country? Americans are always trying to tell other countries to run fair democratic elections but in their own country they want to bully a candidate to step down. Obama and his people feel that they own this election process but they do not and Cinton is going to stay in this race until the end. If he and his people continue to do this bullying, all you democrats should make sure he is voted out and Clinton becomes the candidate.

    Go, Clinton go.....2008.

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. lopez

    Something about Bill Clinton saying just to chill puts the picture in my brain of a vet about to euthanize an animal - don't worry –it'll be alright (you won't feel a thing). Yikes, I feel like I'm listening to a horror script and his wife is going to be president at the end of the movie.

    March 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Iamwmd

    Attention Clintonistas. Sen Obama had noting to do with Michigan and Florida not voting unless you're blaming him for following the rules.

    Blame your Clinton supporting DNC reps in Florida and Michigan. They're the ones that tried to move those two primaries up against party rules to give Hillary an advantage.

    Blame her billionare lobbyist supporters that won't get any deals this time around after donating to Clinton's campaign, library, etc. She should not have promised her billionaire lobbyist favors this time last year shen she felt she could not loose the nomination.

    You are welcomed to blame Obama for following the rules. In the distorted minds of the Clintonistas, it's a not fair that Obama's honest, a uniter, to smart to wally in the pig pen with Hillary, refuses to let the Clintons divide the party by race, refuses to pad is resume, and is willing to file his taxes on time.

    She will be fine after she accepts the inevitable fact that has lost after the voters have their say.

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Twaid

    Clinton supporters say that it's only fair for Florida and Michigan to be counted, yet they offer no fair way to do it. You can't just count them as is for reasons any reasonable, unbiased person can see, their own states have refused to hold another primary and Clinton won't let them hold caucuses. So what's it going to be? If you want fairness, let's be fair to everyone.

    March 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Bobby

    Hillary may win Penn but not by much and things could change before the primary. These Hilbill supporters needs to wake up! Barack still holds the popular vote and will have the lead in delagates/superdelegates!

    Stop h8tn on Barack Obama

    Go Barack Obama 2008!

    March 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Christine

    First Wendy I am a Roman Catholic and do not believe half of the stories about the priests.

    Second Karla, Obama took his name off MI ballot his choice.

    There can not be a democratic nominee if FL and MI do not get their voices heard. The DNC should let the ballots stand if not the republicans will get the vote. I can not be in a party that would tell people they don't matter.

    March 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Derrick STL

    Logic prevails...GOOD for Obama.

    why does Hillary supporters insist on blaming Obama for not seating MI and FL. Obama is the senator from Illinois, not the DNC. He doesn't make the rules for the party the DNC does. THE DNC stated before the primary began what the rules were going to be and are now. Florida and Michicagan chose to knowingly violate those rules.

    Someone need to call Hillary at 2:59am to inform her that Sen Obama has been selected to answer the 3am call.

    March 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. The Surly Scholar

    Okay Hillary, looks like you've had your fun, but the writing is quite plainly on the wall. Just bow out. Besides, after 24 years of Clintons and Bushes, I think it's high time we voted for something other than an alternating monarchic dynasty.

    And by "something other," I mean someone younger and less tainted by the fetid corruption of Washington (Obama.) NOT McCain, a.k.a. "The Little Geriatric Post-Traumatic Stress Sufferer that Could."

    March 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Barbra

    This is great!!! I am proud to be a white female for Barack. My husband is also voting for Barack. I may not agree with the republicans an various issues but I do belive that Hillary is a dis-honest person. I looked and read all of the 12,000 pages that the Bill Clinton lybrary release and theres not one proof that she has experiences. In fact most of her work was done sight seeing and small speeches. Her experience issue was a big lie. Im glad that it has been exposed. As a women I was stupit to think that this women was worthy of my vote. I cant belive that even today she continues to lie. I hope all go out and reject the Clinton distructive machine.

    March 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Andy

    This only confirms that cheating has only short legs. HRC has cheated, lied and changed her position like a cameleon. Now she loses.

    Long Live America

    March 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. natalia

    Why are Hillary supporter's so bitter? You can't change the rules after a game has began. Florida and Michigan should either re-vote or not be counted. Either way, I believe Clinton will not make it. The writing is already on the wall.
    Obama '08!!

    March 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Nate

    These stupid posts by "good" and "goes to show", etc, saying that Florida and Michigan should be counted, and that Obama is somehow a "cheat", are people who work for Clinton. You know full well that those states aren't going to be counted as is, Obama wasn't even on the ballot, some Democrats switched over and voted Republican and can't vote again if there was a re-vote, so just cool it. Clinton is mathematically finished, just accept it!

    March 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. jane

    With the Obama-media bias, both in news shows and the debates, it's surprising the lead is not greater. Still, a lead in the polls is not a lead in the election.

    March 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. shirley

    Hillary's campaign will be over when she releases her 2000 through 2006 tax returns, that is the only possible explaination for her non-disclosure. She is waiting to release her 'cleaned up' 2007 return and will then claim she is 'transparent'. Senator Obama has released his returns and Hillary still refuses to comply with voters demand for the release of hers.

    March 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. JohnS

    Our country is in such a bag shape because of too many lies.

    Lies about IRAK costs 4000 precious lifes and almost 2 trillions and has damaged our view in the World.

    Lies about the ECONOMY

    we are tired of lies.....

    Lies about NAFTA
    Lies about IRLAND
    Lies about BOSNIA

    Let's start with something new, talking about the truth, caring about the people of this country not about the lobbyists.

    Join the movement of reconcilation.

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    March 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Matt from Albany, NY

    enough of you idiots that continue to point out that Hillary won NY, Cal, & OH.

    1) Hillary is from NY. of course she won that state. But remember that Obama won more votes in NY than she did in Illinois.

    2) Hillary SPLIT Texas, at BEST. New reports show that Obama will win a majority of the delegates from Texas.

    3) California will vote Obama regardless. NY will vote Obama regardless.

    March 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Asia

    Polls and voting trends are like the chicken and the egg. You really don't know which one came first. Polls impact future voting trends just as much (if not more) than voting trends dictate polling results. I take them all with a grain of salt. I think Obama is definitely the frontrunner in this election. However, I anticipate that we will see a variety of polls leading up until the PA, NC & IN primaries. How else will the media be able to portray this as a "horserace".

    And for the Obama haters, he is not blocking the revote in MI & FL. In addition to the fact that the MI & FL primaries violated the rules of the DNC, their state governments knew full well the penalties for doing so. And so did the candidates as they all agreed to this set of rules & penalities. If a revote would be so easy, there wouldn't need to be fundraising or planning committees created to do so. A revote is not cheap and its very complicated. In addition, you must stay within certain laws in order to avoid setting the precedent for this to happen in the future as well as avoid disenfranchising another set of voters. There are many legal implications that complicate the process so let's not act like its as easy as setting up a webvote on MySpace or Facebook.

    March 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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