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. Ga Mike

    What's the highest level of Math that you've completed? Give Hillary Florida and Michigan and she still couldn't win. Start looking at the facts, his lead is insurmountable.

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Nancy riley

    could some one explain properly florida and michigan, are they an issue now because clinton is not leading...a proper florda / michigasn contest will really still have barack in the the math

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Dave

    To the poster who keeps signing his name as 'cheater'....

    We know it's you, Bill. For goodness sake, you're a former President. Stop acting so childish.

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Anon

    Even if they counted the Florida and Michigan votes he still has a commanding lead. Stop making excuses.

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Obama

    Listen people the reason Hillary wants to stay in the race in not to win the presidential election, but she wants to drop out after pennsyvania where she have a 12% lead. So when she runs in 2012 people will say she almost got the nominee in 2008 let't give her a chance this time or she is playing tania hardin strategy.

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. get real

    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

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Annoyed about counting MI & FL

    I don't understand why some people are still trying to get the votes counted in MI and FL. Let me reiterate, he wasn't even on the ballot in MI. It was the state representatives fault for this mess!

    Hillary supports have developed the same mentality as their candidate. Change the rules in order to win. Come on people, wake up!

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Matt

    Cheating? He was not even in the ballot in those states. You would HAVE TO have a re-vote, and those states, particurlarly FL are unwilling to do this. Dave, you hit it on the head with the fickleness of the American people. They change opinion on the whim of the press.

    March 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Hope

    its not Obama's fault the votes arent being counted, get over it Clinton supporters, everyone knew the repercussions of Fl and Mi voting early so drop it already. Obama didnt even try to win those states. if he did, he would win them just like hes going to win PA.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Dave Froyalde/Washington

    I don't really believe in this so called national polls. I feel these polls are biased and tainted by the pollster themselves. How many times in the past we all witnessed the polls inNew Hampshire that Senator Obama has a double digit lead and a day or after, Senator Clinton has new Hampshire by dougle digits. I have been a voter for the last 27 years and I have never been polled. Just wondering who are these lucky people.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Pepou

    YES !!! The best candidate this country ever had. Obama 09 !

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Go Obama, keep your eyes on the prize, it's not over yet

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Jessica, MI

    "good" and "cheater":

    do you really think counting the MI vote would make this a "fair fight"? is giving Hillary 55% of MI and Obama 0% really representative of the will of the voters?

    you can't hold a primary with the understanding that the delegates would not be seated, than proceed to seat the delegates anyway. Many people stayed home who would've otherwise voted. Others voted Republican. Our "primary" was nothing but a "beauty contest" between Hillary and Dennis Kucinich.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. raf

    Dave – It's really fickle people.

    Obama basically regained the lead he had before the Wright thing. I think the difference is just those people who were turned off by Wright, then turned back on by Obama's speech.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Sandra

    Why is it cheating because Fl and Mi votes are not counted because they didn't follow the rules? If this poll is flawed, why isn't the poll showing Clinton's edge in Pennsylvannia flawed? Could it be that her lie or shall I say her misspoke (3 times) about Bosnia, the Northern Ireland Peace Treaty, the healthcare reform for children, or NAFTA stance created doubt in voters? There isn't anyway that people would question the Clinton's- go figure, at this point in the election she was supposed to be shopping for her dress for the 'CORONATION' because she was dubbed the winner last year.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. ben

    To Good, whoever you may be . You say counting the votes in Michigan when Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot would make it a fair fight.
    Youve got to be kidding!

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. chrls

    we don't need Fl....but we need Mi...fl is GOP anyway

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Cory

    Or maybe michigan should put him on the ballot first before counting an already flawed vote. Do not be upset that Obama has beaten the "inevitable" Hillary Clinton.

    March 31, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. jane atl

    That menas Hillary should drop out of the race. She is a liarer. she wants to destroy the party before she leave. she is very wickend person
    back you thing and go back to NY pleasea

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Arnold, WV

    I think the gap between these 2 will continue to widen as long as Hillary stays as negative as she is.That was her only hope and it seems to be back firing on her.She is suffering from delusions of grandeur,meaning that she thinks she is the best and it should be given to her on a silver platter.She has already said that she will ride it all the way to the convention,she don't care who she takes down on the way.

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Kathy

    Why is Hillary still in the race again? She doesn't believe in math, she believes in miracles? I thought that was Huckabee...

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Hendrix 650

    This is not anything new; it just verifies that Hillary has about a 50 % unelectable rating by the general public. Will the Hillary Fateful, please attempt to logically explain why she is perceived as being SO UNELECTABLE?

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Hillary-Monster-LIAR

    Count FL and MI and Obama STILL HAS THE LEAD.

    Popular Vote – Obama
    Delegates – Obama
    States – Obama

    Time for Clinton supports to wake up and get a clue. No queen.

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. GoHillary

    CNN too too too bad, you are not able to just name OBAMA as the Democrats Candidate! Don't try to mislead the voters! We are not idiots!

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. John Des Plaines IL

    A 21 point swing in the Gallup pole and you still can't see that it's already lost Hill? Go back to New York and concede your loss. Work harder to repair the party that you and your husband have been working overtime to destroy and get on with your lives.

    To the Hillary supporters who think Obama should step aside, you really need to get back on your meds before you slip entirely over the edge. He's not just leading this race, he's about to put her another lap down. Your up denile river without a paddle and the current is raging.

    March 31, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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