April 8th, 2008
02:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama chipping away at Clinton's Pennsylvania lead

 Obama is gaining ground in Pennsylvania, according to several polls.
Obama is gaining ground in Pennsylvania, according to several polls.

(CNN) - Barack Obama continues to chip away at Hillary Clinton's lead in the crucial state of Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday shows.

The New York senator's lead over Obama now stands at 6 points in the new poll, 50-44 percent. That compares to the 9 point lead Clinton held in a similar survey released 5 days ago, and an 11 point lead in a Quinnipiac survey late last month.

Specifically, Clinton has lost ground among white voters and men: She now holds an 18 point lead among whites, down from a 25 point gap in last week’s poll, and trails Obama by 4 points among males. Last week, the two drew equal support from men.

But Clinton continues to remain strong with her core voting bloc of older voters and white women, and likely Pennsylvania Democratic voters rate her more favorably than Obama - 71 percent for Clinton and 67 percent for Obama.

With the latest Quinnipiac poll, CNN's poll of several recent surveys show Clinton's lead over Obama in Pennsylvania now averages 6 percentage points. That gap is 1 point less than Monday’s poll of polls and 5 points less than a CNN poll of polls on Friday.

What's behind the shift?

"Obama has outspent Hillary Clinton three to one just on television advertising in Pennsylvania. He spent more than $3 million trying to get his name out and his message out to Hillary Clinton's $1 million," said Mark Preston, a CNN political editor.

The Illinois senator has also heavily benefited from the Service Employees International Union, which according to recently filed FEC reports has spent well over $700,000 on get-out-the-vote-efforts there.

soundoff (460 Responses)
  1. max843

    In 1992 I was so happy, anticipating 8 years of Bill, 8 of Al Gore and then finally 8 of Hillary.

    Why can't she just tell the truth?

    Re NAFTA – All my relatives are Canadian and sent me the links to the Toronto Globe & Mail and the Star. It was Hillary's campaign who FIRST contacted the Canadian government with the "wink wink."

    Then either a Canadian official or reporter, who was acquainted with the person from Obama's campaign, contacted him requesting a comment. This was on the front page of all the Canadian papers.

    Why do our American papers print things over and over again that are not true?

    Obama 08

    April 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Jo

    Pennsylvania will be a big win for Hillary Clinton. The Obama supporters are already trying to lower expectations by saying she has to win by 20% or she loses. I am sure if they were to get only 1% they would try to turn it into a win.

    Last week you were citing a poll that had Obama ahead by two. Then your headline should be CLINTON WIDENS LEAD IN PA.

    Stand firm Clinton supporters. We are here to stay and we are over 50%of the democratic voters.

    April 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Paul from Penna.

    When Hillary loses here in Pa. ,after enjoying a huge lead, she will have to drop out or look awfully foolish. We are not like Ohio. Obama will win this state later this month and again in November.-As we Steeler fans like to say " You can book it"

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Joe American

    Man Obama, You go!

    After all, he is running against a CLINTON. a name who's the very symbol of the democratic party. Clinton during these primaries is like hearing Bush during the republican primaries. The only thing they got going for them is name recognition only.

    We don't need another Bush nor do we need another Clinton. America doesn't rotate royal families.

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Sharon

    I'll keep trying...
    Go Hillary!!!!! Undecideds always go for her inthe end!!!!! that should double her lead…..
    Hillary supporters…GO AND DONATE TO HER WEB SITE!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. mike for texas

    Hillary has been lying many times and I wonder how her supporters are not getting the facts.

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Tim in Canada

    Americans are awake this time and won't be fooled. I think they've been misled by crooked politicians one too many times. This time
    "It's The Country Stupid".

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Liz W...its reported where he got it! From donations! Oh my god you people are ridiculous! Loose with dignity! I mean if you wanna list the lies ok....

    Nafta she said she didnt support it! LIES
    Bosnia sniper Fire....Lies
    Small states dont matter...lies!
    She cares about Mi and Fl....Lies
    Northern Ireland....lies and this is just from the primaries shall we go back to when she was in office! yeah the 1st clinton got the 1st bush out but he also set the stage for the 2nd Bush lets list why shall we..

    Whitewater....
    Monica Lewinsky and others...
    NAFTA...

    do I need to go on! You people better be GLAD that Obama is Hillary's opponent and he decided to take the high road! If it wasnt for that she wouldnt have made it to super tuesday! You all need to realize that! I remember the Clinton years and if it wasnt for the dotcom BOOM there wouldnt be nothing to talk about!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Peter

    As a Canadian very interested in the US presidential nominations, I am sorry to read that we have somehow let an American racist into our country to decry the candidacy of Senator Obama. I respectfully suggest your 'American In Canada"heads back down south him or herself. WE dont like your kind of people tainting our country!!

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. TJP

    The only score that counts is the final one. Obama chipped away at her leads in Texas and Ohio. But guess what? He still lost. And he's going to lose another big state with alot of electoral votes to Clinton. If the Democrats want to see President McCain, then Obama and Reverend Wright are their men.

    April 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Portland

    The strategy from the Obama campaign has been vey clear from the beginning. Use some no-name pollster research to show that Hillary is up by 15-20%. The reality would be more like under 10%. And most of it has been because of her "name recognition". Obama is a great orator and unfortunately nothing more – pure unadulterated words. And then as the election approaches they goad their supporters into believing he is the underdog. America for some reason is always in love iwth the underdog. He has surely benefitted from those labels – "underdog", "change washington", "ne wand improved" (what an oxymoron), "Change we can dream about and believe in" (vs reality that we can achieve). So this helps in the "get out the vote" efforts. Brilliant Strategy or should I say "strategery". And so as the real election date is upon us the true polls are used and the margins are with 3-5% and lo and behold the "comeback" kid did it again!! WooooHooo we are all happy and now lets go and do the "told ya" dance to all those garlic Noses and lets make sure the chickens come back to roost!!

    April 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. B. Serius

    Leadership qualities, ability to unite & motivate people, excite the youth (future) of this country, sound judgement, charming personality, a visionary, and full of youth and energy. Sounds like hallmarks of a great president. Time to get behind the winner. The one and only Barack Obama (08).

    April 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. josephine

    Once again CNN is an Obama shrill. How sad you silly Obama lovers believe this stuff. The new SUSA poll out this morning shows Clinton ahead of Obama by 18pts! SUSA has been the only accurate poll since the beginning of this primary. Hey did you Obama supporters hear that great little speech he gave on foreign policy yesterday..."I know you guys want me to pick a VP who knows a "bunch" of stuff, wow its reminds me of Bush speak. Oh and the part about how he's better on foreign policy cause he lived in Indonesia as a kid and saw poor people in Africa. Hey I've been to poor countries too! Maybe I can run for President. What a tool he is...this guy is in way over his head and it is starting to show.

    April 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. S. in Pennsylvania

    The number of Obama supporters are certainly strengthening in PA. I live in a conservative area (south central PA) and I'm seeing a huge increase in Obama yard signs and bumpers stickers. In fact, I've seen much more evidence of Obama supporters than Hillary by a ratio of about 3:1 (about 3 yard signs or bumperstickers for Obama compared with signs or bumperstickers for Hil). The Dems I've talked to who say they will support Hillary on the 22nd ALL agree that they will vote for Obama over McCain in the general election, should Obama be the one to win the nomination.

    I'm voting for Obama April 22nd.

    April 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Eli

    Where do CNN get these POLLS. Check others and you will see the difference. CNN has been playing this game all along. That is why Obama has any lead beacuse the MEDIA makes him out to be the winner and some of the voters will always vote for who they think will win.

    April 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Marie

    I am an older white woman in Georgia. Sure do hope the older white women in other States wake up. I think many are voting for her just because she is a woman. You better take a good look at her before you vote. Why is Mark Penn any where near her campaign? Why does she want to mandate healthcare insurance and garnish the wages of voters already in financial trouble? Why did she lie on three separate occasions about Bosnia? She wants to increase Government size and spending, but doesn't say how we will pay for it. Does increased taxes sound good to you? I'm sorry, but I do not believe in amnesty for over 12 million illegal immigrants, she does. I never agreed with the war in Iraq, but you can't just pull out. I'm sorry that she and Bill have to survive on $44,000 per day. Hillary cannot be trusted.

    April 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Michael Hecht, State College, PA

    CNN continues to distort the polling information. the ARG poll (4/5-6 shows a tie at 45% each and Insider Advantage (4/2) shows Clinton up only 45-42. These are the three most recent polls and CNN picks the one with the largest Clinton lead. Why?

    April 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. julie35

    I am a strong Democrate, Iwill never vote for a radical person to be in the white house! Obama outspends Hillary because of move-on.org and other hate sites, they run the empty suit, Obama and his radical pastor are hypocrites of the worst kind, I have already started to get dems to vote rep in Nov, We will not be bought by the false Obama,like some msm, But then Obama supporters refuse to follow the dots, to who is really behind his campaign! It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad!

    April 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Barbara

    CNN, give Hillary a break. It is soooo obvious who you are backing, and these articles regarding Hillary, and how she's falling way behind are not accurate. This is a neck/neck race, but the way your journalists are relaying it, is just subtle influence to not vote for Hillary, because she is losing very badly. I used to respect CNN. I thought it was a neutral, non bias network, but I am very wrong. Stop bullying her! Get a grip, and just report the facts, not the opinions of your journalists!

    April 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. yael

    Obama and his supporters can continue to throw millions more dollars at the voters than Clinton, but it will not change the end result. Americans simply can't be bought. And yes, he may have more funds to be sure he can get every single vote he can muster to the polls, but he still can't manage to get a majority. And those of us that support Clinton won't be silenced. He may have might on his side, but we have right.

    April 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. James

    I think Obama would end up winning Pennsylvania by 49% to 45%. Who would bet?

    April 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Cowboy Jack

    These polls do NOT take into account the large number of blue-collar males who've made it clear in Ohio and other states that they DO NOT want to vote for Obama.....

    remember that

    April 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Bit, Alabama

    Read the Clinton Chronicles on Google:

    We need an honest President!

    ENOUGH SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. SPYTURTLE

    Outspent? Maybe because Obama has control over his campaign and doesn't overpay out of control managers partying at his expense. His campaign is focused on a goal and not self dealing for personal gain. Obama has money to spend because he has run his campaign so well just like he will run this country.

    April 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. E. Churchhill, PA

    . . .It is about time that voters and media outlets realize that
    Senator Obama's lead has nothing to do with his race, no matter how much some wish it were true. Can we please stop trying to revive that dead horse.

    April 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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