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. Sharon

    What's soooo wrong with my comments?
    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 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    Thank you Chris and Roger from Africa – Hillary Clinton should be the next President. CNN, NBC – whose Today Show keeps interviewing Obama (thanks for giving him all the free publicity) before every primary and MSNBC – keep pushing Obama for all they're worth....what kind of stake do they have in this? This is not objective reporting....a man with NO – that means ZERO experience who says nothing more than talk about change and I was against the war – ZERO experience.....would you hire him to run your company with ZERO experience? I think not....why on earth would you hire him to run our country??? He keeps making foolish, novice mistakes....he's a neophyte for heaven's sake. McCain will win if he gets the nomination.

    April 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. seymore, pa

    Liz W.
    You are correct!
    I urge everyone in Pa to read the FACTCHECK.ORG article on Obamas claim not to take money from lobbiests.
    Read it and decide if you accept this claim o f not taking money from lobbiests

    April 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. M. ELIAS

    MR. OBAMA MAY BE CHIPPING AWAY AT SENATOR
    CLINTON'S LEAD, BUT IN THE END, SENATOR CLINTON
    WILL WIN. SHE IS THE ONLY TRUE CANDIDATE ABLE TO
    LEAD THIS COUNTRY. MR. OBAMA IS NOTHING BUT WORDS,
    AND SENATOR MC CAIN IS NOT REALLY ONE TO LEAD.

    April 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Barb Canada

    Haven't you used this headline every day for a week or more? If you can't come up with something new...why not revert back to your old tricks and twist the headlines compared to the subject matter!

    April 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Nick

    Obama cheerleaders,
    You have to open your eyes. your guy is a fake.
    There is nothing in his mind about uniting and bringing together people. Not with his comments of 'typical white person" on one side and his constant justification of his pastors preaching and believes.
    We need a President who is going to be proud of this country and people that make this country great.

    April 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Edward

    Obama will be once in our life time president. He is the person who can united us and will be the greatest president ever in USA.

    April 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Terry in New York

    That just shows that the Pennsyltuckians also are finally seeing her for what she is. A liar, say anything to win, dirty handed politician.
    If you Hillary lovers want her involved in politics so bad, take her, we in upstate N.Y. never wanted her to begin with.

    April 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. to election watcher

    I think you should actually read a dictionary and get the definition of fading. The article is correct in saying she is fading as her lead has dwindled from double digits or over 20 points to now single digits or about 6 or 7 points. Wont you call that fading or are lets see narrowed, dwindled, shrunk better terms for you????

    April 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Barb Canada

    Haven't you used this headline every day for a week or more? If you can't come up with something new...why not revert back to your old tricks and twist the headlines compared to the subject matter!.!

    April 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Larry Buchas

    Hillary 08′ 12′

    If not Hillary, then McCain!

    These people are taking the same path as Joe Lieberman. You should stop, take a deep breath, and think about that. You wouldn't want that on your conscience. Just think about voters of Bush.

    April 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Steve in DC

    I'm amazed at America. You people are crazy. Hillary is destroying her own campaign by lying...excuse me "mis-speaking" and making poor decisions (Mark Penn) and what our your reasons for the shift in the polls? "He's outspending her"

    Give me a friggin break! Perhaps the voters in PA are starting to see the desperation and crumbling campaign of Hillary.

    You people are crazy!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Ehsanul Haque

    Advertisements definitely play a major roll. Clear picture of the issues offered by candidates attracts the people to determine who to vote for. The personality of a candidate and consistency of speeches about what they commit is 'The most important factor' who finally the people shall choose to vote for. By now People have already learnt, race, gender or religeon is not the factor anymore (some media people still trying to highlight these factors unnecessarily).
    So, it is not surprising Hillary is loosing her support. It is surprising if still she is holding supports among 'The Women and Olders'. I'm pretty sure, just knowing the few lies she did those she was caught, they will realize all commitments she is making today may become lies once she will be in power.

    Ehsanul
    Montreal, Canada

    April 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. W

    The media is biased about everything.....until we change how the media thinks and acts only then will change come about. Politics is a vicious negative driving animal and the media plays off of this at every turn......oh wait I mean they run stuff according to how much money is coming in for that air space!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Jim, USA

    I'm for change so I'm for Obama. I don't know how Obama will bring about change, but he says he's for change, I'm for change, so that's good enough for me. But whatever change Obama is for, I am for it because I'm for change, I hope it's not bad change, that wouldn't be good, but I am for good change, whatever that may be, so I'm hoping Obama brings change, good change, not bad change.

    Obama in 08, hopefully good change, but even if it's bad change I'm for change!

    April 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. P. Billingsley, PA

    . . .Senator Obama is always giving brilliant explanations of his plans. If people
    continue to ignore him (Ignorant by choice), then he's an empty suit to you, no matter what he says.

    April 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. CB in Florida

    I hope voters in Pennsylvania wake up and smell what Hillary Clinton is concocting, as she campaigns in your state. She wants to succeed in pulling the wool over your eyes on her real position on NAFTA. I encourage you not to buy into Hillary Clinton's shell game. She has played this game, before on voters in Ohio and Texas. Her senior advisors made big money from Columbia and she says she is against it. These Columbian trade deal revelations and not knowing that Hillary Clinton was a very strong advocate for NAFTA, contrary to what she was telling everyone on the campaign trail, should be an eye opener about Hillary Clinton.

    April 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. emmarcee

    Does it have anything to do with huge number of republlicans who switched to dem party "just out of devotion for Obama?" I really don't think anything really changed with the contenders profile within the last one week. As some other blogger pointed out, what is really "fading?" . This is the typical media innuendo aginst Hillary we always complain about. I guess she should just drop out and go as independent in November. This way they cannot claim that she damaged Dem election process.

    April 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Brian from California

    This is great news for the Republicans as the democrats will elect someone that will have a very hard time winning in the General election. Why you may ask?

    NOBAMA will ruin the economy by punishing business by raising taxes
    NOBAMA will attempt to double the size of government from the taxes received.
    NOBAMA base is primarily unemployed that haven't had to pay taxes on a regular basis, and who rely primarily on handouts from government, thankfully the majority of voters work for a living and know the pain of paying taxes.
    NOBAMA is a friend of William Ayers
    NOBAMA is a friend of Rezko
    NOBAMA is a friend of Rev. Wrigth
    NOBAMA has NOBAMA Experience, just dreamy speeches with NOBAMA solutions
    NOBAMA is just recently for the first time become proud of being an American
    NOBAMA will ruin the economy with higher taxes
    NOBAMA has shown he is a little light on being a Patriot.
    NOBAMA will be yellow and retreat from the many hard fought gains in Iraq.
    OSAMA wants NOBAMA to win so he can gain access to oil reserves and have the military might to really go after us in the future.

    All I can say as a Republican small businessman that hates the idea of having to layoff my staff if NOBAMA increases my taxes is Mr. and Mrs. NOBAMA bring it on.

    We don't need a speechwriter we need a Problem solver and we need a Patriot during this serious time of our history.

    If you don't think Osama these are serious times,just ask OSAMA or turn on your nightly news.

    April 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Busterdog

    People are seeing more and more that Obama is our only hope for change in this country where everything is so out of whack. For too long we have been headed in the wrong direction and we are all suffering because of it. It is time for change and a new direction. Never before has America been so excited about an election and it is because of the hope and coming together that Obama stands for. We will all stand to benefit when we start working together and quit the political bashing and government control. It is not surprising that those states yet to hold primaries are abadoning Clinton and throwing their support behind Obama. Americans are pretty smart people!

    April 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Roger, Africa

    In my country. This is crazy that Obama is not ready to be president. I don't understand why Hillary is being treated so badly. I think Hillary should be president of the United States of America.

    April 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. QU

    All politics aside, i really love election time in the US since it puts my alma mater in the national spotlight. Quinnipiac is a really awesome university for those of you who don't know; you should check it out!

    ps. GOBAMA!

    April 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. GOD BLESS AMERICA

    This site is so pro Obama.

    April 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Obama support in Iowa

    Everyone in the United States has heard of former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Obama has to spend 4 times as much to get his name out there. There are still a lot of people who have never heard him speak and don't know anything about him. The more they know, the more they give him their support and their vote. If it takes 4 times as much, so be it. We supporters are continuing to give what we can when we can. I've contributed $25 a month for about 5 months in a row. I will continue to support his campaign.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. GOD BLESS AMERICA

    OBAMA AND ODINGA

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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