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. Ana

    You know– Hllary puts herself on the line so much more than Obama. I respect that immensely. Why doesn't Obama have the guts to speak out on the Olympics controversy??- Either way? Why doesn't Obama bother to sit down in front of Gen. Petreaus and Crocker and grill them about Iraq like Hillary did this morning? Oh right, he's too busy working the catwalk....

    Sheesh.

    Put things into perspective, people!

    April 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. D.W.; Miami, FL

    To say that Obama has gained on Clinton because he has outspent her is completely disingenous. If money spent were the key wouldn't Mitt Romney be the Republican nominee?

    Throw all the money you want in a campaign. At the end of the day, the American people have to like you and your message must reverbate with the voters.

    April 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Nick

    Buying the presidency is not the way to go. That worries me. Obama spending so much, if it were a level $$$ field would he still be in the race. Bus h was the flashy newcomer in 2000 and look what happened there. Please do not vote like a high school election-based on who is "cool" and popular, but who is better suited for the job. Bosnia was a bad one, but she is feeling the heat from the "cool" dude. I still would rather her in there than another unknown. Maybe in four to eight years Obama can prove his worth and make a great president. We just cannot afford to roll the dice on another popular but inexperienced candidate again.

    April 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    with enough money... hitler could get elected.

    man as an induvidual is smart. people are dumb.

    April 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Bill

    Dems have a compulsive liar and an extreme liberal racist (who also lies) as candidates. As an independent, this party doesn't support anything I stand for.

    April 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Vic

    Hillary outspent in PA.? Where o' where could she get a few million dollars? If she had disclosed her 2007 tax return, we might have the answer. The 110 million dollars earned from 2000 to 2006 is apparently just not available to her campaign. I guess it's Bill's. Also, all the Clinton "charitable" contributions went to the Clinton Foundation, thank you. Very convenient. Stand by your man, HRC. There arebetter models for American women (and Emily's list) to support. America needs a truthful, intellectually honest President: Mr. Obama.

    April 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Terrence W from NC

    Roger, Africa – if you feel that way about it, I would not object if you nominate her for president in YOUR country. We sure won't mind. oh, and please take Bush and Bill with her, please.

    April 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Wanda Reed

    The Washington Post reported that the hospital story told to Senator Clinton by a Deputy Sheriff is true according to family memebers of the woman who died. Seems like Clinton was not lying after all – how come this doesn't get reported. MSNBC had it on Morning Joe. But you people in the media want everyone to believe the worst about her. For God's sake, her taxes were paid and you still can't stop talking about the returns. What is the problem with their joint return?
    Lots of people in this country make money. I hope you all get your Obama and have to live with the consequences.

    April 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. IAMWMD

    I'm can see Hillary Clinton kicking and screaming at the convention like a 5 year old spoiled brat that just dropped her ice cream cone once she finds out that she's not gonna be the nominee.

    Obama 08

    April 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. mk

    OBAMA => No Experience, exits all wars = chaos around the globe
    promising everything to everyone will not make anyone happy...

    OBAMA => Same racist minister for 20 years, hates white people and jews, hates America.

    Obama => Helped direct funds to wife's emplyer as Senator, tripled her salary. Tony Resko, etc.

    Obama => Said his opinion was basically just like George Bush in 2004.

    Obama => A wannabe...never attended any meeting on subcommittee.

    Obama => No economic experience....A fatal error....

    April 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Roger

    Obamacult is doing well in PA?

    Obama tied to a hateful racist church....poll numbers go up.

    White people should do what the blacks do and vote skin color only.

    if you are white and vote for Obama you get exactly what you deserve. Only a moron white would vote for a black nationalist socialist.

    April 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Cherise

    Thank you Joe ! If we elect Clinton a total of 26 years of Bush/Clinton... since when do we have a Monarchy?

    April 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Ron

    Jorge, The last I heard, McCain has one son serving in Iraq and another about to be deployed. Any more stupid comments?

    April 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Even if she wins Pennsylvania, she is already defeated. Although Hillary would have you believe that she are not retreating - but in fact she is advancing in another direction. Hillary will be defeated not by Obama, but rather by herself. It would almost be impossible for Hillary to make a comback with "dignity."

    April 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    WHAT IS THE DEFINTION OF INSANITY-KEEP DOING THE SAME "OLD" THING BUT EXCEPTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. THIS WHAT A VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON WOULD BE INSANITY. HER CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN NEGATIVE. WE NEED SOMEONE WITH "NEW" IDEAL WHO WANTS TO MAKE A CHANGE BY NOT USING THE "OLD" YESTERDAY CAMPAIGN MENTALITY.

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!

    April 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. WHAT?

    Creative Woody.......what have you been smoking. Hillary will not win in November. GUARANTEED! As long as she keeps talking she will slowly lose her supporters. HER LIES ARE SINKING HER SHIP! BIG TIME! Hey Hillary keep up the lies....your doing a great job of killing your campaign! HA HA!!

    April 8, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Chris from San Antonio

    re: nanc April 8th, 2008 12:13 pm ET

    My comment was more against the Clinton camp than against older white women.
    I was commenting on how the Clintons always move the goalposts to make her campaign look stronger. "If this were the electoral college, Hillary would win. If we only counted the big states...If only white women were allowed to vote..."
    Nothing against you and yours. I am proud you are able to see through the whole white v. black, man v. woman thing.

    April 8, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Michael Guinn- Ventura, CA

    Nice to see the people of PA are starting to listen. Everyone knows that it is a "machine" state. All the big wigs of the machine with the exception of Sen Casey are backing Hillary because that's the way the machine works.
    But the PEOPLE want change.
    Go PA!! Show that you can think and vote according to YOUR wishes!

    April 8, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. steve

    Hillary MIGHT still win Pennsylvania, but it won't be a blow out. And thats the end for her. Even just to make some sort of dent in delegates she would need to win by more then Ten points, and a blow out would be 12-15 points. This will not happen.
    Obama will then win North Carolina by at least ten points and Finally Hillary will step aside so the healing can begin for the march to November. : )

    April 8, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. isabella Odero

    Hip Hip Horaay!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Betsy

    Buying the Presidency.

    I guess that's the best Obama can do.

    PA can see through this and we'll see by how much Hillary WINS comes April 22.

    April 8, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. F

    Thank you to Joe American. We do live in America afterall and not the UK

    April 8, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Theresa

    I find it insane that Hillary supportors think that Obama supportors are rude. You rarely see one of us screaming in all caps or vowing to vote for McCain if our candidate doesn't get the nomination.

    It seems to me that her supporters are just as nasty and spiteful as she is. Come on people... Look at what she believes in. Do you think it's anywhere near what McCain stands for? Do you think that is what she'd want her followers to do? Do you think she wants to destroy the Democrat's ability to get in the WH?

    Take the blinders off, support your candidate and stop being so nasty!

    Obama 08

    April 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. akc

    Roger, which country in africa you are from?
    I hope it is not Zambia (where we had Chiluba, better orator than Obama and messed up the nation, economically as well as morally) or Zimbabwe (less written more said...the nation is in news at the moment and any reader can read..what Bob Mugable, the old hug has done to once great nation).

    i agree with you 100%. Obama is incarnation of Luos of Kenya who went on rampage once they lost (or deprived of) elections in Kenya three months back.

    Americans, listen to us africans, and don't be pawn in the hands of "interest groups who want to finish once and for all - ?????"

    hillary or McCain for 2008. time will come for muntus and mwenes and yellow brothers and spanish brothers but let muzungus clear the mess created by them.

    April 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. John L. Voss

    When the phone rings at 3:00am will it be from the pregnant woman who cannot get care, a warning about sniper fire or someone asking about more support for NAFTA?

    April 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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