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. Jorge

    Please have a heart and a brain....
    Vote for Hillary

    April 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. MELMARIE

    Finally!! PA is seeing this lying woman for who she really is. Hillary has known and worked with Penn for the same time that Obama has been going to Rev.Wright's church and she wants us to believe that she didn't know what this man was up to.. It looks like two birds of a feather!!!

    Also... Can someone please tell why is it that when Hillary is in trouble she turns around and points her finger at Obama even when it doesn't have anything to do with him.

    Obama '08

    April 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. rj

    "Jan April 8th, 2008 11:16 am ET

    There is no way Obama is going to win in Penn, When the true polls
    come out Penn voters are not that stupid. He can spend all the money he wants, but Hillary will still win.

    She is a true a true American and people are going to vote for her
    because she is the best to lead this country.

    Remember Penn is not over run with black voters."

    Jan, WOW....WOW....was going to comment on this but now i'm just flabergasted. It's ignorance like yours that is unfortunately going to destroy this country eventually. You're so typical of the Billary supporters....based on absolutely nothing but you know you need to support her and her lies, deviousness and cunning.

    Btw, i live in PA....not black and very much for Obama. So maybe i'm the only white person in PA that feels that way but i highly doubt it.

    April 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Roger

    We will only hear more about Ayers, Rezko, and Wright if Obama is nominated. Don't think that McCain's campaign isn't getting prepared.

    Please wake up and vote for Hillary!

    April 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Josh

    That's not what the SUSA polls say...the one that has been most accurate to date.

    Hillary's up 18 points...consistent with past polling.

    Pennsylvania is clearly going towards Hillary.
    But we'll see.

    April 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. mg

    Even if she wins all the remaining contests 60% to 40%, I have done the math,she will still trail the guy and the fact remains that she wont even perform that magic.

    And she knows it. So why the heck is this woman dividing the party by hanging on to nothing?

    Howard Dean please for the sake of success for the party in November,please take a stand on the remaining superdelegates to endorse the people's choice so the party can move ahead.

    She knows she is down and by hanging on,she expects to drag the guy down with her but she is JOKING.

    OBAMA THE NEW FACE OF AMERICA.

    April 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Esther

    What is so wrong with being VP?
    Barack Obama could agree to run with Hillary and be the vice president so that he will have 4-8 years to gain additional experience and then run for president and have 4-8 years making his idea’s become a reality? He could potentially have 16 years to make a difference. What is so wrong with being VP? Why drag this on for so long?

    April 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Dr. Truth, Boston

    If she can dodge sniper fire she can raly from a dip. Wait she can't dodge sniper fire.

    April 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Florida Voter

    Come on Hillary, pull ahead!
    If we can't see McCain / Rice '08...

    It'd be nice to see you get Impeached

    April 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Sam in Indiana

    Listen, I know some are insulted by saying Clinton supporters are less educated. But that is what the polls are saying, not Obama supporters. That those with less than a college degree support Hillary.

    Also, most of these same Hillary supporters watch FOX news and have actually suggested to others to watch FOX. That show is not even credible. So how educated of a suggestion is that to watch FOX? Pretty dumb to me.

    April 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Robert Fisher

    Why has there been little talk about Senator Clinton's ex pastor that was convicted of molesting a 7 year old girl?

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. For ONCE and FOR ALL SHE LOST TX!!!

    That is all! Learn to count Delegates. Or try remedial math!

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Gerald London, UK

    Obama supporters in America are not alone in their excitement over this guy. Over here, people agree overwhelmingly that there is something special and magical about Barack Obama.
    We simply don't know what it is but we know it 's something good for America and its image abroad.

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. @americans

    If Billary is that good of a candidate, she will be outspending Obama 10 to 1! Obama is the underdog here and have proven time after time that he is a much better candidate to be the President of the United States!!
    But, the fat lady is paying Mark Penn $10 million dollars a month to talk to Colombians in cutting free trade deals and basically mismanaging her campaign.

    If Billary can't manage her campaign, you can't trust her with the presidency...there is sooo many Baggage and Lies and Half Truths that comes with the Clintons!

    PA: SAY NO TO BILLARY AND PUT AN END TO HER MISERY!!!!

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Justin, PA

    The only reason Hillary ever starts out strong is because of name recognition. As you can see, once more people meet Obama and hear what he has to say they quickly abandon Clinton. When I say quickly I literally mean quickly, look at the timespan between these polls.

    Many of you are too arrogant to review all candidates and make an objective opinion about them. If you did, you would see that Obama is clearly the candidate that embodies change and has the mindset this country needs to deal with our problems.

    George W. Bush put off health care, social security, he barely scratched the surface on energy independence, all while starting off with one hell of an approval rating, an incredible surplus, and the boom in housing. Only a complete moron could f- that up, and look what happened.

    McCain used to be a great guy, and if elected would hopefully turn his back on the warmongers that are trying to get him elected but in the world of old politics, people put loyalty above morality. This is why Richardson endorsed Obama, morality should always triumph over loyalty. McCain is too loyal to the Republican brand name and while he used to be moderate, has now embraced help from the neo-conservatives that elected Bush.

    Clinton has not put much effort into this campaign. She started with inevitability which allowed enough people to ignore her and look at those running against her. She greatly underestimated how dependant she would be on her big financial backers and has fallen so much in love with her own money that she is unwilling to spend any of her own money. That 5 million dollar LOAN has to get paid back. As reported by politico, she has millions of dollars worth of bills she still needs to pay back. She cannot win the nomination so she is in it to pay off her debts, not in it til the end. Don't be fooled by the media's attempt to make this thing look close. The need for ratings overpowers the need for unbiased, objective reporting.

    She has run a negative campaign because VP is still a win in her book. The only way Obama can heal the wounds left from her campaign is to bring her in. How else are her supporters supposed to vote for Obama if she has caused them to hate him so much? But don't tell that to you guys, you just care about who read the script that someone should not have written.

    Remember, being a moderate independant is the ideal way to deal with politics. Politicians pay great attention to them. The liberal and the conservative are simply pocket votes that a candidate earns by default. The moderate independant swings the election.

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. JD-NC

    You know...this is disgusting. Since last night, apparently superstar liar with the big mouth wife knows everything in the world. I will not vote for him under any circumstances, and would rather have Hillary. If she does not get it , you Obama groupies need to realize the fact that Obama will lose, because we had in the Raleigh area last night party jumpers to vote for McCain to the tune of 450 and growing daily. So, while you guys do you on line contribution thru trumped up donators-let McCain win.

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Time 4 Change!!!

    Change isn't change until we've change!

    OBAMA in "08"

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Karen G

    Why don't some of you people wake up before it is to late, do your research, check out all the lies from obama, Resco, Wright, Kenyan relations, There are several proven lies in his book about him self he rather embelished it to make himself look better in the public eye, He was the one who talked to canada,you can talk to any news sorce and check it out, and Hillarys story about the pregnant woman was true,go to Washington Post and check it out, the aunt ot the lady confirmed it. Come on people quit following obama like a bunch of cult groupies before it is to late.

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Boomer

    I detect racial slurs in many of the pro Hillary comments. My favorite: Pennsylvania is not OVERRUN with blacks! It is obvious that her constituancy is made up largely of uneducated white people, some of whom are bigots. I have heard that Pennsylvania consists of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Alabama. Food for thought!

    April 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Mike

    Sandra, you are correct. She is a pathological liar and cannot be rehabilitated.

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Eric

    Keep it up Mr. Obama, I am sure PA will end this on the 22nd and NC will be the straw that broke the queens back.

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Elle

    Obama has no real advantage.He is self-serving in his way of spending campaign raised money.He is outspending Clinton 4-1 and not having a rock solid advantage.Obama carelessly spends money in effort of his political gain ,despite the democratic party advising not to .He has regard only for himself .
    As far as the polls are concerned.The have proven wrong in Ohio and Texas and they will once more.PA will vote for Hillary by over 10 %.

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Sue from Ga.

    Bravo for Pennsylvania! Keep listenening and learning what a scam artist she really is. Speaking as a middle aged femal, I hope that the women in Pa aren't voting for her because she is a woman. The problem with Sen. Clinton is that she is the WRONG WOMAN.

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Banko

    Clintons days in this race are numbered. It' s a fairy tale. It's just a dream bad dream. Take your losses and go now or over whelming humiliation will follow suit.

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Out of Bowie, MD

    Creative Woody- How can Penn's dealings have nothing to do with Hillary? R U loco. Yes I am a Obama supporter, but I also have a mind. I am will not stick to "Obama" and just refuse to see his short comings. We would all be better served to the same. Hate gets us nowhere. But I am sure you will not give it a 2nd thought and continue on your wreckless tirade.

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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