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. sandyb

    Clinton lost this campaign herself, all by herself. Every misstep was due to her own poor judgment, Obama had nothing to do with it.

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Norman

    Dear Sabrina,
    Obama's money is coming from small, first time donors averaging a $95 gift, unlike the money that Hillary gets which is almost entirely from special interest groups. That being said, you were right in that some people weren't going to vote for Hillary anyway, because they probably wouldn't vote at all if Obama weren't running. Obama is offering a chance for everyone to get involved in politics, and that is what these people expect. No more illegal wars or breaks for their special interest buddies or presidential pardons for their pals. All I've ever heard from Democrats in every election is that really want to change the system; well, here he is! Sorry it is not the woman running.
    She represents the old Democratic guard, where trying to beat the Republicans at their own game of catering to corporations and lobbyists mixed in with a little (or a lot of) mudslinging is considered the astute approach. Obama represents something different, and everyday more people are realizing that.

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Tehran

    Worthington "Wow~ Obama's now serving up Kool-Aid in SIX PACKS! Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow."

    Jan "Remember Penn is not over run with black voters."

    This show Racism is still alive and why need to bring it more to the light to create solutions. We so sorry about China, but look at our own problems. America Wake UP. . .

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. RuthieM

    Go Obama go!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. checkthisout

    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE OBAMA DEALINGS WITH REZKO

    WILL PUT AN END TO OBAMA'S HOPEs AND DREAM SOON.

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Portland

    Chris From San Antonio:

    Your comment is so pathetic. When one merely points out the fact that 90% of African Americans in most states are voting for BO, it is racism. You accuse Jan of racism because she stated that the state of Penn is not over run by AA voters – you cal it racism. But hey it is OK if Irreverent "Wrong" comes out and bad-mouths half the world and goes on confirmed racist rants!! That is not racism? Wake up and smell the coffee – It is OK to discuss race. There is nothing racist in pointing out gender or race biases. And if you cannot actively participate or discuss such issues and add anything meaningful to it then do us all a favour by at least not saying something as pathetic as what you said above.

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. JustinA

    I didn't think Hillary had the money to pay for all the CNN coverage?
    Could you at least update your site to show that Obama actually WON TEXAS?
    Outdated and biased information will make cnn.com irrelevant.

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Mike, Land O Lakes, FL

    Its time for us to unite against a single candidate and I am pretty sure Hillary will play an important role as either a VP or Senate leader. We need to defeat Bush's thrid term in the form of McCain I mean McBush.

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. JJ

    ELM

    Happy packing!

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. either

    Everyone is really hacking on Obama and Pastor Wright. Have we forgotten that this same Pastor was invited to the White House to give spiritual support to Bill Clinton when Bill was about to admit to his Lewinski affair.

    April 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. NM

    Outspending Billary may be partly responsible for Obama's increasing popularity, however, she is not exactly behaving presidential – merely re-arranging Penn's job title, and comparing the Columbian problem to Obama's Canadian problem. Also, do people know the facts that it was a Clinton aide, not an Obama aide, who spoke to Canadian leaders about trade? CNN, let's get the facts out. Stop protecting Billary!

    April 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. KEVIN MCCABE

    ...STOP THE MADNESS!...end the war now!

    April 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Sharon

    Hillary supporters...GO AND DONATE TO HER WEB SITE!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. eddie n. powellnye

    It is not unlikely that Obama will narrow the lead in Pa. Hillary will realize that her days were with her husband's time in the White House.
    We the people, in order to form a more perfect union must demand from our politicans. It seems that a certain portion of our people will fall for any thing. It is up to us as a people to educate. if we let the politicans and the news media to educate the Billarys will be in the running come November.. Just look at how the news media and the
    politicans want us to beleive that people in middle Pa. will not see through the Billarys and the governor of that state. It not about blue-collar workers or being white. It is about the right of the thing. No one can make me beleive that they are that backwards. If they are, then God help this country. The old way is not the right way this time. It is
    the 21st century and if they have not realized by now that we are global,
    again, "GOD HELP US".

    April 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. ginny bell j.b.n.ga.

    WE KNOW CNN IS FOR OBOMA.....
    SO DO WE BELIVE THE CNN POLE........NO..........
    AND NO TO THE OTHER ONE........
    WHAT WE SHOULD ASK .....THE PERSON TAKINGTHE POLE .......WHO ARE YOU VOTING FOR ???????
    THEN WE MIGHT GET A BETTER POLE........
    HANG IN THERE HILL/..........
    THEY ARE TRYING TO SCARE THE VOTERS AWAY AGAIN..........

    April 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. RuthieM

    People aren't stupid, especially us Pennsylvanians who will vote for Obama and bring Obama THE PENNSYLVANIA WIN!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. AMB

    Okay, for weeks now I've heard lots of rumblings about some mysterious deep dark secret about Obama that's going to come out. What is it? If it's so horrendous, bring it to the light of day. We know about Rezko, the whole Wright thing –he's been very upfront about all those things. My guess is it's just another stall tactic to draw out this whole pre-convention process. Instead of making mysterious accusations, and listening to the nuts on Fox News (Nancy, I'm talking to you) , vote your heart for the one who you feel will lead the nation the best. If that candidate doesn't get the nomination, then for heaven's sake, get behind the Dem nominee and help bring the party together.

    Anybody by McCain!!

    April 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Ugot2bkidding , Alabama

    Obama must spend more to be recognized,. This is common sense people. The more people get to know him, the more he will chip away at Hillary's lead. Hilary has been running on name recognition alone..that is it.

    Bigots be gone!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. either

    Hillary, run as long as you want. That's democracy; however, you are going to have to soften up and stop lying in order to regain ground.

    April 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Bryan NY

    CHECK OUT THIS CNN NONSENSE FROM THIS ARTICAL!!

    "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."

    --–I mean, anyone with a high school education knows the reason why Hillary is falling in the polls is due to her recent lies (or "mis-speak" for the Hillary fans an CNN) and not anything Obama is doing. I mean really, we give him too much credit.

    April 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Chris

    Change cannot be stopped, with every new President in office there is bound to be change
    It scares me when the ONLY criteria for being elected / electable is 'will bring Change!!'
    Since the begining of this election cycle, Mr. Obama, other than saying he is 'for change' has said not too much .. about .. WHAT he will change .. or HOW ???
    Mr. Obama (and his surrogate's aka supporters) one question for you, How can you change something you dont understand???
    You have NO experience of even being close to the White House / you are a rookie in politics ... the only reason for your attraction is your 'lack' of having done anything negative. . hey .. you HAVENT done anything ..
    Remember .. he who makes no mistakes .. usually makes nothing .. that is you Mr. Obama .. you have made no mistakes .. because in essence you have made nothing .. done nothing ..
    You dont know how the system works .. how are you going to change it .. WHAT are you going to change
    Are you going to take away a trillion dollar deficit with your slogan ?
    Are yiou going to reduce gas prices with your slogan?

    and .. CNN .. :) your bias is showing ..
    please try not to become like Fox ..

    April 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Gabriel

    Its is sad, one of my last comments on CNN,

    The arrogance of US media to criticize other country's reporting on any issue when this is the trash and slanted reporting now that has gone on since this campaign started. CNN under TED TURNER at least was a NEWS ORGANIZATION. Now CNN should have a disclaimer ticker running that indicates it is a paid political station.....
    The entertainment will be when the 'post analysis' is done on the media coverage.........

    April 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Batman

    To me they are both idiots,and so is McCain!! Super Iditos

    April 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. chris

    why are my comments awaiting moderation cnn when all these liberal idiots write rediculous things in support of there PUPPETS OF CHANGE who offer no real ideas and the ones they do have they only have becuase well were not republican and thats good right WHATS RIGHT IS NOT ALWAYS POPULAR AND WHATS POPULAR IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT

    April 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. lulu

    I find it astonishing that Obama's supporters are denigrating the "older, white uneducated women" of this country. These women are the ones that raised your ungrateful butts, many times without the help of your daddies. We are the ones who clothed you, fed you, and put your lazy butts through college. Speaking of college, how come the "educated" are graduating with less than stellar grades? How come 53% of college grads cannot find Iraq on a map? How many college grads can balance a checkbook without the help of a calculator?

    So, Danny in Pittsburgh...kiss your older, white Mom. Meanwhile, us older, white women will come out in droves to support Hillary JUST BECAUSE OF YOUR DENIGRATING COMMENTS.

    April 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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