April 10th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Polls: Clinton's lead down to 4 points in Pennsylvania

A New CNN poll of polls shows Clinton with a 4 point lead in Pennsylvania.
A New CNN poll of polls shows Clinton with a 4 point lead in Pennsylvania.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama in the crucial primary state of Pennsylvania has dwindled to 4 points, a CNN average of recent polls calculated Thursday shows.

The New York senator now holds a 4 point advantage over her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, 46 to 42 percent. Twelve percent of likely Democratic voters there remain unsure.

Recent CNN "poll of polls" suggest the race in Pennsylvania is tightening before the state's April 22 primary. A poll of polls calculated two days ago showed Clinton with a 6 point lead in Pennsylvania, and a poll of polls last Friday showed her on top by 11 points.

“Obama is outspending Clinton by better than two to one on television ads in Pennsylvania,” said Alan Silverleib, CNN’s senior political researcher. “Combine that with Clinton’s recent misstatement over her 1996 trip to Bosnia and the escalating chorus of voices calling on her to withdraw from the race, and you get a much tighter contest.”

Thursday's poll of polls included recent surveys from Time Magazine, American Research Group, and Quinnipiac University.

soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Bye Bye Clinton

    Hill, please don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    April 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Ross in MD

    Drop out of the race Hillary!

    You can still have a little bit of dignity...

    April 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. gasdocpol

    Obama can outspend Hillary because more Americans , (not monied interests looking for a pro quid pro) have reached into thier pockets and sent Obama their hard earned money.

    That is because retired people like me living on a fixed income have sent him $500 so far.

    Obama is doing well because I drove to Iowa and froze my 69 year old white butt off campaining door-to-door for Obama and drove to Indiana to registewr voters last Saturday and Sunday.

    April 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Debbie,NJ

    And don't forget about her millions and her husband helping to steal jobs and income from Americans. It doesn't matter what she says, she never was up front with the American people about where their income comes from. As a matter of fact she tried to hide it in her tax returns. Watch there will be more discrepancies/contradictions about what she says and how she really lives and think.

    April 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Brainless

    Clinton lies.
    Obama lies.
    And CNN lies.

    I don't blame anybody.

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Please go away Hillary.

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Dave

    Come on Pennsylvania, let's rap this thing up!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. DT

    It' s over

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Wise Choice

    Sen. Clinton is only postponing the inevitable. It's a tough pill to swallow but I suspect this is the beginning of the end.

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. AW

    Not to rain on anyone's parade, but ARG, a polling group they're averaging here has had an absolutely abysmal track record this election cycle. Their most recent poll had Obama up by 17 some points in PA, so that's probably skewing the results to an extent.

    Go Obama!

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Grif

    They're selling the Country fast now, be Prepared to wear long dresses, and sandals soon....

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. scott lymann

    WE AT CNN ARE GOING TO POLL EVERY DAY TO ENSURE THAT BARACK OBAMA TAKES THE LEAD –

    BY TELLING EVERYONE THAT HE KEEPS GAINING EVERY DAY THEN WE THINK WE CAN HAVE THE CANDIDATE WE WANT!

    Why not just take ads from Obama to plaster on your website? Oh, wait, your reporting already does that.

    SAD

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. LGriff

    This will put an end to Hillary big states win. I BELIEVE Obama will take it on April 22 and as President of the United States.

    Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Mark Cary, NC

    What about the Insider Advantage Poll (+10) and the SurveyUSA poll (+18) ? I love how CNN has cherry picked polling places that have always had Hillary performing poorly in places like NJ, CA, TX, and OH, states she eventually won.

    April 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Smitty

    dah dah dah... Feelin strong now.... Dah dah dah flying high now...

    April 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Saad from NJ

    You're bad CNN.. that's not cool... for you to take a picture right when she got the dwindling lead news and then to actually post it.... that's bad!!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. To Hillary Supporters

    Abandon ship!!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Lance

    CNN: It is wrong to suggest that Clinton's shrinking in lead is because of Obama outspent her. This suggested money is the reason which is dead-wrong.

    If you look at the history of PA polls, Obama percentage stayed around 39-42%. However, Clinton's number dropped from 56% to 46%. That clearly indicated the people who supported Clinton earlier is now in doubt. They shifted to "unsure", not to Obama's camp (yet).

    Why the shift? because of Clinton's recent scandals on Trade, on Bosnia, on Healthcare stump speech etc. That has nothing to do with Obama heavily spent on PA ads as there is no negative ad from both camps in PA yet. That is of her own making.

    Such comment from CNN indicated you are either bias or has spent very little brain power to truly analyze the very poll numbers you are posting.

    April 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Don Savoy

    I have been following the Democrat's contest very closley and as an outsider looking in I must say that Hillary Clinton seems to lie & embelish at every turn. She regularly does not check her facts. I want the next leader of the free world to have thier facts straight!

    Don Savoy
    Canada

    April 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. james

    clintons must go. usa has millions and millions of souls . we cannot afford getting presidents from one hows every other decade! even if she wins pa, she is still gonna lose in nc and then lose it all. why being too greedy and selfish?

    April 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. charlene

    i dont believe it. cnn and the media can spin it anyway they want.. the polls will tell the tell of the tape.

    hilary 08

    April 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. OBAMA is UNELECTABLE

    Why are you Obama Supporters so full of hate?

    April 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. sacto joe

    Obama's nomination is inevitable. Senator Clinton needs to start making amends for the horrible way she has slashed up his candidacy. This won't be easy.

    One place to start is to acknowledge that Florida and Michigan has a LOT more disenfranchised voters than those that voted in their illegal primaries, including all those who would, in a fair setting, have voted for Obama.

    April 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    Obama should run a campaign ad designed around Hillary's position on NFTA, what with the White House Report during her years supporting it, and have one of chief campaign designers and husband pushing for it, and run it a couple of days before the election. Maybe he could actulally win the primary and put her out of the race.

    April 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Sabrina Las Vegas, NV

    LOL @ Obama will be President's post....

    Obama and his supporters are working hard in PA and it's paying off for them.

    Good luck Sen. Obama!

    April 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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