April 29th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton, Obama dead even for fifth straight day

Obama and Clinton are locked in a dead heat.

Obama and Clinton are locked in a dead heat.

(CNN) - For the fifth straight day, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are statistically tied in Gallup's national tracking poll, the latest indication the Democratic stalemate shows no signs of ending four months after the primary season began.

Clinton holds a one point lead over Obama in Tuesday's tracking poll - a statistical tie, given the poll's 3 point margin of error. In the last five days, the two candidates have either been exactly tied or separated by only one point.

That trend marks a clear departure from the weeks before the Pennsylvania primary, during which Obama almost consistently held a wide lead over Clinton. Meanwhile, the five-day tie is one of the few times all year in which the two candidates have been deadlocked for more than two days.

soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. edmond

    Good luck senetor Obama....

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. alice2

    OBAMA YOU'R A WINNER. HILLARY YOU LOST. Hillary has/is trying everything to destroy Barack. She tries to keep Rev Wright going, to hurt Barack. I think that will be hard to forget.. She is so negative and destructive to the Dems that I don't see how the Superdels can support Hillary, with the type of mind set she has.. I can barely listen to her or watch her. She is getting SO STALE. We are moving forward with Barack Real CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Gretchen in California

    If Obama can stay even through all the Reverend Wright controversy, he is one strong candidate. No one has thrown anything at Hillary (and there are decades of footage to throw) and she's only just even. I think Hillary would be a capable president but I'd have to hold my nose to vote for her and I will not saddle my children with four more years of G.W.Bush. I'm praying for Obama.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Rebecca

    I do not understand how people can continue to support Hillary Clinton. She has a proven track record of lying and sneaking and being an 'old school' politician. No one has been able to 'dig up' dirt on Senator Obama other than to try to say that what his pastor believes, he must believe, which is ridiculous. As my Catholic priest says "we go to church to worship God, not for the priest, not for the music, not for any other reason."

    There were articles on CNN about Obama's upbringing and mother, what he did after graduate school, etc. He is an open book. If people say they do not "know him" it must be because they do not read. There is plenty of material out there. Do some research and find out about your candidates.

    We have a golden opportunity here to finally change this country around in the right direction and move away from the politics as usual, and we are blinded by things that really do not even matter. It is so sad.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Steven

    Now there's no way the party won't be fractured. Nobody can seriously tell Clinton to just quit. There are too many loose ends. She has too much support in the party. Obama is turning into a very weak candidate: 1) he clearly doesn't have the support to "knock" Clinton out of the race–this will go on until at least the end of the primaries; 2) his previous unknowns are turning into negatives; 3) the Wright issue was handled poorly from the beginning, will not go away and will be an issue in November if he survives; 4) he has lost control of the debate, he's lost his voice.

    If he is nominated it will be by limping to the finish line, like a runner who is injured in a preliminary heat ans still has to run the final. And don't blame CLinton for these problems. She's doing what a candidate does: keeps running unless and until if makes no sense for her to do so.

    It's up to Obama to finish Clinton off from a position of strength. Otherwise, he will not have the mandate.

    I personally blame Dean for the party's woes. He's the leader of the party. He's done a poor job all around.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Dan in Sacramento, CA

    This primary has become a joke. The media has created the illusion that Hillary still has a chance to win. She claims she wants everyone's voices heard, but even if we give her MI and FL as she wants, she will still trail and the only way she can now win is if SUPERDELEGATES OVERRULE THE RESULTS OF THE PRIMARIES AND THE WILL OF THE VOTERS. Once again, she's manipulating and speaking out both sides of her face.

    Isn't 20 years of dynastic rule by two families enough for this REPUBLIC?!

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. michelle

    I voted today in the early voting in North Carolina for Senator Obama and look forward to the presidential elections so I can vote for President Obama !

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Hillary Needs More China

    No votes for liars, Hillary will lose.

    North Carolina and Indiana are smart, they know a liar when they hear one. Kick her to the curb, and let's move on to the general.

    She'll be back in 2012, this woman will not go away. There's too much money at stake, too many books to sell, too much china to steal. And since we all know how selfish and greedy she is, we know she'll be back. Helping the people to Hillary is the biggest joke, but Barack will get the last laugh.

    Keep going America, vote her out.

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. marlies

    oh my god, when is this going to be over. i think i won't turn on the TV and internet anymore until next wednesday. and if the outcome doesn't produce a winner then, i'll leave it off all together til nov! this is madness!

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. RMH, New York City

    Barrack cannot win against McCain, he comes with too much baggage. Vote Hillary to take the White House away from the Republicans. Don't waste your vote at a time like this.

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Observer

    First of all, hunter, according to the official party rules no one has the nomination yet because neither Obama nor Clinton have enough delegates to secure the nomination. No one has lost yet.

    Secondly, Arkansas Undertaker, did you read this article at all?

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Reality check #1

    Obama studied Wright's tapes as a college student, sat in his church for 20 years and did not know what Wright's views were? Poor excuse for a future President! And poor time to try to lie. Hillary will be a great President.

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    wow... after the constant Obama-bashing by the Clinton machine and media, the very fact that Obama is still this high in the polls just proves he's the more resilient candidate

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Teris

    Obama is severely damaged by the Good Ol' Reverend that won't go away, I think he its a lost cost, he will get eaten alive by the Republicans if he did win the nomination.
    Hillary is looking better each day, Obama is damaged goods by his own doing and his own pastor. The pastor is a racist and is a nut job.
    And now Obaby is throwing his pastor under the bus...finally after months of this nut job inciting the white vote. It is now a racial issue and Obaby is not going to make it.

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Angela

    GO Obama!

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. sheryl

    Who are they polling? I will never vote for Hillary never, If she is the nominee my family and I will do a write in or something we just cannot vote for her she has been to nasty and she lies.

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Pat Huntington NY

    Too bad the ObamaPods have made it so difficult for Hillary supporters to support him should he be the nominee...but for all the virtiole spewed by the ObamaBots, Hillary supporters would've voted for him in the general...now many more are turned off by him because the negativity spewed by his supporters, that they will vote McCain or not at all...the ObamaMorons have ruined this election for the democrats who should have won it with their hands tied behind their backs....see ya'll in 2012!

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Harvey in Va

    The superdelegates will give their vote to the candidate that will win in Nov Gen election...so history will be made with the FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT Go Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Hopkins

    Last time I checked Hunter, Obama doesn't have enough delegates to win the nomination so he HASN"T won. All you idiots should stop listening to Obama's false hopes and support a candidate who can ACTUALLY do something instead of just talking about it.

    Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Mikey

    HILLARY!!! The tide is turning! We are electing a President, not a cheerleader. Hillary is the better choice

    April 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Patrick from CA

    I was a Hillary fan but now that I have finally heard Obama denounce this fool of a preacher of his for 20 years, I have now change my position and voting for the next president of the United States of America, Barack Obama!


    -Hillary '08

    April 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. OC - CA - cubanamericanwoman

    The nomination cannot be taken away from Obama. He's already won. HRC needs to bow out and unite with Obama and with all of us democrats. Come on democrats – with a team like Obama and Clinton WE CAN TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK!!!! God knows neither of them are perfect, but it is obvious that BOTH have our best interest at heart (although HRC seems to be more power sick). Nevertheless – the American people need them BOTH.


    April 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Steve

    This of course, will be ignored, denounced or explained away by the Obama supporters, pointing out that he has more electoral delegate votes locked up (as if that mattered, one needs 2, 025 to clinch, period.) than Clinton. By the way, check out the article below about Obama's press conference. Especially notice some Obama supporters practically BEGGING the reader to let this issue with Wright go. Why? Because they know it is damaging Obama's chances not only at the nomination, but the general election. I can't help but laugh when I see bloggers writing things such as "PLEASE, PLEASE let this Wright thing go!" I can just imagine them shedding tears on the keyboard, pulling their hair out, etc. It's funny to see them begging. And its also curious how Obama supporters are know turning their fangs on the mainstream media as Obama critics. See CNN, reporting the "wrong" thing, even if it is simply reporting a fact, will always bring out attackers from one side or another.

    "I can no more disown him (Wright) than I can disown the black community." -Barack Obama several weeks ago

    β€œHe was never my spiritual adviser, he was never my spiritual mentor β€” he was my pastor.” -Barack Obama today

    Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?

    April 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. O-blah-ma

    Whoever wins Indiana will be the nominee... BANK ON IT.

    If Hillary wins there and keeps NC close – she will have the momentum. If Barack wins IN and NC (bigger than 9%) He will have the momentum to close the door.

    Thanks to Rev Wright... looks like Hillary will squeak by Obama and his spiritual mentor.

    April 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |

    Deb April 29th, 2008 3:16 pm ET

    After denouncing Rev. Wright today, Senator Obama will once again be the nominee in the lead as should be.


    April 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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