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. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    Let me see, first he was not in the pews, didn't even know this man who married him, baptized his children, gave him the title of his book, held these views. That's a real big stretch. Maybe he's not the intellectual we all thought he was. Maybe he's really blind and deaf. Now Wright is no longer like a family member. Guess the crazy uncle has been disowned.

    April 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Andre S

    If Hillary wins the nomination without the most delegates, the Democratic Party as we know it will be destroyed. The most loyal base of the party has historically always been from African Americans. Hillary can not win without them. They have been the only loyal democrats. Bush could not have won the last two elections (except for cheating) without democrats. The (beer drinking, gun toting, and deer hunting) Democrats that defected to Bush showed their loyalty to the party. But African Americans always stayed steadfast and voted for democrats. They will not vote for Hillary or McCain. African Americans now realize that no party has their interest at heart. They now have to rely on theri own skills, talents, and abilities to make change. They will all become independents. McCain will certainlyu win if Hillary wins the nomination.

    April 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Chris In PA

    Are you kidding me? People are in love with the surface not the soul. Hillary is best positioned to lead us out of the black hole Bush put is in. There is no substance to Obama. When asked about Obama it is about him and not what he has done or plans to do. We love him – give me a break. What has he put forward?

    April 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Dimitrios, Washingon DC

    I'm so sick of Obama supporters saying Hillary Clinton can't win. News Flash: Obama cannot win either. Does that register? Neither Clinton nor Obama have the delegate votes to win.

    Clinton will lead in the popular vote if Michigan and Florida are counted. Obama wants to hold onto legalities to block those votes. Clinton has ballots from real voters. The superdelagates will decide the nominee – and they will need to weigh the voice of the people, even those that the Obama campaign wants to muzzle.

    April 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Steve

    The scary thing is that only today is he outraged by Wright, not months ago when Wright said all the quotes we've heard played on the news over and over. The real reason Obama is doing this now is that he is realizing that this drowning his campaign. This is quintessential politics doing whatever is necessary to maintain power. It will be very interesting to see what Wright says in response to Obama's denouncements today.

    April 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Ani

    To Obama supporters!
    It's sad to explain people abt what's main difference between Obama & Clinton. He is not at all comparable with Hillary. She worked for 80 nations, countless social works, foreign pilicies, more than decades of political knowledge. And Obama........shame...just making people fool just by giving a pseudo imaginary hope deam.....Does he alone change the US? No, can't.because he is a part of US politics.where he has to work with his super delegates, and domecratic members......so how does he make a difference....? Can he leave his super delegates? No, he can't.........and most of super delegates will use him to get many undue previleges........so how can he make a difference........
    Just imagine, whole world is dependent on US policies, economy.....If US is under some unexp guy, then how can he run world's toughest job at whitehouse?
    It's know to us that he is comfortable to reply to questions, even felt irritated to argue with journalists? If that's his patienece level, then how can we expect Obama to lead that toughest job........am in doubt........
    Obama is leading just becoz of balck voters and most of young.........So what's his social image among supporters? He brought racisim in this race.......so just forget him.............
    Just think of Hillary.........a great women with huge potential and sensitivity......

    April 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Paul

    Why do you only report the polls that best support Hillary? Yesterday and today you report Gallup's polls while the equally relevant Rasmussen polls show Obama with and 8 point lead. This is an obvious bias CNN. Shame on you.

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. outsider

    Obama is a good man, a good leader. Hillary? I do not know. Too many lies by her and her friends in the last few months have made me very confused.

    Tie? I have 20 yrs education. I do not get it. Lies destroy friendship. Lies destroy a family. Lies destroy a country. Stop lies. Tell the nation the truth.

    Sen. Obama, win or lose in this election, you are a winner. You are a decent human being, a winner forever. Skin color does not matter to me. What matter is your character, your heart, your brain.

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Justin

    Obama's just following Karl Rove's advice. Seriously, read Rove's column. He says to do exactly this. They think that he's wounded and want to go against him now. Crafty Right Wing.

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. ben/augusta

    Hang is there Mr. Obama, God will see you through the storm. Continue to hold your head high and address the issues of the people because you are running a trustworthy campaign for all to see.

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. J. McKinney

    Thank goodness, some of the cool aid drinkers and 18 to 25 year old "teenyboppers" are starting to figure out that Obama has a LOT of problems that we haven't seen a tenth of yet. Hopefully they will keep surfacing and people will realize Hillary is our only hope. GO, HILLARY!!

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Karen from PA

    I have to wonder about Obama, what is going on with him. His spiritual advisor and friend for twenty long years really does not seem to support Obama at all. Is he really trying to warn americans about Obama. It seems to me that he will do anything to make sure Obama is not president. Why would he do that. Does he know something that we don't about Obama. I must say Rev. Wright is who he is...like him or not. He seems to be true to himself , unlike Obama who is Rev Wright's friend one moment then comes out and speaks about him negatively. I don't trust Obama. He is a scared little puppy now and will say anything to get elected now. Obama....drop out now. You can not be trusted!

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. garosha

    clintons dived the best nation in this world
    shaume clinton you are arogant

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Barbara

    I remain loyal and supportive of Barack Obama. From the first time I heard the man speak in ILL., I felt he was destine for " GREATNESS " and I still do. Our country is in serious shape and change needs to happen.

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. sn seattle

    Hep, even after Rev. Wright ! Go Obama!

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. More States Won + More Votes + More Delegates = NOMINEE

    More Delegates + More States Won + More Votes = NOMINEE

    Those are the rules Hillary agreed to last year.

    LET'S BE HONEST HERE: Hillary didn't care about the people of FL and MI last year when SHE AGREED to not counting them. She now only wants them because she needs the votes and Barack wasn't on the ballot in MI. (And she still didn't get 50% of the vote...lame). She doesn't care about the people in the 35 states she lost, the states with caucuses, the black vote. the young vote, or the majority of the newly registered democrats. As she said, "The way I count, I'm ahead."

    (And by the way, Bill didn't get elected by winning the white vote...he lost them...he won with the black vote...look it up!)

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Jen



    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. NOOOBAMA!!!

    Keep it up Hillary!!

    You know i'm fed up with all you Obama supporters taking this whole campaign so bloody personal.

    it almost seems like you're getting paid by this Divisive man to badly insult not only Clinton, but everyone else supporting her.

    Not even Clinton supporters act as badly towards Obama.

    You all sound like little evil children, who can't get their way in the playground, so they bicker and hurt people.

    If that's the kind of change Obama is talking about – i.e. division amongst Americans, then i want nothing to do with it – that's the last thing this country needs

    Not like i ever wanted anything to do with Obama, but all this just confirms that Hillary is our best option.
    Not for personal reason (like you Obamafans tend to take things) but for the sake of my nation and its prosperity.

    Go Hillary!!

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. SLO Bear

    Hillary, from doing everything from subverting the democratic process (in the Democratic party!) to agreeing to appear on O'Reilly, is demonstrating an absence of ethics that threatens to destroy the party and hurt the country. Act, superdelegates, act!

    April 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. maggie

    Obama MAY be the nominee...but he will NOT be President!

    He's got so much baggage...and more coming out every day, that the Superdelegates just may decide that he cannot get elected. We'll see.

    April 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. John

    If a nominee doesn't emerge soon, we will be doomed to live with a Republican president for another 4 years.
    Every democrat that I know says that if Clinton gets the nom, they're voting republican.
    4 more years in Iraq? Sure our tax base can support it.
    Get out and vote!

    April 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. JOSH

    go hillary obama and his pastor will rot together

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

    Dead Even!

    Most everyone I know is going Hillary, Obama said " Wright is Like an Uncle to Him" and lets face it, we don't need a Farakon Deciple in the
    White House.

    This is pure political expediency...Obama is a Rap Artist, with a more
    eloquent Rap and " with a dominant 2&4 beat " per wright...

    April 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. lois

    The more I see of Obama I just don't know who this person is.

    April 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Hillary, it is your turn to be the uniter!

    Chris, you have to bring people together in order to get anything done. Hillary's campaign so far has been "divide and conquer". We are not electing a queen. Give Obama more credit. He continually fights the odds and admits mistakes. Hillary knows policies and she is promising everything. Does she forget this is not a Kingdom but a democracy? Come on now! We are just getting over King George and now you want Queen Hillary. You are blinded by your lust.

    April 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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