April 29th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
6 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. hrp

    Hang in there Obama. Get rid of your albatross (Wright) and keep moving up towards May 6.

    April 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Mandy, California

    Things will change and the polls will spread out again in favor of Obama!

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I have been a democrat my entire voting life – never missed an election, but if Clinton is not the the democratic candidate I will vote for a Republican for the first time. I'm a 68 year old female and part Native American – I'm not a bigot, but WILL NOT vote for Obama!

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. mountain man

    Give me a break Wright didn't become crazy overnight. No way Obama didn't know this is how Wright was Obama just didn't think he would get tied to him. The time for outrage was sever years ago. You named your book after him you liar!

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. nora, golden co

    All those polls are moving in one way or another depending on the nastiness of the TV coverage. When Hillary was with Bosnia, Obama had a consistent lead. Now that his pastor is resurfacing, Clinton gained a bit, but she will be down again as Obama gains more positive coverage.

    CNN, you should stop favoring Clinton for the fact that she bought advertisment on your website. This is not journalism!

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    Buyers remorse has started to set in on Obama. As more people realize he is not qualified to be president, expect to see Hillary take more of a lead in these polls. When she wins in Indiana next week – and possibly pulls out a surprise win or close one in NC – watch for the flood gates to open.

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Ready for Change

    Did badly in Penn, did badly in the debate, now Obama's chickens have come home to roost.

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Lee Chang

    This shows Hillary has stamina and staying power to race to the end. I like Hillary's grit and determination. Great quality for a leader – who doesnt quit.

    Obama has too many unknown and untested – and compare the 2, I have more confidence in Hillary.

    Go Hillary Go – 08

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    These polls are meaningless. They ask "likely" voters for their preferences, and "likely" means they have voted before. There have been hundreds of thousands of new voters registered this election cycle that will not show up in these polls. We won't know until election day how those people will break, although it seems to be the Obama campaign that has brought most of them into the process.

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Donna

    My favorite part of this story >>>
    "That trend marks a clear departure from the weeks before the Pennsylvania primary, during which Obama almost consistently held a wide lead over Clinton. "
    Americans are waking up ........finally ....... thank you Rev. Wright !

    HILLARY 08

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    NOT FOR LONG.

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. carl

    obama does not agree with his Ex Pastor....? so what?
    i don't agree with Obama opinion here! but i still support him....

    he has to do this to keep from being hung by the media and his critics who look for anything little thing to build on...

    and as far as Rev. Wright is concerned, i haven't research every little detail he mentioned, but just from living life, i know a lot of it is true...

    there are those out there who don't want to hear the truth....tough!!!

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Randy

    Its not enough that Obama has to run against Clinton, but he already is fighting off McBush as well. Hard to win a race when there are two people pulling you down.

    Go read The Audacity of Hope, and cast your ballot for Obama. Vote for change.

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. shane

    as a black male i'm outraged that obama just sold his soul to politic's worst case senioro you don't agree with your pastor and leave it at that and focus on what YOU CAN CONTROLL, if you lose the election it's not the end of the world, i feel like obama has just burned his pastor for politics and before this i was a very excited obama fan, even after the sermin i thought it was great, didn't see any negativity, but it's a shame he's the minority so he's getting riducaled like this. I FOR ONE WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU OBAMA AND WONT VOTE FOR CLINTON EITHER, I'M SO MAD I'M VOTING MCCAIN, I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS. SOLD YOU SOUL FOR POLITICS SO WHATEVER WOULD YOU DO AS OUR COMMANDER.

    April 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Independent

    There are lots of things in Chicago that need fixing. I think he should go back to Chicago and fix them before he tries to do anything else.

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Michelle from Colorado

    I am so thankful for undecided voters. Obama better watch his back because maybe those were the smartest people all along. They were waiting for the substance to hit the fan and Hillary is coming out a little cleaner and a little more palatable.

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Penny

    GO Obama.......We all have you back and I have tons of friends in Indiana and N.C. I also coming to work for your support in Indiana.

    Hillary is a liar – sniper fire. Why doesn't she admit she is a liar. I often wonder how can a person just lie and people still back her?

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Tootie from Cleveland, Ohio

    I still think the "Dream Team" is the way to go. Then there will
    be a sure win for the democrats.

    Neither canidate may not like it, but they may have no choice.

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Deborah

    Hillary Rotten Clinton is a low down dirty dog
    she does not have to destroy the democratic party in her selfish effort to get to the Whitehouse as she thinks she is owed the Presidency.

    American's let's ban together to show Hillary Rotten Clinton that she does not deserve to be in the Whitehouse again with her sleazy husband Bill Hilly

    Go Away # 1 Liar in the World

    Down with Hillary she is a dirty woman she should sit her Tree Trunk legs down Liar Liar Pantsuits on Fire

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Dylan

    Hey CNN... I dare you to go one day without posting a story about the Gallup tracking poll.

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Independent

    This is truly a sad statement about Americans' inability to do math and failure to learn enough about the news.

    Hey, people, Hillary Clinton can't win! It doesn't matter what you want, it's too late, and Barack Obama is going to be the democratic nominee. Wise up.

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. e

    OBAMA 08

    April 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. sky

    Obama may be too nice to bring it up...but I have a couple things;

    David Hale, Susan McDougal, Whitwater Land deal; Travelgate, Filegate, and Vince Fosters death.....is this really the direction the country wants........not just Bill but Hillary to.

    April 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    SOMEONE PLEASE RUN HER DOWN WITH YOUR FLATBED TRUCK !!!

    April 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. heather in indy

    I am not a supporter of Obama but the one thing I did admire was that he never severed ties with a close family friend just because he was not always politically correct...i guess he is not the rise above the fray guy he wants us all to believe he his...oh well. At least with the Clintons we know what we are getting.

    Hillary '08

    April 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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