April 29th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
7 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. Dusacre

    Base on past polls, Obama is statistical tie to Clinton when the polls show that he is ahead at least twice the margin of error, In other word he needs to be at least 6 point of Clinton in this case to be within the poll's margin of error or is statistical tie to Clinton.

    What we should say is that Clinton is ahead of Obama in Indiana. Obama suffer from former governor Wilder known as the "Wilder effect". More people say they are going to vote for him than they actually vote for him.

    April 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Dem from Dallas

    Funny how when the negative press focuses on Obama, his supporters want the press to stop their coverage. They didn't feel that way everytime Hillary as much as sneezes and she gets beat up in the press. All's fair in love, war, and politics.

    Hillary is the right person for office and could better handle situations like this if it were her.

    Do all you Obama supporters not realize that the Republicans will eat him alive over things like this?

    We need an experienced person like Hillary and she's proven time and time again, against all odds, against rock star Obama and Obamamania, that she's the best candidate to lead our country out of the mess that has been created for us.

    April 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. MD Democrat

    I'm looking forward to Hillary taking both states. Obama is too high risk. He brings with him too many vulnerabilities and the republicans know it. That is why Carl Rove is giving opinion for Obama's campaign. They want Obama to be the nominee so that they can tear him apart. It is a fact the the republicans fear the Clinton's because they have a strong fight and know how to stand against them.

    People better wake up and see the storm in the clouds. If Hillary does not become the nominee, the democrats will loose, dismally.

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

    Dead heat = Obama feels the heat and his campaign is dead.

    April 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA

    IT IS JUST POSSIBLE THAT THE AMERICAN

    PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR A PRESIDENT

    THAT REPRESENTS WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE.

    ALL OF US CAN'T BE RICH, WARMONGERING,

    POWER HUNGRY, SELFISH INDIVIDUALS.

    April 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Gordon Las Vegas NV

    Can Obama take action that will show he really wants to be the uniter?

    Can he subjugate his ego and ambition to his desire to unite the Democratic Party?

    Can he see that the "Wright Minor Distraction" disappears from the national media cycle when he becomes the VP candidate?

    Can he see how much the Democrats will love him if he chooses this action?

    Can he see that if Hillary loses in November that he can run again in 4 years but Hillary can't?

    Can he see that Hillary might step aside in 4 years and let him run as President if he negotiates correctly now?

    Can he see that if he gets the nomination this cycle and loses, that he'll never be President? Neither will Hillary? That the Democrats lose two great Presidential Leaders?

    Time will tell.

    Somebody tell him.

    April 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Susan MO

    We hope the nice people of Indiana will vote for Hillary :)

    April 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. MD Democrat

    I'm looking forward to Hillary taking both states. Obama is too high risk. He brings with him too many vulnerabilities and the republicans know it. That is why Karl Rove is giving opinion for Obama's campaign. They want Obama to be the nominee so that they can tear him apart. It is a fact the the republicans fear the Clinton's because they have a strong fight and know how to stand against them.

    People better wake up and see the storm in the clouds. If Hillary does not become the nominee, the democrats will loose, dismally.

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. John Doe

    This is clearly the nail in the coffin for Mr. Obama's remarkable run at the white house. He can attempt to condemn the actions of his religous advisor all he wants but there is usally a little bit of truth in everything. Including the fact that if he has had a relationship with Mr. Wright for over 3 decades he has most likely heard this rhetoric on more than one occasion whether it be public or private. If this is who he looks up to spiritually it is obvious religion and relationships with certain sects of religion can make you do very questionable things (ahhem mr bush). We should all learn our lesson for the past 8 years with allowing strong religious beleifs to interfere with political opinion and decision making.

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Michael

    I don't know why there is a deadlock, Obama is the better person for the job.

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. David

    Obama made a great move to stick to his guns. For those who won't vote for Obama because of his pastor have made a commitment to vote like a republican on a one issue personality war. Hillary is ruining this election for democrats and needs to stick to talking about issues that concern the public and not trying to attack Obama's personality because she is behind in delegates. This will only continue to make the public not trust her!

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Concern Dem

    I think Rev. Wright coming back will help Obama. As we can see yesterday that Wright is just some crazy guy who is looking for fame. People will look at Obama positively now in Rev. Wright matter. He can put up with people with Wright to heal southside community.

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Ade

    Americans will begin to see the truth with recent events and ones yet to unfold. You cannot run for the presidency of the United States of America and willingly expose your sentiments about America. Your close relations like your wife and Pastor especially when they cannot just keep their mouth shut, do it for you. What you do is PLAY POLITICS. Even though that is not the theme of your campaign.
    Also you can HOPE and think that will CHANGE the discussion at hand.GOD BLESS AMERICA

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. TONY W

    IF EVERYONE WANTS TO PAINT THIS PICTURE OF OBAMA THE BLACK ELITEST OR THE CANDIDATE WHO HAS VERY LITTLE LOVE FOR AMERICA THEN YOU ARE NOT THINKING RATIONALLY DONT LET YOUR EMOTIONS GET THE BEST OF YOU AMERICA. WE ARE ONE PEOPLE AND OUR ECONOMIC PROBLEMS ARENT GOING AWAY BY DIVIDING OUR COUNTRY FURTHER. THE COST OF FOOD IS MY BIGGEST CONCERN RIGHT NOW SO IF YOU REALLY LOVE THIS COUNTRY LET IT BE PROVEN BY OUR INTELLIGENCE. NOT A FLAG PEN
    BY THE WAY HILLARY MIGHT NOT HAVE CHOSEN A PASTOR LIKE REV. WRITE BUT SHE STILL CHOSE TO STAY WITH A MAN WHO WAS NOT FAITHFUL TO HER AT ALL. I WONDER IF THAT DECISION WAS ALSO POLITICALLY MOTIVATED

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Superdems

    The Dems have decided who we want and unfortunately the superdems or stupidems are holding their fingers in the wind. Grow up, make a decision and stop holding up this process. August is right around the corner and the whole world is watchinig.

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Nathan

    How much is Hillary paying Rev. Wright to keep talking??

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. shawna

    I am a young black woman, and I was disgusted with Reverend Wrights performance. I truly believe that he was using this oppurtunity to advance himself in some way; Although I'm not sure in what way that would be. I will vote for Obama in November because he has shown me such integrity and poise, and I beleive in his message of unity.Beware dont be distracted by this looney guy, Remember how hard it is for all of us right now, and how much we need to move in a new direction.

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Hillary, it is your turn to be the uniter!

    Make no bones, I support Obama. But if you Clinton supporters want me to vote for your candidate in November, you better start asking Hillary to become a uniter. Yes, she can fight. But can she unite? It is time for her to give a speech on race. It is time for her to talk about how she is getting the white female vote by large margins. It is time for her to talk about why so many of you HATE Obama.

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. The Dude

    I don't trust the validity of any of these polls. I've never been polled once in my life.

    Anyone But McCain '08!

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. honkey white guy from cali

    Polls go up polls go down! The funny part is all these people posting on here that honestly believe a polls taken today can tell them how the election will play out in November. Good thing the superdelegates are looking at the real numbers. More states won,more delegates,more popular vote, and within a week more superdelegates also! If it were any one else Hillary would be gone already! So good for her! at least we are dealing with the dirt nationally now! there is only 2 strong candidates in this race Hillary and Obama. Mc Cain is a joke to the GOP and if they are smart at there convention they will over turn the primary and put someone else up whom can actually beat either Sen Clinton Or Sen Obama!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. norb

    It's apparant that Barrack's front runner standing is slipping. Current events of him once again, talking about his pastor is evident that his pastor has damaged his campaign and he has to address the issue.
    He's a good man. However, if he wins the Deomocrat nomination, the Republican's will have a field day on this issue. Don't get caught wearing a helmet driving a tank.

    April 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. chrissy

    STOP THE DRAMA!!!

    Vote OBAMA

    April 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Stephan David

    Which is a loss for Clinton.

    April 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Peter, NC

    . . .Look, we have to go by the numbers. Not polls, race, Rev. Wright, illegal vote counts, emotions or attitudes. And looks like Senator Obama is winning.

    April 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. v.ananthan

    OBAMA HAD 12 STRAIGHT WINS BUT HE IS NOW LOSING…

    AVOIDING DEBATES MAY BE SEEN AS A SIGN OF
    WEAKNESS / READINESS AND THE EDUCATED PEOPLE WHO ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA MAY GET MORE SUSPICIOUS ABOUT OBAMA^S CAPABILITIES OF BECOMING THE PRESIDENT…

    April 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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