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. Oregon has Hope and wants change

    Clinton is airing this advertisement in Indiana, bemoaning the closure of a defense contractor Magnequench's manufacturing plant in Valparaiso (she is also echoing this line in her stump speeches). Looking at the camera, she tells us she's upset that the 200 jobs that were sent to China, and that "now America's defense relies on Chinese spare parts." And then comes the kicker: She tells viewers that "George Bush could have stopped it, but he didn't."

    Clinton is certainly right that it is a tragedy that 200 American jobs were killed in a corporate deal that also exported sensitive military technology to China. But she forgets to mention that it wasn't George Bush who was in the key position to stop it - it was Bill Clinton.

    oooops Hillary better get the facts, your hubby is the reason these people lost their factory and you are trying to get their votes by lies....

    April 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. LD

    We do not know why the media keep lying to keep Hillary in this race. It's over.

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

    Unless it is only 48 States in USA that Obama is leading Hillary and definitely Obama has known his pastor for the past 20 years and as of three weeks ago he was still part of campaign team and now he doesn't know him. Give me a breake.

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Eric

    Pfff... BS. Look at the delegate count. Obama's WAY ahead. The way I see it Obama's up too in popular vote. Caucuses DO count, and as a resident of a caucus state, I'm OFFENDED that Hillary doesn't seem to think so. Just about every other poll has Obama up at least a couple points.


    Obama '08

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Ken

    Just another reason to keep the contest going! Neither Clinton nor Obama will have the 2,025 needed to win.

    Obama would end up being a "Rookie" President if elected and beat McCain. While on the other hand, Clinton has the talent, skills, knowledge and experience to become a President on day one.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Let us ALL get behind Hillary and push her over the finish line. She is the one that CAN BEAT McCain in November.

    Hillary Clinton is what America needs to turn our country back to what it was that made all Americans proud!

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Rob K.

    I don't know where these crazy hillary fanatics are coming from. They honestly want to subvert the democratic process and allow for an elitist and dictorial rule of law. Are you guys trying to say that the superdelegates overturn the choice of the people?

    What makes Hillary any better than Bush? I see her have the same spin and lies that we have had from this administration.

    We are indeed a Prozac Nation!

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Andrew from PA

    Hunter (first poster),

    Obama has not won the nomination. Neither candidate can win under the existing rules. They both have an unattainable amount of delegates to get as set in the rules and thus this is going to go to the superdelegates and ultimately the convention that elect who is the nominee. Remember we aren't counting Florida or Michigan as set by the rules (giving Obama that clear lead... but if we weren't they'd be tied or Hillary would be winning).

    The truth is Obama has lost his golden boy momentum. Change to the unexplained are not what the american people are looking for anymore. Holding more superdelegates is going to be the key in the end here

    Hillary is the only candidate with all her proposals out for for everyone to read, and they're good too. She's got experience. And she's been vetted big time. She's got momentum and an unbreakable will. She connects to the american people and thats what she's been doing for the last 30 years.

    The american people are coming around from obama-mania to realize that she is the real deal. Obama was just media hype. Not to say he wouldn't make a great president one day... I think with some experience (maybe as VP) he'd make a great president in 2013 or 2017.

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Ian

    They are in a statistical tie. They both suck 100%.

    Ron Paul '08

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Foreign observer

    A win or better two will immediately change the polls ..... so

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. tap

    Go Obama08 church is like the supermarkert you get what you need and leaves what you don`t, Sanator was in the church for the word of christ , remember its one day a week in church

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. J

    Bill and Hill will do everything possible to steal this nomination. It's crazy how the numbers show a virtual impossibility for her to win, yet you Hillary supporters march on, hoping the super delegates will help Bill and Hill steal. Note this point. The democrats can not and will not win an election without the black vote, which is huge, this time around. And as many African Americans who feel disenfranchised today goes, so does the democratic nomination. Let the Supers steal this one and see don't we have another Republican president. And that is not being divisive. It's sharing fact.

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. I Can Count

    CNN! Put this to bed already. It's over. Look at the numbers.

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Ellie, Byron Center, MI

    Go HILLARY!!!

    People are starting to see the reality of electability.
    Plus, REAL plans set to help us all on many issues.
    Not the "Pretty" Blah, Blah Blah, but concrete solutions laid down.

    We need you keep going!

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. 28 year old White MAN in FLORIDA

    Bad news for clinton

    In the landmark civil fraud case against Bill Clinton in Los Angeles, where the former President is charged with defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled on Friday, April 25 that Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the case until AFTER the November election!
    Why wont CNN be fair… hillary clintons pastor just was charged with child molestion for touching a 7 year old girl her pastor name is Rev. William Procanick …. and why isnt cnn reporting the peter paul vs.. clinton case…. 17 million dollar law suit that they have aginst them…. in cally…..

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

    What differece does it make? The clintons are there to destroy obama and the democratic party. She knows she doesn't have the whatever tthe required numbers. He is leading and he will win.

    April 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Gary Graves

    What is not being reported is that Obama has gotten committments from seven superdelegates – all reported on page 17, to Clintons three – all reported on page one.

    The media has turned for Clinton. The nation is still for Obama.

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

    14 million voters FOR Hillary can't be wrong!

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Peter

    Rasmussen tracking Poll has had Obama ahead by EIGHT points for several days....

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. KIRBY


    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. NG in DC

    It's seems the entire Obama campaign is OUTRAGED by the fact he's been revealed as nothing more than a politician - and weak one at that. He can't even manage his pastor's antics. How the heck is he going to deal with the loons in Iran...Venezuela...or on Capital Hill?

    Thank God we're getting to know the man before we nominate him.
    Hillary fought hard and should be thanked for staying in to save us from the likes of a weak nominee like Obama.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. NIC

    hunter – Your such a Chinton Hater! Nothing less, nothing more. You and your fellow Clinton Haters should reserve your rooms at the DNC convention in Denver in August so you can personally show and display your lack Democratic values. Im sure the leadership would love to hear your disapproval. Just remember my friend, your view point isn't the only view point in this country. There are over 300,000,000 Americans that have a view point, and a view point that they want heard. Have a problem, then just VOTE!

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Deb

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

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Leanza Cornett

    Obama speech on Wright is a little too late. Now he denounces Wrights Coments after his political career is on the line. He didn’t know about Farrahkan before? None of Wright’s views? Please. Wright coming out is a no winning situation for Obama. If it’s true he never heard of Wright’s anti American stands for 20 years one has to question Obama’s awareness and judgment.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Chris


    Some of Obama supporters realized that he is not the best candidate to represent democrats. I am democrat and I will vote for him if he is nominee but I highly doubt that he could win this race. You can not win with Empty speeches. I really hope Hillary gets nomination as she is brilliant as far as knowlegde of policies and solutions of problems are concerned. I definitely prefer Hillary over Obama.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. ShannonL

    Clinton is up double digits in the last two Ind polls.
    Obama just lied through his teeth about Wright.

    Wright is going to destroy Obama....way to go moron.

    April 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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