May 1st, 2008
06:52 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll of polls: Obama losing ground

 Obama now leads Clinton by 1 point nationally.
Obama now leads Clinton by 1 point nationally.

(CNN) - The Democratic presidential race is tightening nationally, according to a new CNN average of several recent polls.

Obama's lead is now down to 1 point over Clinton nationwide, 45 percent to 44 percent, in CNN's "poll of polls." That margin is down 3 points from another CNN poll of polls conducted two days ago. In that analysis, Obama led Clinton 47 percent to 43 percent. The margin is also considerably lower than an April 18 poll of polls that showed Obama with an 11 point lead.

The poll of polls consists of three newly released national polls from Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, Gallup, and Newsweek. There is no margin of error on the poll of polls.

Both the Fox News poll and the Gallup poll were conducted partially after Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made a fresh round of controversial comments earlier this week.

The Fox News poll also appears to show Obama no longer has an edge over Clinton among independent voters. In head-to-head match ups, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain wins independents by a 4 point margin over Clinton (42-38 percent) and by a 10 points over Obama (47 percent to 37 percent).


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May 1st, 2008
06:51 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 1, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Obama Catches Up In Support From Hill
With endorsements coming in from California, Iowa and Indiana, Sen. Barack Obama yesterday pulled even with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for support on Capitol Hill, as Democratic lawmakers shrugged off his recent struggles.

NY Times: Senate Says McCain Is Qualified
The Senate on Wednesday delivered its judgment on a constitutional question involving one of its own and formally declared that Senator John McCain is eligible to be president — at least from a citizenship perspective.

LA Times: Clinton Supporters Fund Anti-Obama Ads In Indiana
With Sen. Barack Obama's campaign stumbling in recent days, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's backers have poured $1 million into an independent ad campaign in Indiana critical of Obama's economic recovery program.

Politico: GOP Gives Clinton The Silent Treatment
Hillary Clinton’s decisive Pennsylvania primary win last week may have reinvigorated her campaign, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the Republican party.

Washington Post: Clinton Gas-Tax Proposal Criticized
A growing chorus - including a top congressional Democrat - labeled Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's proposal for suspending the federal gasoline tax ineffective and shortsighted yesterday, even as she continued to paint Sen. Barack Obama as insensitive to drivers' woes for not endorsing the plan.

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May 1st, 2008
06:31 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Thursday, May 1, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau

*Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Indiana. She holds events in Indianapolis and Terre Haute and attends a town hall meeting in Jeffersonville.

*John McCain holds a town hall meeting and a media availability in Cleveland, Ohio and a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

*Barack Obama is campaigning in Indiana. He holds an event with seniors in Columbia City, a mini town hall meeting in Middlebury, and an event in Lakeport.


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