May 4th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Race tightening in North Carolina

 A new CNN 'Poll of Polls' shows Obama gaining in North Carolina.
A new CNN 'Poll of Polls' shows Obama gaining in North Carolina.

(CNN) - It appears the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination is tightening up in North Carolina.

A new CNN poll of polls released Sunday suggests Senator Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has the support of 50 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in North Carolina, with 42 percent backing Senator Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and 8 percent still undecided.

This eight point Obama margin is down from a nine point lead Obama held in Saturday’s CNN poll of polls and down from his recent double digit lead in the state.

187 delegates are up for grabs when North Carolina and Indiana hold primaries on Tuesday.
The CNN poll of polls is an average of the latest surveys in the state.

soundoff (432 Responses)
  1. katharine ryan New York New York

    Obama was a fad. He should withdraw. He cannot win

    May 4, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    CNN really is in the bed now with clinton. Thet really want this election to never end. Corporate media. The worst thing to happen to our democracy. Other than Hillary Clinton.

    May 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. GB

    It is NOT Obama gaining- it is Clinton. Was the error on purpose?

    May 4, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Mary

    Saturday Senator Obama had 49% and Senator Clinton had 42%. If he has 50% today to her same 42% I would say he is up instead of down.

    May 4, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Jason, Texas

    Oh well, looks like America is making another huge mistake by allowing HRC a chance at this office. Why oh why can't people get their heads out of the sand.

    May 4, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Ken Vasick

    When Obama runs for re-election in 2012 will he still be calling for CHANGE?

    May 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. gerald strother

    HILLARY IT IS OVER HAVE BILL DO THE THE MATH FOR YOU AND HE CAN TELL YOU IT IS OVER " NO WE BETTER NOT HAVE BILL DO THE MATH DONT KNOW IF HE CAN TELL THE TRUTH TAKE A LOOK AT THIS POLL Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 45% NEW May 4, 2008
    Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows 49% of Democratic voters nationwide preferring Barack Obama for the party’s presidential nomination, while 45% prefer Hillary Clinton.

    May 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. GoHillary

    Even the hardest Barack followers are starting to see that this wannabe is all STYLE and no SUBSTANCE!!!!!

    Only a real idiot can't see through your LIES Obama – you are only deceiving the gullable!!!!

    May 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Gentlykaycee

    God will decide you is gonna lead america.let His will be done.

    May 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. D Taliga

    American wake up , Hillary is willing to kill every one just to be a president.like she sent your children to be killed in Iraq 30,000 killed and wounded as well cost you trillions of USD .she will serve serve those whom gave her the million lobbyist and special intress.next day she will forget you wake up. dont trust some one whom make politics from the most holy quastion your children life

    May 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Mike in NC

    Obama continues to prove beyond any shadow of doubt that he is out of touch with most voters here in North Carolina. He is losing support by the day here in my town.

    I drive a truck for a living and my wife commutes 35 miles to work. A gas tax holiday this summer would definitely help me and my family. Obama voted for a gas tax holiday THREE times in Illinois. WHy the flip flop now Obama? Obama reminds me of flip flopper John Kerry. No wonder that elite Left Wing Dem endorsed Barry.

    May 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Alison

    He's got NC in the bag. The media is trying to pretend it's close. This nomination is over.

    By the way, Zogby has Obama leading by 2 in Indiana today.

    May 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. No to Obama

    CNN, you need to correct your statement under the Obama/Clinton pictures. It should read: "A new CNN 'Poll of Polls' shows Clinton gaining in North Carolina".

    Shows, how biased CNN is towards Obama.

    NO TO OBAMA!

    Clinton '08

    May 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I do not understand what is happening here, When Clinton went into PA She had a 20 point lead she won by 9.3 points.
    Obama started in NC with a 15 point lead and the pols show he is down to 7 points.
    Why is every acting as if this is the end of the line for Obama?
    The pols do not take into account or pols the new or young voters.
    Ane every one seems to forget OBAMA started as the under dog in this race. Hillary is the one who shoud be winning, actually she was expected to get the nomimation before the race even started.
    OBAMA do not have to win any more states because she cannot beat him in delegates or Popular votes.
    She can only win if the super deligates GIVE, and I mean GIVE the nomination to her,
    There are lots of people out here waiting and watching to see this happen. If thay decide she is more electable than he is i hope they are able to go to the poles in November and garantee a win because many of us will not VOTE.

    May 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. dorothy

    I do not understand what is happening here, When Clinton went into PA She had a 20 point lead she won by 9.3 points.
    Obama started in NC with a 15 point lead and the pols show he is down to 7 points.
    Why is every acting as if this is the end of the line for Obama?
    The pols do not take into account or pols the new or young voters.
    Ane every one seems to forget OBAMA started as the under dog in this race. Hillary is the one who shoud be winning, actually she was expected to get the nomimation before the race even started.
    OBAMA do not have to win any more states because she cannot beat him in delegates or Popular votes.
    She can only win if the super deligates GIVE, and I mean GIVE the nomination to her,
    There are lots of people out here waiting and watching to see this happen. If thay decide she is more electable than he is i hope they are able to go to the poles in November and garantee a win because many of us will not VOTE.

    May 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. twister49 - oklahoma

    Nice JOb Hillary- from being down 34 points... wasn't it Obama's camp– all up in arms when he raised his percent in PA.? Give it Obama people... she is the one... It's a good day to be a democrate... a good year... aye.

    May 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    The picture says Obama gaining in NC. Correction need for the caption under the picture..

    May 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. JN

    And Hillary's 10 % win was really 9.3 so what is really the difference.

    Barack Obama WILL WIN North Carolina and I don't care what the margin is..Hillary is done. She just hasn't accepted it yet.

    Did hear her speak today. Nothing but lies and promises she can't give. Healthcare. She failed that in 1992. Gas tax. She won't even be president to authorize it. Keep believing in all her empty promises. She gives what she gets....nothing!

    May 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Tony

    If Barack Obama is the weaker candidate than Hillary Clinton, and the Republicans want to win in November, would they not be happier running against a weaker candidate? Would they not be pushing for Obama to win the Democratic nomination rather than the obvious push for Hillary?
    You see, this is the kind of politics that takes advantage of the less educated, the less discerning.. This is the game that politicians play... Abrakadabra....

    May 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. E

    So people really don't see that clinton's gas tax plan reveals how shortsighted she will be? that this plan helps oil companies more than it helps us? that the gas tax is used to fund our infrastructure improvements and without it we lose a whole lotta jobs and our roads begin to fall apart? that we save a mere $30 at the cost of jobs and infrastructure? is it really worth it? I would much rather plan for the long term solution rather than the quick fix that digs our whole deeper. keep funding those oil companies hillary, god help us all if you or mcbush get into the whitehouse

    May 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Stan

    How exactly is a 9 point lead shrinking to an 8 point lead considered "tightening". Grow up CNN, it's obvious to anyone with an IQ you are pro-Hillary because the more drawn out this primary is, the better your ratings are...

    May 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Allen

    The gas tax is nothing but fluff and political pandering. What is much more critical is the sleazy conspiracy between the Clintons,Rev. Wright and the news media. I have listened to the Rev. Wright speech that sparked this manufactured controversy. Guess what I heard. The Rev. Wright gushes with love for the Clintons. Don't believe it? Listen to the speech. Rrev. Wright Loves the Clintons! The speech never mentions Obama once. Rev. Wright was a confidant of the Clintons during the Bill Presidency and he still loves and supports them This whole Rev. Wright contoversy is a plot by the Clintons,Wright and the media to discredit Obama. If the truth comes out. Rev. Wright would become a Clinton controversy as it indeed should be.

    May 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. wakgari baja

    no, Barak will finish the game right at NC.
    Go Obama!

    May 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Chris

    The end will justify the means. No matter how tight cnn speculates that race is in North Carolina, one thing is obvious and certain that the whole exercise will be rounded off after Obama's victory in INDIANA and NORTH CAROLINA on tuesday.

    When the dust is settled, who gets the nomination? She that trails in pledged delegates, popular votes and number of states won. Claims that she can win the big states is a mere fluke. Any democratic nominee can win New york and California and so on.

    Superdelegates should rally behind Barack Obama so that unhealthy contests will come to an end.

    Chris!

    May 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    This is all proof that negative campaigning does work. It's a shame that so many people buy into it. It's a shame that we are not big enough to respond negatively to negative campaigning and positively to campaigning around the issues. It's the same as when two kids are fighting on the playground. Nobody really cares or stops to think, what the heck are these two people fighting about and why am I standing here enjoying the show? Rather, they join into the experience of it and start chanting "fight, fight, fight..." So what can be said of those who enjoy watching the fight? We need campaigns that don't believe you should win at all costs. And we need surrogates and supporters that don't feel a hunger and thirst for seeing others personally attacked and hearing all the lies, half truths, and distortions that go along with it. Even more that being disappointed about the negativity of the campaigns, it's even more depressing knowing there are so many of my fellow Americans buying into it and feeding off of it. At the beginning of this circus, I checked nearly every day and I admit I got swep into the madness too; but now I watch the news or check the internet news about half as what I used to. Well, I'm not chanting "fight, fight, fight..." anymore. I'm going home, turning off the TV, tuning out the campaigns, and going to spend more time with my family. Though I will check from time to time. But a reasonable person can only be expected to handle so much vomit. Good day my friends and enjoy your fighting and bickering. I hope it teaches you to love your children more.

    May 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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