May 4th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
10 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.

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  1. yen

    Just because hillary was a spause of a president and talks fast, she thinks she is qualified to be commander in chief. She doesn't get. The math is also against her. But she is having fun at the expence of the American people.Why quit until she is forced.

    May 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Mary

    The republicans want Hillary because they can knock her down so easily come the GE. Don't you wonder why the GOP wants Hillary? They are playing those mind tricks again, and she is playing them too. Watch out.

    May 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Pat Edie

    No to be too negAtive or anything like that. But I was wondering....
    All the bad press that senator Obama got over being a member of the minister J.Wright's church. According to the opponent, this was just such a bad judgment on his part as to desqualify him to be president. What about what president Clinton did on his presidency, he lied to the American people under oath!! and dishonored the While House. Granted he is not the one running but is he considered one of the best politicians and one of the smartest men in the Democratic Party, He finished his time as president without problem. Bad judgement VERY BAD, good president?? well, many peoole say that.......
    So, How do you respond Senator Hillary's camp?????

    May 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |

    If it was a couple of points difference, I could see it "being a tight race" but Obama has this cow whipped.

    May 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Diana-Michigan

    This blog is so full of haters!!!! What's with the "honkie" comment? How can the Obama supporters continue to accuse Clinton of making race an issue when so many of them play the card time & time again! What does 92% of the black vote for Obama tell you? I grew up in Detroit and I have seen people of all races & ethnic backgrounds get along for many, many years......this accusation of the Clinton's playing the race card in a campaign full of racial slurs from Obama supporters simply makes me sick!!!!! Obama has done nothing but divide the races by turning this primary into something that it is not-Black against White!!!! If we are all democrats-why would we not want the strongest candidate to win the primary & kick McCain's *ss in November? I'll tell you why-blacks are lookin at this as a way of proving something to white America-they don't care how it will affect this country-all they care about is getting a black man elected!
    God bless Hillary for all of her strenghts & I will pray for Barack that he is able to look deep and stop this racial tension in this country by growing up and facing the music-He is a liar & a divider!!!!

    May 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Laurie Carroll

    They are going to HAVE to be on the same ticket. Whomever wins will only win by a slight margin maybe 51% to 49%. One can not disregard 49% of the party who voted for the other person or accept another vice presidential candidate when you have one candidate with 49%(emphasis added)of the vote. Now I would not have the opinion if the difference was 70/30. I believe 60/40 creeps you into that gray area; however 51/49 leaves no room for doubt in my mind that they both need to be on the same ticket. So get ready Hillary or Barrack to bite the bullet and be Vice President. And the Vice President needs to be able to be an active advisor on all the issues.

    Hillary will pull in the people Barrack can't get and Barrack will pull in the people Hillary can't.

    And that's my two cents. So let them fight for President now to see who will head the ticket.

    May 4, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Mark

    My vote is for Hillary Clinton and this is why:

    People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
    Love them anyway.

    If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

    The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.

    Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
    Be honest and frank anyway.

    The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
    Think big anyway.

    What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

    People really need help but may attack if you help them.
    Help people anyway.

    Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
    Give the world the best you've got anyway.

    Hillary Clinton will do good for all of us anyway.

    She will be the only candidate to help us get back on our feet and is one of the strongest and smartest women I have become to know.

    Hillary Clinton for President...

    May 4, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. John

    The Clintons who earned roughly $100,000.000.00 last year are so very worried about gas prices that they want to fire the men and women working on highway tax dollars paid for by the Federal gas tax. They have been and remain slime.

    May 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Chidi

    For Obama to have gone through this Rev. Wright mess and still hold his head up is a big plus. The sun will once shine on him again. This is poll, Obama will win the two states although with a small margin in Indian.

    May 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. J. McKinney

    Abdula Johnson, DC May 4th, 2008 4:25 pm ET writes:

    "You honkies don't get it. You can't stop Obama. Wait until Obama wins the presidency. Blacks will finally get our revenge for slavery. You can't take a strong black women that is why you fear Michelle Obama. Black Power!"

    And that is just what scares me about Obama getting in. How many of these nuts are running around out there voting for Obama? Too many, I am afraid. We desperately need Hillary for President, '08!!

    May 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    People gues what....Neither HC or McCain are presidents so they wont be able to put the tax cuts into law !!!! they are just playing silly games with your mind... and they would still have to get congress and senate in on the idea to too

    Think we will see some good results tuesday... i am praying that people are not falling for the fear and war mongering of Clinton and McCain

    May 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Think people

    Funny how this is tabulated as a "loss of support" or "race tightening"–as you have pushed all week, CNN–while Obama's statistically significant gains from 20+% down to 9% in PA were virtually ignored and, indeed, rounded up to a 10% loss, despite the laws of mathematics already understood by most 3rd or 4th graders. In other words, you'll do anything to try to give her an edge, however undeserved, inaccurate, or media generated...

    May 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. allena

    to abdula johnson,dc
    well we all know you are a person of color as many here are but you by far are the most ignorant person ever you do not speak for all people of color you are a fool when pastor wright is put on a space ship and sent to outer space i hope you will be sitting in his lap you fool! get a life

    May 4, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. The Last Laugh

    My sister and I were laughing just now. We said someday the country will look back on this election and laugh at all of the distractions. It's a good way to remind us how horrible these last 7 years have been.

    All Hillary did was visit Bosnia to try and represent her country, and now she's being touted as a liar.

    All Barack did was join a church, which would be commendable for any young man, and now he's responsible for everything his pastor has ever said over the last 30 years. No one else has had this much scrutiny.

    Dems we need to wake up and smell the coffee, or we'll be fighting in Iran and paying $8.00 a gallon for gas. We're laughing now, but the GOP will have the last laugh.

    May 4, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. sjp

    laughable, obama wins north carolina by any margin and stays even in indiana, he will gain 10-15 delegates making the margin 150, also increasing his popular lead around 200k. with very few delegates and votes left heading to west virginia and oregon. i'm sorry but to my fellow americans, you are being made fools of, just as the gas tax repeal is bogus, so is this race. it has nothing to do with us and all comes down to money.

    May 4, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. len2052

    Obama is starting to show his true colors, and I don't mean his skin tone.
    Go HRC!!!

    May 4, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Katina From Connecticut

    This is what "sue" said :
    "I remember 9/11 very well, and I haven't forget that the Muslim terroists who enacted the devistation on our country were trained to fly our airlines by our instructors, and apparently they had squeaky clean background in order to receive their pilots' license. Are we really willing to allow another person of Muslim decent, however slight, to have access to our country's most highly guarded military secrets? I think I'd consider that very carefully before I voted."

    I originally didn't believe only uneducated people voted for Hillary until I read this post. I Pitty you Sue, especially being a woman myself, I PITTY YOU! Because of people like you the world looks down on the US. Because of you racism still exists.

    People this is our country here. This is our future, our children's future.
    Vote Obama.

    May 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Tom in MA

    Doesn't matter if Obama wins the nomination. He will not win the general. Clinton supporters... if he is nominated switch to independent and write-in Hillary. Let's see how that polls.

    May 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. NC Mary-Beth

    That's amazing. Considering how Obama is outspending Clinton by huge amounts of money. Also considering how over 90% of African Americans seem to be voting principally on skin color and not on experience or issues. Given those factors, Obama needs a huge double digit victory in NC otherwise it's a big loss for Obama

    May 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. She cannot be trusted

    It's funny how Hillary changes the tone in her voice to sound empathetic when she tries to talk about the economy- so manipulative. She has never had to worry about meals or gas, folks.

    Don't listen to that wolf in sheep's clothing, Hillary campaign is largely funded by oil companies. She even has an oil lobbyist campaigning for her. Hillary works for OIL, not for us.
    GAS HOLIDAY = $5 a gallon AFTER the holiday, PERMANENTLY

    NO MATTER WHAT SHE SAYS: Hillary cannot be trusted- she sold her sold to SHELL.

    May 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Jason

    This isn't about math anymore, its about momentum and shes got it. Obama is loosing in polls for BOTH general election matchups in Florida and Ohio. At this point, it's looking like the DNC might be taking a risk by nominating Obama to go head-to-head with McCain in what should've been an easy election for the Democrats.

    May 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. milli vanilli

    We need you to un-tighten the race so we can win this thing on Tuesday Obama. Just keep doing what is positive, stay on the high road an hopefully the people can see throgh these deliberate destrations.

    We will help you put an end to politics as usual, and the same games that they play every 4-8 years. With all this talk about the non-issues for the last 4 weeks. The issues are high gas prices, the mortgage crisis, high food prices, the iraq invasion, layoffs from jobs, etc. Good luck on Tuesday Obama.

    May 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. KE

    Why Obama can't be honest about his relationships with Rev. Wright and Mr. Ayers? Perhaps he is ashamed of Rev. Wright's teachings and Mr. Ayer's beliefs or he embraces same ideals with them but he doesn't want the voters to know about it. We can't tell.

    Obama was in the Rev. Wright's church for 20 years and now he says everything Rev. Wright says contradict who he really is fundamentally. Did he misjudged his pastor?

    There are always plenty of people speak against the establishments, but when they get the power they usually become the establishment themselves and many cases the later become worse than the previous.

    Who Obama really reperesents? African Americans? Elitists? Movements? Is he just a misguided individuals or does he really embraces extreme ideology? Who is he?

    May 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Hillary Supporter

    Come on Hillary!!! It's now up to the people of North Carolina, Indiana, and Oregon to get our country back on track by giving O'bama the decisive message! YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT! I know many of us believe McCain is a better alternative than O'bama! Please let's do the intelligent thing and get rid of the rock-star style of O'bama! There have been people fainting at his appearances-please!!! I hope the young voters of America know that is not the style that ensures the toughness of making the hard decisions!! We need the person who has stayed on the issues with real ideas throughout the campaign!!! Come on Hillary!!! Let's change the direction of this election this Tuesday!!! O'bama, your good friend Reverend Wright has exposed you as doing things for the sake of political expediency! You are not experienced enough and your rhetoric is not honest and forthright!

    May 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Dustin

    Does anyone else seem to notice that the pro-Clinton folks on this page seem to be the individuals who can't even put together a complete sentence. They also seem to be the people who make the extreme statements. Of course I am no surprised by this since most of the Clinton base are non-college educated.

    Oh, and if you fall for this story about the lead in NC shrinking, then you need to study statistics. A one point fluctuation in a day is not something to get excited about. That's why polls have a margin of error that normally falls from 2-4%. That means that a significant move in the poll would be outside of the margin of error. Does that make sense Clinton supporters?

    May 4, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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