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.

soundoff (432 Responses)
  1. Gerry

    Hillary is still behind in NC and now in Indiana. I guess the vorwrs are recognizing her gax tax rebate is riddled with sniper fire.

    May 4, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Independent

    I don't think a 1% change is worth the headline stating that the race is tightening. I had more respect for CNN before the primaries. It's difficult to watch now because it is completely obvious that CNN is backing Hillary and the spin is making me dizzy!

    May 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. darla

    Isn't it interesting that people have forgotten how underhanded Hillary is? She touted the "dangeous" Bosnia trip years ago, even though it was on the media several times proving she was lying. How much do you want all the Whitewater scandal/Monica Lewinsky to be brought up again, which it WILL be, if she is the nominee? How nice was she to the people who worked in the White House when she was First Lady? She wasn't! Check the facts. Obama is the decent, most honest candidate possible, and he is NOT the typical Washington D.C. political machine, which the Clintons are. Put in the Clintons, and you have the same stuff happening again. And if you don't think the Republicans will come out in force to vote against Hillary, whom they hate, think again! Why do you think they are so much against Obama? He is their big challenge.

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

    Obama is a dope and more people are finally starting to see that. He has no leadership skills, and has basically been bringing in the black vote to help him along. If he wasn't black and didn't have the black vote he would have been history long ago. I don't vote for somebody just because of the color of his skin, but obviously a lot of people do.

    May 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. JFH IN NC

    Dear Jon,

    Now you know a native North Carolinian with a BA in Political Science who supports Sen. Clinton. I also understand that the Democratic nominee not only has to have the capability to lead this nation but also a plan of action that adresses the important issues. I also understand that the November election is less that 90 days following the Democratic Convention and that the winner must win the most ELECTORAL votes.

    Sen Clinton Not only has the capability and the reasonable, workable plan that address our most important issues, but has the voter base to win the majority of the ELECTORAL votes in November.

    May 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Katina From Connecticut

    BTW Sue, I forgot to mention...

    I remember 9-11 very clearly,... probably more than you. I was ironing my BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) and within minutes of the first plane hitting the WTC.... I was packing my bags getting ready to go to war.....

    SGT Tsahalis (Medically Discharged War Veteran)
    Giving all her support to Obama who doesn't pander about our country's future

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

    Framing the candidacy as an issue of electability instead of an
    expression of the will of the people, as demonstrated by popular vote, is a clever manipulation by the Clinton camp as they knew from the beginning, they could never win the, best to start immediately to create doubt in the mind of voters, their chosen candidate, Obama might not be electable? Really..... how low can you go

    If the GOP can run a 70+ candidate who is already forgetting his lines....
    Mickey Mouse is more electable.

    May 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Tell It Like It Is

    For Abdulah Johnson, DC:
    Thank you for your racial slams in your comment and exhibiting not only your bias, but an insight into your motivation. It has all too familiar ring from another ardent Obama supporter. It also substantiates CNN's blatant bias for Obama.

    For CNN:
    Allowing the above mentioned posted slams is extreme and insulting. If it is your desire to become better acquainted with the fervor and outlandish atmosphere of "The Huffington Post"; I salute you and Wolf Blitzer. He made a fine start with his interview of Ariana and the above post fits the bill of hate and bigotry.

    If anyone hasn't, as of today, reviewed these three senators voting records and sponsored legislation, what are you waiting on? Are you expecting someone else to do it for you?

    Our privelege to vote comes with the responsibility to make an informed decision. Exercise both.

    May 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. kris


    OBAMA 51% MCCAIN 40%

    OBAMA 50% CLINTON 38%

    May 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    How to judge the NC results:

    Single-digit BO victory = BO defeat.

    A Clinton win is impossible. The black vote will give BO 36-38% outright, so he only needs one out of five non-AA votes to win.

    If the margin stays in single digits, the demographics will cast serious doubt on BO's electability.

    If Clinton takes IN, and if the NC margin ends up even narrower, say 6 or 7 percent, the dynamics of this race will change dramatically.

    May 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Julie, Petaluma, Ca

    Hillary is the best canidate for the democratic party. Obama is not seasoned enough, and I still find it very hard to believe that he was not inflluenced by his Pastor. You can not sit through 20 years of radical sermons wtihout agreeing with much of the material. Wake up Obama supporters, he is not what this Country needs. I garauntee that if the primaries were re-done today, Obama would be losing by huge numbers. His popularity is already declined significantly.

    Go Hilllary I have been with you since the beginning and will support you all the way to the whitehouse.

    May 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Mike

    Nice try, "Abdula". Next time you try to smear Obama by pretending to be a radical African-American, don't make it so obvious.

    May 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. sandy

    I agree with the comment posted 'GIVE PEACE A CHANCE". Obama continually shows his common sense, professional poise & judgement, and ability to lead us to a new and uplifting time in this, our country, the great U.S. of A. – before it is too late!!!

    Hillary is a typical lying politician who claims experience because she "lived" in the White House for 8 years and she is a NYS Senator (who has done absolutely NOTHING for this State; unless you consider higher taxes and loss of jobs something) She outright lied to Cleveland claiming things she did in Buffalo that she did not.

    Her joke of the gas tax holiday will save us pennies compared to the millions it will cost us later. You already can't drive down our roads and we drive over bridges in fear of them collasping! Way to go Hillary! ha! Your support of a tax holiday will not prevent the oil companies from rasing their prices anyway.

    Fellow Amercians, please open your eyes and uncover your ears. Read between the lines and don't fall for more of the same corrupt political tactics.

    VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Nathan in Charlotte NC

    For Jon, the white male in NC who says almost no one is for HRC, and the few that are are uneducated, etc.

    I am a highly educated white male here in Charlotte, employed by the local utility to help run a nuclear reactor. I follow politics quite closely, and I voted for Hillary Clinton. I simply refuse to cast a vote for someone I do not believe, and that is the case with Barack Obama. I am sure a lot of educated people are voting for each candidate, and have their own opinions. I certainly would not call someone uneducated just because they do not vote for my candidate...that would tend to make ME look uneducated by saying it.

    So, I suggest you think about your generalizations before you hit SEND next time.

    Anyone but Obama for '08

    May 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. mir

    So folks complaining about Clinton's gas plan must be those who insist on paying the highest prices possible and go out of their way to do so! This is not about pandering but about giving short term relief where it counts the most. Think about prices of food and commodities on the rise everywhere because the cost of transportation (read: fuel) is going up everywhere.

    May 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Patricia

    I believe Obama has the right plan for the gas tax. He and his campaign advisors listened to top economists. He is also talking from experience. This did not work in Illinois. He voted for a gas tax holiday there and 6 months later, realized it did not work. That is EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And experience where it truly impacts our current economic problem. His plan would be for long term resolutions.

    May 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. RB

    Clinton or Obama? The result is the same...

    SOCIALISM here we come.....lets set the tax rate at 68% for the most productive members of our society and give it all to the people that live off taxation.

    wow great change

    Adios America

    May 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Senior Gal

    You can't have it both ways. If you're happy with the government we have in Washington, for Clinton or McCaine. They've been there close to thirty years apiece.

    If you're sick of the politicians in Washington and want a CHANGE, vote for Obama.

    We're running out of time and opportunity to finally get this country back for the 'average' people.

    Go Obama!!!

    Idaho senior gal.

    May 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Rick

    Obama is a great guy i am sure but I think the Republican Morons will chew him up and spit him out! We need a tough and experienced candidate to go up against them in November. Hillary is just that candidate! Go Hillary!!!! Maybe Obama in 2016???????

    May 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. CNN please post.........

    The United States Senate may vote any day on the stealth imposition of what could amount to an $845 BILLION United Nations style global tax on American citizens?

    It's called the Global Poverty Act (S.2433), and it is being sponsored by none other than Senator Barack Obama.

    According to some conservative sources, this disastrous legislation could eventually force U.S. taxpayers to fork over as much as 0.7 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product - or $845,000,000,000.00 - on welfare to third-world countries.

    For all you who think that Obama is so great...his only legislation sent $15 million of your tax dollars to the Congo. As for his Reverend, please do not be so stupid to think anyone would hold him responsible for what the Reverend says – we hold him responsible for be irresponsible for exposing his children to such hatred, for condoning racism and anti-american sentiment, for maintaining a personal relationship exhibiting such poor judgment and last, but not least, for not having the balls to take care of the 'problem' a year ago.

    If that is the way Senator Obama makes decisions on tough issues – the entire US would be obliterated before it would dawn on him that something was wrong!

    May 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Amanda

    I just read all about Paul vs. Clinton, if your interested you can google it, because for some reason CNN isnt interested in Clinton campaign fraud or theft. People read this before voting. Not only does she lie, but here is a lawsuit all about the Clinton machine. After reading about this law suit. Go Obama!!

    May 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. North Carolina LOVES Hillary!

    I already voted early for Hillary, been making phone calls a month now for Hillary, and have yet to hear very many voters at all for Obama.
    He is not trustworthy, never directly answers a question.
    Has over played his race card. Is disrespectful of women, has no platform to stand on. Hillary has been fighting her whole life for kids and healthcare, he comes along in this race and takes her healthcare plan but leaves people out and tha makes him the savior?
    I don't think so, and North Carolina WILL NOT be so NAIVE as VA, and SC. We're tossing him right out of our oven, like TN!

    May 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Michael

    If only everyone knew the truth about the Rev. Wright / Clinton plan to defeat Obama. I have listened to the entire Rev. Wright sermon that began all of this controversy. During this sermon. Rev. Wright extolls the virtues of the Clintons. He never mentions Obama. Rev. Wright loves the Clintons. He was their counselor and honored White House guest when Bill was President. Wake up America! Rev. Wright is purposely trying to derail the Obama campaign to elect his hero Hillary Clinton. This shamefull scam that the Clintons and Rev. Wright are perpetrating against an honerable man and potentially great President Obama is possible because the American media are a bunch of sheep who follow Hillary’s cues. A tiny bit of real jounalism would have quickly exposed this devious tactic by the Clintons to have their close confidant play the fool and link his idiocy unfairly to Obama.

    May 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Happy for Obama

    Why won't CNN post my comments

    It appear that the public needs to know that Hillary is not letting people know she is a lier..

    New lie being told is she was a Colts fan years ago.. She is telling the IN people that she has always been a colts fan, her grandfather took her to the games in IN. Her grand father must have been rich, because he took her all across the country!
    Because years ago they were in Baltimore!

    May 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Lynn D

    Senator Obama ought not to count his chickens before they hatch. It appears to me that the voters have taken a better look at both candidates and decided that Senator Clinton has the knowledge, the experience, and the toughness to go up against Senator McCain in the fall. What Senator Clinton does not have is a lot of bad friends that can be used in a "swift boat" type ad in the fall. Senator Obama won the caucuses early on because none of the bad stuff was known at the time. Had the voters known then what they know now, he would be out of the race already. Senator Clinton is the best nominee for the Democratic Party and the voters are now acknowledging this fact.

    May 4, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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