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. carol

    I'm not an Obama supporter but CNN this is getting ridiculous. Is the reason you are so obviously supporting Clinton that the continued fight helps your ratings?? Where are the headlines that the governor of NC and Bill Clinton opposed the gas tax holiday (the governor of NC just several weeks ago)? What about the oil lobbyist working for Clinton out rallying the tax holiday? Your headlines seem to be just pushing her momentum along when fact should not always support it.
    Like I said I'm not an Obama supporter but I think the American public deserves better than this. I'm tired of the lies and deceit of the Clintons and the media pushing it along. Unfortunately I'm left wasting a vote for Ron Paul this election cycle.

    May 4, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. jane in CA

    No empty promises. 10 years ago is not today; what we do today will have effects in years from now. Do we want scandals, impeachment all over again in the whitehouse and less focus on the serious things for the country now?

    May 4, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Dan

    With all the help she is getting from the media, she is supposed to do much better. Otherwise, she would have serious problems in November if she is the nominee.
    Obama is really good!!!

    May 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. kitten

    If everyone would tell the true story about Obamas ties with tony rosco.Obama took his campaign money people were sending him and using it to buy some land and a big house without paying taxes ripping the American public off.. why doesnt the media bring this out into the open? Obama is a big liar ..American public better wake up to the fact we cant trust this man!!!! I know this is what u werent asking but im tired of his lies and deceptions . The people in the white house better rethink who they want in the white house cause Obama isnt going to do them any favors. as far as the polls go i truely hope Clinton gets it she is the best we could have for a president..

    May 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Janet, Penna via Toronto

    "What experience and history teach is this: That people and governments have neve learned anything from history."

    Quote by: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Philosopher (1770-1831)

    Some voters today are still afraid of change and moving into a new direction. Even the above quote, early in time, proves this.

    People who divide, either with RACE or FAITHS, keep this and other very negative issues at bay.

    Great and Impressive thinkers try to teach those willing to succeed for the future, are sometimes critized in doing so.

    This is why, media of all scenarios, thrive on negatives and people who are not knowledgable of what it takes to improve, in reality, situations that have/still are thrush upon them.

    As we head for another generation of change, we must learn from history, in the making now, to project the positive clearly of these changes. The internet has been, in some degree, a means of connecting with the smalle planet earth, but has developed into a negative outlet for those willing to continue divisions and separation of those not willing to improve the nation and world.

    Senator Obama, even with his faults (like all of us), is truly trying to connect. Loyality to this country and what he has acheived, even through diversity, has shown this direction. Maybe he doesn't wear the flag pin, neither do The Clintons, McCain, or millions of other people. Are they disloyal to this country?

    When we look into the history and division, the Clintons and McCain type of people continue to show themselves to be. We can see the underworld of deception and the continuation of the type of government we say we don't want.

    Therefore, the above THOUGHT, still holds true today!

    May 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. jujub

    North Carolina and Indiana voters will consider that Hillary supported NAFTA until she started running for President (read her book); that she lied about her foreign experience and ducking sniper fire in Bosnia (many times); that she lied about being instrumental in negotiating peace in Northern Ireland (she went to a tea); that she lied about guiding the State Childrens' Health Insurance Program through the Senate (something the sponsors, Edward Kennedy and Orin Hatch, refute); that she tops the Senate in Earmarks and will not release the list of the corporations those earmarks will benefit; that she sat on the board of WalMart, claiming to be instrumental in improving the rights of women, when in fact WalMart is anti-women; that she sold her soul to the likes of Rupert Murdock and Richard Mellon-Scaife, who accused her husband of murder; that she still has not released her 2007 Income Tax Returns. Wake Up Clinton Supporters! There is NO integrity there.

    May 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Olivier

    CNN is terrible. This is not news. You have been showing the same thicker for two weeks. You really want this race to continue

    May 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Wazntme

    This is just another example of the media running their stupid polls and putting it on 24 hours a day to make news. I hope the American people wake up and read about this Hillary Billary. The Clintons are the most corrupt people in Washington. Do we really need an ex president in the White house that was impeached. Why does the media try to run the elctions. Could it be that it is own by the conglomerates that are ruining our country. Report news, stop speculating and let the voters vote. Report about Hillary's lawsuit going on right now in CA. Paul vs Clinton. This shows you how dangerous this lady really is. I hope the voters come to their senses.

    May 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Billy from FL

    Well Obama was expected to win Guam by a landslide, but he only
    by 7 votes(not 7%) Voters are starting to realize that Obama
    cannot beat McCain in the election.

    It seems really funny that every time Obama does or says somthing
    wrong they blame Clinton.

    You Obama need to get a grip, Obama is burying himself and
    Hillary has nothing to do with it.

    She should be going after him more, especially that he is anti american.


    May 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. George

    did u see today's poll? obama 48 and clinton 37 and 8 undecided. obama is leading in Indiana. i know what CNN is saying. CNN actually lost its credibility. the most distrusted name in news.

    May 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. kate

    I am a Hillary supporter but if his lead went from 9 points to 8 points, that is NOT a narrowing of his lead given the fact that polls are not that accurate.

    May 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Ken Vasick

    Obama criticizes Hillary's gas tax reduction proposal, but what is his proposal? He never has one-just votes "present" as he did over 100 times. After he's been President for four years, he'll still be calling for "change" but with no idea of what to change into.

    May 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. frank manhertz

    it's just too funny hillary complained to the media about being biased to Obama and now the media is now pro hillary and just keep attacking Obama, get off the Jeremia Wright story, why do you all keep bringing up this issue. I think deep down you all don't want to see an african american win the election. I can tell you this if Hillary wins the nomination she can forget about my family going out to vote.

    May 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. BILL




    May 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Ricardo Williams

    I hope this signals the end of the Clintons McCain Coalition. With the beating Obama took in the press over issues not pertaining to his policies but more so to personal issues, Clinton should have been beating him comfortably. However the truth be told that the American people are forgiving and still believes Obama is capable of leading the country out of its present state. It is change we can believe in.

    May 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. David PA

    The math will prevail and Obama will be the nominee-regardless of all these now meaningless primaries. All this excitement is just media hype and campaign spin. The Queen of Entitlement cannot catch up with Senator Obama, no matter how nasty she gets, how pandering she becomes, how fretfully her husband pleads, how many empty promises she makes (gas tax b.s.). She does not have enough states left to catch the Democratic nominee for president, Barrack Obama. Hillary and Bill should start working on speeches to help to elect Obama over McCain.

    May 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Kim

    Zogby has it at 10% - up from Friday. They also show he is up another percentage point in IN.

    May 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. james

    Here's the true facts.
    Obama will lose the white vote 62% to 37%. With over 1.5 million people expected to vote, and with the white vote making up almost two thirds of the expected vote, this equates to 620,000 to Obama's 370,000 votes. A difference of 250,000 votes. Hillary will lose the black vote 10% to 90%. With the black turn out expected to be 33% of the overall vote, this equates to 450,000 to Hillary's 50,000. A difference of 400,000 votes. The hispanic vote makes up a very small percentage of the expected vote. With that being said, Obama will win N.C by about 150,000 votes which is 10% of the expected turn out. Depending on how the hispanic vote break Obama will win by 8 to 10 points. You can take that to the bank.

    May 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Terri



    May 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. apana dragon

    if the democratic candidates want to help in health care programs why don't they make a proposal to lower the age limit for social security and medi-care & medi-caide. If they want to help the economy and job problem why not start major programs and build factories to promote solar power inititives. Utilities and oil companies already take most of people's paychecks.

    May 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. frank, las vegas

    Obama! Obama! Obama! You have gone through a lot of obstacles more than any other candidate. God will give you a resounding success and bless America with unity and prosperity!

    May 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. obamanite

    when obama takes nc,tuesday ,it will be all over for hillary,i hope .i'm getting sick of this race ,and the way hillary panders.i'm beginning to think the clinton machine is going to steal this election from obama.if and when that happens,this nation will be in big trouble,because i'll never vote ,again.i was going to use my stimulus check,to donate to obama ,when or if he gets the nomination.i thought it would be the best way to really make a change ,in this country.cnn ?why do you keep bringing up rev.wright ,everyday?obama has done what he had to do ,but you keep putting it in front of our faces.are you trying to influence voters?i'm either voting for obama ,or i'm voting against hillary.we can not afford anymore liars in the wh.i'd rather stay in iraq for a 100 years than vote for another liar like george bush.

    May 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Becky

    All we want is a win. We will take it with 2 point or 1 point.

    May 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. CB

    Hillary says she is appling for the job of president.


    Your polls are not reliable. If OB is leading by 8 lets add the +4% point margin of error. So now that makes him leading by 12%.

    May 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Keep the race going so America can find out the truth on Barack Obama who is playing "Lawyer Games" by telling "Lawyer Truth" to Americans. Obama is Chicago Politics which is just as mean and nasty as anything the Clintons can put out. I want to hear what kind of change and how to pay for it. Give America Specifics!

    May 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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