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. paul oregon

    cant belive ind. and north carl. are willing to sell ther souls for a pack of lies.

    May 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Eric M.

    I think some of your reporting lacks substance and simply misleading. First of all, the methodology by which you come up with the margin separating Sens Obama and Clinton is not appropriate because you are averaging polls that were collected using different sampling frames and which have different margins of errors. Second, even if we are to concede that this margin is acurate, there is nothing suggesting that the race is tightening. If I recall correctly, Sen Obama's lead has been between 8 and 10 for much of the post-Pensylvenia primary. Substentively, a 1 0r 2 point(s) difference is pretty insignifcant. So while the race might have tightened right after the last primary (when Obama's lead srunk from 15 to 8-10), it has stabilized for much of the past week. Thus, headlines such as "Race is tightening in North Carolina" just a few days before crucial primaries are old news at best or simply misleading.

    Eric M.

    May 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Mike G

    Just a note to CNN: Maybe if you would take Rev. Wright's picture OFF the political page and let the ISSUES take the headlines?
    Barack Obama will be the nominee despite all this junk.
    I don't recall Hillary's picture arriving in Bosina staying on your front page very long. Something is amiss here.

    May 4, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. john m

    with the bradly effect and the trend of undecided to brake 2-1 for clinton this is within 1 or 2 % points

    May 4, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Peter Paul

    Polls are wrong. Because in the next two days to come, more and more peoples will have a chance to watch be google what is coming in november for both Clinton's like the trial with Paul vs Clinton... Hope ths will be posted cnn thanks

    May 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. John F. Dee

    How can you have a headline that says the race is tightening in North Carolina when the change in the poll is only 1% with a margin of eroor significantly greater than that? This is exactly the kind of media reporting that distorts the news, and why Obama has such a strong following to get at the truth.

    May 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. jenny s

    Why does CNN feel it necessary to put so many items about Hilary? What happen to being the news source for ALL? It is so obvious CNN is in love with Hilary. You are always reporting on Polls, but then say they really don't matter – I guess you and Hilary have a lot in common.

    I guess CNN wants another Clinton in the white house – better start prepping Chelsea now, she'll be running next....

    May 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Interesting

    Here she comes. On your track, ready to go and smack you back.

    Senator Obama, who is your Mommy or Daddy!

    It's Clinton.

    Hillary 2008

    May 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. La Chatte, Portland, OR

    Music to a lot of ears! The Immature One has demonstrated his poor judgment and lack of experience over and over again. It finally seems to be coming back to bite him.

    May 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Peter

    It was 7 a couple of days ago, then 9 and now 8. Is that tightening? I would say that is a consistent lead for Obama...

    May 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. obama/paul '08

    why is wolf blitzer being so biased against obama?he brings up the rev.wright ,everyday.that horse is dead,so quit beating it,please!

    May 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Barb

    Time to update.....Hillary gains 2 more delegates in Pennsylvania primary....

    May 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. maria Mtl, Can.

    Hope polls are right this time. I hope Obama will take more.

    May 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Evelyn, Raleigh, NC

    Obama will prevail. NC is tired of old politics. We know that we need someone who really "feels our pain" and means it.
    Hillary, stop pandering!

    Obama '08!

    May 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. marty in Indiana

    Well of course she is gaining groud. CNN won't give us fair and balanced news. They spend 24/7 bashing Obama and they dance with joy when the poll numbers change. History will show that the news media stole the election from Obama and stole our only chance to change America. I hope you are proud of yourself CNN execs. You "win the battle" but "loose the war" for the future of America. Shame on you.

    May 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Ridicolous

    My question is to CNN is , if Rev Wrights picture should be held on the Politics page, then why isn't John Hagee's picture there... Or Peter Paul. One says Katrina happened because of Homosexuals and he's Mccain's pastor the other well he was robbed by the Clinton.. No it's not a rumour there's is enough evidence for a trial... It's just that the judge who was apointed by Bill Clinton himself moved the case after November Election. You know the same way the media never reported about Mccains "affair" with a lobbyist AFTER the fact that he was nominated the Rep nominee.

    May 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. White male for Obama

    A win is a win!

    May 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Susan

    HHMM, maybe people in NC don't like Wright's insane rhetoric . . . or possibly it's that they fear Obama was referring to some of them with the clinging to guns and religion" business. Lots of guns and religion in NC. Also, LOTS of people smart enough to realize that Hillary Clinton is the best choice in this race.

    May 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Barb

    Just watched a clip from another news program where Obama's campaign manager Axlerod says.......yes he has take hundreds of thousands of dollars from pacs and lobbyists but......he wants to stop doing that........Hello more hypocracy it's sickening!

    May 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Unfair politics and media

    3 days and counting of rev. wright being on the front page of cnn politics.

    On the most crucial weekend, no less.

    Who paid you to work for Clinton, CNN?

    May 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Sam Taveras

    Don't make too much of the polls. Obama will win by double digits.

    May 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Tucson, AZ

    Obama will take NC!

    May 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. D'Anne

    I am confused (really I'm not, I think CNN is). Can you please make up your mind. One heading says the race is tightening, then one says Obama is gaining. If you didn't know, that is a contradiction. Obama is in the lead so he has to be losing ground if the race is tightening.

    Regardless, a win is a win just as Clinton's was in Pennsylvania and Obama will win North Carolina.

    May 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Valeroso2008

    The tightening of the race in NC proves that voters can be duped. Hillary Clinton is a fraud. She is insulting people's intelligence with her gas tax holiday scheme; she is endorsed by leaders of what she termed "the vast right-wing conspiracy." She has no commitment or even attachment to truth, candor, and principle.

    If Hillary wins the Democratic nomination, then we Democrats deserve to be defeated and the country deserves what it gets.

    May 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. We will Deliver NC to Obama

    Me and my wife voted yesterday, lot's of Obama support at the polls 🙂

    May 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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