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. Carlo Casapietra

    We almost got to the point that anyone with half a brain
    can become president, plus, why we always talk about caracter ?
    when we know that to be a senator, you have to compromise all the time,
    When is the last time that a senator was elected President

    May 4, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. karin

    LOL.....I'm in NC right now and I saw a poll and its showing Obama up by 11points........I working on getting new voters......LOL....CNN lets get real......

    May 4, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Enough with the Paul Posts

    for all those who think that the peter paul thing is real go to it is an internet hoax. I looked it up because of you all and it is a pieced together to make a new story. Really CNN should report on this.

    May 4, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. KS - Des Moines

    Hillary wins by 9's a blow-out
    Obama leads by 8 points ..He's hang on for dear life!

    What happened to objective reporting morons???

    May 4, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. ella692001

    Two words for Clinton ....Bradley Effect
    She is in for a shock

    May 4, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. annie

    Go North Carolina!! Give Hillary all of your support.

    May 4, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Perhaps some people are getting a fresh look at tha slick Snake Oil salesman from IL?

    May 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. IndyGuy

    Hold your hats Obama supporters, tuesday will be dark & stormy for your guy BHO. Guam was a HUGE indicator as to how NC / IN will shape up. His lead has diminished and his days are numbered. Superdelegates are you watching this race? What once was is no more! He is not the guy we thought he was, it's time you change your vote to HRC for President!
    If you want to Whitehouse back you need to act now!

    May 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Teri

    I certainly hope North Carolina votes for Hillary- its all in their hands now. Hillary is the strongest candidate and she has proven it. She will win against John McCain. Go Hillary.

    May 4, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. HighRidin'

    Why not stop reporting on insignificant changes in ridiculous polls and talk about Paul vs Clinton. I can't imagine why a one point difference is more important than a large-scale campaign finance scandal.

    May 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Mary

    Is Hillary putting on some weight? Looks like it.

    May 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Danny E. Gonzalez

    Of course is tightening, Hillary now has a clear message, "its the economy stupid". Sen. Obama has had problems now with his message, especially in rural America. This is not over folks... Hillary should have lost by double-digits in Guam, yet she lost by 7 votes, this is big, this is really big... a win or a lose by less than 10 points in N.C. will be a disaster for Sen. Obama.

    Rise Hillary Rise!

    May 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. kelley James

    Polls again CNN. With your bias reporting which favours the Clinton. I can bet if you had a poll on your viewer 6 out of 10 people will not watch or doubt your reporting after this election is over. Bias Bias and down right unfair.

    May 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Democrat's are Finished in November.. All this tells me, is they are comitting Suicide... Go Hillary do you're best...

    May 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Marguerite

    your use of the term "poll of polls" cracks me & my family up – i've got over 30 relatives living in NC & 22 of them are registered democrats the rest are independents & not one of them were ever polled – they are all for OBAMA!

    May 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Reba Edwards

    Am i the only one, that has noticed that Obama cannot look People
    in the face when talking to them,such as with Tim Russert this morning?


    May 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. carol mcfarlane

    It doesn't matter how much she 'narrows the gap' or even wins the presidence, Hillary has done herself and the country a disservice by her lying and cheating, her below the belt remarks and horrible and misleading attack ads. She has forever ruined her reputation for being principled, if ever she had one and she will have taken the country with her. What kind of a win is that? Oh yes, a win is a win.

    May 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. antonio Tomachi

    Listen party elders my republican friends had already started circulating articles on the internets about who would Americans like to be their first lady, the people they wouldn't want parading the Whitehouse if he's elected and Obama who seem to have distance himself from Rev Wright will most definately apologize to the man and bring him back to the white house.Democrats strategist has to be proactive and be ready.

    May 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Jim - Arkansas

    They are both probably running much harder now that they realize that if you come in second you get euthanized. 🙂

    May 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. matthew

    It seems wright saga has played out. The major beneficiary is the media as media is gonna get attention from eevryone and hence generate more revenue. I hope and pray for a day when media stops twisting truth and talk honestly without taking things out of context. Peter Paul VS Hillary Clinton is in court... no reporting. I doubt if this comment would make its way to the opinions expressed by readers.

    May 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Gregory Downes

    CNN is now CON. Cable Opininion Network. Please give the news and I will make my opinion.

    May 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Angela Hernandez

    Getting close? Whatever! Clinton said it best, a win is a win, and Obama will win North Carolina! What is she doing on the back of a truck? What an insult! I am originally from North Carolina and we are not Hillbillies! Wow it amazes me, the uneducated people that vote for her! She is like a chameleon, Next she will be spitting tabacco and claiming she grew it on her family's farm!.

    May 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Thank you for the update.

    May 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. concerned

    Senator Obama's job is to win NC regardless of margins and Senator Clinton's job is to win NC to show she has momentum after PA win so she can continue her argument to the superdelegates. If she wins both NC & IN then she has the momentum, but if Obama wins NC & IN then he can close the deal. And if he only wins only NC then let the games continue for 6 more weeks. I can't wait for Tuesday.

    May 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Frank Feigert

    Have you heard of margin of error? A shift of one point, from 9 to 8 points, is hardly indicative of a "tightening" race. We really do not need more "horse race" journalism, inventing stories that are not there. The result should come about as voters make up their minds, free of undue influence as to whether a candidate is gaining or losing, and by a difference if 1 point!

    May 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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