May 14th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama holds big lead in Oregon

Barack Obama is ahead in Oregon polls.
Barack Obama is ahead in Oregon polls.

(CNN) - A day after suffering his second-worst defeat of the primary season, a new poll shows Barack Obama is headed for a big win in Oregon next Tuesday.

According to a new poll from the Portland Tribune and KPTV, the Illinois Democrat holds a 20 point lead over Clinton there, 55 percent to 35 percent. Ten percent of voters remain unsure.

The poll was conducted May 8-10, entirely before Clinton's blowout win in West Virginia Tuesday night. There, Clinton beat Obama by 40 points, her second widest margin of victory all year. But Oregon promises to be more favorable for Obama, given its broader swath of liberal and college educated Democrats.

Kentucky, a state with similar demographics to West Virginia, also votes next Tuesday and is expected to hand Clinton another big win.

Both Oregon and Kentucky are bigger prizes in terms of delegates than West Virginia. Fifty-two delegates are up for grabs in Oregon and 51 are on the line in Kentucky. Only 28 delegates were awarded in West Virginia.

Related Video: CNN's Dan Lothian reports on key voter concerns in Kentucky.

soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. JohnS

    Thank you Oregon!!!!!!!!!!!

    Uniting the Democrates around the Democrate Nominee should be the focus at this time.

    Anything is really just selfish and destructive ambition.

    Aren't 4 more BUSH years of failed policies in Washington too scary for all Americans?

    Thank You Again Oregon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Margaret

    I give Sen. Clinton credit for her energy, but whatever rift exists between Clinton and Obama supporters is attributable almost entirely to Clinton's negative campaigning. Despite her seeming strength in conservative swing states (with GREAT thanks to Rush Limbaugh and Operation Chaos–arguably HE should be helping her with her campaign debt!), her best bet now is to help mend the party and hope that Pres. Obama will give her a place within his cabinet –perhaps health care czar.

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Media Blackout May 15th

    What I want to know is, who was that RASTA guy in the yellow t-shirt standing behind Hillary Tuesday night. He looked like a prop. Is the Gimmick candidate pulling out all tricks to prove she's not racist?

    And that guy with the bowling pin swinging it left and right, I guess Secret Service approved that weapon for the sake of props huh?

    These two guy were placed for the cameras and between you and me, the RASTA in the bright yellow shirt looked like he got paid big money to perform for the cameras.

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Dale

    CNN is CLINTON NEWS NETWORK FOLKS....EVERYTHING THEY REPORT AND SAY FAVORS SENATOR CLINTON...IT'S OBVIOUS WHO THEY WANT TO WIN!!!!...

    I THINK ALL OBAMA SUPPORTERS SHOULD STOP TUNNING THEIR TVs TO CNN UNTIL THEY HAVING A BALANCE SET OF RULES....THE PAST 2 OR 3 MONTHS THEY HAVE HAD MOSTLY CLINTON SUPPORTERS ON WITH NO ONE FROM OBAMA'S CAMP TO REPLY TO THE COMMENTS....

    CNN IS UNFAIR

    (C)LINTON
    (N)EWS
    (N)ETWORK

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Anita from Arizona

    So when does the good of the party play a role in the Clinton campaign? Does pointing out the obvious that low income working white americans are not supportive of Obama, but you don't see Obama saying anything about him winning the majority of the black vote. Obama didn't say it, his wife didn't say it, but Hillary did and Bill did with his "race-card" comment. Race is a powder keg for our society. You see who lit the fuse. Don't fall for it Americans. We want to be united as one nation. Our politicians have to start looking out for what's best for all of us. No one needs to be reminded of past hurts. We can't heal as a nation if we don't stop openning the old wounds. The Clinton are shameful for that. We all know the obvious, but playing on it and using it to advance your position is totally immoral.

    Obama '08 – Yes We Can!!

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Kiah

    All the so-called Dems who threaten to vote McCain if/when HRC loses...please do us all a favor and vote that way. You see there is no stopping fate and if you haven't learned anything over the past 15 months it's that Barack Obama will be our next president with out without the support of anyone who choses not to give it.

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Andy

    CNN, for the first time could you please post my response

    Any democrat saying they will never vote for Obama is fooling themself. When looking down the barrel of the gun you're going to vote for Obama come November. Say all you want now but later you'll already know the consequences of your decision.

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Ron

    the question a lot of people are asking is how much of the millions and millions of dollars obama is getting originates in Arab countries and laundered by tony rezko to the obama campaign

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Person she is

    Thank God Oregonians have more sense but I am not surprised given their high population of educated people. BTW doesn't the fact that Clinton bragged about a 10year selling his bike and giving her his money bother Hillary Supporters. It goes a long way towards describing what kind of person she is. And you want her running your country. wew!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Sandy

    Hey Democrats...remember that there will also be House and Senate elections this fall. Right now it is expected that the Democrats will strengthen their hold on both houses. Think about the changes that could made in this country with a Democratic House, Deocratic Senate and a Democratic President!

    Although I voted for Hillary I will definitely support Obama in November if he is the nominee. We CANNOT AFFORD another Repubican administration!

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Joe G

    There is another state voting next week. Hillary Clinton is up in some polls in Kentucky by 30% or more.

    Why is it that Obama speaks (and that's about all he does) about inclusion and reconciliation but his supporters are full of nothing but hate and rage? Hamas supports Obama, Farrakhan likes him, Wright is his pastor for 20 years and his own wife seems to detest the country that allowed her and her family to prosper. No other country on the planet would have given her such opportunities. A vote for Obama is an over-reaction to the 8 year pounding we've received from Bush. Who by the way was inexperienced when he ran for president in 2000.

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Jeff, Hampshire, IL

    ATTN "HILLARY SUPPORTER"

    Come on, there's been plenty said on both sides here! Point is, no one thinks you are "uneduacted", rather, they and you are supporting/defending a chosen candidate in a tough race among two exceptional candidates. Their policy issues are nearly identical. You are not electing supporters who you feel have been rude. Everyone has been fired up and now we need to organize around the nominee (whomever it is) and keep the republicans out of the white house! We need to focus on getting ourselves out of 3 wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, and the war on the American economy) as well as prevent one in Iran. Please look at the bigger picture.

    Dems 08

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. mj

    this yes we can makes you all sound stupid and that you drank the coolaid...

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. H

    HILLARY WILL NOT GET OUT. SHE WILL STAY AND FIGHT BECAUSE SHE IS THE ONE THAT HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE. I REALLY AT THIS POINT COULD CARE LESS WHAT YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND THE BIAS MEDIA SAYS. I AM SICK AND TIRE OF YOUR HATE AND BIAS.
    YES – WE CLINTON SUPPORTERS WILL OVERCOME ALL OF THAT AND IN THE LONG RUN WE WILL CONQUER.
    I BELIEVE HILLARY IS AHEAD IN KENTUCKY.

    GOODBYE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Joe, Eden Prairie, MN

    Marge Hibbing Mn, Obama won MN by a huge margin... So what were you saying about the people of Oregon again?

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Roger

    Obama always plays the race card.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Gotta Disagree

    Truthurts said "All you Hillary supporters voting for McCain are only proving one thing. You are sore losers and are attracted to voting for losers…
    OK that was 2 things"
    I have to firmly disagree with that statement. The majority of the people that I know who are Hillary supporters who states that they would not vote for Obama is becasuse they do not stand by him (Obama) simple as that. Now to be truthful, the people that I have spoken to said that they will exercise their 'write in' right. I think that would be the best thing to do verses voting for someone else just out of spite. These are adults that are voting. This election is a very serious one and I don't see how voting for McCain if you do not stand by him makes sense at all.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Republican for Clinton

    It's funny when you say anything negative about Obama, you must be racist, but if Hillary states the obvious she's playing the race card. You can't win in the fall just because you get 99% of the black vote, that does not translate to victory. He will lose this fall, and the democrats will realize that they lost an election that has been their's to lose! Obama supporters and the Democratic leadership are stupid, if he's the nominee, I'm voting for McCain! period, he will not change my mind!

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Donna

    Adversity does not build character it reveals it.

    Obama shut the door and pulled the curtains last night when he lost by 41 points in WV. He tried to pretend it did not exist and postulated by his behavior if I ignore it then it might go away.

    The news media are now determined to fight Hillary too, so she has more than one opponent. The news media will want to save face by proving "the math." Well we all know math is not finite, can change, and with any constant, will change.

    Hillar 2008! It ain't over til it's over and winner's don't quit! Nor do they pull down the curtain...

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Richard Boland

    Just remember this....if HRC's supporters do stay home or vote for McBush..and Obama gets beat.........and they think Hillary will come to our rescue in 2012.........forget about it......"what goes around,comes around".........that sword cuts both ways....DB

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Ratgurl

    Smart people them Oregonians! Let's bring the primary to a close so we can focus on the general :)

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. OUR President Obama

    Obama holds big lead in Oregon, CNN........I'm betting you are not going to let my comment stay......your attitude against President Obama is prejudice....

    CONGRAD Mr. President Obama....

    To mike May 14th, 2008 10:33 am ET (you close the comment board and refused to list my comment)
    Latest News update: Obama seeks all black ticket. Obama is strongly leaning towards choosing black person for democratic VP if he is nominee. How do you feel about this?
    To answer Mike question and others who may try to comment with this lie, Obama hasn't said who he is going to select to be VP, and we all know for a fact this isn't going to happen. So what should we make it a point to say many of the past president's have choose white VP. We know who you are voting for, the democrat who is losing and make it a point to use duty lying politics.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. OHIO

    As far as the win in W Virgina goes who cares. they voted for BUSH in 2000 and 2004 what does that tell you about W Virgina. They would vote for McSame in 2008, No wonder they voted for Clinton, IDIOTS

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Margaret

    I give Sen. Clinton credit for her energy, but whatever rift exists between Clinton and Obama supporters is attributable almost entirely to Clinton's negative campaigning. Despite her seeming strength in conservative swing states (with GREAT thanks to Rush Limbaugh and Operation Chaos–arguably HE should be helping her with her campaign debt!), her best bet now is to help mend the party and hope that Pres. Obama will give her a place within his cabinet –perhaps health care czar.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Roger

    We will never forget Jeremiah Wright.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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