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. Jim

    What poll are you looking at? They're close to even in Oregon.

    May 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Kiah

    This along with the SD's he gets EVERYDAY will only pad his lead and send HRC and her supporters further into the pits of denial and delusion.

    YES WE CAN
    YES WE WILL

    Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. dove

    It’s pretty unpleasant to read all these comments full of blind hysteria.

    May 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. semp

    A few words of wisdom from David Duke would be refreshing right about now. How about a Kinky Friedman and David Duke ticket ... that shud cover the broad spectrum of Demoncratic Thought.

    May 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Ben

    Hillary did what she needed to do to barely hang on. Personally I think she is just trying to raise money to pay back her loans. She will have to win all the contest left by the same margins, then that would be something. I will vote for either democratic nominee but most likely it will be Obama. If Hillary doesn't have at least a win in Oregon and a big win in Kentucky she is completely out of the race. I think Obama will win Oregon then we will see the Super's gates open and push Hillary out.

    May 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Michele

    As a 58 year old Republican living in Oregon (white woman), I changed my party and voted for Obama. He reminds me of the era of JFK. We desperately need change in this country. No more politics as usual. Oregon will hand him a sizable win. Many of my friends have done the same as I. And the spin doctors say older white women don't go for Obama. They need to say "uninformed" older whites.....

    May 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. kenny cole

    Hey!! she's always winning to loose HILLARY please getout of the race

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Yes we can!

    Newflash Hillary or Mccain person:

    There is no way the Great divider Obama will unify us, so put that in your pipe and smoke it, CNN talking heads.

    Obama stole my Florida vote for Hillary, and he'll just have to be satisfied with that. He gets nothing else from me.
    *****************************
    Your local government decided to break the rules and HILLARY agreed to the rules and HILLARY said you and michigan wouldn't matter....put the blame where it belongs....go march on your city hall steps.....Obama followed the rules.....it's sad that you wouldn't say these things....i see where your heart is....just sad

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Rob

    Hey, CB, its "won't", not "want". Learn English. You speak just like Michelle Obama, a product of Affirmative Action who gets into Princeton, can't speak English well, then says, after all this, only NOW she is proud to be an American.

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. don in Seattle

    Nice win for Clinton and she should be proud. However, it has done nothing for her gaining in the areas that count like delegates. Even after her big win, Obama is the won who gained more delegates today. That certainly says something. I, for one, am a strong Obama suporter but if Clinton were to magically end up being the nominee then I woould certainly support her. We can all have our preferences but in the end there really isn't a choice unless a you consider having America goes down the same road we are now. That;s jus pathetic and we need to all come together and get behind whomever the nominee is and it certainly looks like it will be Obama.

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. ITALIAN 4 OBAMA

    GIVE OBAMA CREDIT. THE MAN HAS VISION. HE'S SEVERAL STEPS AHEAD OF THE PACK. HE RECOGNIZED THE NEED FOR CHANGE AND A FRESH APPROACH, WHILE THE REST OF THE CROWD DABBLES IN OLD STYLE POLITICS. HE HAS CREATED EXCITEMENT, AND ENTHUSIASM, DRAWN MILLIONS OF NEW VOTERS TO THE PROCESS. THE REPUBLICANS ARE WATCHING AND, FRANKLY ,.. THEY ARE SCARED. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN MISSISSIPPI LAST NIGHT, AND LOUISIANA BEFORE. REPUBLICANS GOT THEIR BUTTS KICKED.DON'T BE SURPRISED IF THE REPUBLICANS START MIMICKING OBAMA'S STYLE AND MESSAGE. AS THE CONGRESS CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICANS, MR. TOM COLE, ALARMINGLY EMPHASIZED TO HIS TROOPS,... CHANGE OR DIE. OBAMA IS THE MAN FOR PRESIDENT.

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    Hey, all you people complaining about CNN overlooking Obama's new delegates- This is CNN< Clinton News Network! Haven't you noticed the way Blitzer slants things toward Clinton? He frequently cuts off Obama supporters, Lets Clinton supporters go on and on. Good news for Obama usually gets mentioned almost as an afterthought, while bad news for Clinton either gets a positive spin, or is ignored.

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. wisdom

    i am not from U.S but what i know is America is 2 big for a women to rule

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Brian

    The Florida Democratic Party stole your vote for Hillary, you moron.

    May 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. tim from Ravenna, OH

    Why is it if whites vote for a white person we are racist, but when 92% of blacks vote for Obama that's OK? Sounds like the same double standard that says 4 blacks beating up a white man is not a hate crime but 4 whites beating up a black man is. Ridiculous!!!! Only 2 people can be president right now and Obama is not one of them.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Viva Obama 08

    We need to beat John McCain this November and superdelegates need to put an end to the race to give the nominee enough time to compaign for a convincing victory in the general election. Senator Clinton need to realize that the math is impossible for her to win.
    The party must not seat Florida and Michigan because rules are rules.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Michele, Oregon

    We've been working hard. Hope to deliver a nice win here in Obamaland. The west is less entrenched in institutionalism. We do not throw the baby out with the bath water, but love that cool, clean water! ...."Love one another..."

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Nikki, Florida

    Allison Marie,

    Obama did not block votes. Unfortunately, Florida's state decision-makers decided to go against DNC rules and we have to suffer the consequences. It is not Barack, nor Hillary's fault that our votes are not being counted.

    They both agreed to abide by the rules the DNC set out.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Dennis in IA

    I feel sorry for the HIllary supporters – they thought she should be made Queen of the United States of America. Don't you realize it is the President of the United States of America? Hillary lost because she miscalculated that the people would only support her and no one else. We in Iowa got to meet the candidates and saw how they really react. Hillary is just as full of baloney as her husband. She does not deserve the presidency after Whitewater and all that happened in Arkansas and in the White House. This is a country that has seen the good and the bad of the Clintons, we do not want those people in office again, especially if it were Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton – too much like a Monarchy, don't you think? I was once a loyal Clinton backer but now have come to realize there is something new and different to be had, just like our fore fathers when they decided to break from England. We the people are going to take back the government and make America and the world a much better place. Obama 08 and 12!

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. BER

    Based on the HRC spin last night it looks like her camp is determined to take the fight to the convention floor. I don't think that they expect anything other than an even split of MI & FL delegates, what they are really trying to do is raise the bar on reaching a majority, making it almost impossible for the Obama side to clinch pre convention. I think their reasoning is that they have a better chance of winning at the Dem convention given their deeper roots in the party.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Independent99999

    Voting rights should be restricted based on certain criteria

    – Education levels
    – Income levels
    – Certain minimum amount of Taxes paid
    – Certain levels of political education
    etc.

    Voting given to UNEDUCATED people will produce lopsided results like WV. There is no other explanation how a LIAR and RULE CHANGER like Hillary can get a majority voting for her at this stage of the game in WV.

    Impose certain criteria before someone can VOTE.

    Save the DEMOCRACY. Amend the Constitution. Save America from Destruction of LIARS and POWER MONGERS like Clinton

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. ru

    I think Obama will win Oregon,Montana and South Dakota and rest for Hilary Clinton!!!
    Anyways Obama will be the Nominee eventhough Hilary tries her best!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Proud 26% in WV

    I woke up this morning feeling good about doing the .right .thing .Yesterday.I stepped up to the voting booth and after 30 years of voting republican was able to put aside all of the racial remarks in my area of WV and vote for whom I thought was the best candidate to help bring our country back.30 years if someone would have told me that I would be voting for an African American democrat for president there would have been a fight.Sorry to say race did play a large part in yesterday's primary and Hillary tapped into it.So to the rest of my fellow 26% I say thanks and come on Oregon ,Montana and South Dakota.Do what is right for all America.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    I have already sent my vote in for Obama and it feels great! All of us in Oregon want REAL change and Barack will give us that. HRC did put up a good fight (however it was ugly) but it is over now and it is time to be a democrat first!
    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Paul

    those posting here are not a clever lot!

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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