May 19th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Tracking Poll: Obama opens up biggest lead ever over Clinton

An estimated 75,000 people came out to support Barack Obama Sunday in Oregon.

An estimated 75,000 people came out to support Barack Obama Sunday in Oregon.

(CNN)– Amid reports that the Democratic Party’s leaders and largest fundraisers are beginning to take steps to try to bring their party together after a long, hard-fought primary campaign, the latest Gallup daily tracking poll suggests Democratic voters are beginning to coalesce around Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama holds a 16-point lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll released Monday. He has the support of 55 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters while Clinton’s support is at 39 percent.

Previously, Obama’s largest lead over Clinton was 11 percentage points, in daily tracking polls conducted in mid-May and mid-April, according to Gallup. Prior to John Edwards’s exit from the Democratic nomination race, Clinton held a 20-point lead over Obama in mid-January.

The results are based on a survey of 1,261 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters using combined data from May 16-18, 2008. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Kentucky and Oregon hold their Democratic primaries Tuesday. Obama is favored in Oregon’s contest and Clinton in Kentucky’s, according to CNN’s latest poll of polls in each state.


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  1. Alex

    I thought I was the only one who noticed that CNN showed ONLY Obama addressing "a crowdless crowd" in Oregon yesterday.
    Had I not read the Huff Post I would have thought he was speaking to his wife and two daughters and NOT 75,000 good souls!
    Way to go future U.S,.A President!

    May 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Sock it to ya

    CNN you can delete all the negative posts about Obama you want.

    Come November, millions of us Democrrats are going to knock you out when we vote for McCain.

    You have been biased for Obama from day one, why I don't know. Can't wait to sock it to ya, for deleting all of my posts though, that is gonna make me so happy.

    May 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Richard

    I don't believe anything from the media any more....

    Go Hillary!!!.... Clinton '08!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. kay, NM

    I don't want a change in the wrong direction.

    May 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. mary cleveland, ohio

    I just read the Washington Post article mentioned on the CNN Political Ticker Page. The article is about Hillary Clinton's avoidance of discussing her 1960's – 1970's employment("internship) with a group of attorneys in San Francisco, who represented Communist organizations and people tied to the then Weather Underground.
    A successful attorney(s) in the Washington Post article called her a hypocrite for attacking Obama for the fact that he had and Wm. Ayers, a now board member of a charity in Chicago where Obama also sat as a member. The Clintons have a very, very shady past, so shady he shouldn't have ever been elected to begin with.

    This is why Clinton needs to get out of the race. She is watching what she is saying about Obama now, somewhat, however, her attacks have contributed to damaging the party. Obama has been a straight up guy. He is the winner and she needs to get out of the picture entirely so we can win in November.

    May 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Time to move on

    OBAMA ONCE IN LIFE PRESIDENT
    GO OBAMA 08

    May 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. NONE

    Hillary's head is the size of one of those Easter Island statutes.
    Man, that's frightening.

    OBAMA IN 08

    and it's good to see that "blackmanphobia" still grips the good ol' U S of A. It doen't matter...We still here, We still ain't using verbs, and as far as your daughters go.....well, you already know! THANKS.

    May 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Joe

    IT'S OVER HILLIARY!

    JUST GO AWAY ALREADY AND TAKE YOUR STUPID
    SUPPORTERS WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK GOD FOR CHANGE. YES WE CAN! OBAMA '08!

    May 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. J

    Jim T, her followers are bigots? Would you vote for Condoleeza Rice if she ran for the GOP? Wouldn't that make you a bigot too? Let's face it, a lot of Obama's ideas are radical...and not in a good way. He may represent a vocal minority, but he does not represent what is American.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Ben

    To all of you Hillary haters. Good way to unite the party by your childish name calling and cheap labeling. Your divisivness will cost you and this country IF your candidate happens to win the nomination. Let's please keep this civil and factual.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Sock it to ya

    DEANS DOZEN google it.

    Obama was handpicked by the Dems old school.

    That is why all the old school is backing Obama, and turned their back on Hillary.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Carl

    The only one to think this is not over is Hillary. She is so delusional that it's scary.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. elle

    when Obama was in oregon this weeked. and came to portland to water park.My dad and I was one those 72,000 who want to it. It was azing begn thir and lister to him. Talk to use, I did get to see him but colud him talk to use.

    I not at the age to vote yet. I am a year off . I will be 17 is summer.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Viet Nam Vet

    CJH-

    Then vote for him in bad conscience.
    I was for Edwards- – -Then Hillary
    I WILL vote for OBama

    For any true Democrat you cannot do less

    I want us out of Iraq. It will take time but we have to start and we will
    when obama takes office

    We should have a national holiday to party when bush slinks into the sunset.

    I hope Obama forms A committee to charge bush, cheney, rice & rumsfield for not upholding their oaths of office and war crimes

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. KEKE

    HILLARY DOSENT CARE ABOUT YOUR POCKET BOOKS ISSUE SHE DOSNT HAVE THEM PROBLEMS ALL SHE IS WORRYIN ABOUT IS WINNIG BECAUSE IF YOU TRACK BACK SHE UP LIFT JOHN MCCAIN IN HERSELF AND SAYS HER OPPONENT GONNA DELIVER NOTHING BUT SPEECHES.YALL BETTER LOOK OUT BECAUSE IF SHE CARE ENOUGH SHE KNOWS OBAMA HAVE A CHANCE SO WAY SHE CONTINUES TO TIRE HIM DOWN I THINKS SHE HAVE SOME REPUBLIANS IN HER SHE VOTED FOR THE WAR.

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Ron L

    SHE IS NOT, I REPEAT NOT MORE ELECTABLE!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Dixie Dem

    Yes We Can..................................all of us Dems that has been badmouthed and kicked around by the Obama train will vote for McCain.

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. One Love!

    VERY, VERY COOL OREGON!!

    That is impressive!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Larry Buchas

    These polls are all over the place.

    The Democrats need to reach Hillary's supporters. It will be interesting to see what they have in mind.

    I'm a Barack supporter and I can't help but give her credit for putting up a hard fight. It's supposed to be competitive. She just followed the will of her supporters by not giving up. You have to admire that, everyone!

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Fraizer

    Finally! Now can we put the nail in the coffin of all these bitter, hysterical, Clinton supporters (yes, I said Bitter). The histironics are best directed at their unfortunate spouses. not at other voters who might disagree with them. Just like the south lost the war, this battle has concluded! Get over it, already.

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Ken

    I do have another question, and that is about the "Super delegates" voting. I thought that the "Super Delegates were to vote according to their states popular vote?

    Why has not the media said something about both of the WV Senators have endorsed Barack Hussein instead of Hillary Clinton, who by the way beat Barack Hussein by 41 points?

    Just goes to show you how partial the media is! Senator Byrd and Senator Rockefeller should be ashamed and should change their vote to represent the will of the people!

    Hillary Clinton should receive both Senator's of WV votes, and again, be nominated to become the nominee of the Democrat Party. Hillary Clinton has beat Barack Hussein in the popular vote as well.

    Hillary Clinton for President 2008

    May 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Jane L.

    Sen. Obama has LESS votes from the people than Sen. Clinton has, and it's not over yet. If the party decides on Obama despite that fact, they cannot expect party unity in November.
    Furthermore, the DNC surely better get its act together before another election. There is no logical reason for their ridiculous rules and caususes. Logically, the primaries should be conducted the same way the general election is conducted, and if that had been the case this time, Sen. Clinton would be the clear winner instead of our democratic process being subverted to the will of so-called "superdelegates."

    May 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. C

    Obama's Family will be the most Attractive Family in White House History. The Clinton's were the MOST UGLY!!

    May 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. RC

    Go Obama Go!!! Hope you win this thing.
    McCain is sounding like he is being coached by Carl Rove. . nuff said.

    May 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. texas dem

    Hillary is polling better against McCain because of Rush Limbaugh's Operation Kaoos (or what ever). Its the interference of the Republicans into the Democratics Primary process that has dragged this thing on this long. I think Senator Byrd's endorsement demonstrates that real party members support Obama! Come home yellow dog democrats and welcome newbies to the fold!

    YES WE CAN
    President Barack Obama
    2008-2012

    May 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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