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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Polls
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Joe Reg

    America has had enough.

    change is coming to AMERICA.

    Go Obama go!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. ovitshio Branco from New Mexico

    The endorsement is not without symbolism. Byrd was a leader of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan as a young man and was, along with several southern Democrats, an opponent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has since denounced his previous views on racial segregation

    CNN shame on you for posting about Sen. Byrd we want change in the U.S.A and because of that we want peoples like Sen. Byrd

    May 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. No Way

    Turn out the Lights!!

    May 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. HH

    The end is almost here. Obama will only be less than 80 delagates away tomorrow from clinching the nomination. The superdelagates are taking numbers today to be the one to put him over the top.

    If Hillary had run her campaign and not Bill Clinton,Mark Penn,Howard Wolfson and Harold Ickes the outcome would of been better. But by blowing of small states and caucus states is just stupid, and they can only look themselves in the mirror and blame not Obama or his followers.

    Its just not Hillarys year, people want CHANGE, when Hillary lost Iowa and 12 in a row that pretty much put her away.

    Hoping Kentucky and Puerto Rico will deliver you the nomination is FAR FAR FAR off.

    Tomorrow this contest will be over!

    May 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    Of course he is leading. The MSM has already declared him the winner. Don't you think that sways people who have not voted yet? Obama will be the nominee, but in the end it will a marginal win. I think Hillary should take pride in having kept a close race.

    May 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Linned

    I hope that all of Senator Clinton supporters will come on board when Senator Obama becomes the nominee. If Senator Clinton had the numbers, I'm sure all of Senator Obama supporters would have supported her.

    May 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. from CT

    Wooohooo! I wish they sent me the poll for one of these things, lol.

    May 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. IAMWMD

    People are starting to see Hillary for what she really is, which is a lying, divisive politician who along with Geraldine Ferraro and a few of her racist supporters are destroying any chances of a woman ever becoming president.

    The bad vipes are not going to fade away by the time Hillary's up for election in the Senate. Stick a fork in both because their political careers are almost done.

    May 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Old & White

    Obama = the next POTUS

    Be nice Hillary and he may appoint you to the supreme court.

    May 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Venus

    ooooooooooo-Baby!

    Signed

    Sealed

    Delievered...................... I'm yours!

    Go Bam!

    May 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. People are you listening

    We know We Know. Polls don't mean anything.

    Shhhhhhh....Did you hear that? Hillary is closing in On Obama in the Polls.... WhoooooHoooooooo... In your face Obama. Polls mean everything.

    May 19, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Eddie in LA

    At last...justice!

    May 19, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Turnabout is fair play

    In the past, I would have said something to rub Hillary's nose in this poll but I've decided the time for that kind of devisiveness is over. We know she ran a hard fought campaign and in the end, Barack defeated her soundly. Now we need to get all TRUE democrats together and steamroll Grandpa McInsane and his wife McIncindiary into the ground along with the RNC, pathetic, whimpering dogs that they are. Help Barack and the Dems take it to them folks!!

    Obama/Sebilius '08!!

    May 19, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. CJH

    As a life long Democrat I find myself in a very tough position. I cannot in good conscience vote for Barack Obama. I will not vote in the general election at all if he is our party's nominee.

    May 19, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Proud American

    Democrats: lets get together and go after our true foe McCain and gang. We need to take back our country after 8 long hellish years!!
    Obama '08

    May 19, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Elly

    I still think they should run on the same ticket
    vote for dems all through the country
    give them the majority they need to get things turned around in the country
    Obama\Clinton 08

    Take one look at the close up pic of MCSame below
    do you really want this war monger in charge of the BUTTON
    or the one the who answers the 3 AM PHONE CALL
    God help America if this old codger gets in.He doesnt even know who the enemy is!!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. RON

    where is the argument of her being more electible

    lol

    May 19, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I HAVE A MODERATION OF MY OWN.

    WE SHOULD BE KNOWN AS THE

    PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    CHANGE IS PART OF LIFE.

    STAGNATION PART OF NOT SO ALIVE.

    May 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Oh Boy...

    While I happily support Senator Obama, I have to say it again...

    YOU CAN'T POLL POLLS, CNN!!! Polls are inanimate objects unable to give their opinions on ANYthing. Also, "averaging" polls, which is what your so-called "Poll of Polls" does, is completely unscientific.

    Once more, with feeling... YOU CAN'T POLL POLLS!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. ray from FL

    I THINK ITS TIME FOR THE LADY IN THE PANTS SUIT TO SING AND SUPPORT OBAMA. WHAT ARE THE ODDS SHE WILL? SHE HAS COMPETITION FOR THE VP NOD WITH GOV KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, FROM KANSAS, GOV RICHARDSON FROM NEW MEXICOAND THE SENATOR FROM VA, PLUS THE GOV OF OHIO.

    May 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. HILLARY OR MCCAIN

    Funny, CNN!

    Hillary is still polling better against John McCain in head to heads.

    Sick of the bias CNN.

    Get the full story on FOX...

    All you educated democrats, get smart and turn the channel....

    May 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Ted R.

    This has been a growing trend over the last several weeks. It would appear that Obama's support is growing from within the party lines. All he has to do now is to ride out the next couple of weeks and hope that no new controversy like Reverend Wright shows up. This would be Hillary's only hope, which is the only reason she's been hanging in there like a tapeworm.

    May 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Rich

    May 19th, 2008 1:02 pm ET

    Democrats watch out for people who say that they will vote for McCain if Hillary isn't the nominee. A lot of them were Republicans from the start trying to help Bush Jr out in the general election. True Hillary Supporters don't fall for it!!!!!! Vote Democrat!!!! We can't afford 4 more years of Bush!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Thank you CNN!!! Maybe we will have one person to back. If we could focus on McCain it would be so much better.

    May 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Boye

    Amen.

    May 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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