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. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    Way to go Obama.

    I am ready for this to end.

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

    100-39 = 61. Hmm, I didn't know that such a large contingent, 61%, of Democrats are sexist.

    I kid, I kid! We really need to get past these dividing issues and remember why we're Democrats.

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

    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 |
  4. Von Bismark VIENNA

    WHAT THEN IS THIS NOISE ON HILLARY'S WEBSITE ABOUT

    BLOWOUT IN KENTUCKY AND TIGHT RACE IN OREGON?

    REMEMBER SC AND INDIANA! HAS SHE ALSO STARTED LOSING

    SUPPORT AMONG "HARDWORKING WHITE AMERICANS?

    May 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Uncle Sam

    It is significant that given the current political environment – incumbent Republican administration, unpopular president, protracted war, low consumer confidence, record Democratic turnout and fundraising, etc. – that Senators Obama and McCain are running even in the polls.

    May 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. NoHillary

    Obama will be our next President!

    May 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Linda. Boston, MA

    WOW! 55/39? He's clobbering her. That certainly doesn't help her electability argument.

    May 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    WE HAVE A SHOT AT BECOMING THE AMERICA WE

    BRAG ABOUT. THE WORLD LEADER IN SOCIAL &

    ECONOMIC MATTERS.

    May 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Devon

    Yes

    Now lets come together and take our country back.

    May 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. for realsie

    awesome! Honestly, I'll take either one over mcsame, but I think the time has come for Clinton to bow out.

    May 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's not just a snapshot – it's becoming a trend.

    May 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Young voter FOR OBAMA

    YEA!!!! im so excited and i just cant hide it!! i know i know iknow i wont i wont to i wont to...... i'm singing songs of joy!!! go obama keep racking in every senerio mrs. Comeback could have!!!!
    Kansas loves you!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. j gannon

    YEAH!!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. WordsMatter

    I would ask all Obama supports to fill your comments with hate and condescention for Hillary Clinton. And if possible, please include a really offensive sexist remark. She deserves it because she is a woman afterall. By the way, to all Obama supporters, nice job with the hate so far.

    May 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    Obama/Biden 08'
    Obama/Pelosi 08'

    May 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. mary nagata

    yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    May 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. for realsie

    Then again, she may as well stay. I think the primary is over. She almost has* to stay after all her talk about every vote counting. So you know....whatever.

    May 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. fred

    Just wait until November....will the DNC and Howard Dean be in for a BIG surprise!!!!

    DOWN WILL COME OBAMA AND ALL HIS HATERS!!

    HELL, MR PRESIDENT McCAIN!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Marc

    LOL. . .of course he has a big lead! Obama has already been the declared the winner by a lot of supers, John Edwards, himself, the media, etc. What else is there? Obama is our candidate!

    God bless Obama, the people's champion

    May 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Marilyn

    The time has come for Hillary to back out like a lady. Every state she goes to she states "No one has won unless they have won in ??? State". Hillary has NOT won all States. The same old story.

    Marilyn
    La.

    May 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Dennis

    It is what you would expect when one of the nominees appears to be the likely nominee for the party.

    And, yes, we know there are a lot of Clinton supporters that will NEVER vote for Senator Obama, will write in Senator Clinton, and if not Senator Clinton, then Senator McCain, and that they believe Senator Obama will never win in the general election/November, and the the Republicans will tear him apart.

    Fact is, everyone has been telling Senator Obama and his supporters that he had no chance of becoming the nominee. He has has overcome those obstacles and stands on the cusp of winning the nomination. The Republicans are in trouble. Recent elections show that. I don't expect this November to be any different.

    May 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Someone please get the BET station to Kentucky & West Virginia asap. Sheesh, these people are still stuck in the 60's and afraid of a black man who's half white?? WOW. I can't wait until the new generation takes over in that area. Those older white folk out there are a burden on America's evolution into the future. Time to take a seat and let us youngins take the wheel!!

    May 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    ...oaky wait...after going through these ticker update things...what's going on first he is down, now he's up?? What gives CNN?!I can see why people are getting fatigued.

    May 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. fred

    SHOULD HAVE SAID HELLO, MR PRESIDENT McCAIN!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Creative Woody

    Go Hillary! It doesn't matter what the American People want, only what YOU think is best!

    Candidates should never give up until EVERY vote is counted!

    Edwards/Kucinich '08

    May 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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