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. Sweetie1

    Barack is the one! Come on aboard the Change Express! Choo..Choo..

    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady has sung, won two Grammys, and is currently on a World Tour. She's singing a special song to Hillary Clinton: Stevie Wonder's "GO HOME!" 🙂

    May 19, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Phil

    If you listen to the personality cult, Hillary is winning in all possible categories. Which, unfortunately for them, doesn't mix well with reality.

    May 19, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Vernon

    Despite all the negativity that was spewed between the campaigns,we as democrats need to unite in order to defeat the GOP in Nov.....Sen.Obama and Sen.Clinton will have a difficult time individually,but united they are an unstoppable force!!

    May 19, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Kathie, Houston, TX

    It is about time this country grew up... Yeah Obama!!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    YES yes YES yes

    YES WE CAN

    May 19, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. David

    No more Bush/Clinton rule. the dynasty is over.

    May 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Yeswecanfor Obama

    HRC is just a BIG sore LOOSER- THE WORLD IS WATCHING TO SEE YOU MAKE A FOOL OF YOURSELVE. U SHOULD HAVE STEPPED DOWN IN GRACE WHILE U CAN.

    YOU HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELVE
    OBAMA '08

    May 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. jsb

    I'm so glad! we really need to come together. the campaign season has been nasty at times, but I really hope that we can come together by november. We cannot afford to continue on with the policies of the current administration.
    Dems '08.

    May 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Robert in Toronto, ON

    Time for the wave of Obama supporters to come through and crash down upon the Republican machine.

    Surf's up!

    May 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    All the pieces are starting to fall into place for Obama. Clinton is denying the inevitable by continuing to campaign.

    May 19, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Chris in SC

    I wonder what dillusional spin Hillary will put on this.

    May 19, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Michael, North Carolina

    Sen. Obama a real American hero.

    YES WE CAN
    OBAMA/CASEY '08

    May 19, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. tms

    Yes We Can

    OBAMA '08 & 12

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Alice Jones

    Sad thing is I wouldn't care if Obama or HIllary got the nom, what's really sad is that if Obama gets it, the people who are saying they will vote for him, will turn around and vote for McCain 😦

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Brown

    Good. Everyone must admit these polls are a joke! When Obama is doing well the poll reflects that. This is the same for Hillary. Every other week the polls show something new, so who cares?

    Obama is the winner. Lets move on.

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Freida NYC

    The only reason he has such a "lead" is because the Obama camp and the media has already crowned him as the dem nominee. But, that is far from true–Hillary has the popular vote. As Hillary says "this thing is far from over!" There you have have it!!!!

    Hillary all the way! 🙂

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Joanna, Oregon

    Obama's achilles heel is MIchelle--he puts her out on the campaign trail but gets hysterical when she is criticized-–well, duh, don't put her out there-

    Hopefully more Republicans like our friends in Tenn. will remind people that although she is not proud of her country, she managed to take $4.2 million out of the economy last year.

    McCain08'

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. jim t

    the eyes of the nation are opening up and seeing how much lies

    hillary is spewing out, shes a vile – corrupt human and so is her

    followers of bigots that are nothing but divisive

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Brenda

    Great. CNN, the presidential candidates delegate count has not be updated since Friday, May 16, 2008. I enter your website daily. Please update the candidates delegate count.

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Adam from NY

    Clearly she's more electable.

    May 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Dont call me a racist

    Hillary supporters for McCain 08. I sent a lot of money to Hillary Clinton. I guess this will be the first time I send any money to a republican.

    Hillary Supporters for McCain 08

    May 19, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Dave

    When is Hillary going to get it?

    May 19, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. vw

    This poll is nothing because it came from the person or media against Hillary.

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. bill from pa

    It's time for Clinton to pack up her show and go back to New York. Anything she does from now until the convention just enhances McCain's chance of winning.

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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