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. Dylan

    Clinton supporters –

    I understand your unyielding devotion to your candidate. You're free to support her as long as you want, BUT the small-minded, short-sighted and petty "if not Hillary then McCain" comments need to stop NOW.

    If this nation is forced to endure four more years of endless bloodshed in Iraq and a Supreme Court stacked with right-wing ideologues who can't wait to overturn Roe, you'll have no one to blame but yourselves.

    Democrats, as Lennon once said: "Come together. Right now…"

    May 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. kent

    i'm sure this is going to turn into another 20 pages of comments like: "if hillary loses i'm voting for mccain" or vice-versa. seriously guys, this isn't a popularity contest. regardless of who becomes the democratic nominee, democrats need to unite behind him/her. stop being childish/sexist/racist and start acting in the best interest of your country.

    May 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Helen

    BREAKING NEWS:

    HILLARY HAS LOST THIS NOMINATION. THE WINNER IS BARACK. GET OVER IT CLINTON SUPPORTERS.

    May 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Kevin

    Does anyone really care who Geraldine Ferraro votes for? Geraldine, please find a large rock and crawl under it .

    May 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. uko

    The press say's Obama campaign, but I say Obama movement.
    This is a movement, it is not a campaign. It is a rapid development of people and ideas toward changing the politics in Washington.
    Watch out for a wide margin over McCain.

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. lezah2

    Good try, CNN. Rasmussen has Obama up 2 points. Why do you have to show your ignorance by doing such dishonest things as skewing the news. Disgusting.

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    why did everyobne forget clinton, obama goods but clinton is better... if obama wins i dono wat to do.. mccain! So then vote for here if you wanrt a better america!!!!!!!! She is a smart and talented women! Seriouslty take her words seriously!!!!!!!!!!!! GO CLINTON I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU !

    May 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    McCain Democrats to the rescue!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. fayola

    This is great. Hopefully everyone will start seeing that Obama is the one and we can get this ball rolling. Its time for Change

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. mik

    Do Obama buy CNN?

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. lezah2

    CNN won't let Hillary supporters get our comments in–Rasmussen poll shows Obama up 2 points, one of the lowest yet.

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Thomas

    “The states I’ve won total 300 electoral votes,” she said, explaining that 270 electoral votes are needed to win in November and that many of the states Obama has won will go for John McCain then .

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Montana is Obama Country

    ............... Hillary WHO...?????????????

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. TimeToUnite

    Hey, Warren Buffet and a host of others have endorsed Obama today, WHERE IS THAT NEWS CNN???? Start getting with the program and reporting positive news, not divisive comments from Ferraro. Who cares at this point? It's time to move forward. Also, where is the article showing that 75,000 people MOSTLY WHITE!!!!!! Showed their support for Obama this weekend? Or are we peddling that crap that only minorities are supporting him? Even though they represent a dot on a board...meaning their numbers are roughly 20 percent of the entire population. GET WITH IT!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Marco

    that's not what I'm seeing on real clear politics polls...I think your 12 points too high...go figure!!

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Larry

    Obama! President For Life!

    No more elections, they take too much time & money

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Ken in Texas

    Tired of Obama....All talk...no action

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. WordsMatter

    I would also ask all Obama supporters to say a hateful word or two about McCain too. Preferably something hateful and mean about his age. Thank you so much.

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Gerry

    Drawing 75,000 yesterday in Portland tells me, that lead is going up.

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Ronald

    Democrats are going to come together around our nominee, Barack Obama, and will work to end the disasterous imperialism of the Republican party. Go Obama!

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Jim, Oregon

    All aboard the Obama sooooul train for change!!!!!!

    way to go Obama!

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. GERALD STROTHER

    OVER GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. mattD

    Another poll of polls of polls of polls, whatever! Let the remaining millions of people's voices be heard (including Michigan and Florida).

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. truthurts

    Obama went hard at the GOP and it forced the Dems to fall. Brilliant strategy...

    May 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. It's Over

    Oh Boy. I can hear McBillary whining already.

    May 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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