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. Angel for Obama

    This is great news for the Obama Camp. Change is happening and peopel are listning to the message. "YES WE CAN"

    "Obama 08 enough said"

    May 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Tom

    Clinton does not even know what she is talking about

    Vote for Obama

    May 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Karen from Texas

    Let's unite (real Democrats). We have to in order to win the White House. Stop listening to the people who are writing in these blogs posing as Democrats. They are not! Many are Republicans making these comments. I will vote for whoever the Democratic nominee is. That's the bottom line!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Ratgurl

    Let's poll ALL of the US, and let's see who supports Obama over McCain! What? That's not 'til November?

    May 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. LBowie

    It is great that the Democratic party is now coming together to support the presumtive nominee Obama. I do plead that all of Hillary's supporters please do what is right and support our candidate. I am a democrat first, before i am a candidate nominee. Please keep in mind that the republicans have created a heap of a mess and we need someone to help our economy, foreign relations, environment, and health care issues. I don't think the republicans can do that.

    Obama 08....

    May 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Without OBAMA

    Go Obama????

    NO OBAMA!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    ONLY She or McCain 08′

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Patrick Anthony Drake/Atlanta, GA

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. ERIC

    Wait, if he chooses Chuck hagel as vice president, it will be on and popping.

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Kris Duke in Virginia Beach

    It is clear that Obama will win the Primary battle, and the race against McPlain in 2008. George Bush should just step down 6 months early and let Obama take over now for the good of the country. The Republicans have done enough damage over the last 8 years...

    Obama '08!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. lezah2

    Good try, CNN. Rasmussen has Obama up 2 points. Why do you skew the information like this? Disgusting.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Mr. Anson From NY

    Keep the news coming CNN 😀

    Next time is The Withe House

    Obama 08

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Eric

    Hillary would be horrible for this country. She is George Bush in a pantsuit, sporting a slightly different agenda. Thank God she has no realistic chance left.

    I'm sure Senator Obama is not perfect. He is, as we all are, human. But I think he is far more grounded than Clinton.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    When you care enough to elect the very best............Hillary should take the offer of combining her campaign funds with Obama's........like Hillary quoted; the results are like a hiring decision.......Hillary take the buy-out........pay your campaign bills and save what little dignity you have left.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Marty

    HRC supporters, do we really want to go here?

    Michelle Obamas faults vs. Bill Clintons faults.

    HAHAHA, come on. really?

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Odette

    Yes Yes yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Len

    You would have thought that one of the lessons of politics that Hillary should have learned by now is that Americans hate a sore loser. Too bad her ambition gets in the way of reason.

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Samantha

    I'm with Ferraro on this. I can't vote for him.

    May 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Adam from NY.........if she was more electable.........she would have won......Endure, and live with it.

    May 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. JERRY

    lets not forget..". the black man cant win without the white man vote."

    can that be said of the the other candidates..... this is the reality no ones seems to want to discuss.. .....

    "hillary aint never been called a nigg _r".......enough said!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Jim

    Either the DNC wakes up and stops listening to the "softball journalism" that has been CNN and others, or the dems are going to LOSE. Hillary is your best hope and most capable.

    May 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Living in the USA

    I gues those white folks who showed up to see Obama are lazy working white folks since Hiliary is trying to get the hard working white folks vite. You Obama go.

    May 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Sherri

    Bring on the general election!

    Go Obama! God Bless Michelle and their beautiful daughters.

    May 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Helene

    Which confirms that we all know and have been knowing for weeks ! That the race is OVER ! Spinning it and being delusional will not help the democrats win the general election for God's sake !

    May 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Albert Einstein

    Adam from NY, electable for what?

    May 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Independent

    I love seeing this. It is a new generation now!

    May 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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