April 8th, 2008
02:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama chipping away at Clinton's Pennsylvania lead

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/01/art.obamaclintondeb.gi.jpg caption=" Obama is gaining ground in Pennsylvania, according to several polls."](CNN) - Barack Obama continues to chip away at Hillary Clinton's lead in the crucial state of Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday shows.

The New York senator's lead over Obama now stands at 6 points in the new poll, 50-44 percent. That compares to the 9 point lead Clinton held in a similar survey released 5 days ago, and an 11 point lead in a Quinnipiac survey late last month.

Specifically, Clinton has lost ground among white voters and men: She now holds an 18 point lead among whites, down from a 25 point gap in last week’s poll, and trails Obama by 4 points among males. Last week, the two drew equal support from men.

But Clinton continues to remain strong with her core voting bloc of older voters and white women, and likely Pennsylvania Democratic voters rate her more favorably than Obama - 71 percent for Clinton and 67 percent for Obama.

With the latest Quinnipiac poll, CNN's poll of several recent surveys show Clinton's lead over Obama in Pennsylvania now averages 6 percentage points. That gap is 1 point less than Monday’s poll of polls and 5 points less than a CNN poll of polls on Friday.

What's behind the shift?

"Obama has outspent Hillary Clinton three to one just on television advertising in Pennsylvania. He spent more than $3 million trying to get his name out and his message out to Hillary Clinton's $1 million," said Mark Preston, a CNN political editor.

The Illinois senator has also heavily benefited from the Service Employees International Union, which according to recently filed FEC reports has spent well over $700,000 on get-out-the-vote-efforts there.

soundoff (460 Responses)
  1. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Doubtful that there has been any 'shift' away from Clinton, althought CNN would like to think so.

    April 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Kevin

    I also wish you people would not buy into CNN's exaggeration. Obama has lied a lot himself

    April 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. jeff from Geneva

    Stop whining. CNN loves Hilary...all the "experts" are former Clinton people. Wolf would drop to a knee and purpose if Hill Dawg dumped Billy. The only reason she is still in the race is because the media keeps spinning faint possibilities she could win. Every word from Clinton camp makes it to the ticker. The media runs the message of her ads because she doesn't have the money to put it on the air.

    April 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. b black


    April 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. DLee

    I'm sure Hillary will win Pennsylvania by a few points, but not near enough to legitimately stay in the race.. .the question will then be – how graciously will she bow out, or if she even will bow out? Lets hope the superdelegates end it for her if she is not willing.

    April 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Herb (Landenberg, PA)

    Well, this PA resident can't wait to vote for Obama so Hillary can take her electoral butt whipping here like a real feminist. Even if Obama loses PA to Hillary by a low single digit spread, he still "wins" because he had almost nothing here to begin with and she had a double digit lead. If Hillary wishes to play "dirty politics" as she's been doing against Obama, then let her take mud thrown in her face when appropriate just like the men. Now there's real equal opportunity between the genders for you.

    Obama 08'

    April 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. sandy lavins

    Has everyone forgotten all of Hillary's wrong doings in the Rose Law firm? Also, all of the mysterious going on with the Whitewater escapade and the Mc Doogles going to prison instead of speaking out on the Clintons??????How anyone can trust the Cintons is beyond us. Ask Dick Morris and listen to him...he worked for them for years in the white House...wake up folks...

    April 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. joe

    Dunb little sheep,following an unknown Obama...

    April 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. NObama

    "Senator McCain is an extraordinary American," Rice also said of the presumptive Republican nominee. "A really outstanding leader and obviously a great patriot."

    Yes, all Republicians do not forgot to mention "patriot" each and every time when they talk about McCain. Can you sense something to expect in the general election? That is the swiftboat hurdle Obama will face if he were the nominee.

    April 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. eric barthel


    April 8, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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