April 8th, 2008
02:13 PM ET
11 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. emmarcee

    and get a good VP candidate , somebody like Powell.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Mark

    There is no reason to vote for Hillary! She lies, she tries to be funny, and doesn't have any timing or humor, Bill lied, Chelsea won't answer tough questions, basically saying "It is none of your business" If you pay close attention, you can see that Hillary is not a honest, genuine person. I'm not saying Obama is perfect by any means, but it really does come down to who would you be most comfortable sitting down and having a beer with, and Obama would be the absoluet front runner.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. alan

    there is not a chance Clinton will win this primary. she has to beat obama with 30 % in all the remaining states to have more pledged delegates than him. the only possibility is if she beat him in the popular vote. The super delegates will decide this either way, and it's going to be extremly difficult for them to vote for her if she hasn't won:

    popular vote


    pledged delegates

    This election is over, and I think Clinton should toss in the towel before this creates a larger gap between democrats than it allready has. And a beg you all: stop the mud-slinging on the candidate you don't support. I think Clinton would be a great president. But Obama would be a better one.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    How is Obama even competing with Hillary, a much more qualified candidate?

    As if it comes as a surprise that men wlll rally around Obama?
    In alot of instances, they would rather see ANY man elevated to president over a woman.

    The American people are through with smoke screens and rock star candidates.. or are they?

    Oh wait, that is why our culture has made reality shows popular.
    We are not voting in the next American Idol.. its called The Presidency.

    Wake up people!

    Obama cannot stand up to the nasty Republicans!

    HILLARY 08!

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Charles Sonny

    Americans have a saying " if it aint broke why fix it " I think it is broken now and needs fixing.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Ted van Tol

    Americans, it's verry simple,

    "The smile is the mirror of the soul".

    Look at your 3 candidate's smile and you know that
    Barack Obama is the only one with a real smile.

    He will be respected in the whole world, by cristians and muslims.
    America, end your wars and try something different, make peace!
    When Bush is over America and the world can make a new start.

    Now is the time for change!

    Obama is the one who can bring that change!

    Ted van Tol
    The Netherlands.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. NIC

    Clinton will win PA, period, all you Clinton Haters are so funny.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    This only goes to prove the Public is a lot smarter than the Clintons think.

    April 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. John Jacobs


    April 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Jayme in Monroe, IA

    It's about time that people do their homework vs. letting the press make their decisions for them. The bottom line is that the Clinton's supported NAFTA, which should be a key issue in PA.

    Secondly, Rev. Wright's sermon was simply a quote from an interview given by Edward Peck, Former US Chief of Mission in Iraq–who by the way is a white male over 60. His message is this, US foriegn policy is bad and this is why 9/11 happened. Instead of making your decision based on 15 second media segments you should go to youtube and watch the entire version of Rev. Wright's sermon and then listen to interviews given my Edward Peck to form your own decisions.

    Then educate yourself on Hillary's past scandals that date back to Arkansas. Hillary will say anything to get votes. When her lies are revealed she spins or downplays them.

    Obama 08'.

    April 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Howard

    Once again, Obama is using smoke and mirrors, and millions in advertising expenditures, to bamboozle the American public into believing what he says ... rather than who he really is ... and rather than what he's actually done. And, the scary thing is that millions of Americans are actually believing it! The faces of Obama's audiences have that euphoric vacant look, like you find on the faces of religious congregations who have totally relinquished reason for faith. If you look at old newsreels of nazis listening to Hitler you can also see that euphoric mindless expression.

    April 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. reality

    Roger Africa,please show me how Hillary has more experience than Obama. Going to cocktail parties as first lady really doen't help one gain meaningful experience. Obama has actually held elected office longer than Clinton. Furthermore Clintons claim of taking care of business as first lady has been debunked. Get a grip on reality and check your facts.

    April 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. hello

    folks imagine first lady Michalle who loves this country.
    and why CNN does not have ticker for washington post's news about Clinton did not lie about hospital story.

    April 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. fred


    that website really looks like a credible news source. Thats called sarcasm. 🙂

    April 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. D. Tucker, Pennsylvania

    . . .More and more voters are actually learning what NAFTA
    is, and who is responsible for it. (And it sure as heck isn't Rev. Wright.)

    April 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Julia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    So what if people who work for oil companies donated money to him.....It is not the same as accepting money from lobbyiest! You American's seems to have selective amnesia when it comes to the Clinton and all their scandal past and present. You all are harping on the Rev Wright and Rezko thing because thats all you can bring.......Dont think for one minute that the Republicans wouldn't pull out all the stops to cream HIllary and possibly end her political career as we know it.......Her and her husband, right along with Ed Rendell and Ickes are all career criminals and deserve to be behing bars sharing a cell with Karl Rove.

    Marion Jones lies under oath about taking steroids and she gets six months, Bill does the same and he gets pardoned and people pay him to speak........? So much for Americans having morals and values

    Only in America the Clintons would be allowed to run for any public office and still have viability after all the scandal and illegal dealings they brought to their administration.....

    The media and these so called Christine condem a man for giving a sermon they disagree with while choosing to ignore the fact that this man scarificed his life for a country that at that time was discriminating agaisnt his people and you have cowards like Bill Clinton, Bush and Cheney who used family connections to get out of being drafted and you all have the nerve to questions someones patriotism........

    For the record with all this hatred and all these people who would rather be broke, with no home and no job and to be drafted in the military then vote for a black man, you will get what you deserve.

    For the record John McCain has said that his number one priority is to rebuild the military because enough American's aren't volunteering....If you think the draft wont be reinstated, you wait and see!

    April 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. NObama

    If this is really the case, then we all should thank CNN for its tremendous and valuable help given solely to the Obama campaign and biased reporting!

    April 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. DrFill

    That's pretty sad when white voters "Don't trust Whitey" anymore.

    April 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Terrence W

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS (those of you who will vote McCain, even if Obama wins nom) – Let me ask this: Why not just REVOTE BUSH into office? You claim it's EXPERIENCE you want in the WH. Bush has been President longer than any of the candidates. If experience matters then vote him back in office.

    To most Americans, it matter what a official will DO once in office. What decisions will be made that really affects our lives. I for one liked the CLINTONS, but they have proved over and over to be divisive and the lie quite a bit more than both McCain and Obama. I don't support them on a trust issue more than anything else. I just don't see how voting out of SPITE will bring any improvements in America.

    April 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Al

    Everyone else seems to see that it is over for Hitlery why can't she? She can't even win mathematically. It's uncertain now what it is exactly she is trying to prove. It's just past her time and DEFINATELY past McCains time. Obama is young and intelligent. He has a young family and has the ability to identify with the greater majority of Americans. It is Obama's time. It's time for change. It's time for hope. It's time to bring the American Dream back to Americans and America. God Bless.

    April 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. debra

    I am not voting for Obama and it has nothing to do with his race either. I just happen to believe that the major problems we are having right not has to do with national debt and the war, and I like Hillary Clintons ideas better for fixing them both.

    April 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. SAR-NY

    Chris from San Antonio and all Obama’s delusional supporters:

    Most states having significant African American population were won by Obama where African Americans voted for him 80-90% (except NY and NJ). It is a matter of fact. If some points that out how does it become racism?

    And how does it work for you guys? You listen to Obama’s “uplifting speeches,” get high, and start dumping trash on the Internet. College-educated people are supposed to be Obama’s core constituents. But looking at these blogs, it looks like either the college education is not helping much in turning them into decent human beings or Obama’s “uplifting speeches” have balanced out all the good that a college education may have brought to them.

    CNN, shame on you for posting all the garbage in world on the Internet and not posting reasonable comments.

    God Bless America!

    April 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Carol/Lansing Michigan

    "michigan and florida were all about name recognition. they voted for a name they knew and nobody knew obama. OBAMA HAD TO OVERCOME THIS AT THE START OR HE WOULD NOT BE IN THE POSITION HE IS IN"

    If the primary was held now, Hillary would not win. Latest polls put her a couple points behind Obama..

    Of course Michigan isn't having a do over. But her continued claim of winning Michigan (my state) is a joke. It was before the people got to know Obama, he didn't campaign here and he wasn't even on the ticket like Hillary was. Then to top it off, you can't do write in for candidates in Michigan primarys.

    Kind of hard not to win a state when your'e running against yourself.

    April 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Angela

    Well, she's still 6 points ahead..don't count her out yet.

    He's got stuff in his closets, that I'm sure..be careful America!

    April 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Andrea

    Roger, Africa-Thank you so much for confirming why Senator Clinton should be our next President.

    Go Senator Clinton!

    April 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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