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. Peter

    Obama is gaining? I didn't realize there were that many cable news "journalists" in Pennsylvania.

    Go Hillary!

    April 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Juniper

    It is so sad to watch the news and be able to tell who the news reporters are campaigning for. I can remember when reporters just reported the news, and were not in the business of trying to solicit votes for any one particular candidate–everything is so political. People should just vote their conscience–If you have the mind and the courage, vote your conscience–no one but you will ever no.

    April 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. JG

    Exactly, out with the Bushes and Clintons, and in with some change. America is absolutely sick over the political games that are played in a time when American families are dealing with a failing economy and a never ending war. Just because Hilary wants to change Bushes policies doesn't make her the one for the job. Her sense of entitlement is unbelievable. (The Clintons should be the one's to SAVE the country, scary!) 2/3 of America wants change from the Bush Regime and she sees this a support for her. Well it is definitely not. She says some good things at times, but she also lies at times. OR shoud I say "mispeaks" at times. Obama's message is clear and it is resonating with America. Lets see if enough people in Pennsylvania has been listening with open ears.

    April 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. david devine

    Good – Go Obama!!!
    Could it have something to do with Hillary's three stories?
    How I saved the Norhern Ireland Peace –
    How I dodged bullets in Kosovo –
    and the new Death and Pregnancy in Ohio -???

    April 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. kevin

    just another illustration of how Americans TYPICALLY vote for the one who spends the most money. It is not the message but the ad campaign that has Obama surging.

    Remember, stop voting for the machine! Vote THIRD PARTY to save our country.

    April 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Obama support in Iowa

    Chris from San Antonio – Thanks for saying what I wanted to say to Jan the Racist. I love you just for saying it!!

    April 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. jj

    Isn't it amazing that everyone seems to forget Obama's lies & mis-speaks and racist learning for 20 years. Like he never heard Wright speech, then he did, once he got caught. And he calls him his mentor, but of course that's forgotten. How he voted wrong by mistake. OOOPS there goes the bomb , didn't mean to push that button. Isn't it a shame that you have to spen 4 times as much money to get your message across. Wonder how fair that is? HMMM. If they were given equal time on the air, who would be ahead. He's a good speaker but check out his voting record in IL also. Words don't get it, actions do.

    April 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. JOSH


    April 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Hillary '08

    Why is PA a crucial state if Hillary has no shot at winning, as the media and Obama supporter are alleging?

    Because she does have a shot and her opponents are scared silly that she might actually win.

    April 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. stag

    The gap between the great liars is closing. What a sorry couple of candidates. Surely they are not the best the USA has to offer.

    April 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Diane

    As the next primaries come up if Hillary Wins again in all the Big states this will show strong support for winning in the fall against McCain in the main election. Hillary has done a lot for New York as a Senator and has a record of making difficult decisions.

    Obama has not won any of the larger major states. He may not be the Best choice for winning in the fall election. This will ultimately play out by the convention.

    Obama cannot just show up Present, as President, the way he votes in his state legislation. He does not show the ability to make difficult decisions accept regarding civil right issues. Obama doesn’t even stand up for having all the votes count for Michigan and Florida a simple decision for the rights of all American citizens in this election.

    April 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Tom

    99% of these comments are a sad commentary on the effect teacher's unions have had on this country.....

    April 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Cherise

    Clinton will win by 8 pts. in PA. The confettti will fall , she'll declare victory in vain and now comes NC... it will be a done deal...Obama double digits...more "super " delegates endorse Obama and Hillary camp realizes she still needs to be electable in 2012 and oh! snap her senate career...."better quit while were ahead"...Hill is done.

    April 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. joy

    it's sad to see how people are quick to judge hillary and brand her as a liar. All of you suckers that have never lied in your life or told a wrong tale, cast the first stone.
    PLEASE give me a break and you guys need to listen to obama and his big headed wife. l am black, but dont trust him. he want the throne handed to him on a silver platter.
    Grow up people and all the funky obama–maniacs talking crap, should go check out their facts. l dont care who wins, but l do care about the economy and healthcare. l know HILLARY will get the job done and she LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES her country unlike the wright loving whinner OBAMA.

    April 8, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. timber

    why no mention of the usa survey putting her 18 points ahead as of today? typical CNN.

    April 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Real Dem

    What's so strange with some of us DEMS is we are saying "No Hillary, then it's McCain or "No O'bama, then it's McCain. Are we really DEM's. If so, whomever wins the nod then we should go with them. But most of Hillary supporters say they won't vote for O'bama ( but alot of O'bama's people would vote for Hillary) but instead they will vote for McCain. Seems
    to me that it's more hatred and prejuidice then anything. Shame, Shame.

    April 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Vee

    OBAMA Does Not Need to win PA- for God's sake

    Hillary can have her PA- but she better have it like 85% win- then only she can beat Obama's delegates

    April 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. April in Texas

    Keep chipping away at that lead! We need a president who will actually look out for the morals and beliefs for our children. This race honestly ended when she didnt win more delegates in Texas and when she was suppost to win by large margins in order to stay in per her own husbands words. She did neither and unless its a huge win for Clinton in PA this race should be over unless once again Hillary can not do the math and continues to destroy the Democratic party. Anything under a double digit spread will be a win for Obama.

    Obama 08

    April 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Jason

    PA wake up and say no to this terrible woman. How can she be a role model to your kids with all this lies?
    PA please help us end this madness.
    Obama has to win in PA to end this race.

    April 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Terrence W

    ROGER – If you live in Africa, no disrespect but you have NO ROOM to talk about us ruining our country. lead us by example please. then maybe your opinion will count. Thank you.

    April 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    Jan: "Remember Penn is not over run with black voters."

    Wow Jan...I am guessing you are a white woman. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and to feel they way they feel... It's just too bad the way you worded it...Basing your vote on a person because she is a woman or a white woman is wrong...look at her character. My vote shouldn't be based on Obama because he is black man and I am a black woman. I judge by character. No I don't agree with everything Obama stands for, you can only have the perfect candidate in a perfect world. Race and Gender shouldn't play a part in people's decision. Which tells me JAN...YOUR IGNORANCE IS SHOWING. Your parents must to idiots as well.

    April 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Susan / PA

    To all the Clinton supporters. Dont bash Obama supporters for the same thing you do. Isnt that..."The pot calling the kettle black"???

    Fact: Obama has run a outstanding campaign with very little distruptions. He manages his campaign money effeciently. He believes, as do Millions of Americans, white, black and brown. that it is time for change. We ALL have suffered, that we can be unified in.

    It has been duely noted that "you can tell how well a candidate well serve after elected by the way he/she runs his/hers campaign. "

    with that said:
    Hillary has finacial problems, doesnt pay her bills, campaign has not gone smoothly, she has not on alot of things that matter to all of us been truthful.

    Fact: Canadians apologized to Sen Obama for "mistakenly" subsituting his name for Sen Clintons. Goggle it!!!

    Fact: Mark Penn did meet with the Columbian Gov on March 31st.
    Columbian goverment fires Mark Penn, for his "error in judgement" comment. Had paid him $300,000, in March 2007, to help push this deal through.
    Sen. Clinton "demotes" him, alothough he is still very much active within the campaign.
    Sen. Clinton claims she has dealt appropiately with this "conflict" of interest.
    Accuses Sen Obama of not dealing with his unpaid aide on the Canada NAFTA blunder, cept he ( the aide) didnt do anything. Nothing to be dealt with. Hope you Googled it!!

    Now you be the judge


    April 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. demwit

    Democrats have two left feet, crossed over each other, and can't seem to stop shoot themselves right in the middle of both of them..

    April 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. akc

    I am not going to vote for Obama under any circumstance. He is short-sighted and used by media barons, self-interest groups and cannot see that taking over empty coffers and a number of political issues (war in Iraq, china coming out as a major challenge to american's world leadership, health, jobs, recession, deficit, divided nation, low productivity, high crime and low morals among americans in general and "muntus" in particular....list is endless). If he fails...he gives all the reasons to "muzungus" to say...."See, we told you, muntus cannot manage a nation". He is out to put visible minorities cause backward by 100 years.
    time is not ripe. Let Hillary or McCain sort out and face all the problems. I would have loved him to be number two and not face all the challenges. yes, come on, some of my brothers and sisters from africa and asia (muntus and mwenes) will say..it is out turn and we can face challenges..don;t underrate us etc... But I truly wish he goes in oval office and then the music will start...

    Hillary and McCain for 2008.

    April 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Pround Texan

    Alright, I've had it up to here with this. NAFTA was a dirty trick pulled on Obama by Hillary and Bill, why isn't that out there???? I demand answers as an American!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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