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. NObama

    If Obama outspends Hillary 4:1 on ads in PA, then any narrowing of the margin between the two means nothing!

    Those Obama supporter will feel sorry one day if he becomes the nominee.

    April 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. James West

    It is just a matter of time until Osama is exposed for his criminal Rezco. Wander how much of his funds are from drug money? Just wait till the repubs break the Larry Sinclair story, that has nothing to do with Hillary. And just remember you little osama worshipping punks, when it does happen, your guy is exsposed for who he really is, the DNC can drop him like a hot potato at ANYTIME. So don't go counting your chips before the cards are all on the table. Also, we Hillary people will vote McCain no matter what, because we care about our country more than anything, unlike you American-Hating, Anti-Christ loving race-card playing mtv watching ghetto criminal, drug heads. Just wait till McCain picks his running mate, he will walk all over your drug head homosexual poor excuse of a candidate. He has too many ties to the enemies of America for the CIA to let him near the office.

    April 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. NH Mom

    Obama is trying to BUY the nomination. He has outspent Clinton 4 to 1. I find it amazing that Sen. Clinton has been able to remain so strong despite Obama's vast outspending of her and the media's constant negative attacks on Sen. Clinton. It is a true testament to her strength as a candidiate that she is still leading when Obama has the money and media advantage in this race.

    April 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Let Freedom Ring

    Why are you only talking about the polls you want to talk about, CNN?

    Anyone who watches the polls knows that the LATEST polls show Barack and Clinton DEAD EVEN (45%/45%) in PA!

    April 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. bakersfield


    April 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. b black


    April 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. The Big Guy

    It's time for Hillary Clinton to bow out gracefully and not wait until the Democratic Party kicks her out. She is destroying the Party by her stubborness and her over inflated ego. Figures.

    April 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Steve CA

    Sadly, John Edwards is not still in the race. He is a far better candidate than Clinton or Obama and would have beaten McCain hands down. Now the Democrats must chose between two of the worst candidates since Dukakis. With the war in Iraq, the failing economy and the most serious threat of all, global warming, the thought of another war mongering Republican in the white house is too scary to think about.

    April 8, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. one more time

    those of you who believe in Hillary must like being lied too. Or you are in the same group as her, the wealthy, hypocritical old stuffed shirts that blow smoke and cant except change. Why do we need another lieing scandle filled politician in the Whitehouse.

    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. b black


    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Marc

    I rarely see intelligent posts by either camp. But some of you Obama people are truly brainwashed. I love the comments that just say "Yes WE CAN!" ... you can what exactly? "CHANGE!" ... okay.. please explain..Time 4 Change writes: "Change isn't change until we've change! OBAMA in "08″ " uh... okay.. or you've got the other idiots saying they hate Hillary and Bill. Believe me, if there were no Obama, you'd love the Clintons and direct your hate at McCain. Look, I've no serious qualms with either candidate, but I can't see aligning myself with all these nimrods.

    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Independent in New England

    Go Hillary!! You are ahead despite being outspend by more than 4 to 1 and despite the incredible media bias against you and in favor of Obama.
    This woman can do it all!! She is a truly historic candidiate.
    You Go Girl !!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. tim

    Hillary Supporters.....

    I love reading your comments saying that CNN and the media have a bias against Clinton..... heres the explanation why she is always in the news!

    Clinton always seems to get into the news and why is that? The answer is is that she always surrounds herself with morons and says/does dumb things to get herself in the news. If Obama was as careless, the numbers might be different. Pennsyl. people are not idiots.... they have cable and they see her imploding.

    Who is this pastor that people talk about? Hmmmmm..... a nobody, compared to her skeletons! The republicans will no doubt tear her apart if she is the nominee.... the only hope is to send someone with little to no experience and background in, because there will be nothing to pick on except his kindergarten work!

    Also, Clinton has the name already, just like Rockefeller, Kennedy, etc (the Clinton name should not be lumped in with these names, but for example's sake!). Obama is running against her, her husband, her daughter, and the name.

    No wonder he is spending 3 times as much..... he has to put his name out there with ads and a ground game, which costs money! He's running against a well-known name.

    Oh yeah... "Chris".... obviously this counrty needs a change from old Washington politics.

    How many jobs did we lose last month?
    How much the the Clintons make and how much is unaccounted for? Why did the Clintons file for an extension?
    Why is she surrounding herself with people that talk with Columbia about free trade, when she is against it?
    Why is Bush bullying Congress to enact free trade with Columbia?
    How many laws has the current government/White House broken?

    I think we need a change. Obviously we are lagging behind other countries. Obviously there is a problem when we are borrowing money from Mexico and China to just keep running.

    Hello all you oblivious people! Please get your head out of the sand and wake up!

    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Carolyn

    For all of the Hillary supporter: If the President "Bill Clinton" would lie when he was in the White House about Monica. What do you think his wife would do. Lie Too! She can't run her campaign nor her own house whole, "How in the world is she going to run the White House. Come on people wake up! Obama is going to be the nonimee for President.

    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. aliou

    Obama 08!!!!

    Hillary Rodham Clinton lied, cried, manipulated her way to loosing a campaign that was all designed for her to win. Now, she wants to soil our candidate who worked hard and tirelessly for every vote he got, with his team.

    Everyone who is voting for Obama is for his personality and his hard work.

    For the first time in a long time, Younger and older Americans are really feeling good for the same man, and his ideas: Obama and the Idea of Change, and all that he brings with it.

    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Karissa, AustinTX

    Women Voters:

    I am actually ashamed for you and saddened by your lack of WANTING CHANGE. I expect more from women.. more intelligence and desire to research the truth.

    Let's nominate another patriarch to do that same things that have always been done.

    Where are Obama's plans?? Hmm..if you look at those he actually has.. they mirror what Sen. Clinton has already introduced.

    Oh wait, experience isn't needed for the tough job of President, is it?

    GO HILL GO!!

    April 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Debby

    CNN didn't you have this same poll yesterday. I know your salivating for Obama to win, but at least wait till the numbers actually go down again for Clinton.

    April 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. carmen

    Thank-you, Pennsylvania!

    April 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Turns out that Health care story about the pregnant lady was actually true for the most part. Of course, we won't hear that on CNN, as they are solidly in the bash hillary camp.
    Second, we also won't hear of Obama claiming he has more foriegn policy experience than Hillary or McCain... thats well above any 'I created teh internet' malarky. Yet he said it last night.

    Further, what issues has Obama taken a stand on? Only one I hear about is 'he was against the war from the start'. Well thats nice, but was he there to hear those intelligence briefings from the CIA? no. Did he have any real constituency to answer to? no. So did he essentially take a risk free stand on the issue? yes. If he really didn't support the war, would he vote against its appropriations? no. ok then.

    Other than that, all I've heard is this mantra of change and a whole lot of 'I'm torn on this issue and can't decide which way to go'.

    So maybe ask him, where does he stand on gun control exaclty? where does he stand military intervention in Iran? Where does he stand on Bush's attendance at the Olympic opening?

    Of course, why do I have to ask this? when will the media stop fawning over him and start at least asking some hard questions...

    April 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. b black


    April 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Sherry

    I am 52 years old. If Clinton wins, that means in my lifetime, a Bush or Clinton will have occupied the White House for 32 years - enough already!

    Obama '08!

    April 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. bob


    CLINTON +15 IN PENN...


    April 8, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Ron - Texas

    Personally I'm not happy with either party. But as undecided as I'm about voting democrate or republican, one decision I have made is there is no way in the world I'd vote for Clinton. Only candidate running that will tell a lie to cover a lie. It's amazing that the people of this country can't see it.

    April 8, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. GL

    For the record- Hillary did not win Texas. please check your math.

    April 8, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Zoinks

    its not fair, its not fair not fair not fair, it takes Hillary longer to do her hair. its not fair.

    April 8, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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