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. Sarge

    Just goes to show that there are so many SHALLOW people in the USA. They are so frigging afraid that a WOMAN would make a great leader. I would rather have Hillary on my side than a Bigoted Obama. He won't even address gay issues and yet his catering to the Gay community. He has an Anti gay man that is part of his campaign. Just goes to show you that he will say anything to get a vote. Just looking out for his own RACE.......

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

    SurveyUSA just released has her back up 18 points. at 56 – 38 in Pennsylvania.

    April 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Money, Money, Money

    The candidiate with more money usually wins. It's a sad fact in American politics. Obama is outspending Clinton on ads by a HUGE margin. Clinton, however, has managed to stay on top. Her ability to overcome his money advantage shows what a strong Democratic candidiate she is. Democrats, don't let money decide our nominee.

    April 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Sam

    I hate all this talk about experience when hillary doesn't have that much more.... She was on the arm of Bill Clinton for 8 years, but that doesn't mean anything. The only thing her experience is going to do is handicap her if she is the nominee when McCain shows his experience. What will she have then..."I can lie REALLY WELL!!" That will be her only stump speech. Oh, I forgot.. We know how much Walmart is helping our country and how much unions are killing our country, so We hillary can tout her 6 year stay on the board of Walmart where she spoke AGAINST unions... Good job Hillary supporters.. you really picked a good one.

    And I don't care if she knew about Penn's lobbying or not. SHE CHOSE HIM to be on her team.. She teams herself with lots of lobbysists... THESE ARE THE PEOPLE RUINING WASHINGTON. These are the same reason she accepted the largest payout from the health care industry. When you team yourself with individuals like this, they will affect your judgment. Obama has accepted no lobbyist monies and has been a true moralist. He has run a great campaign and will directly be a great president.

    Obama 2008... anything else will be the continued demise of our great nation.

    Oh and for the Michigan comment: I quote
    "it took a Clinton to get the 1st Bush out of the White House and it will take a Clinton to get the 2nd Bush OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!"

    Go Hillary!

    Clinton took out the first bush just to bring another one back in... except for that one, the name was Lewinsky.

    April 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Alfredo

    How come if anything positive that pertains to Obama, it is always headline in your site but when it comes to HIllary when she received superdelegates from Artkansas is not a headline. When Hillary has more electoral college than Obama is not a headline and not a topic in your situation room for discussion. Thsi is very im[oratnt and crucial topic. CNN is unfair!!!

    April 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Candi

    I hope the polls are correct that Obama is gaining on Clinton. Maybe she will shut up about what states she can win because of blue collar, ederly and white men.

    April 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Ndong San Marino(Italy)

    The "underdog", the unknowing American guy who makes the entire "universe" dream for a new World.
    Yes he did it already even he is not yet the president of USA.


    April 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Please people just consider this. People who live a life of lives have trouble remembering the real truth. Even at John McCain's age, I'd bet he can remember each time he was shot at, for REAL. It would be great to have a woman in the white house, but not this one. If she's nominated, or finds a way to strong arm her way in, get ready for 4 more years like the last 8. Does anyone really want that?

    April 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Abby

    Where is this poll from? It doesnt seem like it was done in the state of PA...

    April 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. ObamaLiar

    Do any of you rabid Obama fans know of Larry Sinclair?

    And if you do..do you really think that the Republicans won't eat him alive with that in the fall?

    Last time I checked, Hillary hasn't had dealt cocaine.

    Obamaniacs insisted on her tax returns.. ok, ya got 'em.
    Bosnia, gimme a break? its an old war story.
    How many has your grampa told from WWII that change with time?


    April 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. pb Voter

    Why is no one reporting that Hilliary really did not win TEXAS. In order to win texas you MUST win the primary as well as the caucus. When you add the primary and caucus results Barack has won more delegates.

    April 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Carrie PA

    Forget about the double digit lead Hillary! On a daily basis, people are switching from Hillary to Obama. Its going to be a very close race. Obama might just win it!

    April 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Chris ~ All you need to do is got to Senator Obama's web site and you will find extensive information about his stand on the issues, his plans, his experience, his history. Have you read his books? Please don't make blanket, empty claims when you have not done any 'background.' As for Hillary's experience to the Rogers out there, it has become quite evident that a lot of her 'experience' has been a figment of her imagination.

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

    just so you know, you better not trust the polls, my sister and I were both polled and we are Hillary supporters, we both said that we were voting for Obama, and I know of several other people that lie to the pollsters, that's why you guys have been wrong, wrong, wrong all primary season, you watch double digits baby!!.

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

    Angus why are you like so many people who can't let go of the past...Bitter your table for one is ready.

    Why has the news not followed-up on her involvement with her husband's pardoning all those criminals

    April 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Greg Pittsburgh

    Anna, I don't know what imaginary world you live in. I live in Pittsburgh and everyone I know laughs at the idea of Hillary in the Whitehouse. Senator Obama's speech at Soldiers and Sailors was 'sold-out' within an hour.

    Can you imagine Clinton debating McCain and he says anything like "Ms. Clinton, you may like imagining you were under sniper fire but I have lived through a real war and know what its about" She'd be finished! If you want a republincan in the Whitehouse vote for Mrs. Bill Clinton.

    April 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. John

    Why does the title include the word "fading?" This is misleading within itself because it draws conclusion. I realize the media is bias towards Obama but do you have to show it in all of your news articles. Also, Jack Cafferty appears as the biggest know it all on TV. He would have more credibility if he was more balanced, instead of all the negative Clinton comments.

    April 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Dan

    HA HA

    April 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Kevin

    The poll is ridiculous. You people in the media do exaggerate too much. Bring up the unsure numbers as well.

    April 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Alfredo

    Hillary has more electoral college to date than Obama. Hey superdelegates vote or switch your vote to HILLARY!!!

    This should be a good topic to discuss in your situation room. Hillary is already ahead of the electoral college not even including Michigan and Florida.

    Wake UP CNN...wake up situation room. wake up Mr. Wold and Mr. Cooper!!!

    April 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. joe


    What I look for in return for my contributions to the Obama campaign is honesty.

    Obama '08

    April 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Kate Warren

    Hillary Clinton = George Bush of the democrats!

    Lies, cheats, thick headed, pig headed and more...

    April 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. mk

    I don't believe this poll, either...

    I read that at least some of the
    That explains it...

    April 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |

    Brian April 8th, 2008 1:08 pm ET

    Meanwhile, Obama's voice has been positive, clear and consistent. Vote for real hope and change!

    Positive?...............................You must be one of the YES WE CAN OBAMA Zombies.

    Read his racial comments from his book and see how positive they are.

    April 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Mark

    If you build yourself on lies, cheating, conspiracy, and greed, you are eventually doomed to fail. Even if Clintons are clever enough to fool enough Americans and win Dem nomination and general election, they are utmost selfish and dishonest people to me. I lost all respect,once I had, for them. The way they conducted their campaign so far to win the Dem nomination is very unhealthy.

    April 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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