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. Joel, Pittsburgh, PA

    Senator Clinton, you're done. You've lost. Face facts and step aside graciously, save your party the damage of a major fight.

    April 8, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Kel

    Creative Woody, you hit it right on the head. Clinton is like that zombie you keep hacking with an axe that just won't go away.

    Thing is though, she just doesn't have any money to spend. Obama does, so he's going all out in an attempt to finally shut her out for good. The polls have been narrowing for months, and as long as she continues to make herself look bad, he'll continue to capitalize on it.

    She can predict "twists & turns" and say that "Penn won't matter" and compare herself to Rocky Balboa or a basketball team or whatever she wants. At the end of primary season, when the dust settles, Obama will be our Democratic nominee for president, and go on to win the general election.

    Wake up and smell the roses – they're really fabulous.

    Obama 08!

    April 8, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Jenny Sprowl

    If there is any mercy in this world Obama will win in November. No more war, No more lies. Enough already. Clinton is O.K. I guess. I would love to see a woman in the White House. Just not her. She lies and has shady dealings. Just like Penn. He is still a part of her team. Just hiding behind her now. She has turned herself into a walking joke.

    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Alex H

    Angus McDugan – You're absolutely right, but we'll never hear about it. Things like that require investigative journalism and major news networks don't do that kind of stuff any more. They leave it to independent organizations and then cite their stories in their own coverage. If you want that kind of info on candidates, you gotta look it up for yourself... it's unfortunate, huh?

    Hillary's used her past experience to her advantage like that, knowing that the major networks won't look it up and they haven't! CBS had footage of her Bosnia trip, but noone looked for it until SINBAD (of all people) said something about it.

    For the rest of the info, you gotta wait til opposing political campaigns look it up themselves and even then, you gotta check their information too! Serious analysis and fact checking is a thing of the past.

    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. trellskig


    All Dems need to unite so we can get the troops out of Iraq.


    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. less media more issues

    She's being outspent by the 'underdog' - Interesting that Clinton was castigated for the money she was raising before the run and no one cares about how Obama is outspending her wildly. There should be a limit on these things: Obama's trying to buy the election.

    April 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Jim in FL

    creative woody,
    Are you capable of cognitive thought?
    Just another mouthpiece for Wolfson and Penn, like all the Hillary supporters. Have an original thought you people, thanks so much.

    April 8, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Chris from San Antonio

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

    You might want to hide your overt racism better if you are gonna support Hillary.

    April 8, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. wyoming dem

    Obama is outspending HRC because he has the funds to do so. His campaign has also registered tons of new and first time voters that have not been counted or polled yet. PA is going to be much closer than these polls are predicting. He has gotten key union backers and has not done anything pitiful (like bowling on Ellen, dodging sniper fire on Leno, more 3am ads, ....)

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Kay

    He's outspending her 3 to 1 – I think its much more than that. The Pittsburgh television and radio stations are completely flooded with his commercials and sound bites. I can't stand to watch our local stations or listen to the radio anymore. He is EVERYWHERE here. Obama is trying to shove himself down our throats. Enough already.

    Go away! Please. His commercials and sound bites say nothing about policy; its all about chanting for change. Please stop – I can't stand it anymore.

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. RYAN

    Ofcourse the poll surely will close in as much as Hillary keepon lying and using old politics tactic....it is only the uneducated old white women that will support her because they live in a box......

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. bill pike

    PLEASE LISTEN: clinton ahead 20%, then Obama goes into the state and meets the people–then its obama. 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 they had the vote in California now, he would win. CLUE OR WHAT??? I said in the beginning of all this, i really hope everyone gets to know hillary.

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Worthington

    Wow~ Obama's now serving up Kool-Aid in SIX PACKS! Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow.

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Ron

    Thanks to the Effort of CNN for Mr. Obama just like how they slandered Al Gore and suppported Bush!!!!! If anybody says anything about Sen Obama its deemed as a racial comment. What about all those negative things that CNN is saying about Sen Clinton? and will anybody be able to critic anything he does?

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Theresa

    Obama, 2008 we want you to win Pennsylvanian

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. WIll

    The problem is that Hillary needs a BIG win in Pennsylvania to really affect the math in the race. A five or six point victory for her is statistically insignificant. She can win all the states from here to the Convention (highly unlikely) by such slim margins and still be well behind. Obama however needs a win to push her completely out of the race.

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Please folks,

    Just google.....Obama Nafta Canada Truth............

    Maybe now you folks will believe that Sen. Clinton is not capable of telling the truth!

    Sen. Clinton will do or say anything, to propell her family back into the White House! When this happens, Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea, will each be able to sell their overpriced speeches, making $52million or
    more each. Can you begin to imagine what their networth will be over the next four years. While the American Economy is "going to h*ll in a handbasket?

    Please PA voters, don't let them fool you into voting for them like they did to your Ohioans counterparts.

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. election watcher

    I'm neutral on this election, but sick and tired of biased reporting. The front page link said Clinton is "fading", but she still holds the lead in PA, which isn't exactly fading? Stop trying to tell readers how to think and simply report the facts.

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Give us a break

    The writting is on the wall. Just save yourself and quit now. Save what ever reputation you have left. Just be a gracious loser!

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. leapfrog

    God speed, Barack Obama...

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. mndharmas

    If Pennsylvanians really worry about ntheir economic growth . they will wisen up to like Obama despite their known white superirity issues.

    Hillary has come out as an unreliable politician who changes like a chameleon to fit the political landscape.
    I think PA may well be the state that will put an end to Hillary's rocky style race

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Doug, Florida

    OBAMA will win PA and be declared the Nominee. End of Story

    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Stephanie, PA

    I laugh at these polls – every day there is a new one. Can I say that I have NEVER been asked to participate in one of these polls?

    I live in PA. Her lead is slipping because of her own campaign. Right after Ohio I said that people should not confuse PA with Ohio or Philadelhia with Cleveland (or Columbus). Very, very different communities. The more we see of Sen. Clinton, the less we are buying what she is trying to sell! It's not just the cities either...it's in the 'burbs and spreading quickly to the rural areas. Her base here is really the 55 and over crowd...and she's even losing some ground there.

    If Sen. Clinton wins PA, it will be by just a few points. Depending on how the delegates are divided, Sen. Obama is very likely to earn more delegates.

    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Bill

    Seriously ... if Barack Obama is the very BEST the democrats can do ... it's a sad day for the party. I can't vote for a guy whose foreign policy experience includes where he went to grammar school.

    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Stephon L. Scott

    So, the author of this article can find no other reason(s) why Sen. Obama is doing well in Pennsylvania? I'm done here...

    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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