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. Ruthie

    On April 22nd Pennsylvania can make history in this Country and Give the Winning vote to Obama, sending away this nightmare called HillBill. We the people are so tired of them. Please vote Obama and help your Country.

    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Chris in IL

    Polls mean nothing as long as 10% are undecided.... North Carolina had 39% undecided...

    The bottomline is ALL of the candidates have lobbyists working for them… that means OBAMA as well… when he makes cracks about not taking money from an Oil Company (which no candidate can do) or lobbyists… he is stretching the truth…

    Obama is no different from any of the other candidates… Start looking at the issues and facts… stop looking for reasons to not like either candidate…

    If you look at their track record… Obama voted the same way Clinton did in the Senate… In IL he really did not do much except vote over 150 times as present… both candidates do not fair well when it comes to judgement... both have questionable pasts and seem to say whatever it takes to get votes in every state... there really is not a whole lot of difference except for experience...

    The good thing about this primary is that all of you are starting to see how little experience Obama has… my question for America are you ready to elect another Bush??? I am not talking about McCain I am talking about someone with very little political experience!!!

    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Russell, NC

    Hillary's creditability is showing.

    April 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Shasta

    "But Clinton continues to remain strong with her core voting bloc of older voters and white women"

    Which just shows how many women out there will vote for a person just because she is a woman and for no other reason. Girl power, I guess.

    April 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Eric

    All hail the QUEEN, bow down to your queen of america.

    Hil-lie-ary is a plain old washington liar. I saw this last year and decided to give my vote to Obama, not the queen of America.

    She is a very bad person for this country, she is in bed with the super rich and has NO CLUE about my daily struggles, piss off lady. Nobody wants to hear your voice anymore. Go retire and enjoy your 109 million dollars from China.( no wonder you stayed with billy boy)

    I don't hate her, more like lothe her, and her lies.

    April 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. voice that matters

    Yes we can!

    It matters a lot when you get to know this guy, he knows what is about to and he is prepare in the fight for change ahead of him.

    When you listen to his message and you get to compare his words vesus Hillary's, you know Obama is real.

    Surely, the race in Pennsylvania will be very close, because Hillary's has nothing new to offer. She is running her campaign on name recognition not on messages.


    Penns lead will be very tight soon, but Obama will not win Pennsylvenia.

    April 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Grant

    Better duck Obama, the whole house is comming at you now!!!!!!!! But like Ohio, will prob hit the eye of the storm next Friday...look out here come the Clintons right at you!!! You wont know what hit you and you will have no time to respond, lie or not, it is irrelevant...if you can beat the Clintons and withstand their onslaught, you will get my vote in November....but then again, The Clintons Always Win! no matter what the cost.

    April 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Derrick

    Once again, when are people going to LEARN that POLLS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING?! Regardless, Hillary WILL win Pennsylvania by a much LARGER margin than people are anticipating.

    She will be the next Democratic nominee, no doubt about it. All the Obama supporters KNOWS that this is TRUE! The superdelegates are going to elect someone who is ELECTABLE in November.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive and foolish.

    Hillary 08' 12'

    If not Hillary, then McCain!

    April 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Debbie,NJ

    Jan I don't know how old you are so I don't know how much knowledge you have, but there are more white voters in the US than any other race. And also Obama doesn't have the lead because of blacks voters only. Every nationality votes for him. Not all blacks are voting for him either some are Hillary supporters. Don't you watch the news. And IF Hillary wins PA she still has to win the other states also to have a chance at the nomination. But I think she's douting whether she will win or not. Her trump card now is to get the illegal votes from FL and MI.

    April 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Ron R

    Please end this fiasco Pennsylvania by casting your vote for the inevitable
    next president Barack Obama. Help spare us from having to listen to any more desperate pleas from Ms. Clinton....

    April 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Tesa P

    ???? Buy the election, no that's what Clinton tried to do when she and her friends said they would pay for a revote in Michigan. He raised more so he can spend more, plain and simple.

    April 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Nicole

    Jan Obama voter are not only black watch out.

    April 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Amy in Iowa

    He is catching up because voters would prefer the change of a Obama; a fresh suit with honest intentions over Hillary; a pantsuit chock full of lies. Had she been forthright with voters, she would have had more support. But she chose to deceive and to lie. It is the ultimate insult to me as a voter.

    April 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. wycliffe

    Please fellow democrats lets put our egos away and unite under one candidate to prevent august catastrophy and the republicans from stealing ths one again from us.

    April 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. kyle

    it's good to see both candidates fighting so hard. it shows the determination this party really has. we have a beautiful opportunity to change this country for the better. lets stop squabbling over pointless nuancese between these candidates. vote for who you think will be best now and move on. all that matters is that one of the two win in novemeber.

    DEMOCRAT 08!

    April 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Virginia Voted for Obama All The Way!!!

    I am so so greatful that he is catching up in PA. That's really shows the Super Delgates he can make it thru PRESSURE!!! There is no way any clinton supporter can denied that unless they are in a DREAM WORLD like Ms Clinton ex- first lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also check out all the PA people leaving comments. They are really changing there mind about her NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL!!!!

    Barack Obama Get Use To IT!!!!

    April 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. how bout a little truth?

    Wow Jan. You could have summed your entire comment up by just stating "I'm a racist".

    April 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. lopez

    Go, O, Go!!!

    April 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Jessica, MI

    election watcher: maybe if you actually read the article, you'd see that it discusses a decline in her lead in polling in PA over the last few weeks. I can't see how "fading" would not be an accurate term to describe it... If you're going to trumpet wild "media bias" claims, at least read the article

    April 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Seriously?

    "...when the 'true' polls come out..." Clinton will be in the lead. "...when Penn is not 'over run [sic] with black voters..." Clinton will be in the lead. When, when, when...STOP! Just stop already! Clinton is not electable! Nobody trusts her. United States voters want to feel confident about their president again. Obama will bring back that confidence.

    April 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Chris


    Your comments are typical of Hillary supporters:

    "She is a true a true American and people are going to vote for her
    because she is the best to lead this country."

    So you are impying then that Obama is not a true American and that he shouldnt be trusted. Fearmongering and slander at its best. Good job!

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

    You make black voters sound life a plauge or infestation, likening them to roaches or rats. Your true colors shine through!

    April 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. World Angel


    Will one of OBAMA's supporters name 5 things that would make him a better President than Clinton? Please don't say UNITE & CHANGE. Leave out lies because there's not a difference.

    April 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    We can only hope that the MALES in Pennsylvania will Man Up ; unlike the Govenor and Mayors of Phillie and Pittsburgh , and vote for what is right....not what their wives tell them to do.... Seems like there are mostly women at Hillary Rallies....while.........a good cross section at Obama Rallies. PLease all voters in PA. lets end this Hillary nonsense...she has had more than enough opportunites to have won this thing long ago............please lets end all the money being spent and encouraging selfish motives and end the torture !!!!

    April 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Tempered

    If she's losing points in PA, and is being outspent 3 to 1 by the Obama campaign, why doesn't Hillary use some of her $109 million income to boost her campaign when it needs it the most?

    April 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. NickSanDiego

    How can you say it is because Obama has out spent her? Do you REALLY think her pitiful actions and deceptions has had something to do with her PLUMMET?

    April 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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