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. Jen

    It is so sad to read how many of you believe everything in the media. My vote is for Hillary and I believe she will win Pennsylvania. Some of the tag lines used here are quite funny – "educated voter...woman..." Who cares. Just because you are "educated" you think your opinion outshines other opinions. I do not understand why so many of you have to list your credentials in order to give an opinion. I am personally voting on the issues at hand. I like Hillary's health plan (I work in healthcare) and I like her plan to help children. And, why is Hillary a liar and Obama just exaggerated – NAFTA, etc. Hmm...

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. mary

    Obama flip flop on when he would get America out of Iraq. He, also, flip-flop on the gun issue. Doesn't anyone do any research for themselves anymore?

    April 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Golden Chica

    She will win Pennsylvania with double digits. People from Pennsylvania know that she's the best candidate running in the ticket that can turn around the economy, with her husband's help. America needs them both. Go Hillary '08.

    April 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Hillary should advertise for her availability to speak across our
    poor country and Dubai. She can share the stage with Ann Coulter.
    Two of the most hated women in America. Hillary said she "would"
    vote for the Columbian Trade Deal, "If" If what? Clintons donations
    went to Clintons own Foundation! Obama won 14 states but then
    did not win Ohio. Something fishy there????

    April 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Thall999

    Garry, Little Rock, Are you really from Little Rock or are you sirtting behind a BIG Rock?

    You're from Arkansas and don't know the lying Clintons?

    Are you Garry Clinton?

    Hillary arrogance, lying, mismangemant of her campaign and kevlar pant suits are PULLING her down.

    By the way Pinocchio says Hillary is a "BIG LIAR" and he NOSE about that that ! lol

    April 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. RC

    Obama is buying the votes !! Don't you people get it ?? Read the story clearly . . . he's outspending Hillary big time . . . buying tv and radio spots . . . and SELLING HIMSELF !! That's it ! He's nothing more than a product. What's making me sick is sitting back and watching the American public – the ones who are naive enough at least – fall for sales tactic . . .

    April 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. KP

    Jan – what a horribly racist comment!! I am a white woman and will definitely be voting for Obama. He is the face of the future for this country and yes he will win. I am not a Hillary hater but she can't tell the truth to save her campaign. Obviously you can vote however you chose – BUT think about it – if Hillary is so dishonest now when she is trying to be the dem nominee – what will she be like if she actually wins. As a citizen of the US i am not willing to take that change of ANOTHER 4 years of lies!!!

    April 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. piecrust


    April 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Jody

    It is astounding to me what mean and hateful things come from the supporters of the Hope & Change candidate – Obama.

    I thought hate speech was reserved for the right wing? Perhaps all these "new voters" that are turning out for Obama come from that hate-filled camp. Perhaps that's why they are trying to destroy the Democratic party with their hate and anger and fear.

    Obama says, "We are the change we seek." So – is the change we seek to all become venomous haters?

    I won't vote for that!

    April 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Vince

    Hopefully Obama can pull out an upset win in PA and end this race. Clinton and her supporters of course will back the party nominee. Unless of course they think that Hillary Clinton is more important than the rest of the Democratic Party.

    April 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Eric

    Hillary: Where are you going.
    Penn: Just have to take a day off, vacation of some sort.
    Hillary: Where
    Penn: In Colombia
    Hillary: But i need you, we are in the middle of a campaign.
    Penn: Just need to get some sun.
    Hillary: All right. Keep in touch.

    Does anyone in his right state of mind think that the top adviser can go on a trip to Colombia, without Clinton knowing where he went. Seriously. Please! Wake up! I still can not believe someone can trust anything HRC says.

    April 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Kareem from Hampton VA

    For Hillary to be so tough...you supporters of her sure can whine! Face it! CNN IS RIGHT! if you had an almost 20 point lead down to a single digit point lead...the lead is fading! Especially in a proportional system like ours! Clinton is the reason why Pa is even a story! If she didnt make this a do or die state for both of them this wouldnt even be on the ticker! Clinton is the one setting all of these standards and then at the end can't meet them! Clinton is the one that threw the kitchen sink and that ripped a hole in her closet!! This is no one's fault but Hillary's! Hillary is treated like ANY INCUMBENT in a race! Had she not started this race as such she would NOT be in this position! Pride is always before the fall...accept it!

    April 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Key West Sun

    It is funny how the Obama people talk about how he the winner. He doesn't have the delegates to win so how is he the winner. Something for Obamaians to think about. Big states have more super delegates than small states. Huh! makes the super delegates almost like electoral votes in a way. Big state more delegates, small states less, so if Obama doesn't have enough to win,, maybe he is the loser,,

    April 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. cnn rocks

    cnn,pls its being reported on huff post that john mccain got physical with a fellow congressman,its being reported that he has a bad temper but we need to know how bad pls can you pls confirm the story,i am an undecided voter and i really need to know thanks

    April 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. seymore, pa

    Obama's message resonates very well with Pa voters:
    Many voters see lobbyests as a reason the federal government does not put "WE THE PEOPLE" first.
    Pa is considered a microcosism of the nations voters:
    Heavy population centers on the east and west ends that lean democratic. A vast mid-section that leans republican.
    Pa. tends to vote for concrete issues, not polarizing fad-issues.
    We don't care much about race or gender.

    April 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Sabrina

    Of course Obama is chipping away at Clintons, he has millions and milions more than Clinton and McCain, and where is all this money coming from and what do they expect in return????? Also all you people who say I was going to vote for Clinton but not because of this or that ---- you were not going to vote for her anyway. You just like knocking her.

    April 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. ELM

    IF Clintons win the White House I am moving to Columbia.

    April 8, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. An American in Canada

    CNN Your bias reports with those phony polls reporting Hillary R. Clinton losing ground in Penn is bogas, just like most of your reporting these days.

    Your Obama, baby is going down all the way and back to Chicago where he belongs.

    Take Note CNN:

    Hillary R. Clinton, President of America 2009-2012

    April 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. The Corp

    Of course, he's got the backing of just about every lazy, pot-smoking, self-righteous, irresponsible college age idiot. It's easy for them to identify with Obama, he's basically one of them. God forbid this man is elected – he will destroy us from the inside out. Then again, that's how most great powers evantually fall. Over liberalizion is the decline of Western mankind. All you progressives need to lose your white guilt, this man's agenda has nothing in it for your well being.War-mongering, yes! Fear mongering, yes! These are a facts of life! Stop him by all means possible.

    April 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Nikole

    ELECTIONWATCHER-When you are up 20 points and that lead shrinks like it has, I would consider that 'FADING'. What do you call it?

    April 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Carl from Pa

    Ok Hillary, let's let the people vote. But what are you going to do when they DON'T vote for you?? Oh, right, you are a "fighter" and will try to overturn the popular vote and the delegate vote because you think the people want you more. Please, Hillary, get a clue!!

    April 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Liz W

    It is really sad that a man who blatantly lies about so many things would be moving ahead. I though Pennsylvania was smarter than that and would see through him. He was quoted on factcheck.com indicating that "Obama has accepted more than $213,000 from individuals who work for companies in the oil and gas industry and their spouses.

    Two of Obama's bundlers are top executives at oil companies and are listed on his Web site as raising between $50,000 and $100,000 for the presidential hopeful. How does this work for our economy, one lie after another. How many people would not have voted for Obama had they known then what they know now.

    This along with his Rev. Wright and Rev. Manning issues and other lies about building up education in his home state, one lie after another and covering it up. He has the money, boy where did he get all of that money. I wonder how he got it all. Did anyone ever think about that?

    April 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Blake

    Everyone needds to stop putting in 2009 on there posts. The election is held in November 2008. Maybe Clinton has something up her sleeve to take the Presidency in 2009?

    April 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Holly

    It's the millions of Obama supporters like me, donating $10-100 at a clip, that are financing his campaign unlike Clinton's special interest groups. You Clinton supporters need to quit whining that he is outspending her.

    Obama "08!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Ron


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