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. John, PA

    Jan, can you be just a TAD BIT more racist?

    all Hillary has to do is cry a little more just before tha primaries and a certain part of her base will come running!

    If you can't win a Nomination like Billary says, "By Getting Roughed Up, Then Don't Come On To The Field"!

    She's a Liar, When she trades you and your spouses job away, let's see what Penn will be over run with then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. DemcracyNow2008

    Hillary kept saying how PA is the State that will do ir for her.
    Well it looks like the People who vote in PA are doing it and are shifting to Obama.
    I really believe its possible Obama can take PA away from Clinton .
    Now with the latest lies and Mark Penn resigning and still on Clintons Campaign Staff that was some resignation being demoted and getting paid still to be her consultant instead and lying about Columbia.
    Senator Liar is going down in PA and even if she wins it will be a small margin.
    Obama Yes We can PA 08

    April 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Jan/Karen ~ you are both racist. I voted for Obama and I am white, female, and over 55. I want a president who is honest, has integrity, and is intelligent. Karen ~ you need to do your homework. He bought property (legally) from Rezko BEFORE Rezko did his dealings .. do you think everyone who knew Rezko since the second grade should be held accountable? Wright is no more racist than any other older, angry black man, and considering how his generation was treated by a lot of whites, not hard to comprehend. You need to read Roland Martin's article on the whole sermon not just soundbite quotes from Karl Rovian mud-slinger tacticians. And I would like to know what the hell is wrong with the fact that his relatives come from Kenya? His mother was a white woman from Kansas, you uninformated bigot. My relatives are from Germany and Ireland...does that make me less of an American? I think not.

    April 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. nanc

    Chris from San Antonio –

    I have to give you a bit of grief about your post: If only old white women were allowed to vote, Hillary would be winning!!

    I happen to be a 57 year old white woman who has been on board with Obama since before day one, actually. I walked and knocked on doors in every kind of neighborhood in Milwaukee to make sure Wisconsin came through once again.

    So be careful about what you say about old white women! 🙂

    April 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. mike

    This is a stupid ticker, there have been about a hundred ticker's on this CNN. Move on, it is old news. Why do you put something up after every poll.

    April 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. chris

    yayayay one horrible candidate is over coming the other horrible candidate oh wait lets just get rid of both of them for the good of the country

    April 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. DSP

    Ding-dong the witch is dead!

    April 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Wilf

    Last Memo to Hillary: Stop trying to be Storyteller-In-Chief. Mark Penn

    April 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. sandyb

    Obama could have knocked Clinton long ago if he has wanted to play dirty. There is more than enough dirt on Clinton, but Obama decided early on that wasn't the kind of campaign he would run. But just because he hasn't brought this up doesn't mean that he doesn't know, or that everyone else doesn't knows...in particular, the Republicans. Clinton chose to run an offensive campaign, Obama, a defensive one. As it turns out, Obama didn't need to run an attack campaign, all he had to do was wait for the media, and Clinton herself, to expose it. Don't think that the media hasn't done the same with Obama, they have scoured for dirt...these is just so little compared to Clinton's.

    April 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. johnr

    Lets see... one is a liar and the other a empty suit and a liar.
    No choice – I'll go with McCain. Really folks – do you want to elect anyone from the Democrats after seeing what a mess they made in Congress and how they run an election?
    Thier whole foriegn policy revolves around calling the President a liar – they have nothing substantial beyond that.
    Folks think the economy is tough now? Wait until they tax the daylights out of you so they can wrap a goernment program around anything/everything and really make a mess.
    Wake up fools

    April 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Lee WV

    Hillary pulled the wool over the Buckeyes in Ohio about Obama and NAFTA.Surely the good people of PA will be able to see through her .How could she not know that her top advisor was working trade deals with Columbia?Send her back to New York!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Lee W


    I am a white, 61-year-old woman who's solidly supporting Barack Obama. My support for him has absolutely nothing to do with my race and it has absolutely nothing to do with his race. My support for him is based on my belief that he will be the best President of the United States.

    I'm sick of the racial stereotypes of who votes for whom because of skin color. We're better than that, Democrats.

    April 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Craig

    Michele from OH – get your money back and spend it on some tissues.

    Obama 08 & 12

    April 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Proud American

    Lets put an end to the madness already. Yes we can and yes we will!!
    Obama '08

    April 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. never

    Should Obama win this nomination I can't wait to give my vote to John McCain and leave the Democratic party permanently. BYE BYE DNC!! THANKS MSM!! Good job electing the worst Democratic candidate ever – another election of choosing the worse of two evils – and that choice is easy – McCain.

    Clinton '08 or McCain '08 (it's looking the MSM will get their wish and it will be the latter)

    April 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Gullible in NY

    Hillary just appointed Elliot Spizer as her new Campaign Manager. It seems he fits right in with her campaign strategy, but most importantly, Elliot is very much like her husband, Bill.

    April 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Realistic

    Use the CNN interactive delegate map and you'll see that unless Hillary wins PA by at least a 60%-40% spread that she is done, unless she can for a 70%-30% split of superdelegates in her favor, which nobody thinks is anywhere near possible, much less probably.

    In other words, if Pennsylvania is anywhere near close - which is to say that Obama finishes within 15% of her - it is totally over.

    The math doesn't lie, bitter radical feminists and senile Geezers With Wheezers notwithstanding.

    This also presumes that Hillary is able to bring North Carolina back into the 10% spread range, which isn't likely either.

    April 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Fred

    Yeah, same thing in OHIO, but she won by 12 points. You can give us one sided polls but the will of the people will prevail. PA is a HILLARY COUNTRY because we believe that she is the one ready to fight for our causes! Ready to lead us in Day One!

    The Presidency is not a job for an amateur! In HILLARY we trust!

    April 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Kareem from Hampton VA

    An american in Canada?...Hillary can be president all she wants in 2009 the election is in 2008! I guess you "mis-spoke"!

    April 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. TX Dem

    Thank you, Chris from San Antonio! My thoughts exactly!!!

    (In you response to Jan's comment – "Penn isnt over run by black voters")

    Last time I checked...the black vote held as much weight as anyone else's. Talk about bringing race into this!!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. lol

    Gerald London, UK wrote:

    "Obama supporters in America are not alone in their excitement over this guy. Over here, people agree overwhelmingly that there is something special and magical about Barack Obama.
    We simply don't know what it is but we know it 's something good for America and its image abroad."

    Yeah Right! I think your just an American Obamabot in disguise trying to make Obama sound good. We aren't all fools!

    Hillary '08

    April 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Lee

    Boomer = you are a fool. You don't know anything about Pennsylvania. It has some of the finest institutions of higher learning in, not only the country, but the world. Obama is a fraud and a liar. He has an ad about the high oil prices where he says that he doesn't take money from big oil or their pacs. It is illegal for companies to donate to political campaigns, but the took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the executives of big oil. His resume is a blank page. He is so desperate that CBS (part of the Obama network) reported that he is considering "swiftboat" Kerry for his running mate. What a loser.

    April 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    We all know what Hillary stands for. She was her husband's cheerleader, so if you want more foreign interventionism, more NAFTAs, LESS civil liberties, and ANOTHER Washington insider in office, seeking to preserve the status quo, she's your woman.

    Hillary's life is not a movie we've just walked in on. We have seen her, we know her, and we don't want her. We know her for what she is - a manipulator, a liar, and someone who will do anything to get the power that she craves.

    April 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. JJ

    awaiting moderation
    what are you afraid of
    The truth about Obama will come out

    April 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Rena

    Wow! The lop-sided coverage, i.e. number of Clinton stories versus McCain and Obama on the Ticker is very evident. Trying to help her pull it out in PA?

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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