April 10th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Polls: Clinton's lead down to 4 points in Pennsylvania

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(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama in the crucial primary state of Pennsylvania has dwindled to 4 points, a CNN average of recent polls calculated Thursday shows.

The New York senator now holds a 4 point advantage over her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, 46 to 42 percent. Twelve percent of likely Democratic voters there remain unsure.

Recent CNN "poll of polls" suggest the race in Pennsylvania is tightening before the state's April 22 primary. A poll of polls calculated two days ago showed Clinton with a 6 point lead in Pennsylvania, and a poll of polls last Friday showed her on top by 11 points.

“Obama is outspending Clinton by better than two to one on television ads in Pennsylvania,” said Alan Silverleib, CNN’s senior political researcher. “Combine that with Clinton’s recent misstatement over her 1996 trip to Bosnia and the escalating chorus of voices calling on her to withdraw from the race, and you get a much tighter contest.”

Thursday's poll of polls included recent surveys from Time Magazine, American Research Group, and Quinnipiac University.

soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Carlos

    i just hope democrats can finish this nightmare in the next weeks and Senator Obama can focus on Mccain....

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Peace

    In one week to come, we will be talking a different story on where she stands!

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Joel

    Will Pennsylvania lose its status as a "state that matters" if Hillary loses there?

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Mike


    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. its Over

    It's over mama Clinton!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Scott

    Finally, my fellow citizens of the Keystone State are waking up and realizing that Sen. Clinton isn't all she's cracked up to be. Remember "Hillary-care"? I usually agree with Governor Rendell, but in this case, Sen. Obama is the Democrat to get behind!

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    Is the Clinton clan going to take the Midnight train from Penn back to New York on Apr 22?

    She's leaving !
    leaving (chorus)
    Leaving on the midnight train to New York!
    Leaving on the Midnight train oh oh ah (repeat)!
    Leaving and shocked going home !

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. DT

    Well it looks like this primary is over

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. julie35

    lets see, isn't time and cnn the same co. So, I don't buy the poll numbers.As for leaving the race, gee, I would think Obama would try and save whats left of his reputation and get out ,before we hear the rest of the story.

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. john

    Why are you making up news? A poll of polls is nothing but a melding of poll data that in itself is probably inaccurate. By publishing such unreliable stats, you really help skew the race; I'm beginning to think that is your intent.

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. BDog

    Turn out the lights, the party's over!

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Brown


    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Santosh-Philadelphia

    Things are looking better and better for McCain!!

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Fred

    Two points. 1. People in PA are getting to know Obama better and they like him. 2. The Bosnia lie really characterizes her true self. She will lie, cheat etc. to get what she wants. Knowing that we have troops getting shot at and killed regularly, she still chose to fabricate a story to show her "experience". No one "misspeaks" an entire life threatening event.

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. hazwalnut

    Wishful thinking, CNN. Your staff continually downplays Senator Clinton's accomplishment. You are as bad as MSNBC and you are really hurting your credibility. There are polls that show Senator Clinton ahead by as much as 18 points within the last week. You pick one that shows 4 points....that tells us something and your credibility is gone.

    We know you're McCain supporters and you want Obama to be his candidate. You should just say that because we all know that to be true. You no more support Obama than you do Clinton. You have lost your credibility as a news organization...you're merely a supporter of McCain.
    Too bad...another reputable news organization down the drain. Guess Fox News is what we have left.

    April 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. VOTER

    1. Clinton voted for the war therefore, she can not be the one to end t to his war. she need to stop attacking Obama and McCain.
    2. she supported NFTA, and now that she running for the office she is against it.
    3. She is playing the old politic of attacks instead of sticking to the issues.
    4. For the first time Obama has put this racial thing out there for everyone to deal with, and it was the best thing one could do in these day and age.

    OBAMA IS THE ONE !!!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Frank, Missouri

    Well ... it's coming in waves – but if Obama at the end can pull off a 8% upset I would be very proud. He runs against her initial 30% lead !!

    I think the people in PA have to think about Clinton's style, Bosnia-Gate and the latest Colombia-Gate. The Clintons received almost $1Mio for promoting -PROMOTING- the Colombia deal. Clinton put $5Mio into her campaign ... so part of that came from the Colombians for promoting the trade deal. Officially of course she tells the voters in PA that she is against that deal .... the money is just too good to leave it on the table.

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Deni

    CNN should know that Obama's gain in the polls would go down dramatically if the reported Obama's true connections. If they think his friendship with William Ayers means nothing, then they need to hire real reporters, or have the guts to stand up to station dictators and say they will no longer be soft on Obama. There is a reson FOX NEWS has become number one!

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Dylan

    hahaha hillary's face in this picture is priceless. yes, it like she just read this article!

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. chris from Oregon

    I wonder if those polls also account for the Limbaugh "Democrats" who will be voting for Hillary?

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Katherine

    Hillary Rodham Clinton (it's her name) is the most qualified and most electable candidate in the race.

    Barack Hussein Obama (it's his name) is not qualified and not electable.

    Obama's negatives are rising with the Antoin Rezko, Crown, Exelon, Ayers & Dorhn, Emil Jones, "pastors" Wright, Moss & Meeks, Odinga of Kenya, Africa, and scariest of all Auchi. CNN should be investigating and reporting on these Obama revelations. Voters deserve to know more about Obama, and who is funding him and why.

    Why do you think the corporate owned media is relentlessly promoting Obama 24/7 while attacking Hillary? They know he can't win.


    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Mauri

    Perhaps his money will get him elected, but it will be to the sorrow of this country if this happens. Llistening to all three candidates question the Iraq leaders confirms that Hillary Clinton, with her knowledge and yes, experience and knowledge about international and mideast affairs stands well above the others. I shudder that all that money spent on ads will do the talking in this election. After all the primaries while listening and observing the candidates, it's clear that we'd better wake up before another know-nothing is elected.

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. joyce

    for the sake of our party,she needs to get out. she has a dirty trick up her sleeve to steal the election. oh but hillary ever one have already got ready for this one. give it a rest it want work this time. take bill,chelsy and go home, oh not arkansas. we don't want you

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. gerry

    Clinton face looks like she's watching the Pennsylvania results come in and she's loosing.

    April 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. obamican


    April 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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