May 5th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Polls: Clinton gets lead in Indiana; Obama holds in North Carolina

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Clinton has taken the lead in Indiana, while Obama remains on top in North Carolina."]

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton appears to have taken a clear lead in the crucial primary state of Indiana while Barack Obama remains ahead in Tuesday's other big prize - North Carolina.

According to new CNN surveys of several recent polls out of both states, Clinton's lead increased in Indiana while Obama remained the frontrunner in North Carolina - albeit by single digits.

A CNN poll of polls in Indiana shows Clinton now leads Obama there by four points among likely Democratic voters, 48 to 44 percent. Eight percent of voters there remain undecided. That lead is up from several recent surveys of polls that showed Clinton and Obama locked in a dead heat in Indiana.

Meanwhile, several new North Carolina polls indicate Obama holds a clear lead in North Carolina. The CNN poll of polls shows Obama with an 8-point edge, 50 to 42 percent. That margin is exactly the same as it was in a similar CNN poll of polls conducted last week. But Obama had long held a double-digit lead in the state, and is considered the clear favorite given North Carolina's demographics.

Indiana and North Carolina are considered crucial contests for both candidates. An Obama sweep would effectively establish the Illinois senator as the party's presumptive Democratic nominee while two victories for Clinton would give the New York senator a fresh boost of momentum ahead of the race’s final stretch.

On the national front, Obama holds a slight edge over Clinton. A CNN poll of polls shows Obama with a 4-point lead over Clinton nationwide - that margin is slightly higher than it was in a poll of polls last week that showed Obama with a 2-point lead.

soundoff (281 Responses)
  1. Duh...

    The only thing the Clintons have ever sacrificed were other people...and they have quite a history of doing that.

    May 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. flupster

    Greetings from the Great White North (Canada). I've been following this Democratic race very closely and I'm very troubled by the role that CNN has played in this race. I sense an overt media bias against Obama in favour of Clinton. In particular, Blitzer and Brown are very pro-Clinton in this comments and reporting; CNN used to be about objective newsreporting but the bias is palpable.

    The Clinton team are experts at using body language in their campaign. Not only does Clinton use one of the shallowest body language tricks in the book (nodding) while making an argument but her spin doctors on CNN do an excellent job of undermining any pro-Obama commentary. Watch how CNN use a split screen when a pro-Obama commentary is being given–either Barbour is shaking her blonde head while laughing or James Carville is cynically laughing;
    both do an excellent job of undermining an Obama spokesperson.

    Personally, it doesn't matter to me who wins but I am stuck how inspirational Obama can be. Despite some serious questions about his background, his campaign has taken the high road and not lied to the electorate. Despite the risks, I see a leader who offers serious upside at a time when America needs to reinvent its moral leadership in the world. Clinton, in my view, is a safer choice but with no upside–its just tried and true politics as usual.

    May 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Theresa, Ohio

    8% is lead and 4% is CLEAR lead CNN???

    This has been going on for a couple of weeks. You guys just woke up??

    May 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. D. Casey Sebastopol, CA.

    You want to do something to make the DNC super-delegates AND campaigns AND CNN listen?

    1) go to the DNC website, find a contact form and tell them you WILL NOT make any donations unless the clear leader in popular vote and delegates is given the nomination - without counting actual votes from the states that broke the rules

    2) go to your local politicians sites... and say the same thing - that you will not donate OR vote for them unless they endorse the leader in BOTH popular vote and elected delegates.

    3) go to Obama's website and donate $10. I dare you. For all those who accuse Obama of "buying the election"... well, I AM BUYING it by making regular $10, $15, $25 donations EVERY MONTH. And I *can't* afford it but I *can't* afford 4 more years of Bush OR Clintons.

    And Hillary... just to set the facts straight... all that deregulation and trading all started with Bill's 8 years. That's how we got where the jobs went overseas, dear. That's when we got visas for programmers from India, dear. That's when we signed legislation that allowed "free trade" that has turned out to be nothing but jobs lost. Sure, Dubbya is a moron, but Hillary is a pandering politician.

    It's time for CHANGE, starting with the "they" that Clinton somehow expects you to believe SHE isn't part of. Which is it, Hillary? Or is this yet another example of cherry picking reality? "EXPERIENCE" or "Im on your side, THEY aren't"? You ARE they.

    May 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. larry

    if dem refuse to back the dem canidate in ge because there canidate did'nt win i can only hope to god those foolish people get what they deserve: high gas, forclosure, jobs to india,iraq war, pandoring canidates. all you people who will vote mccain or not at all sound like a bunch of fools

    May 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Molly, University of Indiana

    Hillary won't listen to economist and she still gets votes?

    May 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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