May 6th, 2008
11:42 AM ET
12 years ago

Polls: Clinton and Obama each in store for a win?

 Clinton is ahead in Indiana while Obama is up in North Carolina.

Clinton is ahead in Indiana while Obama is up in North Carolina.

(CNN) - As voters go to the polls in Indiana and North Carolina, an average of the latest surveys in both states suggests there will be a split decision between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in their battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A CNN Poll of Polls in North Carolina out Tuesday morning indicates Obama is ten points ahead of Clinton, 51 percent to 41 percent, with eight percent undecided. That’s up by two points from our poll of polls Monday. Obama had been up by double digits until this weekend, when the race in North Carolina tightened up a bit.

The CNN Poll of Polls in Indiana suggests that Clinton up by four points, 48 percent to 44 percent, with eight percent unsure. The race in Indiana had been a dead heat until Clinton opened up a small lead in Monday’s poll of polls.

The CNN poll of polls is an average of the latest surveys in each state. Since it is a compilation of multiple surveys, there is no sampling error.

187 delegates are at stake as voters in Indiana and North Carolina cast ballots. It is the largest catch of delegates left this primary season, which ends with the Montana and South Dakota primaries on June 3. Going into Tuesday’s contests, Obama holds a lead over Clinton in delegates won, states won, and the popular vote (excluding Florida and Michigan, which broke party rules by moving their contests up to January) and in primary and caucus victories so far this year.

soundoff (383 Responses)
  1. Jack Walden

    Obama will win in NC and HRC in Indiana and superdelegates aka superidiots will wrench a little more and drag this circus till June. Hopefully, by June MacCain should have gotten his act together while the democrats should have gotten themselves, thanks to their super-idiots unelectable no matter who their nominee.

    May 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Mike from Houston

    Yes , We can.

    Obama, 08

    May 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Anonymous

    CNN seems to be pro Hillary - Can't you give equal photo exposure to Obama? Really, try to be a bit more subtle.

    May 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Where's "Free"?

    CNN, you have become unbelievable. I have especially noticed this in the past few weeks.

    Now, please tell me why you don't think reporting that the Chocktaw Nation's superdelegate announcing her support for Obama is newsworthy?

    Why do you report other superdelegate support for candidates and ignore this one?

    And...these people are right about the polls. Check out Real Clear Politics and the Survey USA incredibly out of line they are with other Hillary's favour of course. More lying from the HillBill camp?

    Now, you seem to be "in on it". And I once thought you were better than Fox News. No more.

    May 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Tired in North Carolina!


    Do you believe the lies Hillary has "mispoken"?

    May 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. JoeNC

    Not only are they going to split the states, but they will also split the delegates. This will continue to the end, so people need to stop asking Hillary to drop out.

    May 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Chis


    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Randy Brooks

    Since it is a poll of polls there is no sampling error. Shame on you. Of course there is sampling error along with measurement error due to duplication. Probably the best estimate of the the sampling error is the largest individual error.

    May 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. gop

    We are at war in Iraq which is a neighbour to Iran and our expected President in waiting talk about attacking Iran how brillient is the idea and if your child is not at war you will never know how bad the war is. All those who say that was okey for HRC to say then you do careless about the man in a uniform fighting out there. That comment is likely to polarize the situation in Iraq and the GOP know that that was a blunder by HRC. but now they are taking on BO because most Dems candidates for Congress and Sen. that uses his name prevail. So, chose well people think. The $30 a month that is cheap to think that you are saving us so bucks.

    May 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. abn71

    Why keep this race too long? Indiana and North Carolina people should decide it wisely by voting BO; or else, they will have helped destroying the Democratic Party and the whole country we all over the world cherish.
    People of NC and Indiana, allow Martin Luther King's dream come true. Go Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Pete

    Hillary already knows she has lost, so why is she still running. It's actually pretty simple, and very under handed much like the entire Clinton family. Hillary knows she has lost, and she also knows that if Obama wins, she can't run again for 8 years when she is 68 and probably on her death bed. If she sabotages Obama, and helps McCain win, she can run again in 2012. Pretty brilliant of her isn't it? Keep the people that have continously taught our children that the rich can commit perjury and lie in court and get away with it.

    May 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Mindy Cul

    Why can't Clinton close the deal? She is supposedly the more experienced candidate and has the Clinton name to boot!

    Also Obama is closing the gap on superdelegates with 2 more endorsements from MD superdelegates this morning. He is now at 252 with Clinton at 266.

    Hopefully, she will bow out gracefully after today, so the party can become unified before November.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Navy Vet.

    C'Mon Indiana, Today is the day we can put Sen. Clinton out of her misery. Look inside yourself and ask "Am I ready for real change, or 8 more years of the same old same old?" The whole country is counting on US to put the Clinton nonsense to an end, so let's show em' Hoosiers are smarter than Buckeye's and Pennsyltuckyians.

    Obama '08 Yes We Can!

    May 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Joe

    Clinton should be the candidate... Obama can't win the big states.. and if Florida is counted (in which neither candidate campaigned, and both were on ballot, unlike Michigan) then Clinton would be MUCH MUCH closer.

    Also, Obama can't beat McCain, Hillary can.

    Why doesn't the government do the right thing and redo the Florida and McCain primary... the last of the other Primaries is beginning of June correct? That leaves almost 3 months before the convention... Schedule new Florida & Michigan primaries some time in July, gives candidates plenty of time to campaign there.

    Then we will see who really is AMERICA's candidate, because last I checked, America isn't 48 states.

    May 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. DCER

    Go Hillary!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Roots of Bitterness in Chicago

    I mean seriously,
    Obama did not create this monster of negativity. He has been decent, too decent throughout this whole campaign. And I truly believe that people are afraid of his skin, his name and that's why he supposedly can't "seal the deal". America is still too wrapped up in race. IT"S TRUE, don't try to deny it!

    May 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Dave W.

    For Penny , NH

    What color is the sky in your world?

    May 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Debbie

    CNN, how about you report how the voting machines are all down in the black community in North Carolina. SOMEBODY needs to do something about this..

    May 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Black Knight

    Hillary reminds me of the Black Knight in Monty Python's Holy Grail. She's (figuratively) had both arms and both legs cut off, now she's lying on the ground taunting Sir Robin, spitting and telling him how she's the stronger candidate.

    Wake me up when she's told by God himself to quit.

    May 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Jason, Omaha, NE

    People aren't voting along racial lines as much as you think. If you look at the way people are voting. Clinton is getting a wide majority of the white vote of people over 65, they are about even with white voters from 40-64 with Clinton ahead in that demographic, and Obama is getting a wide majority of the white vote under 40. He is connecting with the younger Americans who can look past race and look at the character of the person. This older generation was around when the civil rights movement was happening and racism was evident everyday and aren't ready for a Black President. This new generation is looking at the character of the people running and choosing Obama. I am a 27-year old white male who is overwhelmingly for Obama.

    May 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Indiana Voter

    I live in a small town in southern indiana and i have been pleasnatly surprised at the amount of support that Obama has. I believe the race can go either way. The big unknown will be the Republican crossover vote. Most of the Republicans I have talked with are voting for Obama, but there are a few out there planning to vote for hillary as they think she will be an easier candidate for mccain to defeat. So, keep hope alive!

    May 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Kay

    Why not conduct a poll of the Super Tuesday states and see how they would vote today, especially after the Reverend Wright issue and the economy. Would they still vote for Senator Obama, or would they now vote for Senator Clinton. I think it would be interesting to see if Senator Obama has lost his appeal with those states.

    May 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Fed up in Texas

    I guarantee if you took all the bar-b-que's out of the early caucus states, Obama would have had no chance in hell of winning. His "bruthas" will not go out and support him in November if he is elected.

    May 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Eternity

    The Right wants Hillary as the nominee because she says stupid things out of her mouth when pushed to wall which the Republicans will do once she is the nominee which ensures John McCain a win in November. Barack would be a more formidable opponent which they know, but voters who vote for Hillary do not. They know with Barack as the nominee, they don't stand a chance. With Hillary, they definitely will win. So go ahead Hillary voters and essentially ensure that John McCain gets the White House. The Republicans are really crafty devils....literally.

    May 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Netty

    When Aigust 30th comes around & there's been NO tax "holiday", the Clinton voters will wonder what happened ! She sure fooled some of the people all of the time yet again!

    May 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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