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. Amber

    Democratic right gets it about Clinton
    May. 6, 2008 12:00 AM

    As much as I hate to admit it, the right is right and the left is in a bind.

    To my dismay, right-wing analysts are starting to side with Hillary Clinton's argument since Pennsylvania.

    And New York Times columnist William Kristol, in "Hillary gets no respect," makes the case for Clinton against Barack Obama.

    It's all about electability, the wicked genie that comes out of the box at every presidential election. Nothing is more telling than Pennsylvania, which gave Hillary a significant victory.

    If the right can recognize Clinton's worth, then the left owes her due respect, not insults. Hillary won major Democratic states, essential toward victory vs. caucuses, which are unrepresentative of the states.

    The superdelegates should absorb the significance of her win before deciding who is more electable. – Colette Jenkins,Anthem

    May 6, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Steve-Jacksonville, Florida

    Say goodnight Hillary and farewell to the end of the Bush-Clinton dynasty.

    May 6, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Baby B

    Over the last 2 weeks there have been som BITTER Obama fans.
    And you think our party can unite after some of the hateful comments that have been made in here??? NO!

    May 6, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Susie MO

    Go Hillary

    We need a strong, experienced leader!!

    Hillary 08 🙂

    May 6, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. For the love of this independent

    When are all you democrats going to face it. Whether you like it or not, there has to be a joint ticket.

    May 6, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Nesa, Tampa, Florida

    This is not the final round. It will go on until June when Hillary Clinton will then go to another round, the convention floor.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Dave

    I Hillary succeeds in duping enough white trash voters, then Indiana can be best described by Mickey Kantor.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. PhilT

    All I want is the truth. Just give me the truth.

    No misspeaking, pant-suited spouse of an ex-president
    is ever gonna put another one over on us!

    All I want is the truth. Just give me the truth.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. John B. From New Hampshire

    i smell a clean SWEEP!
    OBAMA '08

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Penny NH

    CNN, I am at a loss, so I will list adjectives Obama Supporters are defining Clinton by and visa versa. I think my point is obvious.
    Obama supporters say:

    hating her with every fiber of my being

    A shameless woman.

    nasty woman with a vendictive chip on her shoulder


    shallowness of the bloated author

    suffering from mental illness and who thinks she is goldilocks can run for president.


    disgustingly dishonest

    No Wonder why the hillary's supporters are uneducated

    wicked witch

    Now: Hillary supporters say:

    Obama gets a free ride by the media. AGAIN! He is the one that is negative and nasty with the personal attacks

    Tired of these nasty Obama supporters (followers).

    You know, our moms always warned us not to count our chickens before they hatch. Senator Obama should take this advice to heart

    Barry – whatever happened to your message of Hope and Change we can believe in? Got pretty boring and tiresome and now you're throwing the kitchen refrigerator at Hillary. What a politician and hyprocrite you turned out to be.

    Where is Obama's plan? Was he too busy thinking up ways to call us "bitter?" Was he too busy trying to hide the fact that he follows a religion based on Marxism and hate?

    Obam has no experience. He never even faced a tough campaign before this. While the media was giving him a free ride in the beginning of this campaign he appeared to be a formidable candidate, even though he clearly had no experience. Now with some bad press and a Pastor and spiritual mentor that he can't explain away, he looks weak and indecisive. I guess experience does count…..

    So CNN, are you looking for hate? Are you perpetuating it? Are you now the National Enquirer? At least the uneducated Hillary supporters are sticking to poliutical issues and not personal hateful attacks.

    This will not be posted, but thought you’d like to see the venom you are publishing.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. HP Boston

    Victories?? Small grain gathered from sand.
    He won SMALL STATES and caucus with a large AA population.
    He can not seal the deal or take the states needed in the GE.
    He is unelectable in the GE.
    I will never vote for a newbie, wanna be, inexperienced guy who has been shoved down our throats daily.
    Never going to happen.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Tim from Ohio

    We do not need polls to show us what we already know. North Carolina will go to Obama because he is black and NC has a large black population and Indiana will go to Clinton because she is white and IN has a large white population. People this cycle are voting primarily along racial lines. The evidence shows that this is true.

    A person doesn't have to be too smart in order to figure this out!

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. CW4Barak

    I think the tide has changed for Obama and he will do better than the polls suggests in NC and may win Indiana by a small margin!

    Obama '08

    May 6, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Ken Austin, TX

    Come on Indiana. Dont give this to Hillary! She doesnt deserve it at all!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. SF

    I have decided against ever having botox after seeing Hillary yesterday. He lips are severely deformed and half of her face doesn't move. How often does she get these treatments? I know she needs them because some times her wrinkles are so bad she looks like she is seventy years old...just like McCain.

    May 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Betsy

    Let's go, go, go!!


    Go Hillary '08!! 😀

    May 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Hope is universal

    Can you find anymore ways to promote Clinton. The pictures you use are "subtle" hints of your bias...this one for example...

    I haven't had a post go through the moderators...and I doubt this one will either.

    May 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Lorna, NY

    May 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. It's always the "unsures"

    For Hillary Clinton, it seems the "unsures" of the polls in the end always sided with her. Interesting to see if that will happen again.

    May 6, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Kathleen

    Vote smart Indiana and North Carolina! Obama in '08!

    May 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Neutral

    Obama was 36+ ahead in North Carolina, he was also double digit ahead in Indiana. WRIGHT and calling middle America as BITTER, clinging to their guns and religion AND BIGOT, doesn't set well with ordinary people who doesn't drink latte or look for arugula like Obama and his cult followers.

    May 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Mary

    Let's hope Obama can pull out a win in Indiana, so we can focus on John McCain. I think the primaries have gone on too long. I am troubled that a Democrat would even consider voting for McCain when we would end up with 4 more years of Bush policy. It is time for the Democrats to unite behind Obama. We need to start healing the wounds that Hillary is hell bent on inflicting for her own selfish purposes.

    Obama 08 and 12.

    May 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Marguerite, NYC

    Let's hope Obama just takes them both so we can have an end to this nominee contest and you guys in the MSM can focus on important issues – like Iraq, Afghanistan, our economy, the food shortage, the Congo, Darfur, etc. – remember those issues?

    May 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Milwaukee for Obama

    You have been tossing yourselves up and down till you have finally agreed that Obama actually rebounded from Rev. Wright issue and gained a few points back in North Carolina. Why do you have to say that at the last minute when it was evident all week. Go to CNN/LarryKingLive and see how many people voted for Hillary to win both Indian and NC and how many voted for Obama and you will know who the people want for their president. On Larry's site 71% want Obama to win both states and only 21% want Hillary. You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves for open bias and yes, report the Paul vs Clinton case.

    May 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. SFSportsFan

    It's going to be a great night of spin

    May 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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