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. andy

    OBAMA, the chicken, comes home to roost with your reverend !

    May 6, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. sherrie50

    BO would never have won prior to Super Tuesday without the Media. I have been so dillusioned about the bias reporting on the 2 candidates. I have folowed these campaigns since the beginning, and I am still impressed with HC. BO has been equally negative, but media only focus on HC negatives. Is that fair? She may not win, but if I wanted someone to fight my battle, it unequivocally will be HC as BO may throw me under the bus the way he has with key people in his life for political reasons.

    HC may not win, but what fight she has. Job well done.

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

    Where is the news of the six supers that obama picked up yesterday. Several states have been won by fewer than six delegates. Its news worthy.

    May 6, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    So yesterday PMS Hillary admits her "gas tax holiday" is BALONEY.... The woman is stark raving MAD.....


    May 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Fed up in Texas

    Hillary '08. Stop wasting your votes on Obama. He will not and can not win the general election.

    May 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Jean

    I wonder if the Clintons are counting the polls?? The Math sure looks like it. I can't believe people don't see the greed in her eyes, It makes me sick to think anyone would vote for her.

    May 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Ted, Denver

    I can tell you who is losing: the Democratic Party. The longer this race runs and the more negative the attacks that air, the more disillusioned and apathetic the would-be November voters become. Those Super Tuesday states? Already, the voters are feeling "buyer's remose" over both candidates. The Democratic Party better end this thing soon or McCain will sweep victory in November.

    May 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Doug R.

    The Democrats need to unite and go after McCain. He has been getting a free and easy ride, from CNN and others, all along. He has a closet full of skeletons (and so does his wife). Let's out it all on the table. You have alot of explaining to do McCain.

    May 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Sharon, MN

    In reading some of the comments on these blogs, I am completely put off by most of the Obama supporters. It is so obvious so many of you are of a more uncivilized nature and have no respect for anything or anyone. In a fight for power you have been devious, deceitful and vulgar and a mirror reflection of your candidate. If there is any hope for this nation and the world, it does not lie in the campaign of Barack Obama.

    It saddens me that so many of you do not realize that the Clintons have sacrificed and paid their dues in life so that you could live in a free society. Whether or not you agree with everything they have been or done, you still owe them respect and gratitude for their service to this country. You do not owe them your vote or your support but you at least could be half way civil in your remarks about them.

    I can only hope that the very youngest of our society will grow up with more civility and with a sense of dignity that the Obama campaign people do not possess.

    I can never vote for a man whose followers will stop at nothing to obtain political power.

    May 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. sky

    I don't understand why no one on any news agencies has made mention of the current court case Paul VS Clinton where the Clintons are being sued for swindeling this guy out of 1.2 million dollars and then using that money for Hillarys 2000 Senate campaign. That is a huge deal and it is in the courts in California now (maybe that is why so many California superdelegates are undecided at this time). Why is this being ignored? Do the people in Indiana and North Carolina know about this? I have to think that if anything like this was going on for Obama, the Clintons would have it ALL over the airwaves. This speaks directly to the kind of person she is and what she is capable of. Somebody please tell me why this crucial bit of information is being swept under the rug. People who are voting for the person who will represent us around the world....should know.

    May 6, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Oscar Harris

    If Senator Clinton wis Indiana ba a very small margin. That would really be a victory for Senator Obama

    May 6, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Independent

    Indiana- vote for the best person for our President- Barack Obama!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Deb

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate!

    Hillary will prove today that she is the one that will get the White House back!

    We are looking forward to years of Peace, Prosperity and a balanced budget!

    Hillary 08

    May 6, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Dannie

    Today is the day of decision when the polls shall be put to the test. The sampling error should be the square root of the mean of the variances of the individual polls. This is easy to calculate!

    May 6, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Q

    Tim; Are you high? Y should Obama drop out when he is leading.....

    Tim please do your self a favour ..stop sniffing the gas from your Truck is very expensive now!!

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Liz




    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Michelle

    When the Rev. William Procanick put his hand on the Bible during his
    sex-abuse trial in Oneida County Court earlier this year, he swore to
    tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But as the former
    Clinton Pastor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for
    inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his home last March, Judge
    Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick sacrificed his honesty the day he
    Okay, so now that Bill and Hillary Clinton's pastor has been convicted
    of child molestation, will we see the same furor directed at Hillary
    that Obama has had to endure these last few weeks?

    Then you need to email this article to everyone you know. Here the
    CLINTON'S pastor is convicted of child molestation. So, if Obama bears
    the guilt for his pastor's comment; then Hillary has to be equally
    tainted by this man's crimes.


    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Tim

    We must echo the sentiments from a blogger named Chris on May 5th. What is happening to CNN?? We are equally disgusted by your news coverage of the Democratic race. You keep saying that Senator Clinton has momentum, and Senator Obama is loosing ground. However, Obama gained 3 delegates on May 5th and there is nothing in the news?? From April 23rd to May 5th, Senator Obama has beaten Senator Clinton in the Super Delegate race by 23 to 11. Her Super Delegate lead of 150 Super Delegate lead had been eroded to 14!!! Finally, Obama has gained 5 % in the Gallup poll and erased last week lead by Hillary. Why is this not reported? But last week you reported Hillary 4 % gain in the Gallup polls. We the people challenge your claim of being the best political team. That banner should be right next to the “Mission Accomplished” banner that President Bush hung on the Aircraft Carrier. We are calling for all to express their disgust with CNN on the blogs from now on. Enough is enough. We the people demand a CNN quick vote that asks do you think CNN is the best political team. We think you should change that slogan to “The Best Political Team…for Ratings”.

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Bob

    Indiana and North Carolina,

    Please do what we failed to do here in PA. There is still time to beat McCain. There will not be enough time left if we keep beating each other.

    Thank you.

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. JT

    I am tired of the racial divide; let's unite and vote for Hillary.

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Independent for Obama then McCain, Never Clinton

    Obama will take her out today. She is a witch and reekes of a horrible politician.

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Ivar

    How can we even talk about florida and Michigan? The only way those 2 states can be counted would be under a fresh election in the 2 states. So please quit dcounting those states. I am sure that if Obama had actually campaigned in the 2 states, he may have lost the delegate count but he probably would have led the popular vote

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Roger

    Don't be fooled by Obama's old politics!

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Mike, Raleigh

    Sen. Clinton has facts while Sen. Obama has acts. You make a choice.

    Hillary 2008 for President.

    May 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Monica

    Mike, you are a little upset today. Both candidates supporters bash each other and bash the other candidate so your suggestion that his supporters are so mean and you are sick of it is kind of silly. Barack's supporters have been saying that for months. Just so you know I have not received anything from Hillary that is positive about her and what she will do for this country until yesterday. She has spent the last two weeks bashing Barack.

    Looks like the polling is showing a win for Barack. He has held on and will end up with the most delegates.
    White woman going to vote now.

    May 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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