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. George Bush

    Hillary, come to us.

    May 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. An Objective Observer, Toronto, Canada

    How come the media doesn't examine the crossover voting where the Republicans vote in Democrat primaries? These "strategic voters" vote against the candidate they believe will be tougher to defeat in the fall. In other words, a vote for Clinton in the primaries helps the Republican party. There were 100,000 Republicans who voted for Clinton in Texas. There were also a significant number of crossover voters voting for Clinton in Ohio. How many crossover voters are going to vote for Clinton in Indiana?

    Why does the Democrat party allow open voting and allow Republicans to put a monkey wrench into their primaries?

    May 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Lee WV

    Either way Obama will end the day with a gain in his pledged delegate lead.I think that the superdeledates will continue to turn to Obama in a greater proportion than they have been.James Carville said last night that if she wins both today that she is the nominee.Where did he go to school ?.Or did he even go to school?

    May 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. JC

    Guess who is winning?

    Barack Obama

    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary knows she cannot win, but she wants to be sure that Obama is not the next president. She knows if elected in 2008, he will most likely get re-elected in 2012, when she wants to run again. She is determined alright, but at your costs.

    May 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Post fairly CNN

    I would like to hear from CNN about the large number of superdelegates support of Obama in just the last three days. Also one more comment, Hillary supporters you are so unenlightened, negative people with stones of belligerance in your heart. Open your mind, heart and soul's up and allow goodness inside.

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

    I do not understand what people see in Obama? They must be blinded, hypnotized or ...?
    He is such a arrogant, weak person. He is not striking leader. He speaks loudly on his speeches, but when debates a =re happening, he is wimpy.
    How come people do not see it?
    He does not say too much, what he says is nothing extraordinary, he leads negative politics, he divided country, races. He is destruction for this country. Maybe not intentional, but he is a destruction to all of us.
    His wife does not speak on her own in public, she says only what she is told what to say, and she had to have chaperon in her interview on CNN – Caroline Kennedy. This was ver akward, and obvious. I do not believe that Obamas have people in their mind. What they are after is their fame, and themselves.

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    It doesn't matter. Hillary and Obama aren't that different. Just remember to vote Democrat in the Fall.

    Fiscally responsible republicans? Ah no, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush contributed 70% of our national debt of 9 trillion dollars since the 1700s. Republicans give more rights to corporations than actual human beings. McCain and his wife would be uninsurable if they weren't wealthy. The world hates us. Dead soldiers in an unjust war.

    Republicans are the party of white Christian married people. If you aren't one, then guess what? You're in the MAJORITY! Time to step up and run this country. Single? Non-white? Non-Christian? Don't own controlling interest in a multi-national corporation? Time to vote the corporate puppets out of office.

    I'd send George Bush to prison–a guy can dream can't he?

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Roger

    Obama should concede if he loses both. It would prove that he is not electable.

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Chicago

    TO: CNN=Hillary Clinton

    You must be the stupidest, most ignorant, backwards misogynist in this country. Shame on you.

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Please good people of Indiana and North Carolina, end this. Please see through the hype of Ms. Clinton and see the honesty of Senator Obama. I do not want a president that lies to us and that is all the Clintons seem to know what to do. The arrogant, power hungry, viciousness of that woman truly scares me!

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. sky

    .....the Rev. Wright issue is a non-issue because McCain has a bigger Reverend issue of his own that negates Obamas. Once it is Obama versus McCain there wont be any Reverend issues. They each have one and this cancels it out.

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. creighton

    Voted at 6:15 a.m. Count me in for Obama. We don't need another say anything, do anything to get elected President. Hillary Panderer Clinton will not get my vote period.

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Posn

    Clara, so does Hillary and from what I have seen she has been caught several times lying...... Bosania.

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Dutch


    I find it interesting that you are tired of Obama supporters trashing Clinton supporters. As you say this you seem to return in kind.

    Frankly, I wish supporters on both sides would discuss the positions of their candidates. We have two very talented candidates. Let us discuss the differences without insulting people who support a different point of view. I do not believe anybody is swayed by insults.

    Our country is in serious trouble both domestically and internationally. There are many many challenging problems that need to be fixed. Any solutions to our problems can only be implemented if we work together.

    By all means support and encouraqe your candidate, but can we please do it in a civilized manner? I hope that Obama wins, but if he does not I still want to do my personal best to make the USA great again. This cannot be done with petty bickering.

    Towards a greater America in 2009

    May 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Renee Las Vegas NV

    Stop spinning your wheels Hillarys'.....She does'nt have the numbers
    And will never be able to catch up!

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

    CNN won't post this but I thought that I'd point it out anyone. You notice how there are about 5 post in favor of Obama to 1 in favor of Clinton. Yet, in reality, half the democratic population support her. Seems to me like CNN is kicking out all the post in favor of Clinton and making this post seem a little one sided.

    May 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Chicago


    May 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. frustrated in PA

    I can't wait for Hillary and Obama to kiss and make up at the end of this process. How are all their ardent supporters going to feel then?

    May 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. ps

    repeatables May 6th, 2008 9:51 am ET

    can't believe some of the nonsense that people post on blogs.

    The fact is that as Americans wallow in their foolish racial prejudices and fears, the Chinese and Arabs own this country and will dominate our economy in just a short few years. We owe China 1.4 trillion dollars and counting (1 billion per day in interest), 80% of which is in treasury notes. Arab interests have invested 600 billion dollars in our economy. And by the way, we owe Mexico a truck load of money as well.
    Read!!! Do your research. There is a reason why educated people support Obama and dummies cling to Hillary.


    May 6, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. remember her campaign fraud?

    Mike is lame. period. his comments indicates as such. Its clear what is driving YOU in this race.race. period. not all the Jerome's, Lakeisha's, and Jamal's are voting for Barak.. thats steriotyping which is just as bad as bigotry. This comment was just as bad as someone's comment about Barak's "nappy-headed wife" yesterday. Maybe white-guilt is alive.. but thats because of people like you who make them feel guilty. WHITE PEOPLE>>>>THERE IS NOTHING TO FEEL GUITLY ABOUT>>> because i know that comments like this "gentleman" do not reflect the majority of you. To think that would be steriotypical of me!
    ----–"Tamika" R. Hasan(yes i am "black named" too

    May 6, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Stephen

    Today will be the deciding day for the Clinton's. Hillary will loose in both states and should gracefully bow out of the race. Her largest problem has been Bill from the beginning of the race.

    Consider: Hillary divorced Bill after his impeachment. Would she be a more viable candidate today? Would she have the nomination already in the bag?

    Lets get real – Hillary cannot beat McCain because of Bill so common sense says get out of the race now to allow the Dem party to heal.

    May 6, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Obatala

    CNn please post,

    The final Zogby tracking polls for today's primaries show Barack Obama expanding his lead in North Carolina, and quite possibly building up steam in Indiana, too. The numbers, compared to yesterday:

    North Carolina
    Obama 51% (+3)
    Clinton 37% (-3)
    Sample size: 643 likely primary voters, weighted for region, age, race and gender.
    Margin of error: ±3.9%

    Obama 45% (+1)
    Clinton 43% (+1)

    Sample size: 644 likely primary votes, weighted for region, age, race and gender.
    Margin of error: ±3.9%

    May 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Tired in North Carolina!

    I will be glad when this is over in North Carolina. We voted early and most people I talked to white, hispanic, black, etc put in their vote for Obama. I wish people would stop talking about these so called polls and demographics. There is NO way either one can be compeletely accurate!

    Think with your brains people!

    May 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. ILuvObama

    Come on Indiana and NC...Vote smart, vote for the honest candidate...not the pandering negative one!!! Let's put this away today!!!


    May 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Jude

    This is an exciting time for us "Hoosiers". Never before has our primary meant so much to the presidential candidates. I enjoyed voting this morning because I felt that my vote really did count. I ended up voting for Obama, although it was a difficult choice. All I know is that never again can this country afford to have the likes of GW in the presidential office. Let's send him off to his farm in Texas never to be heard from again.

    May 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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