May 14th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama holds big lead in Oregon

Barack Obama is ahead in Oregon polls.

Barack Obama is ahead in Oregon polls.

(CNN) - A day after suffering his second-worst defeat of the primary season, a new poll shows Barack Obama is headed for a big win in Oregon next Tuesday.

According to a new poll from the Portland Tribune and KPTV, the Illinois Democrat holds a 20 point lead over Clinton there, 55 percent to 35 percent. Ten percent of voters remain unsure.

The poll was conducted May 8-10, entirely before Clinton's blowout win in West Virginia Tuesday night. There, Clinton beat Obama by 40 points, her second widest margin of victory all year. But Oregon promises to be more favorable for Obama, given its broader swath of liberal and college educated Democrats.

Kentucky, a state with similar demographics to West Virginia, also votes next Tuesday and is expected to hand Clinton another big win.

Both Oregon and Kentucky are bigger prizes in terms of delegates than West Virginia. Fifty-two delegates are up for grabs in Oregon and 51 are on the line in Kentucky. Only 28 delegates were awarded in West Virginia.

Related Video: CNN's Dan Lothian reports on key voter concerns in Kentucky.

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  1. Karen

    Democrats, lets unite as a party. WE MUST!!! I am another support of whoever the demo nominee is. Can you say the same?

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Eddy, NYC


    Are we not democrats? Sure, some of use prefer Obama while others prefer Clinton but I fail to see what is wrong with that. Why the hate and anger? At the end of the day we will have "ONE" democratic nominee and I, as a democrat, will support and donate to that candidate. I really like Obama but to say that I would not vote for Clinton if she gets the nomination or vote for McCain is completely ignorant. Both can win if we decide to stop this in-fighting and start fighting for a better future by putting our personal feelings aside and do what's right for this country.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Sheila

    Hooray for Sen. Clinton! Her big win in W. Virginia sends a strong message to the mainstream media - Obama-mania isn't enough to steal this election from the better-qualified candidate.

    Sen. Clinton has fought against incredible odds, both from the political pundits and the wealthy Obama supporters (such as Oprah). She has persevered with dignity and charm and will go on to November and defeat John McCain.

    Sorry, but good speech-making and motivational skills are not enough to qualify Sen. Obama to lead our country. Experience counts, and Sen. Clinton has it!

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. R.I.F.

    HILLARY SUPPORTER May 14th, 2008 11:34 am ET
    "Mya….too late…his supporters have said some of the meanest things I have ever heard someone say about another individual"

    Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? First off, why would you cast your vote based on what some blogger hiding behind a computer says? I don't think Obama has had the time to be blogging so I'm sure it's not him.

    Second, I guess you didn't read the MSNBC article yestarday that talked about the racial slurs that Obama campaign volunteers have been called to their face throughout the US while trying to campiagn? Or the campaign office that was spray painted with racial slurs all over it?

    So if you're going to lay the blame on Obama because of some ananomous bloggers that say some things that you don't like, then I should lay the blame on Clinton and McCain for all of the racial slurs. Neither one is fair and I wish you would just go away.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. SoCal

    Leda and others who say you would never vote for Obama: please clarify WHY.

    Don't you agree with Obama's policies?
    Are his proposals that much different from those of Hillary?
    Or do you simply want more of McBush?
    If this is the case please just tell it...

    And if this is not the case, then please clarify why "you will never vote for Obama", and tell us If it is because of his proposed policies, or simply because you don't like the guy.

    Maybe you don't like his ability to inspire people, do you?
    Or you don't like the idea of a change in Washington...
    Or is it because you think that a guy who's run such a brilliant bottom-up campaign will not be able to "lead"???

    Or, maybe it's just because of his name and his human story, and the color of his skin, huh?

    Please be honest to yourself and to us all, and tell us WHY you'd never vote for Obama.


    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Eric

    You folks should just give it a rest. Most of your "ticker" material is rank speculation. Try reporting news: what has happened, where, when, and (maybe) why and so what. Reports about polls predicting outcomes in Oregon aren't meaningful to those of us who have already voted in other states. Predictions that Obama may or may not ask Hillary (or should or should not ask her) to be Veep nominee are similarly useless.... the man will do what he chooses to do for his own reasons. So wait. Then report when there's actual news.

    I see CNN (and the other media) as banging on a drum trying to stir up some kind of public fascination. Unfortunately, an election is not a soap opera, nor a horse race, nor a circus. It's a process that will work out in its own time. So let it work, and give the rest of us a break from irresponsible, speculative journalism.

    May 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Teresa

    To all the Obama supporters who knock Clinton supporters for not voting for Obama in the general election, how many of you would have voted for Hillary if SHE was the nominee in November? Just curious. I'm an Oregon Clinton supporter but I will be supporting Obama in November if he's the nominee. I don't think a lot of you Obama supporters could say the same thing about Clinton because all you people do is trash her.

    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Bridgette-PA

    Yes we can!


    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. brian

    First of all: to Letha in Sioux Falls, SD : work on your grammar and spelling. "......Obama will lost key votes..." should read, "Obama will lose key votes."

    Secondly: Obama has shown tremendous grace under pressure and is "presidential" in his public appearances (unlike our current resident of the White House). Clinton does not appearr presidential, nor does McCain. It is time for a change and we do not need a "career politician" in the White House.

    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Chelsea, MA

    The real beauty in this primary season is that the party of brotherly love has been exposed as the hateful, power-hungry party of bigots, sexists, agist and racists that it really has been all along.

    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. DJ in MI

    go OBAMA

    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Barrett

    I am a proud supporter of Sen Clinton. But I will not join a bunch of rude and nasty Obama supporters. Why is it ok for 90% of the blacks to vote for Obama, and if a white supports Clinton then they are racist?

    If you Obama supporters would add up all the votes you alienate by calling others stupid, un-educated, hillbillies, racist , rednecks. There is no way Obama can win the General Election with only the supporters he has now. You need to be trying to bring others into your camp, rather than telling them you don't need thier vote anyway.

    Now who is the stupid bunch?

    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Trina in Ohio


    His campaign announced his pickup Wednesday of two superdelegates: Rep. Peter Visclosky of Indiana and Democrats Abroad chair Christine Schon Marques.

    Also endorsing Obama were three former Securities and Exchange Commission chairmen — William Donaldson, David Ruder, and Arthur Levitt Jr., who was appointed by former President Clinton. The campaign released a joint statement by the former SEC chiefs, well as former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, that praised Obama's "positive leadership and judgment" on economic issues.

    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Matthew

    To the Hillary or Mccain person.

    Roe v Wade is not just about you. Its about the progress and fight this country and women have put up against Abortion. Your just so selfish and it shows in your statement. How did Obama steal your vote. Your vote in FLA didnt count anyway adn guarenteed if they could have campainged in FLA Obama would have won. All this talk about Clinton gonna win WVA, OHIO, PA, and FLA in the general. Ok so Obama has the chance and possiblity to win in Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, Missuri, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Louisana and possibly more lest say the Mountain west, North and South Dakota, Idado, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and more, I much rather Obama win more red states and swing states as well as the strong Dems. state to broden then Democratic electoral map rather then Hilliary 15 state strategy.

    May 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. AK, from CL

    Everyone making a big deal out of Hillary's large win tonight have conveniently ignored Obama's following margins of victory since the primaries began:

    75% – DC

    67% – Georgia

    65% – Illinois

    64% – Virginia

    61% – Mississippi

    60% – Maryland

    59% – Vermont

    58% – Wisconsin

    57% – Louisiana

    57% – Utah

    56% – North Carolina

    56% – Alabama

    ...and 18 other victories over Clinton

    May 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Politics101

    The argument regarding the popular vote that the Hillary camp is using is interesting. I believe the eventual nominee is chosen based on the number of pledged delegates not the popular vote. George Bush won the 2000 election even though he lost the popular vote to Al Gore since electoral votes, not the popular vote is what determines the winner of the presidency.

    May 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Lazarito

    OBAMA 2008!!!Can't Hillary see only rural areas are favoring her??!!!People with education will never vote for her!

    May 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. NEVER obama

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER obama. He is a liar and completely UNFIT.

    May 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. AJ, IL

    Come fellow Obama supporters be nice to Hillary-supporters. Hillary and Clintons were formidable and tenancious opponents. Hillary had an impressive win in West Virginia the first since Feb. 5th, although voter turnout was lower than expected. Also there was not record turnout in West Virginia as in other primaries.

    A major percentage of Obama supporters and Hillary supporters are very enthusiatic about their candidates. There is much that Hillary supporters share with Obama than they do with McCain. Once Hillary supporters realize that McCain is for continuing the Iraq War and sable-rattling against Iran, wants to continue the Bush economic plan, and plans on nominating Supreme Court justices that could overturn Roe vs. Wade, Hillary-supporters will back Obama!

    May 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Mike in NY

    Obally 08... hmmmm sexy 🙂

    May 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Democratic Mother in NC

    Bottom Line – we don't want 4 more years of Bush politics, period. I support Obama, but I will gladly vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. Primaries can get ugly, but that's to be expected. Both Obama and Clinton bring virtually the same thing to the table – a change from Bush. Forget the polls, forget the in-fighting. I don't want to suffer another 4 years with jobs being outsourced, more young people dying in Iraq and more families losing their homes.

    May 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. GO HILL

    4hill2thehill WROTE:
    May 14th, 2008 10:24 am ET

    States & elections won with 60% or more of the vote:
    Barack Obama: 15 States + DC + VI
    * Virgin Islands (89.9%)
    * Idaho (79%)
    * Hawaii (76%)
    * Alaska (75%)
    * District of Columbia (75%)
    * Kansas (74%)
    * Washington (68%)
    * Nebraska (68%)
    * Minnesota (67%)
    * Colorado (67%)
    * Georgia (67%)
    * Illinois (65%)
    * Virginia (64%)
    * Maryland (62%)
    * North Dakota (61%)
    * Wyoming (61%)
    * Mississippi (61%)

    My question to you is.....How many of these states will vote for a Dem in November? And how much of those that BO could win would be Wiped OUT if McCain wins FL, MI, PA and OH????????? And unfortunatley CA comes in to play for McCain.....
    Sorry, the GE picks the pres. by winner take all ELECTORAL VOTES!

    May 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Ryan

    I voted for Clinton in the Cal. primary. Since there isn't really any material difference between the platforms of the two Democratic candidates, I would have supported Obama in the general election but for my utter concern about the fervent zeal of some of his supporters that seems to defy my comprehension. That, coupled with the seeming cult of personality that has developed, raises some very large red flags in my mind. I'm dreading having to choose either Obama or McCain, so this primary season will probably force me to abstain in the general election.

    May 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Vivian Mcrae

    We don't need the hillbilly support, McCain can have that, he has no black, brown or gay support. is there enough hillbillies to make him president. bring up Jeremiah Wright, and you will further alienated the black vote, 9/11 happened 7 years ago, why does the media say he been saying this for 20 years? attack the black church, but let the pedophiles posing as priest's continue on, I know you won't post this comment. you never post my comments so eff you CNN

    May 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Fair Game

    Its simple and plain that Sen Obama has caused more divisions in Dem party , and will do more in November.

    Liberals won't take this FACT, but it is TRUE.

    He does know very little about the lives of REAL-Black-Americans that he claims and talks about everyday.

    May 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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