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.

soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Jack Walden

    Just goes to show that rest of America is not like West Virginia.
    Even if Jesus Christ were to come doen on earth but as an Afro-American, West Virginia would still reject him. Had it not been for Robert Byrd pumping money in the state, people would still be swinging from trees here.

    May 14, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Scott from OK

    Time to move on past the tiny significance of WV! Oregon alone is enough to quiet this nonsense. Pack your bags, HRC.

    May 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Helena

    CNN: why are you not reporting the additional superdelegates Obama has been endorsed by this morning? Yes, of course he will win Oregon they are educated and informed people. Obama will also win Montana & South Dakota.

    May 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Anthony Flint, MI

    To all Clinton supporters:

    Senator Clinton has even stated the policies between Obama and herself are not that different...

    To all Obama supporters:

    Do we REALLY want to take a chance on alienting a core group of people who could put Senator Obama over the top?

    To all Democrats who SWEAR they will never vote for the "other" candidate if theirs loses:

    Do we REALLY want another four years of Bush – because that is what you will get with McCain...

    Put the pettiness aside, and let's get this country back on track. I support Obama, but if Clinton pulls it out I will be campaigning for her just as strong...anyone care to join me? ANyone from the Clinton camp share the view?


    May 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Marie

    I hope Oregon gives Obama a landslide victory. They better think in Kentucky too. Their State has lost jobs because of NAFTA. Who signed NAFTA ? Who said it was a victory for her husband? I guess West Virginia voters forgot that.

    May 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. geriatric

    I' m killing myself laughing here. Last night DAVID WOLFSON, Clinton's spinmaster, was gushing on CNN, about the huge Clinton victory in WV. He stated that this morning superdelegates would open their newspapers, digest the results and create a stampede to endorse Clinton. WELL,... guess they didn't read the papers. First thing i read,.... FOUR more super delegates endorse OBAMA.. Talk about a hollow and phyrric victory.!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Rob

    it's time to unit the party behind the nominee.

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Herman in LA

    Come on Oregonmacins bring it home for Barack he will always have your backs and bring green jobs to Oregon.

    Barack 08!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. bryen

    The Oregon win by Obama will not be enough to cut into Clinton's vote lead. She now leads in votes by 97,742 votes. Oregon is the only significant state left in Obama's favor. Kentucky and Puerto Rico will further Clinton's popular vote lead.

    Have we become the party that doesn't care about the popular vote anymore?

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Oregon calling -

    I for one am shocked that Hillary would have her Lane County office across from a strippers (gentleman's) club. I thought that she was the candidate to empower women, this is not the way to do it. That being said, I have been an Obama supporter a little after John Edwards dropped out. I personally think that those who have said that they would not support Obama are actually chaos Repubs..............Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Daniel Mayinja

    Go Obama, go there and make History, and God speed!
    Hillary: You will not win the nomination, but you're still a STAR.

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. God sent him

    Obama Know two weeks ago that he would loose to Billary so its no surprise. WV is all red neck so am not expecting Obama to win that State in November.

    Obama will take Oregon, Montana and North Dakota flying and maybe PR, as the people in the Carribean is not so stupid as those came from other Latin country.

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Lilly

    President Obama has a nice ring to it:)

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. cbenji in NYC

    clinton and obama's policies are virtually the same so whoever gets the nomination there's no reason why any democrat should be voting for mccain whose policies go against everything we've been fighting for. the only obstacle i can see is people being afraid to vote for a black man. it's sad that racism is still an issue in 2008 but it is, and you know there will be some people who rather vote for mccain purely because of his skin color. Mike in Columbus... i hope you are right about november.

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. United

    Let's go, Oregon; we are counting on you for a BIG WIN!

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Bernard

    I agree if you gonna swear to vote for McCain over Obama and you're a Democrat, you deserve another George Bush style Administration, just don't go getting yourself all worked up when the War in Iran begins and gas is $10 a gallon....What a bunch of dumbas*es

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Carolyn

    Obama will be the Nominee for President so every onr should face it and united together. Hillary winning on Tuesday just shows that there are still red neck in WV. She only gain 16 delegates. She can't win and she won't win. Hillary supporters it's of ok that you guys still have faith in HRC. But are you going to have to face reality she is not going to get the nomimation. Face it!

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Marian

    Obama for President ! Way to go Oregon ....

    May 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Alan, Diamond Bar CA

    It's about time for all those Clinton fans to stop drinking the kool aid and come into the light of reality. We have a crucial job here in November and it's called electing Obama and STOPPING McBUSH!! For God's sake, WAKE UP and stop whining about your delusional "Hill-Billy" candidate!!! She's completely out of touch with the real world and right now, so are all of her "supporters."

    May 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Alex in TX

    While everyone is so focused on all the Hillary supporters that claim they won't vote for Obama in November, why is no one saying anything about the large number of moderate conservatives that will vote for Obama. There are a huge number of Republicans so sick of that party that they will run to anyone qualified and inspiring.

    Obama appeals to a broad cross section of the American public (with the exception of WV apparently)

    May 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. CFO

    Not as many bigots living in Oregon obviously as there is in Ohio, Penn, WVA and Kentucky.

    May 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Candy West Virginia

    Come on Oregon, do what my sorry state should have done and show Clinton the door once and for all. By the way thank you all my fellow people here who were brave and did vote for Obama. I know exactly what it took for you to do that.

    May 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. brad

    Great about oregon. I am ashamed to admit that WV is my former home state. Their polling actual admitted in high percentage that their decision was race based. That is NOT something to be proud of. If anything, just prove the stereotype of WV. Sad. The same goes for any other state that voted on race as well. Maybe including SC. Grow up. Get over it.

    May 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. joyce


    you are right

    also he will win oregan more then 20%

    he will end his campaign there. he will be over the top

    May 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Unshrub

    Hillary winning is like what happens in sports. A team clutches the top seat in the playoff and so the next game they play the put in the 2nd string because they want to rest the first string for the playoffs. Obama has won the nomination; he must now get ready to battle McCain. Wake up folks. It is over.

    May 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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