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. CB

    We have Dems who say they want vote for Obama, but we have just as many Rep. who say they will. Just something to think about for you Clinton supports who want support Obama. It sounds like an even trade to me, except the cross over Rep. is getting the better part of the deal. Just my 2 cents or 1.

    Now is the time to kiss and make up to get ahead of the game.

    Obama 08!

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. john cavanaugh

    We here in Portland have been behind Obama from the start!!

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Patricia

    All you HRC lovers – or losers I should say.....give it up already! My goodness, what's it going to take to just move on. She's such a sore loser and yes keep your votes -Obama will be just fine!

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Montana is Obama Country

    Today, Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky became the 286th superdelegate to endorse Barack Obama for President.


    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. open your eyes

    Older voters are more reliable than hippie liberals in the general election. They go overwhelmingly for Hillary. While it is very clear Obama is winning more states, lets remember that there will always be more republican states than democratic states in november, but the democrats need to win the bigger states with more delegates. Obama will NOT take the Carolinas, Georgia, or much of the midwest in the general election, so it would very much help to ease the democrats fears if he could at least show he can win one big DEMOCRAT state.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Tea Party

    So if Obama wins in Oregon, can we say that reverse racism is what clinched the victory for him?

    "Enlightened" Oregonian Liberals will break their necks to publically display how "enlightened" they are, that they can and will vote for a black man. If that's what it takes for Oregonians to feel good about themselves, then so be it.

    I wouldn't vote FOR Obama, for the same reason I would not NOT VOTE for him: his skin pigment is irrelevant. If it's appalling for folks to NOT vote for Obama because of his skin pigmentation, is it no less appalling to vote FOR him BECAUSE of his skin pigmentation? Racism is Racism is Racism.

    The fact remains that Obama is out there right now, saying nothing better than it's ever been said... and what's truly sad is so many liberals and the media (same people, really) are dancing to the pied piper's tune, completely (and williningly) oblivious to the fact that the emperor has no clothes.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Chitown in Chicago, IL

    It's looking like we're going to reach the "D-Day" that the Obama campaing set: by May 20 he will have enough delegates to claim the nomination. Of course, this will have absolutely no effect on Billary who keeps moving the goal posts and pressing her fuzzy math to the press and supers. Even with MI and FL Barack still wins. Keep at that bold general election strategy that goes into the places that everyone expects to go Repub, Obama campaign; we're going to need it come November.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. bILL

    About time for the Democrats to start threatening to leave if they don't win. They best start practicing their new anthem and they'll get national health care too. What a deal and a great tune to boot.

    O Canada!
    Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.
    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!
    From far and wide,
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. scdemocrat

    Time for all Obama supporters, myself included to just start ignoring these hate filled Clinton supporters. I hate to tell you guys and girls this, but IF you vote for McCain, and he wins, it will be the poor, undereducated folks who will bear the brunt of McCains policies. He will give the rich more tax breaks, and will NOT help you get healthcare, and he wants to start more wars. Guess who are the first to go to war, undereducated people who are DESPERATE for a way to support their family. So keep voting against your best interests and see how well it works out for y'all.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. NOBAMA

    Hillary, Barak, Florida, Michigan, Super delegates, Jeremia Wright, Bosnia sniper.

    Can you spell DUMB-O- CRATS??????????????

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Whatever

    It's interesting that in almost all of the comments here that support HRC still having any chance at the nomination all contain the word "if" multiple times. Without all the "ifs", what you have is reality.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |

    CNN is always lost with respect to updating its news. Anyway, no matter what the media says OBAMA will be the democratic nominee.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Mike

    I just am just completely thankful that our next president won't be picked by some of the dumbest least educated in this country. I'm sorry but that is just the way it is. There are people in West VA who aren't voting for Obama because he's muslim ?! When they were told he is actually Christian..the response was "well I don't beleive any of that" ?!?
    Other countries and if there were people from other planets would think we as a society were insane if they saw that Hillary's largest voting block was the uneducated and the Obama's was the most educated and Hillary won. Also its kind of interesting CNN was kind of relatively silent on the fact that Obama gained at least 6 more superdelegates (which does actually matter) while Hillary was celebrating her big win that really doesn't matter. They did update their count though. I saw the article first on and it was front and center. Of course, as usual, this probably won't get posted by CNN.

    May 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Already voted in Oregon

    It is sad that so many people use the gift of sight that God gave us to hate. For no other reason than what the color of someones skin is.

    The people in WV would have voted for a white monkey last night, as long as it was white. Any white man running against Obama would have won last night. They didn't vote for Clinton. They voted her color.

    I am proud to live in Oregon where we vote not by the color of someones skin, but by who would make the better President.

    Clinton is running for her own ego, not for you and I. I am a white female, educated and over 45 and I wouldn't have voted for her if she were the only person running. NO matter what color her skin was.

    I fear for Obama's safety if elected. I hope everyone is giving serious consideration to keeping him and his family safe. I do not understand hating someone for the color of their skin, but sadly there are others out there who don't agree.

    May there be peace after this election.

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Pat, Washington State

    Lets not forget Obama won every county in Washington during the caucus.

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Scott Glenn in Wa

    "She vows to push forward" Hasn’t bush shown what staying the course does when your fighting a loosing battle?

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. TinTX

    Obama has won the Democratic nod. Hillary needs to pack up and support the Democratic as we set out to beat Mcain and take back the White House. Her wins are just for show she does not have a mathematical chance to win the race .

    Go Obama 08

    T in Texas

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Independent

    Oregon realizes that Obama is the best candidate to put in the race against McCain. I was thrilled to hear Obama has picked up 4 super delegates today,and hopefully they will keep on rolling. I also hope that Kentucky has a much better understanding that this world has changed, as WV did not. I have seen nothing but negative comments by WV voters attitudes for voting for a black President. They have shown themselves to small minded and that their mentality is rather shallow. While Clinton may have won, she did win based on distinguishing black and white, and she should be ashamed of how she is dividing this party. In her minds eye, it is all about her, not about the country.

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Sharon in Mi..

    This reflects what an educated electorate can do. Come on America, forward together.
    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    We may be liberal democrats [although I would not characterize myself as that], but we vote based on issues that matter rather than emotional issues. Man, woman, black, white - who cares! We look at the serious issues that matter to us [the war, the environment, to mention two] and vote for the PERSON we think is best for the job.

    We also have a lot of young voters in our [liberal] colleges, who will no doubt help the swing to Obama because the see their future under Clinton as opposed their future under Obama, and Obama wins hands down.

    I'm old, white, female, HS education, low-income, and I voted for Obama too. If Hillary wins the nomination, I'll vote for her in the fall.

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Terry in New York

    It's over Hillary!!! So what CNN and Hillary are saying is, if your stupid a dn conservative you're for Hillary? Finally that explains her support in some states!! I've wrote this before, "You want then take her, most upsaters want her out of NY also!"

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. brian bernard


    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Oregon

    Remaining primaries are inconclusive. Obama will win 3, and Clinton will win 2. Net effect – delegate lead for Obama will stay about the same. Press tries to manufacture excitement . . . but this isn't exciting. We all may as well catch some shut-eye, while Obama generally keeps his lead and slowly rolls toward nomination.

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. peter

    so let me get this strait Hilliary is banking on the white, non-college educated vote as reason to continue this nonsense. in other words America do you want the next president to be chosen by the dumb of our nation? it happened the last 8 years and look what happened. If i were Hillary i would not be so proud that the only vote you can muster is from idiots in backwards thinking states. but then again its only logical to Hillary or should I say HILLOGICAL

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. deeds

    I will never vote for obamma. he is a racist black i hane no respect for

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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