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. The Truth

    Obama is a racist elitist. He only cares about the black community. A lot of white people that support Obama are just feeling sorry for black people because of how they were treated. That is the only reason Obama is successful today, out of pity.

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. open your eyes

    Why when a state with more white voters goes for Hillary are they redneck and racist, but when african american populations vote 90% for Obama, is that not racist?

    May 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. FW

    Why is CNN not reporting on the 4 new Super Delegates for Obama today?

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. faye, NV

    Letha, sioux falls SD, I guess you support the war, foreclosures, high gas, food etc. I suppose Freedom of speech don't care who speaks it.

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. GT in CA

    Some guy in the South is selling T-shirts at his bar with a picture of a monkey eating a banana that says "Obama in '08". These are the types of voters that will never vote for Obama. The hard-working Americans, the white Americans that support Hillary. It's sad that some parts of our country are still living in the past...

    Educated, white-guy for Obama!

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Michael in Mt. Air, Virginia

    Kentucky will be Hillary's last victory. The media keeps mentioning "big wins" for Hillary.......she was expected to win in these states.......the margin of victory at this point is moot. The delegate count is what matters.......and Hillary cannot make up the delegate gap difference. Inflating media narratives of Hillary's victories make this appear that she will make a come back..........inflating narratives have their effect............mathematics don't lie......

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. ADAM

    The majority of Clinton supporters will NEVER support Obama.
    She will win both KENTUCKY AND OREGON!

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Il voter

    but still ignoring states like Kentucky and WV is not a good strategy. He needs vote from same people in Nov. What is he going to do then?

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. bill pike

    lets see. we owe 20 million dollars, mismanged our campaign, had a sure thing and screwed it up. if we drop out we can't repay the 20 million. what do we do. i know, lets do all we can to ruin the demo party, lets play the race card in WV before the primary to get a win no matter what the costs. COSTS. YES, WE HAVE 20 MILLION REASONS TO STAY IN THIS "RACE:??? hard to figure this out.

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Diva in Pennsylvania

    I would just LOVE to know, WHY she has her handlers pushing the VP spot when she has said he is unelectable... When she has said first that she would be the nominee after Iowa, then said caucuses don't matter when she wasn't; who said that she was ahead in the popular vote, then cried foul to the media who ate it up (for RATINGS, not for bias...) when she wasn't; who said she was ahead in the Superdelegate race, then said that he couldn't win uneducated White people when she wasn't anymore (which is not a big thing to brag about, having people who probably aren't critical thinkers bolstering your campaign... Yeah, THAT'S who I want picking my President... look how that turned out for the last 8 years... resting case... exiting soapbox...); and are those uneducated White people as incensed at the insensitivity of that backhanded comment, as they are about Rev. Wright (who was RIGHT, but only uneducated sheep wouldn't know that...)? No. They want Billary on the ticket... or they'll vote McCain... Proof that some people should stay home in November...

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. SK

    W V is not worth a hell of beans in the big picture.....Oregon let's blow her out of the water.

    We are looking for future not the past. We have learned a lot with Clinton's and Bushes in the White House.

    May 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. hrao

    Not even a congratulations from the Obama supporters – they indeed are immature – May be they watch too many wrestling matches on TV – what if he wins in Oregon – the issue is – will he win in November -as things stand Oregon may be an outlier – Hillary now leads in votes by 97,742 votes.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. K.J., Dallas, TX

    Besides having the credentials needed to be a fantastic president, the man is very, very easy on the eyes.

    OBAMA, 2008!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Deb

    How trivial some people can be with such important issues. Clinton supporters who threaten to vote for John McCain are only hurting themselves as well as the rest of the nation. Four more years of Bush policies and economics will cripple this great nation of ours. In the grand scheme of things, it should not matter that a candidate is black or white, male or female, as long as they can do the job. Let us as a country, give Barack Obama the chance to prove what he can do for us.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. MelissaMinneapolis

    Nicely said MYA.

    It is time to come together however long this race goes on and highlight our preferred candidates strengths without tearing down the other.

    Unity '08

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Marco

    Crushing win? The only thing that got crushed is Chelseas' inheritance. Hillary is a joke and the sooner everyone realizes this, the better off the dems and America will be. WesT Virginia is the poster state for race in America and Clinton played her last strong card, the race card that is. I am a college educated 50 year old whiote male from Western NY and I`ve supported Obama since he threw his hat in the mix. He is for real. Hillary is a repeat that weve seen on the Republican channel. Obama-mentum!

    ps Let the Clintonistas have their last moment in the spot light. And I want some of whatever Terry McAuliffe is using.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Oregon Republican

    I registered as a Democrat this primary so I would be able to cast my vote for Obama. I am still undecided as to who I will vote for in the general election but as long as there is no Clinton on the ballet, either Obama or McCain will be quite satisfying to me. However, if Obama chooses Clinton as VP then my vote will surely go to McCain.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Laura

    It was a crushing win and the ONLY reason he is picking up endorsements is because of the math and only the math. Not because he is a better candidate. The elite democrats don't want a riot to occur. Hillary will be ahead in popular vote and he will be ahead in the delegate race. The American people did not choose the candidate, the elite democratic elders did. I will be voting for JOhn McCain for numerous reasons. I'm an Dem turned Independent and one, we can't just pull out of Iraq. IF we do then we will have to go back to war to take it back from Iran (right before they nuke Israel).

    Obama is full of empty promises. Promises he has yet to prove. He will cross over and get Republicans to join him. Yeah right. When has he done that. His Senate record doesn't even show that. Hell, Hillary has done more of that than he has. For the Obamaians who just blow WV off like it was nothing need to wake up. WV's just like every other American knows Obama has the nomination. Well guess what? Thier vote says they don't like that. And if Michelle Obama opens her mouth one more time, surely America will see how they really feel about America. Does she ever have anything good to say about Americans. I have yet to hear it. She is just too snooty to be likeable.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Mike in Columbus

    The majority of Clinton supporters will support Obama in November…

    Some will not, but I think most realize the stakes, and put that above sour grapes and petty jealousy.

    However, most of the folks who keep repeating they won't support Obama on this blog will probably stick to their word. They can congratulate themselves if Obama loses, and smirk for a bit. They can also pat themselves on the back when the US troop casualty count comes in each month, and feel proud they help perpetuate that. They can smile to themselves as the dollar continues to weaken and friends and family can't find blue collar jobs in America, and know they had a hand in that too. As more conservative judges are appointed to the supreme court, they can laugh to themselves and say "yeah, but we sure taught the DNC a leason, didn't we?"

    So be proud Obama haters, you are the true Americans aren't you?...
    Let me answer that for you...
    No, you're not, you are sad little hypocrites. Flip this situation around and you too would be just as disgusted by the Obama supporters vowing to vote for McCain, as we are by you.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Unpatriotic Americans!

    There's so much noise about how patriotic Americans are...duh! For all those threatening to vote McCain and not Obama, you deserve the highest award of shame for unpatriotism and idiocy.

    So, you would rather destroy your country, kill your brothers and sisters for a 100 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, go Trillions of Dollars more in debt, lose your home and sleep in the gutter and freezing cold or squat with someone who has more sense than you, ship all your jobs overseas while you whine and complain all over these blogs and die in penury, die even more quicker because McCain has no provision for a solid healthcare plan, ridicule America in the eyes of the world while China and India take over.

    I think you must be the dumbest of the dumb to vote yourself into destruction! Don't you realize how easy it is to destroy something than build it up? Yet, you have devilishly conspired to destroy America by voting against your best interests, against the good and life of your brothers and sisters, against the good of your own children and subsequent generations!

    Okay, since you are so super-stupid, vote McCain, who cares? If you have a problem with Obama because he is so visionary and far ahead of you losers, whose fault is that? If he doesn't win, note these:

    1. He has become more popular than your entire generations will be
    2. He has been known to stand for something and highly-gifted
    3. He is only 46 and can afford everything for his own family
    4. Michelle will never need to worry about food or gas prices
    5. Those guys are highly gifted, well trained and can only have more
    6. Their children would likely not end up in Iraq but yours are there
    7. The list is endless...

    So, go vote McCain and don't complain when all the American soldiers are killed and America is finaly sold to China. You will have no choice to go work in China for .50 cents per day! Now, you know you are such a BIG LOSER!

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    sally, new york:

    I agree that he shouldn't ignore any states, even the ones that he has no hope of winning. I disagree with him on that.

    But unfortunately, both candidates have been guilty of that. It would be nice if they treated each state equally.

    I still remember when Gerald Ford told New York to "Go to hell!" He never recovered from that.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Ivar

    Ever heard of an empty vessel make sounds? Thats what clinton is. She needs to wisen up and back off coz there is no way she is ever going to win

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Chicagoan

    1)CNN I understand that you and all other media are interested in making this race closer then it is,but if you call yourself NEWS organization could you report about superdelegats Obama picked up this morning?
    Who are they,which states they represent,what is a margin now???Thanks.

    2)Oregon will be a Knockout.

    3)Obama to stop this Nonsense about Clinton as a VP, should
    meet with Sibelius or Jim Webb or whomever it is to discuss "general perspectivs of the countrys future " without talking directly about VP slot.

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Voters with brains: "Hillary, your behavior is and has been less than flattering please leave the room."

    Hillary: "No!"

    Voters with brains: "It's time to stop this nonsense, please leave the..."

    Hillary: "No I won't (streaming tears). The nomination is mine and you're just big duty heads for not supporting me!!"

    Voters with brains: "What did you...?!?!?! Don't you look at me like that. Does someone need a time out?!?!"

    May 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Dan

    I have been thinking about this for the past couple of days, and was wondering how anybody caring to read this thinks about it:

    Sen. Clinton, as of late, has attempted to move the party back to its FDR base, as can be evidenced by her large efforts and big wins in blue collar and Catholic states. However, her strong support for Sen. McGovern in 1972 seems somewhat antithetical to this, since McGovern essentially alienated that base (and lost in a landslide as a result), and changed the makeup of the party leadership in the process. Clinton once supported this shift, but now decries it.

    I guess my question is, what changed for Sen. Clinton? Is it an honest attempt to reach out to the party's forgotten base in an effort to bring them back into the fold, or does she see such action as politically expedient when contrasted with Sen. Obama, who bears a stronger resemblance to Sen. McGovern (in my opinion)?

    Just something I was thinking about...

    Democrats '08

    May 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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