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. Liviu, Alberta, Canada

    I have an unbiased opinion over this election cycle, and up here in Canada we are watching with interes as the result is affecting us, and the rest of the world. You as Americans should be very proud about that, and remeber to vote for the candidate that asks for, and brings the best in people, and not the one that plays your fears and differences.
    Once was said: "Remeber Alamo"... I say "Remeber Iraq"...

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. fairandstraight

    Why is it that each state Sen. Clinton wins is the only states that leads to the white house?

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Observer from Nigeria

    Ths is for Clinton Supporters.

    Am an observer from Nigeria and I like the democrats because they care for people and also very accomodating than republicans who are too rigid.

    Why is it that Clinton feels than Obama cannot win Mccain in Florida, Ohio and Pensylv. just because she won those states.

    I dont know much about US politicsbut I think two democrats are contesting and one has to win. The supporters of the other will vote for the eventual nominee at the GE.
    Have people forgotten that Hukabee and Romney won some red states too. Does it mean that because They won Mccain in those states, he will not carry those red states in Nov.
    I find it difficult to understand this, pls explain. Unless democrats are divided. Mind you Republicans were divided but they are coming together. Look at Rush limb he is no more attacking Mccain but the democrats.

    PLease Clinton Supporters, bury your differences, whatever Obama did to you, pls forgive and forget. Rem he is more of a White guy cos he was raised by her white mother (his dad died at when he was young).
    In the interest of a better world, We in Africa will not like a republican again in the white house. Am sure Europeans will say the same.

    I still want response from Clinton supporters
    Thank you

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Club Member

    Good job West Virginia, we have him next over here in Klan-tucky. We are going to show him a good time over here as well.

    By the time we are through with him he's going to wish that he lived in Oregon.

    Republicans + Hilliary = VICTORY

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Independent in Florida

    To Wolf Blitzer:

    Can you please try to be a little more objective during this election process? Your keen support for Hillary has been crystal clear. And, now pushing for her to be on the ticket is just NOT fair to many Americans who may not share the same view as you do.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Bewildered

    Oh, so another case of the intelligent and educated voting for someone who can make a difference or, as in West Virginia, the ignorant and uneducated voting for someone who will not make a difference. Hmmmmm. I think I see a trend!!

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. matt n ohio

    All hillary supports should not vote if obama gets the nomination and stop watching Oprah!

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. NEVER obama

    Obama is the most dangerous person to ever run for President of this country. Shame on Oregon for helping that liar destroy this country.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Mike H.

    I'm really tired of hearing how Hillary's supporters are the least educated group in the country. Let's be real, African-Americans are at the absolute bottom of demographic groups in terms of education and they are virtually all in Obama's camp. And that's a fact- even if it's not politically correct.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Kiah


    That's too bad you're so short-sighted and narrow-minded. Vote McCain it'll do many of us a favor of not having such toxic TRASH in our party anyway. Independents kill me thinking that someone has to kiss their behinds for their vote. It's Independents who made it possible for Bush's second term so based on your judgment a vote for a 3rd Bush term is right up your alley.

    May 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Hillary: It's all about me, me, me..........Wah, wah, wah.......!

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Brandon

    But wait.... I thought Oregon was mostly white and Obama couldn't win whites? Please explain this to me Hillary?

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. bob in L.A.

    I will concede the Obama lead in Oregon, but why can't the articles headline be balanced or accurate? The lead in to this story is "Obama hold huge lead in next contest", well, the fact is he hgolds a huge lead in one of the next two contests. It could have just as easily read the reverse!
    Does the press intentionally try and distort informaiton or do they try and anger supporters of of one candidate or the other?
    It's getting to be ridiculous! The democrats would be solidified behind either candidate if the medai woudl stop forcing people to draw a line in the sand for their benefit. Hopefully we are smarter than them.

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Alisha

    Two states vote Tuesday, Obama leads in one, Hillary in the other. The CNN home page reads: "Obama has huge lead in next state." Can we get some evenhanded reporting please? They way CNN has skewed pro-Obama is ridiculous.

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Greg Pa

    If WV, is a racist state by the same logic Oregon must be too.

    The most racist thing I have seen this primary is that Obama gets 90% of the black vote. It is plain as day that black people are voting race. They are the racists. Never in US. history has anyone taken that much of a demographic. NEVER !!

    I can't wait to see the reaction when he looses in November.

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Kay, Zimbabwean refugee in Namibia

    I don't mean to put too fine a line on "college-educated voters", but the dumbest thing Barack has done so far in my opinion is agree to be pressured into muffling the brightest political talent I've seen in my 21 years. Yes, I'm talking here of Sam Power. Given everything that's been done and said, was the word "monster" really worth sacrificing the first person in the world who seemed to have a cooking clue on what to do about Darfur, the Mid-East & other supposedly "never-ending" conflicts?

    As an African, I'll be quick to say the US owes us exactly zilch – even though I appreciated Slick Willy's humanitarian efforts during his tenure. But I've objectively studied Samantha's views, & she's the first person who's convinced me that there's nothing cheesy or naive about hoping for "world peace" – in our lifetimes. I say let's petition to bring back Sam for the General Election campaign. If Barack doesn't step up, it'll easily be the dumbest thing anyone – college educated or not – has done in this campaign. And the real "monsters" will be us "good citizens" who did nothing.

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Mary

    Can someone please explain to me why Clinton supporters feel that this election was unfairly stolen from her? She was the one that very early on ignored many states. She was the one that said that democrats shouldn't focus on certain states because they were read. She was the one that said Michigan and Florida should not count (so too did that slime ball McCauliffe). She was the one that has campaigned negatively. She was the one that said McCain was better than the fellow democrat. She was the one that lied about her Bosnia trip. She was the one that said certain democratic voters don't count. She is the one that tried to unfairly paint Obama as a fringe Black Candidate. She is the one that tried to supress hope and optimism. She is the one that over and over again has tried to change the rules mid game. She is the one that complains that everyone is against her.

    Whether Obama wins or loses in November he and his supporters will know they fought a good fight. What will you Hillary supporters think then? You guys are ridiculous.

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Dave

    WV.......hmmmm........banjos.........everybody has the same DNA
    so of course they'll all tend to vote the same way.

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. eric barthel

    democrat let this finish next tuesday ask clinton to leave she can not win anyway.

    May 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. A CANUCK

    Watching Hillary's speeches lately are painful........she looks like a delusional mad woman........not aware of the reality all around her......when is this going to end ?? It's time for the Hill-Billys to exit.

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    I must congratulate Hillary and her Hillbillies on her West Virginia victory, maybe can be the president of West Virginia 🙂

    Oh and by the way, she won last night, but Obama picked-up four more superdelegates. . . Life is good!


    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Chelsea, MA

    How will Hillary convince the DNC to cast aside the popular winner, the candidate with 90% of the black vote in order to secure her win.
    She can't and she knows it.

    She'll have to suckup big time to get the #2 slot, which is a death kiss to political careers.

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Steve, New York, New York

    Should this be a surprise?

    Hillary seems to win big, in areas where opportunities for education are WOEFULLY INADEQUATE.

    I can't wait for Ms. Clinton (with her "evil clown" grin), to finally exit this race. Maybe between now and then, she'll start telling people that she actually fought in Vietnam.

    ANYBODY BUT HILLARY in 2008!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Roger

    I'm not going to vote for an arrogant, lying, hypocrit like Obama.

    Hillary or McCain

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Maria Magdalena

    I admire Obama's vision, youth, and charisma and HRC's tenacity. But I go for Obama for the following reasons:

    (1) remembering the unspeakably disgraceful act committed by Bill Clinton while he was in the White House, we the American people should not have to feel disgraced all over again by seeing him back in the White House, sharing and influencing Hilary's job behind the scenes (what would the world think of us then!);

    (2) when Chelsea Clinton was an undergraduate at Stanford, she called her bodyguard (provided by the American taxpayers' money) a "well trained pig" because "that's what my parents call him", she said.
    It is the Clintons who are elitists who pretend to care about the poor, uneduated, hard-working Americans. This true episode speaks loud and clear what the Clintons are really like. Enough deception already!

    May 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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