May 19th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton has big lead in Kentucky, Obama on top in Oregon

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton and Obama each hold leads in Tuesday's voting states."](CNN) - A new CNN "poll of polls" shows Hillary Clinton holds a big lead in Kentucky while Barack Obama is on top in Oregon - the next two states to weigh in on the Democratic presidential race.

According to CNN's analysis of several recent polls from both states, Clinton holds a 30-point lead in Kentucky while Obama is up by 10 in Oregon.

In Kentucky, Clinton is winning 58 percent of the vote while Obama is at 28 percent. Kentucky has a broad swath of working class white voters - the demographic that has long supported Clinton and propelled her to a 41-point victory in West Virginia one week ago. Her large margin in Kentucky appears to indicate those voters are sticking with Clinton, even as Obama appears to be the presumptive Democratic nominee.

In Oregon, Obama is winning 50 percent of likely Democratic voters there while Clinton is at 40 percent. With a large population of young voters and those who are college-educated, that state has demographics that have long favored Obama's candidacy.

Oregon is conducting a vote-by-mail primary, which means that a large number of voters in that state have already cast their ballots.

In Kentucky, 51 delegates are at stake while 52 are up for grabs in Oregon. It remains impossible for Clinton to catch Obama in pledged delegates, but the New York senator is looking to catch Obama in the popular vote total.

For more on the latests polls, check out the CNN Election Center

soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. Rich

    300,000 votes in KY..totalling 4 teeth...congrats Hillary...

    May 19, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. BillyBob



    May 19, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Bob

    Keep milking it CNN, you're going to miss her when she's gone.

    May 19, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. J

    Clinton supporters would vote for McCain because McCain has a closer platform to hers than Obama. McCain offers similar acceptance to illegals, similar strategy with terror, similar rhetoric with Iraq, similar strategy with international relations, even similar healthcare reform.

    The only thing he differs on is lowering taxes for all and decreasing wasteful spending in the government.

    Clinton is a moderate liberal, McCain is a moderate conservative. Obama is a far left foul ball. He can't win the presidency because he is too extreme for 60% of Americans.

    May 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    As unpleasant as this Primary season may be, let us not forget that it is DEMOCRACY in action. We should be proud – not so critical.

    May 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    Hey CNN

    I guess you missed the 80,000 that showed up for an Obama rally. I guess that isnt newsworthy.

    But Hillary smiled when a baby was carried to baptism... now thats news

    Not doing political communications

    You guys are so transparent

    May 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Mike

    Warning to all Superdelegates:

    Obama is in the lead but can not finish the job... he is a weak general election candidate and this primary is proving that... he has peaked with his support (kids and black vote)... the problem he has is with the base of the democratic party "women"...

    As a life long democrat if he loses just 3% of that vote he will lose in November... the current polls show 38% will not vote for him or stay home... He has more than a lot of work cut out for him and if he does not have Clinton on the ticket he will lose!!!

    May 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Butch McGatto

    Big deal! The duelling banjo set will vote for Clinton in Kentucky as they did in West Virginia because of racial prejudice and overall ignorance. Given her pandering to the racist knuckledraggers since her loss in South Carolina, Mrs. Clinton should consider abandoning her New York senate seat and return to Arkansas (another yahoo state) to run for governor. She could seek spiritual guidance from her deceased mentor, Orval Faubus.

    May 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    obama SAYS COMMENTS ABOUT HIS wife ARE off LIMITS . WHAT PART OF THAT IS NOT FUNNY ,welcome to the real world CRY BABY, DOES this guy ever stop CRYING.????need to grow up if you want to play in the BIG LEAGUES. get some experience ,stop crying then come back and take it like a man.

    May 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Charlotte

    The big rally in Oregon was because of Bruce Springstien? How many stayed after his performance? I will write in Hillary Clinton in November

    May 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Rob

    We want a full-blooded American for President."Rise Hillary"rise

    May 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Kris from AZ

    I can respect alot of women out there are for Hillary. No question a qualified leader. If Obama takes the primary. Remember what our republican leader said. Mission accomplished. Mccain will run the same course Bush is. Think about it. this goes beyond feminist. This goes into huminist. Dems Unit either way with Hillary or Obama

    May 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Jacque

    Okay, I first have to address the comment about uneducated people following Hillary. Last time I checked, I hold a Master's Degree and I teach at a college...I'm not undeducated. What I am, is worried about how the average person will surivive.

    I have nothing against Obama. The only thing that scares me, the man has no experience in the field. I find it quite interesting that he was elected by his people to serve them in the date he has not done that. The majority of his term has been campaigining to make him the next Democratic president. Sorry, this dosen't say much for me.

    Also, because I live in Pennsylvania does not make me a "redneck" nor does it make me "bitter". What it makes me is more aware that the problems that face the average person are better solved by someone who has actually been there.

    To be honest, I was an Edwards supporter but sadly..he had to drop pretty scary you can't run for President unless you have money.

    Will I vote for McCain? Heaven's no..the worse Democrat is better than one Republican with experience.

    I just honestly don't want to end up living in a box or having to get a second mortgage just to get to work from the gas bill.

    May 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. DRE

    How can Hillary beat McCain when she can't beat Obama??????

    May 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Mike - Texas

    As an independant, I find it interesting that so many OBama supporters are painting themselves as "educated" elitists in this blog, while calling the people in West Virginia and Kentucky things like;

    "dumb hicks"
    "racist, xenophobic, ethnocentric, uneducated, laughable simpletons "
    "small percentage have a college education" In other words "dumb"

    This is OBama's California "bitter" comment all over again, but just coming from his supporters!!!

    May 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. MD Houston

    Agree with Julie. McCain may not be our choice, but it would position Hillary for 2012.

    May 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Joyce in Florida

    The last time I checked regarding Oregon, Obama is at 50% while Clinton is at 45% with 5% undecided. That is NOT a 10-point lead. I really hope that Oregon will be a surprise and that Senator Clinton will be closer than a 5-point lead by Obama. Senator Clinton should stay in the race to WIN!!!! She still is the stronger candidate to beat John McCain. I still believe and support you Hillary and keep on fighting all the way to the White House. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. cnn rocks

    cnn,going by my blog name i deeply admire your network,but it seems you guys have an agenda to push clinton even when obama is leading esp wolfy blitzer,thank GOD for jack cafferty and anderson cooper they are the only reason millions in oregon watch your channel.

    May 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. fred

    A New Mexican, It isn't a is a promise!!


    If Hillary isn't the nominee WRITE IN HILLARY or VOTE FOR McCAIN!!

    May 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. pam Eugene OR

    Hillary can't win at this point. We here in Oregon are well educated and we support Obama. He is the only one who does not lie.

    May 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. specs

    OBAMA MIGHT GET THE popularity votes if voted for november but will lose electoral college cos he lost all the states that says it all to WHITE HOUSE.

    May 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Paula in WI

    Hillary can't get ahead even with KY.If you count MI and FL she still loses.The party just wants her to finish the race so her supporters can see for themselves and can't place blame on anyone or anything else.She has to try at least to make the campaign debt before she gos.

    May 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |


    i agree with you. plus
    a real dem. will not vote republican

    so if you are a real dem. then get behind barack or have another 4 years of bush

    May 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Gods Eyes

    it would be so wonderfull if america change is point of view regarding life and the world.if america change and become honest and respecfull and of corse realist,the world will change,peace will come and we will have a litle bit of happynest around us.Go obama!!!God is with you.wish you the best and God protection.
    Gods eyes

    May 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Modern Monkey!!!!

    CNN, why do you close the pro=Obama articles. I wanted to make a comment on the 80,000 ppl who wanted to see the next POTUS!! But there was only one comment posted and guess what people, it was an Obama basher, ONE comment people. That says it all about who CNN is for; I also wonder what CNN stands to gain from so much approval of HRC?? Make me wonder?

    I will not plead for you to post as this will be auto-deleted.

    May 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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