May 19th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
15 years ago

Tracking Poll: Obama opens up biggest lead ever over Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="An estimated 75,000 people came out to support Barack Obama Sunday in Oregon."]
(CNN)– Amid reports that the Democratic Party’s leaders and largest fundraisers are beginning to take steps to try to bring their party together after a long, hard-fought primary campaign, the latest Gallup daily tracking poll suggests Democratic voters are beginning to coalesce around Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama holds a 16-point lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll released Monday. He has the support of 55 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters while Clinton’s support is at 39 percent.

Previously, Obama’s largest lead over Clinton was 11 percentage points, in daily tracking polls conducted in mid-May and mid-April, according to Gallup. Prior to John Edwards’s exit from the Democratic nomination race, Clinton held a 20-point lead over Obama in mid-January.

The results are based on a survey of 1,261 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters using combined data from May 16-18, 2008. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Kentucky and Oregon hold their Democratic primaries Tuesday. Obama is favored in Oregon’s contest and Clinton in Kentucky’s, according to CNN’s latest poll of polls in each state.

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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Great news, and a testament to the wide base of support that Senator Obama has gathered. Hopefully he'll pick a VP that will inspire us, too–not Hillary Clinton

    May 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Catherine S

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!
    Independents, Repubs and Dems ALL for Obama.
    Yes, we CAN.

    May 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Tex

    The polls are reflecting what everyone else already knows! The nomination is over. Then you absolute idiots like Ferraro. She was a real loser when she ran as Veep with Mondale. She is a real loser today saying she is not going to vote for Obama. She keeps trying to throw it all back as Obama's fault for stupid racist remark and then lacks the intelligence and character to omit she was wrong. History will now remember her more for her racist remarks towards Obama and her inabilty to be human or Christian and apologize, than being the first female Veep candidate. What an idiot!

    May 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Lalsomde

    Obama is clearely the winner.We don't have time to waste right now.If Hilary loves her party and cares about her country she should not be fighting a fight that she already knows the results.We need to unify our party and concentrate on the upcoming general election.

    May 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Shotta Nic

    Its funny how people hate on CNN as soon as they have a "non-positive" story about HIllary, then all of a sudden, the whole world is against her.

    Win gracefully, lose gracefully. Dont be spiteful and hateful. Deal with it.

    May 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Paul

    It was a good try. Thanks to Operation Chaos, Hillary was able to stay in the race much longer than she should would have if not for those Rush listeners who crossed over because they wanted the chaos to continue. If the Hillary supporters were honest with themselves they know that she should of been knocked out after Texas and Ohio. Even with Operation Chaos, in the end it will be a decisive victory for Obama for the Democratic nomination. Unfortunately for Rush and Operation Chaos, the unintended effect was for millions of new Democrats added to the ranks because of the prolonged race and the interest that resulted. So for you Hillary supporters, even though some of you have the nerve to say that she won the popular vote when she is down by 700K, Hillary received hundreds of thousands of votes from Republicans who can't stand her, but did what Rush asked them to.

    May 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Don in Florida

    Obama has won this fair and square. Anyone who doesnt think should consider this; If the roles were reversed and Obama was losing on all counts, would you think it fair if the nomination were still given to him? Be honest. You wouldn't. What do we teach our children? In every contest there's a winner and a loser. Its not whether you win or lose it's how you play the game. This just happens to be the year for Obama. So we all need to just move on and get over it and unite behind him. Clinton can try again the next time.

    May 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. R1100RT in VA

    Hillary, call me a traitor to my "race", but I'm proudly one of the supposed handful of Hardworking White Americans voting for Obama in November, not for YOU.

    May 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Chunnie2008

    Way to go Senator Robert Byrd, God bless you, God bless America.
    Prime examlpe of how the clinton's supporters are, imagine what geraldine ferraro is saying. That is why we need Senator Obama, we need change, and we need it now.

    May 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. mmartin arkansaw

    what?only 16 points ahead?and 2 weeks left?but,hillary is more electable?it must be sinking in,to smarter hillary supporters.the ignorant one's will still be looking for her name on the ballot in nov.

    May 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. AVEMBE The sun

    Man man man!!!Can't believe it HRC is second but claiming she's the first!!!?!?! the loser actually ...the winner...?!!!! For the people who plan not to vote for Obama if he's the nominee or plan not to vote for HRC if she' is(...) just think about the next judge whether it will be a Rep.or a dem..;at the supreme court It may gonna be tough for women...Think about it seriously

    May 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. David Goldman for OBAMA

    AMAZING !!!!!



    May 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. JohnS

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    Let's get the Democratic Party united to go after the GOP.
    Check out OBAMA's response to Bush's and McCain's attack on foreign policy. OBAMA was very sharp... The GOP is trembling

    The right candidate has won the Democratic presidential nomination: BARACK OBAMA. He will also win the General Elections

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 19, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. CW in DC

    Alright people... it's time to go waterboard the Republicans until they squeal like pigs!!!!!

    Clinton supporters – come join in the fun!!

    Let's get this slaughtering on the roll!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. obamacanandwill

    Yes we can!

    May 19, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Fredi

    ... and denial is a river in Egypt 😉

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Chi-Town Cheryl

    In with the "new"– out with the "old." The Clintons are yesterday's news. Obama is fresh, new and progressive. Even the pantsuits Hillary wears is sooooooooooo 1980's. Who wears pantsuits today? Hillary backers, you are in the minority. It's time for a change. A person is really, really out of touch if they want things to stay just the way they are today. I'm a risk taker and it's always paid off for me. I'm on the Obama express to the White House. Bring on the change!!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Randy - Denver

    A simple FACT is Ms. Clinton has won MOST of the die-hard Democratic states. That is a fact, now the caveats to the fact, she has not won these states by large margins as she implies, and some of these states (Specifically CA) have said in recent polls (I know Polls mean nothing) that if the vote were held today she would lose by simialr margins to what she won them by. So the point on this first caveat is this these hard Democratic states will go to the democratic candidate in November, meaning, while Mr. Obama may not win them by as large of a margin as Ms. Clinton would (debatable point) he will STILL win them and therefore her elector count is flawed, most superdelegates understand thius which is why this arguemnt has done little to sway them. The second caveat to the fact is simply this, Mr. Obama has won MOST of those states which normally do not vote Democratic AND (here is the important part) the voter turnout in some of those states has been GREATER than in the last presidential election. Meaning what you might ask, meaning this if that many Democrats turn out in this presidential election he will win those states normally granted as Republican strongholds. that is why Mr. obama is more electable than Ms. Clinton. Ms. Clinton might carry more of the "old school" in a primary but these same "old school" dems will follow party line and it will be the "new age" dems that can make the difference and win the election for Mr. Obama.

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Kentucky girl

    Go Hillary, go on and GET OUT of the race.

    DRIP, DRIP, DRIP ............LOL ........BYE BYE

    OBAMA 08

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Stacy Clarks

    LET'S UNITE DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. democrat

    Like Hillary, I am strong and I will not be bamboozled by Obama's radical speeches,I will not vote for Obama in november , do you think after all these hates from Obama supporters we will have a united front in november , no way.

    May 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. JN

    CJH, don't worry about not voting for Obama and all of you who threaten not to, there will be a republican to take your place. By the way, you were never going to vote for him anyway so please quit with the threats...I guess if McCain wins, then I can blame you for more lives lost because of the war...thanks a lot!

    May 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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