May 19th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
13 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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Polls
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. willy

    Drip, Drip, Drip...

    OBAMA '08

    May 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Frank, San Diego

    Who cares? What is his lead over McCain. That's the election that counts now.

    And BTW, why do you keep Geraldine Ferraro at the top of the Ticker. It's been up there all day but its closed to comments.


    May 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Drip Drip

    Not surprised by the poll numbers, and they keep coming in....besides the big Byrd endorsement.....

    Over the weekend, Obama picked up six superdelegates to Clinton’s three. Obama: Maryland's Greg Pecoraro; Kansas add-on Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson, Colorado add-on Federico Pena, Washington State Dem Party chairman Dwight Pelz, and two California add-ons — land developer William Quay Hays and California fire fighters president Lou Paulson.

    Further, he also picked up the endorsement of former Edwards delegate, Robert Groce and gained a new delegate at the Nevada DNC this weekend. Comments?

    May 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Kjetil

    After two victories at 3. june and a good campaign from sen. Clinton, Obama will go into a hard president campaign that he will win. McCain is to old, to many bad advisers and is too weak on economy and healthcare.

    May 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Phil

    This election is basically over, as we will find out tomorrow. Yo Hillary people, we don't care if you aren't voting for Obama because you weren't going to vote for him anyway. Hillary is your personality cult leader. We know this. You would vote for her if she was running against Kennedy.

    But do go ahead, threaten to "not vote for him" when you were never going to vote for him anyway because your loyalties are with your candidate and not your platform. Just because Hillary is your favorite American idol contestant and you can't stand to see her lose, that is not a good enough reason for her to be President. She has to win the primary, and she is not doing that. Therefore she does not deserve to be President.

    Now go ahead and vote McCain if you must, it will just prove to the world that many Americans vote for their favorite personalities over issues. It still won't change the fact that Hillary failed to win this primary. And with any luck, thanks to many Republicans jumping ship, it won't matter.

    May 19, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. anna

    This women is so stubburn, end the drama and unite....

    Obama '08

    May 19, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    oh.... yeah!

    May 19, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Beltway Insider

    Okay everyone – this is obviously over.

    Now let's get real, get serious, and get reunited before November.

    Stop playing the republicans' game. All the democratic 'infighting' is mostly republicans posing as democrats.

    Don't let the republicans play you for a fool. A vote for McCain is a vote for 4 more years of Bush, or worse.

    Democrat '08

    May 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Rebecca

    It's getting darker and darker everyday for Hillary. Next time around she will need a bigger feminist movement to get her the nomination. This time, though, is not her turn. She'll have to wait at least another 4 years and hope the feminist movement grows.

    May 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. spencer

    Wake up people, don' t give Obama a sympathy vote..Hillary by far is the best candidate.

    May 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. CNN loves Hillary

    BTW CNN-

    75,000 gathered in Portland, not thousands and thousands.

    May 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Paul

    Duh, she's unable to win. Fair weather fans or not, welcome!

    May 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Joe Reg

    Senator Obama is the candidate for change.

    The time has come for a change.

    We will come together to flush out the repubs.

    May 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. fred

    LMAO That won't last and who are you polling????

    May 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Dandelion.

    This makes me so unbelievably happy!

    May 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Kenneth M


    May 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Joe Reg

    Senator Obama is the candidate for change.

    The time has come for a change.

    We will come together to flush out the repubs.

    May 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Peter

    HILLARY 08

    May 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Ugot2bkidding

    No surprise here..Barack has this one locked up. Time to move on to the GE.

    May 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Versailles

    Your poles mean NOTHING. I can pull a pole anywhere I want and get the results I want.

    Your pols have been inaccurate this entire presidential nomination procvess.


    May 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. New Day

    Who cares? the race is over.

    I guess CNN will conduct an opinion poll on who is leading between Gary Hart and Walter Mondale.

    May 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Scott ATL

    No rest for the weiry Obama... We've got your back, but now we need to just keep on push'n through the Republicans... We know some Hillary supporters will not be with us. And that's just too bad because you're still going to win the presidency and no matter how well you do, they'll always find a reason to hate...

    May 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    we need to wrap this baby up so we can focus entirely on Mccain. that old man is practically getting to slide and i'm tired of it.

    hillary supporters -if you are the patriots you say you are, get it together and vote democrat. it's absolute foolishness to vote for more of the same. do you really want our soliders to continue fighting Bush civil war that was built on lies and oil?
    are you really that petty and childish? i do not believe that you are.

    May 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. AJ

    Goody for him. with all of the help he has had from the Democratic Leadership it's not exactly a surprise. Is it so impossible for any of the Democratic Leadership to keep quiet and just be statesmen? It’s so heartwarming to see that loyalty is not dead in the Democratic Party (wrong!!) The Democratic establishment has deserted Senator Clinton after all the work she has done on behalf of the Democratic Party through the years. The only work Obama has ever done has been for himself and to burnish his own image. . I just hope the Democratic Party isn’t too surprised when many Democrats, like me, desert the Democratic Party and either stay at home in the fall or support McCain. I don’t like McCain, but my cat would be better than Obama.

    May 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. natasha VA

    This is good. They fought a good fight and I think Hillary's no-holds-barrd style was good for him. It has prepared him for GE fight against McCain and the wright issue has been beaten to death.

    I think Hillary should be given a prominent role in senate or she should become a cabinet member. I think he should pick Selebius as a running mate.

    Democrats 08

    May 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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