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. hugues

    go obama go

    May 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Swiss in Canada

    Adam from NY: WHY????? Could somebody tell me why? I don't get it!
    I am not American, thats maybe why. Could somebody be so nice and explain it to me????

    May 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Tim

    Kinda throws a wrench in the not electable spin machine, doesn't it Senator Clinton?

    Obama 08/12

    May 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. daniel

    Bye bye to Hillary, we enjoined your campaign while it lasted.
    I think the country is turning a new leaf, to a different kind of politics.
    A more civil campaign. No more "gutter politics" at least for another

    May 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    Brenda, CNN is in the tank for Hillary. If you want to get better delegate count numbers I suggest you go elsewhere (i.e. MSNBC or AP). The only delegate counter that matters is on Obama's website. He is within 110 total delegates of clinching the nomination!

    Hillary's campaign has never kept an official count of the delegates since they figured the contest would be over on Feb. 5th!

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Pat in Cali

    Hillary's husband is a weakness. McCain's wife is a weakness. We're not electing their spouses, but some really nasty comments can be made about both of them.

    It's a shame when the only way you can look good is to tear somebody's spouse down and you take a coward's approach and let someone else do it for you. What kind of war hero is that – attacking a woman to get at a man?

    Hillary can't balance her campaign budget, how do you expect her to balance the national budget. Clearly that should make her unelectable.

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. fred

    GO Hillary, this is just another bias media poll!!

    Wait for the REAL poll in November!!





    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Make a choice everyone, do you want 4 more years of Republicans blowing smoke or do you really want a new direction that takes us into the next century? This 57 yr old white blue colar new Democrat wants change and encourages all democrats to unite behind the winner of this nomination and lets kick those die hard, McSameold republicans out of the White House and Washington DC.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Helene

    For Versailles : Are you living in the North Pole ? Or maybe you are a Pole and live in Poland (or in West Virginia ?) . At any rate GET A CLUE we are talking about polls.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Sue in MI

    Nobody polled me, and who knows how many Republicans were polled? I don't buy this for a second. Go HILLARY!

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. The Mind of Old-Man McCain

    McCain is too old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama is just right!!!!

    Go away old man!

    May 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Christopher W. Mannoia

    Yes we can, and YES WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08'

    May 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Turnabout is fair play

    Clearly she is NOT more electable. She leads in NOTHING except delegates and that is about to be taken off her win column as well. What makes you think she is more electable? I'm not going to bash Hillary but I just want to know why you think she is more electable? Why are the superdelegates STILL going for him more than for her if she's so electable? Tell me Adam from NY.

    May 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Mike - Texas

    Just remember, OBama has dropped 10 percentage points to Hillary in Oregon in the last week and a half. If she had another week and a half, then she'd beat OBama in Oregon. He is dropping fast.

    May 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Be Honest

    In the News Now do a search and you will find it !!!!!

    Superdelegates Turned Down $1 Million Offer From Clinton Donor

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. v.ananthan

    I think if the democratic party doesn^t accept that Hillary is getting more popular vote and doesn^t select her as their nominee then Hillary should go independent ....

    HILLARY IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST LEADER TO LEAD AMERICA *************************************************************************

    -Hilary 08

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Terry in Fl

    So. he got lucky in a state of pot smoking students who don't have to do anything but go to school and spend momma and daddy's money. Get real!

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. God sent him

    Come January 08 it will be exactly 20 years of Bush and Clinton together. We need a change and I hope the American people open their eyes and the see the light.


    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. JeffRob

    Phil (5th post) is spot-on.

    "Hillary is your personality cult leader. We know this. You would vote for her if she was running against Kennedy."

    That is exactly right. Any Democrat who isn't solidly behind Obama at this point either hasn't listened to a word he's said, or has a problem voting for a Black man.

    If you're the former, please start listening. We need your vote, and now!

    If you're the latter, well, you should start listening, too. Maybe you'll learn something.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. km

    The longer she stays in, the easier it is to see that she is doing this to benefit Hillary...not the dems...not the country. The polls reflect people's opinion of that tactic.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Karen Poore

    What world do you live in?

    The only sympathy I feel is for the people that have fallen for power hungry Hillary lies.

    We need new politics >>>>> Obama

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Tjaye

    Beat her like she stole two Friday's out of the month??? LMAO!

    I will be LOOKING for a chance to use that messf! LOL

    Anyway...I agree with you. We need to end this and get on with winning against McBush. She tried and found dirtily and valiently...but, she didn't win. Its not the end of the world to be in second in the Dem nominee contest ESPECIALLY being the first woman to make it that far as a serious candidate. She can be a trailblazer for the next woman, who may actually win. But, she needs to be gracious now.

    Obama O-8!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. RW

    Peter, you wa

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. jay, ny

    I have to laugh at these so called "more educated" yet very niave obama supporters. Where do these choices for vp come from...the bottom of the barrel? Sebielus who....a nobody....Jim Web...give me a break, he won a small victory and is another newbie, Ted Strickland might be good....Bill Richardson? are you kidding, that man has less traction with the electorate than a summer tire on an icy road in alaska....the vp choice must be either Hillary or someone from a highly contested swing state that obama obviously lost in the primary. The election lies in the swing states people wake up!!! It doesn't lie in Kansas and Virginia!!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. PJ

    Never in my life have I heard or seen more cruelty, viciousness and mean-spirited commentary. I doubt very much that Hillary Clinton has done anything to any of you except to fight for the America she knows we can be. Regardless of who you support, being a patriot and caring about the issues we face in this country should be the priority. This is not a personality contest – it's about who has what it takes to clean up the mess left behind by eight years of GW and his cronies. These blogs seem to be a contest to see who can write the nastiest comments in print without anyone knowing who they are!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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