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
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  1. Conservative -CA

    Democrats will unite and corral around Obama. Democrats need to come together to make a better arguement to convert Republicans into Obamacans.



    May 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. shelly in IL

    Yessssss! He is the man...bring it on home Senator O. We are all routing for you!

    May 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. anne oconnor

    count Florida and MICHIGAN AND THEN WE WILL TALK........

    May 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Dylan

    Clinton supporters –

    I understand your unyielding devotion to your candidate. You're free to support her as long as you want, BUT the small-minded, short-sighted and petty "if not Hillary then McCain" comments need to stop NOW.

    If this nation is forced to endure four more years of endless bloodshed in Iraq and a Supreme Court stacked with right-wing ideologues who can't wait to overturn Roe, you'll have no one to blame but yourselves.

    Democrats, as Lennon once said: "Come together. Right now..."

    May 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Swalker327

    GO OBAMA!!!

    And to all of your supposedly feminists who are planning to vote for McCain come November - please rethink your logic.... don't shoot yourselves in the foot in revolt. YOU are the ones who will suffer when Roe v. Wade is overturned.. YOU are the ones that will loose sons and daughters over in Iraq "for 100 years"...

    Don't be stupid and ornery - be smart. Now I hope our party comes together and kicks butt come November.

    OBAMA O8!!

    May 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Priscilla for Obama

    It is clear that Obama is the Democratic Nominee. Democrats are beginning to rally around him because they know this is the way we support our nominee. Our party needs desperately to unite right now. How about it Hillary? Can you?

    Go Obama

    May 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Steve From Dallas

    Those not supporting Obama at this point, most likely will not support him in the fall....

    Sad really.. this was supposed to be the year of the Democrat.... before we were hoodwinked.

    Watch the "Stepford" verions of Obama to now make an appearance.

    May 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA






    May 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. TheNumantine


    May 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. David

    Hopefully Clinton supporters will come to their senses and stop threatening to vote for a 3RD BUSH TERM rather than Obama. They sound like little kids who don’t get there way. “If I can’t have it, no one will”. That’s basically what there saying. I think there is a word to describe this behavior……”bitter” hmmm?

    May 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Kentucky Man

    I am a Kentucky Man, a Clinton supporter, and I agree with Ferraro. If Obama is the nominee, I will be voting for McCain. The WH is not an internship. I have a right to vote for whoever I want to vote for so back off Obamabots!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. RB

    Everyone knows HRC is only pushing onward to damage Barack. AND, to get into the pocket books of those "blue-collar white voters" whom she is banking on to pay her $21M debt. How shameful to prey on them, Hillary! You are acting like a scam artist.

    May 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Jane Heffelfinger

    The Democratic elite do this right before and right after Clinton is expected to win BIG.

    But you cannot take away the fact that she is the most electable candidate they offer.

    The Party should guard well the probability that those newly registered voters will not be there in the long run and many who voted for Obama the first time may have changed their minds.

    They keep attempting to stack the deck (why?) and thousands of us think that is awful. They would be wise to remember their actions, for their actions may surely come back to haunt them.

    I can't wait to find out the real reason these people continue to undercut the process. And, it will come out sooner or later, it always does.

    May 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. go blue

    Don't stop thinking about tomorrow!

    Obama/Clinton '08!

    Democrats unite!

    Americans make history!

    May 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Mike Smith

    How amazing, I as a white man feel the time has indeed come. Wonder what excuse Ferraro has for this wide lead by Obama!

    May 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Debbie,NJ

    Where are the Hillary poll lovers. You didn't want to believe the number (most delegates won, most states won and popular vote), now the polls and numbers match. Don't let your anger, hate, or hostility push you to McCain, the warmonger, who doesn't care about your future or your education. Don't ruin your future and family by giving him a chance to make you lose your homes, jobs, sons and daughters at war, and health care.

    May 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. joe

    At last real news from CNN.

    May 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Jean D

    Maybe we can get some focus now with the larger margin and get to the general election....I know Hillary doesn't want to show she is a quitter BUT please go away you said you would once their is clarity in who is the nominee and we are almost there. Please let us citizens of the US get onto making this a Democratic election not a Republican again.

    May 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Pam

    Someone needs to show this to Hillary.

    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Nope-Dems are too Stupid

    McCain will win in November. Dems are doing to themselves what they have been doing to the rest of the country...being divisive and calling each other sexists and racist at every turn.

    I bet it sucks be on the receiving end of your own crap!!!!

    And when which ever communist candidate you bring forth this November loses, you will blame each other...and your party will never again be the same.

    And the rest of the God loving country can be forever be rid of you loony liberals!!!!!!

    McCain in 2008/Iraq in 2013/Iran as soon as they want to come get a piece of us!!!! and Venezuela while we are at it!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Roger

    Consider that the writing and this the wall. It is over Hillary and time to reconcile behind Barack "the democratic nominee" Obama!

    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Tim

    This is awesome!!!! CNN can you tell us why Geraldine Ferraro I at the top of the Political Tinker. Sen Bryd's endorsement of Senator Obama and the fact that the Gallop poll has Senator Obama 16 points ahead of Senator Clinton for the nation should be #1 and #2. Stop your bias...please. Just do your job and report the news!!!

    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Jeanne

    Anything is better than McCain. Even though I like McCain, I don't think he's the right person for president. If Hillary could find some place to put Bill (a monastery comes to mind), I might consider voting for her in a later election – 2012 or 2016. It'll be interesting to see if the Democrats can come together to win this election in November.

    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Kiah

    Me too! I knew that TRUE Democrats would rally around their nominee and not be loyal only to HRC.

    Obama '08

    Democrats Unite!

    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Ann Marie


    May 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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