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. shamous mc

    doesn't matter.
    The only polls that matter are the polls that matter to her.
    She still has the popular vote...she said so.

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Jagdish , Vancouver,Canada

    just the beginning......does Hillary know this ??

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Former Obama Supporter

    This is only because the media is counting Hillary out and saying that she has no chance. This cause Americans to just give up and say that they are going to vote for Obama. If media coverage was fair and balanced, then the polls would be different.

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Kate

    Way to go, Obama!

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. rachel

    After suggesting that the primary was over weeks ago does this surpised anyone? If barrack wants to bring the dem party together he has lots of work to do and hes just not getting it yet. Complaining about his wife beign attacked wont bring it together especially when voters know that Hillary has been attacked the same way and Michelle has been the one who attacked her several times. POST CNN

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Obama forever!

    What a wonderful time to be alive! Obama will lead us to the promised land. He is such a revelation and I can't understand how all of you who support that witch can't see Obama for the blessing that he is. I don't know where our great nation would be without such an amazing leader. There is something truly special about him that inspires me with such hope.

    President Barack Obama in 2008, 2012

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Marty

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Mary

    This poll may or may not be correct. It depends who is paying for the poll and the desired results wanted. Worked for political party for 8 years and know how numbers can be varied.

    May 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Lorna, NY

    I think Hillary has a serious mental issue. How can you be a world leader if you beleive it's your way or the highway. This is all about Hillary now and not about democratic party or the American people.

    May 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Pat

    I am not voting Democrat. I have never been so disillusioned and I have a college degree. Imagine that!

    May 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. AJ

    Has anyone noticed that CNN stops comments when they might be critical of Obama when they reach a pretty low number, but ones that seem to be attacking Clinton go on and on? I'd like to make a comment regarding his whining about people making comments about his wife. She's the one who has been opening her mouth saying pretty stupid things during the course of the campaign. If Obama is going to cry about negative comments made about her, he should be keeping her at home. It's not just Obama who will be representing America but that wife of his also. Forgive those of us who feel that both Obama and his wife are arrogant, unpatriotic low- rent trash, but we have the right to speak out too.

    May 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. charlene

    you must be polling all of obama supports, because i dont buy it , i listen to people in geranal and they want their vote back from obama, so stop trying to push him on other, and that railly today they were there for the free band.

    May 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Obuabuo

    This is great for the party. It is time for the democratic party to come together and face John McCain.

    May 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. nikki

    Dandelion I couldn't have put it better myself...I am so happy! 🙂

    May 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Old Whitey

    up,up and away!

    May 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. KCD

    How about that... so tell me again (ridiculous) Clinton supporters... who is more electable? How many times to stats and facts have to slap you in the face before you wake up?

    May 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. maya

    Well, then Obama should win both states tomorrow by large margins- if he is such a strong Dem Candidate and we are all falling in line with him. I mean, the media have all proclaimed him the winner- let's see some winning!

    I'll hold my breath.

    May 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Hal

    Howard Dean must have a gun at the head of these Senators who are giving their vote to Obama in stead of going with the will of the people in their state. WV is a good example of that. Clinton won that state by a wide margin. If you are a Democrat you could just as well not vote at all. No wonder so many are not voting . I will leave the Democratic Party and become a Republican and be proud to join where your vote counts. The DNC has just ruined the party with all the caucuses . It should be just the vote of all the people.

    May 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Keith

    It amazes me to see how many people in this forum (primarily Obama supports) are acting like Middle School children, poking fun at the other candidate.

    May 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Debby

    1,261 voters thats all they polled????? They don't even include the states they conducted it in. 1.7 million people voted in Florida and Clinton won most of them and their votes aren't even being counted.

    May 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. rupa

    i am soo happy that . I hope obama wins and becomes president. I wish macain had a heart attack or something he is such a dumb m.u.f. Mcain doesnt have any special experince. Obama has better judgement than mcain old v young.

    May 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Democrats let's not forget whether you are for Hillary or not, she is still one of ours and we need her to help take Obama to the presidency. We don't need to talk negative about her no matter what she says, the proof is in the count. Obama will defeat John McCain.

    May 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Joe from PA

    Now what is Hillary's argument for staying in? Will it be she is better looking? She holds a better record when playing Parcheesi? Her grades were better in high school?

    I guess she will have to go to her original underlying argument that she had the whole campaign which is – I AM ENTITLED TO THE PRESIDENCY AND NOBODY CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME

    May 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Observer

    Come on Super Delegates stop holding up the process.

    You could be costing us the election.

    Super Delegates should vote NOW.

    May 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. It's raining men!

    And women, even if they are bitter.

    May 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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