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.

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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. 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 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. JERRY

    june 3... we all will know ......we all will know the real obama

    May 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Terry Frakes

    Dont have to worry on my vote. Sorry Hillary, but i can not give my support to Obama, he is not to be trusted, he is unexperienced, he is a racist and he is everything that i was raised not to be, so there for, i will have to vote for MCCain or not at all.. I am so upset, that people truelly believe this man is going to keep this country from becoming segregated...

    May 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. BHO

    USA must need a CHANGE. That is the real message. People cry, bark or suggest racist rants never make sense at all.

    I hope Americans will get their FIRST half WHITE/Black president

    May 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Roger

    I guess if Obama beats Hillary by a 40 point lead all of the super delegates will back Hillary like they did Obama after WV.

    May 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    give it up!

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Auntie Coosa

    The Nomination is Barack Hussein Obama's to lose.

    He keeps using bullying threats, he may just dig a hole he cannot climb out of.

    The "women folk" have an insight into his remarks that his supporters do not want to admit is true.

    Okay, Barack, sweetie, hang on a minute and I'll answer your question.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Hillary Mentiluise

    I don't understand why Hillary supporters would vote for John McCain. They are not seeing that McCain has no intention on being a champion for their cause. I think Obama can win without Hillary's supporters. he beat her. She was tougher to beat than McCain. Why wouldn't Obama be able to win without hillary's supporters. As far i am concerned they are not that smart, and they can all go to hell. We'll win without them. We already got the magic number and the winning solution.

    Obama 08!

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Jim

    I was originally an Edwards supported and when he dropped out looked at Obama and decided to support him. I could never support a woman who lies and would stay with her husband who it a cheated not once but several times. I believe she only stay with him so she could run for pres. now.

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Chicagoway

    i dont buy into this claim that obama will lose because he doesnt have the support of clinton supporters. A large number of clinton supporters would not have voted in this election anyway. Take my mom for instance. In all my years growing up she never voted for anyone and she says that most of her women friends were the same way. So, there are many women who are casting votes for the first time in years. Let the hillary supporters stay home, alot of them were not going to vote anyway.

    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. andy k

    that's because Hillary's supporters are moving to McCain since they feel that Hillary won't get the nomination.

    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. David D Kollie

    One thing demoncratic voters ought to know is that those who say they wouldn't vote for Obama or Hillary are not all supporters of either candidates. If you remember, some republican voters have shifted to vote demoncrat simply to impower a candidate from the demoncratic party who McCain might be able to win easily. Right now as I am concern, the Republican has not thrown ads about Hillary. This is because they know that she not going to get the nomination. The distraction now is to make D voters think otherwise.

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Mike

    Still not convinced that I should vote for Obama in Nov. Yes, it sure looks like he's the Democratic nominee, but I don't yet have confidence in him. McCain is a more Moderate Republican which is why I am considering voting for him.

    Mike, CT

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. arnab

    what popular vote are u talking about , Hillary has been beaten pants down by Obama everywhere , did u forget the 10 straight wins that Obama had , Go Obama

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. lezah2

    I've sent an email to your editors complaining about your not allowing Clinton supporters to post. You are so unethical and unprofessional.

    May 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. less media more issues

    That's because that's how the media is covering it. That it's over. It isn't.

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


    Is that all it takes – but – she does have more popular votes!!!

    I have seen polls also – say Clinton is ahead of McCain by 5 pts.
    but they are not on the obama cheerleading squad.

    May 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. George M. Kesselring

    Obama is in more trouble than he knows. I am a solid Democrat and have many friends, most of which say they will not vote for Obama. It has nothing to do with race, but his lack of experience. He has not even finished a tour in Washington, and has no idea as to what it atkes. If He is elected, we better have a good Democratic congress to save his behind....His election is very much up in the air, and we gmay get another four years of McBush....!!!

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

    the reality is ... crystal clear ..obama cant win without the 17,000,000 and counting supporters...that the experienced senator and former first lady has in her pocket....and she can win.. without his... ..... fact
    fact... fact... fact.........fact............... in your face obama supporters

    hillary 08..................or mcain08....................................

    May 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Molly

    Hillary Clinton is the one to beat McCain
    OBam is the WEAK candidate
    Let the people VOTE and COUNT them!

    No – we will NOT stop saying Hillary or McCain Never obama –
    because we do have a choice on the best qualified to lead our country.
    Hillary is QUALIFIED – Obama is NOT

    May 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Eddie

    It is amazing Farraro is willing to take a womans right to choose and not give woman a equal wage as a man to spite the country for her candidate losing an election.She is the most bitter,hateful,and detriment to women causes than any person I know.

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

    no they wont Alice Jones:-)

    Take a look at that pic below of MCBush

    He cant even remember who or where the enemy is
    Bush and him have created so many with their illegal immoral war ....
    No wonder !!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. PSmith




    May 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Proud1of 26% in WV

    And how does that make her more electable?

    May 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Concerened

    If Obama chooses Kathleen Sebilius, it's over for him. She's got skeltons in her closet – just watch and see.

    May 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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