Obama Stronger Candidate Against McCain In Pennsylvania, Oregon

Posted February 17, 2008 at 10:45am

Rasmussen Reports today has hypothetical general election match-ups for Pennsylvania and Oregon that generally mirror outcomes of several national polls. The state polls indicate the races would be competitive but that Barack Obama runs a little better than Hillary Clinton against John McCain. The polls were taken Feb.14 in Pennsylvania and Feb.13 in Oregon, and both have margins of error of 4.5 percent.

Pennsylvania: Obama leads McCain by 49 percent to 39 percent, while Clinton trails McCain by 44 percent to 42 percent which, statistically, is a tie. In January, McCain had led Clinton by 6 points and Obama by 8 points.
Oregon: Obama also leads McCain here, by 49 percent to 40 percent and, again, McCain leads Clinton 45 percent to 42 percent. Rasmussen adds the historical note that Oregon has gone for the Democrats in five consecutive Presidential elections but “even during that stretch, no Democrat has earned more than 52% support in the state.”