Clinton Has Key Edge Over Obama Among Swing State White Voters

Posted April 2, 2008 at 12:45pm

Quinnipiac University’s latest “swing state” polls show that, in general election match-ups, John McCain would have an edge over Barack Obama in Florida, that Hillary Clinton would run strongest for the Democrats in Ohio, and that either Democrat would beat McCain in Pennsylvania. The surveys were conducted March 24-31.

– **Florida:** Clinton has a statistically insignificant lead of 44 percent to 42 percent over McCain, while Obama trails him 46 percent to 37 percent. The margin of error is 2.9 percent.
– **Ohio:** Clinton leads McCain 48 percent to 39 percent while Obama and McCain are locked at 43 percent to 42 percent. The margin of error is 2.8 percent.
– **Pennsylvania:** Clinton leads McCain 48 percent to 40 percent and Obama is ahead 43 percent to 39 percent. The margin of error is 2.5 percent.

“When it comes to November, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s strength is a big edge over Sen. Barack Obama among white voters, who have not given a majority of their votes to a Democratic presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson in 1964,” said Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown. “In this survey, her strength among white voters is why she runs better against Sen. McCain than does Sen. Obama.”

Read past the jump for our round-up of other state-by-state general election match-ups.