Race Tight in Pa., Obama Maintains Big N.C. Lead

Posted April 16, 2008 at 12:19pm

New polls for Pennsylvania and North Carolina seem to back up what the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg people concluded from the survey they released yesterday – that Hillary Clinton faces an uphill battle in the most important of the remaining primary states.

Clinton and Barack Obama are in a statistical dead-heat in Pennsylvania in a April 14-15 survey conducted by Public Policy Polling. Obama leads Clinton 45 percent to 42 percent, with the margin of error at 3 percent. Last week, Clinton led by 3 points in this survey, and a week earlier, Obama led by 2 points. PPP’s Dean Debnam says with candidate has a “decent chance” of winning next Tuesday’s primary, and also concluded that Obama’s “bitter” remark had not hurt him in the state, or in North Carolina where PPP also polls. Nationally, Gallup has come to the same conclusion based on data it gathered April 8-10 and April 12-14, saying that that “Obama’s support has yet to suffer following his widely reported remarks about small-town voters being `bitter.’ `