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Polls show Obama's N.C. lead shrinking

Posted May 2, 2008

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— For the third time in a week, a poll of North Carolina voters shows the race between Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to be tightening up.

Rasmussen Reports surveyed 831 likely Democratic voters statewide on Thursday and found Obama's lead in the state is down to single digits. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Obama leads Clinton 49 to 40 percent in North Carolina, according to the poll. A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Monday showed Obama with a 51 to 37 percent lead, down from a 23-point lead in early April.

A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. early this week showed Obama with a seven-point lead.

Controversial comments by Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, appear to be dragging the candidate down, according to the latest poll.

Eighty percent of those surveyed said they had followed new stories of Wright, who has been criticized for statements against President George W. Bush and the Iraq War and for accusing the U.S. government of creating the AIDS virus to destroy minorities.

Two of every five voters said they believed Obama denounced Wright's comments for political purposes, while another 43 percent said they believed the candidate was outraged by the comments, according to the poll. Forty percent of respondents said it was at least somewhat likely Obama shared some of Wright's views.

Obama is still viewed favorable by 69 percent of those polled, although that is down six points from early April. Clinton is viewed favorably by 61 percent, down five points from last month.

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  • Awake in Wake May 2, 2008

    I believe that former GOP candidate made the most honest comments concerning "Reverend" Wright. Huckabee stated that Wright does not want Obama to win because it would disprove everything that Wright is trying to convince others to believe. I use quotes around "reverend" because I have never known a Christian religious figure to state such bigoted and hateful things in the name of Christ. Wright should be ashamed of himself. Also, the IRS should begin investigating Wright's church and figure out how a non-profit entity is able to provide Wright with a $10 million retirement home in Illinois. However, I believe that we should give Obama the benefit of the doubt and not play into Wright's hands. Obama has earned the Democratic nomination, and it should not be taken from him. There is no way that Hillary Clinton could pass Obama in the pledged delegate count at this point.

  • unc70 May 2, 2008

    Look for the name Robert Blackwell this weekend in news on Obama. Looks like it might join Wright, Rezko, Davis, Auchi.

  • djofraleigh May 2, 2008

    Obama self proscribed mentor/uncle/father figure just said that Obama was SAYING WHAT HE HAS TO SAY AS A POLITICIAN.

    IF a man that is tht close to him calls him false then why is anyone surprised that he lost supporters.

    Lots of his FANS will not hear, or see anything but what hey want to see and won't be changed.

    I've NEVER in my life heard a black preacer or deacon or any speaker preach with profanity or conspiracy theory like Rev. Wright is doing.

    Examine the minds of those who are defending and excusing Wright out of loyalty to Obama and whatever. There is something wrong with the thinking of these sheep.

  • LoneWolf72 May 2, 2008

    still voting for Obama, Clinton is so plastic and fake, McCain has no plan for the economy and wants to keep us in Iraq for the long haul...give some fresh blood a shot.

  • bullet656 May 2, 2008

    He also came back from being a POW just a tad bit insane, don't you know? Don't believe me, just ask Karl Rove and George W. Bush, they're the ones who tried to make people believe this.
    (No, I don't actually believe this, but it did happen)

  • bullet656 May 2, 2008

    smoke-Oh my! Was McCain really a POW? I know. So what is your point? Somebody was ranting about him (Obama) not wearing a flag pin and therefore he is not patriotic and does not support the troops. I just stated that if you go by that (which I think is very dumb), then McCain is not patriotic. Obviously, McCain is patriotic, therefore this is not a good measuring stick. I think a reasonable person could have understood what I was trying to say.

  • Man Of Valour May 2, 2008

    I wonder when they take these polls.

  • TheAdmiral May 2, 2008

    Of course - if you are not asking the same people now what you asked them then - you might find that the poll has not changed.

    But your not - so you can't say that Obama is loosing ground.

  • Wolfpack Grad May 2, 2008

    I dont think Wright was that bad before he got publicity. Now that he has publicity, he is running away with it. He is using Obama's candidacy as a platform to get his 15 seconds of fame.

    If all of this is true, how did Obama survive in politics for this long. It would be pretty hard for a "black supremacist" to win the ENTIRE state of Illinois as a senator.

    This is pure political propaganda and if it had any truth to it, Obama's political rivals for the state of Illinois would have run away with it a long time ago in those "did you know Obama...." commercials that they do for every major and minor election.

    Its just a shame people choose to believe everything that they see on TV instead of doing their own research and trying to figure out what's really going on.

  • casp3r May 2, 2008

    "illegals--GO HOME - so I guess you're not voting for McCain either? He doesn't always where a flag pin. He just doesn't get asked about it that much, probably b/c more democrats care about issues that actually matter?"

    You do realize McCain’s past correct? Being a POW for so many years, having the chance to leave and come home but staying with his fellow pow’s. There are not to many people that are dumb enough to question McCain’s patriotism or bravery.

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