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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pennsylvania Voters Switching To Obama

NPR is taking the pulse of Pennsylvania Voters April 19, 2008 · 62% of voters polled who've switched their party registration to Democratic since January say they will vote for Sen. Barack Obama, says Terry Madonna, professor of politics at Franklin and Marshall College. He discusses the top issues for voters in the state. More HERE

Obama leads Clinton 'signifcantly


Was last week the final face-off between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?

Meanwhile, Obama leads Clinton by 19 in Newsweek poll. According to By: Mark Memmott and Jill Lawrence at U.S.A. today, Two stories are making waves on this Saturday morning:

Newsweek says its latest polling shows Sen. Barack Obama 19 percentage points ahead of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton nationally in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He leads 54%-35%. The polling of 1,209 registered Democratic voters was done on Wednesday and Thursday, and 517 of those surveyed were contacted after Wednesday night's Democratic debate. The margin of error on each figure: +/-3 percentage points.

This is the perfect time to remind ourselves that polls are snapshots of current public opinion and can't predict what will happen on any far-off Election Day. It's also important to say that a 19-point lead is much larger than what most other polls are giving to Obama. Yesterday, for example, Gallup said its daily national tracking poll puts Obama 3 points ahead.

Pollster.com says Obama's average lead over Clinton in national polls is about 5 points (it hasn't yet factored in the Newsweek number). Real Clear Politics, which has included Newsweek's result in its calculations, gives Obama nearly a 9-point average lead.

• The Huffington Post has obtained a recording of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton blaming "what she called the 'activist base' of the Democratic Party -- and MoveOn.org in particular -- for many of her electoral defeats, saying activists had 'flooded' state caucuses and 'intimidated' her supporters."

MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser told Huffington that his group's 3.2 million members "deserve better than to be dismissed using Republican talking points." More HERE.

All of this as Obama gets establishment democrats' backing and racks up more endorsements.

Finally, Obama is saying to Hillary, Let's campaign, no more debates. He suggested he doesn't see any point in having another debate with Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.

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