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Clinton Takes 1st Lead in North Carolina Since Edwards Departure

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A new poll by Insider Advantage finds Hillary Clinton has climbed ahead of Barack Obama among likely voters in North Carolina. The survey, conducted April 29th of 571 likely voters, gives Clinton a statistically insignificant 44 to 42 percent lead.

Whether or not Clinton is actually ahead in North Carolina is unclear; what is clear is the upward trajectory of her campaign in the Tar Heel State (and the downward trajectory of Obama's). Two weeks prior, an Insider Advantage Poll found Obama up 51 to 36 percent over the junior Senator from New York. The last three public surveys of North Carolinians have found Clinton within single digits of Obama or, in Insider Advantage's poll, in the lead.

Clinton had not been atop the polls in North Carolina since December 2007, when John Edwards was still in the race splitting the "anti-Clinton vote" with Obama. Since then, Obama had led in 17 consecutive surveys by non-partisan organizations. Another poll released today of 400 likely voters, by Mason-Dixon, still shows Obama up by 7 points.

Insider Advantage's track record has been pretty good of late this primary season. In its final Texas poll, Insider Advantage had Clinton winning by 5 points; Clinton won by 4 points. Its final poll in Pennsylvania showed Clinton winning by 7 points; Clinton won by 9.3 points.

Despite her recent primary victories, Clinton's momentum is being dampened, however, as undecided superdelegates appear to be peeling off in equal or greater number to Obama in recent days.

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3 Comments


  • Things would get real interesting if she could win in NC.

  • GO HILLARY

  • How can you write a headline that states "Clinton takes 1st lead...", and then reveal quickly admit that it is statistically insignificant?

    I expect much better from you guys. Better than Fox news.

    Overall, I'm disappointed in this blog. I was hoping for intelligent and objective blogging. You have yet to find a true voice. Right now it's mostly "I told you so" based on survey data.

    I am looking for context, perspective, maybe even some relation to 'theory'. Is this all that academic political science has to offer?

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