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Obama 55, Clinton 34

Barack Obama is way up in the latest tracking poll of likely Democratic voters.

A survey by Public Policy Polling showed the presidential candidate with 55 percent to rival Hillary Clinton's 34 percent in North Carolina.

The results came after two high-profile speeches by Obama: One on Iraq in Fayetteville, and another in response to video of his minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, condemning America.

"This 21 point lead is the largest he has shown in any NC polling to date, and an indication that the Wright controversy isn't causing him any long term harm at least in this state," wrote pollster Tom Jensen on his blog.

The automated poll of 673 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted on March 24. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percent. The Democratic polling firm is based in Raleigh.

In the March 17 poll, Obama led 44 to 43.


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Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

It seems that we Obama supporters are not ignorant as these last two posts have indicated.

1) Obama supporters want a "fair" solution in MI and FL, which means that only a real, actual, legal primary should "count." Any artificial, out of sequence, and illegal (against the Party rules) vote is not justifiable, whether already held in the past or to be held in the future. At this point, the only equitable solution available is that the delegates from MI and FL be seated, but shared equally so that neither candidate gains an advantage.

2) Obama has stood up to every issue, including and especially the "Rev. Wright" issue. His speech on racism in America has been praised by Democrats and Republicans alike as the "best" since Martin Luther King. He continues to set the record straight, asserting his displeasure with some of the language highlighted in the sound bites, but stating the position that those out-of-context excerpts do not define Rev. Wright, the Trinity UUC church, nor his own views. These actions do not spring from weakness nor avoidance.

3) Obama is much more than "words." The real difference in the candidates is that they all have plans, ideas and "solutions" for meeting the challenges that Americans face, but only Obama has substance AND inspiration. Obama appeals to many segments of American society and his movement of "Hope" and "Change" is alive and well in spite of every imaginable negative criticism. One Democratic candidate (Hillary), two former presidents (Bill and Bush 1), a sitting president (Bush 2) and an Republican candidate (McCain) have ganged up on Obama, but he is still the leading candidate, still has the "most favorable" ratings, and is still the candidate viewed as most likely to win. In the words of Governor Bill Richardson, "There is something special about this guy." And there is!

4) A vote for McCain is a vote for George Bush or as they say, "Bush's third term." America needs a new direction, but McCain is cemented to the past. Foreign policy, economic strategy, civil rights and human rights are all tied to the Conservative cause. An Independent voter needs to think twice before commiting the country to eight more years like the past eight years! McSame is not what America needs. Vote for Hillary, if you must in the primaries, but in November, we all need to come together and vote for "Hope" and "Change" when Obama is the nominee.

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

I do not think you have done your research - Obama has no history of doing anything. His campaign website is encouraging people to write to the DNP and stop Fl & MI votes from counting - sounds like dirty politics to me. How is he going to ask the people of FL & MI to vote for him in Nov when he fought to stop their votes now? A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain.

When faced with tough questions - he avoids the issues - or flees to the Virgin Island instead of taking a stand - by choosing to go or not go to his controversial church for Easter - very convenient.

He has no experience - nothing but words - if we were voting for a speech writer -then yes - he is our man but if you want a president - Vote Clinton or McCain.

I am an indepedant - If I can not vote for Clinton - I will vote McCain - Obama is too weak - we have too many problems facing this country to leave it up to someone with no experience.

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

Months ago I was undecided but recent events have made me favor Hillary -

The anti American preacher is bad - but to RUN AWAY to St. Thomas on Easter to avoid going to his controversial Church - is unforgivable. He seems to run or avoid everytime there is a problem.

Also, his website is actively asking people to insist that the votes in FL and MI NOT count - that is so very wrong - EVERYONE has a right to have their vote count - the fact that the DNC and the local politicans messed up should not hurt the voters. To seek to stop a revote or to count the votes is OLD BAD politics - not the NEW change he promises to bring.

And I do not believe he can ever get elected. The media is so bias in favor of him - nothing but praise - he should be ahead of everyone in the polls - but when looking at NATIONAL POLLS - not just democrats - he can not beat McCain -

We need a leader - fighter - not a speech writer. We need to elect a winner

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

Ken88, you did not specify, but it seems that you were responding to this post: "Submitted by righttovote on March 25, 2008 - 1:43pm" or the following one from righttovote that accuses Rev. Wright of racism. We all seem to agree that race needs to be left out of the equation. That leaves us with qualities like leadership, responsibility, inspiration, skill, and integrity. Obama may not be perfect, but he certainly is ahead of Clinton and McCain.

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

I highly doubt you are a Democrat unless you are a Hillary supporter. First of all your tirade seems more like a racist rant than anything Barack Obama has done. The real truth is he scares the hell out of Republicans because he will change America for the better. John McCain is not just another four years of a Republican President, the Supreme Court has many changes coming soon and John McCain will do no favors for the average Joe or even middle class America. That court will push America so far to the right it will destroy the very fabric of this country. I also doubt you took the time to read completely the transcripts because if you did you might have written some of his so called "incriminating" statements. Sounds like more Bush speak to me; Say whatever you need to say including lies and most important, scare the hell out of everyday America. On top of which you don't even have the nerve to put a name or a nickname on your wild accusations. Perhaps The book 1984 should be required reading.

The truth is out there and if Americans read and do their correct research based on true facts and not some right wing nutcase lies, the choice will be clear. We are in a fight right now for the very soul of our Democracy, yet you can't see past your own hate to understand this.

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

I too am supporting Barack Obama in both the primary and general election. I am a long term Republican, small business man, and generally, Libertarian. Oh, I'm 50+ and white also.

Barack is something we haven't seen in a long time; a leader. All the policy wonks in the world won't solve the problems we have. It is highly unlikely that a President Obama will solve them all. However, he has a better chance than anyone currently running for the office (or currently in the office) of moving us closer to that goal.

We need someone who can be a role model, for all Americans. Someone who can help us do what's right, not just what's expedient. Someone who can show us that self-serving and greed are not what we should be striving for. Barack can fill that role well.

I encourage all NC residents to make sure you're registered either Democrat or Unaffiliated by April 11. And, on May 6, go and vote for the best person running for president we've seen in a long time, Barack Obama!

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

I am a "typical white person" residing in North Carolina and a committed supporter of Barack Obama for President of the United States. I grew up with racist parents (in another Southern state) and I have to admit that what they taught me has stayed with me throughout my 50+ years. Nevertheless, I have learned to live and think beyond that indoctrination and to dream of a country that can become "One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In fulfilling this dream of a "more perfect union," race, religion, gender, and ideology have no place in choosing our next president. Whatever Obama's beloved minister, or McCain's conservative backers, or Clinton's venerable staff might have inappropriately said has absolutely nothing to do with which candidate deserves our support. Instead, the primary issue is this: which candidate endeavors to lead us beyond these divisions and which candidate actively seeks his/her support along those very lines.

It is clear, from the campaign's "kitchen sink" strategy, the constant Obama-bashing and the continually revised posturing, that Clinton is mired in the politics of the past, committed to a strategy of "divide and conquer." It is clear that McCain wishes to work both sides of the street by identifying himself as a moderate while catering to the Bush agenda and the Conservative base of the Republican Party. It is also clear from Obama's message of "Hope" and "Change," his much heralded speech on unity and the recent Richardson endorsement that Barack Obama is the candidate best suited to lead America to a unified future.

In my view, Americans may continue to fight among themselves until the divisions become so destructive that the country will likely never come together again. Alternatively, we can resolve to join hand-in-hand and to work cooperatively in solving the dire challenges that we face. Given this choice, only Barack Obama has demonstrated an innate ability to build a movement of committed and enthusiastic people, focused on Hope, and dedicated to Change from "the bottom, up."

I am supporting Barack Obama, not because of his race, religion, political affiliation (I am an Independent), or ideology. I am supporting him because he is the best hope for the "United" States of America! As Bill Richardson noted, "there is something special about the man" and whatever it is that has given people new hope, has brought new people into the process and has inspired people, not merely by the thousands, but by tens of thousands, "I want to be a part of it."

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

Your comments are interesting. While I cannot condone the Wright snippets the media chose to publish, I also find it strange we did not a similar reaction to Bush kissing up to the nutcase Pat Robertson as he has done before and during his Presidency or McCain, who called him an "agent of intolerance" in 2000 (when I gave McCain serious money) and now kisses up to Robertson. Pat Robertson's little video snippets on 9/11, gays,etc make Wright look like Ghandi. Ahh, but when it comes from a black preacher, we whites cower in fear, crying "see, those blacks wanna take over the world!" Take a rest!!
If you think this is what Obama himself stands for, do not vote for him. Those of us with slightly more intelligence see him quite differently and as someone who has a real chance to deal with the sleaze of our current politics and support him strongly.

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

Ken, unfortunately for you, the fact that you are a white person makes a difference to Barack Obama and his racist pastor, Jeremiah Wright. You are part of a race, as I am, that Wright claims invented the aids virus to annihilate the black population. Obama sat in Wright's church and listened to this garbage for 20 years and even exposed his children to this racist hate-filled rhetoric. You are not a racist, and neither am I. Most Americans are not. Listen to Wright's sermons, and you will find that he is a racist, and Obama, by virtue of the fact that Wright is his mentor and pastor of 20 years, is also a racist. And he is the person you want in the White House?

"I am a Democrat"

Not much of one.

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

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Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

Isn't anyone in North Carolina reading the newspapers or listening to the news? Thomas Sowell, for one, has been writing articles, as have many other learned journalists, authors and teachers, and their evaluations of Obama are so completely on the mark that it just amazes me that so many people are not getting it. I am a Democrat, and if Obama gets the nomination, I will be voting for John McCain. I know many people who have said the same. It will be Bush all over again, but that is preferable to putting a racist radical in the White House. It's shameful the way Obama has used race to further his own political ambition, and his connections to racist Wright, corrupt Rezko, and terrorist Ayers are inexcusable. Obama as president of the United States is truly a frightening prospect, and we are counting on these writers to keep putting the truth out there.

If you go to the Chicago Tribune website, they have gavel to gavel coverage of the Rezko trial, and they also have the complete transcript of Obama's meeting with Tribune reporters on March 14th. The purpose of the meeting was for Obama to answer questions about his connection to Rezko and their joint real estate transaction. After reading all of this and connecting the dots, it's easy to see that Rezko buys politicians for access, and that Obama is one of those politicians. Why is nobody paying any attention to all this? I hope Obama is called as a material witness when the trial resumes on March 31st, and that, under cross examination, the connections will be made clear. Wake up, America! Do your homework!! Skin color shouldn't even enter into this!

Re: Obama 55, Clinton 34

I am very pleased to see that the Clinton slime machine has been unable to make significant gains in NC. I believe Mr Obama will become one of the greatest Presidents in the history of our great nation. I do not say that because he is black, although that in itself is a tremendous achievement for all the people of this nation, rather because Mr. Obama's honesty and integrity has time after time proven he is the "real deal."

I do have one complaint and that is the caricature of Obama next to the online new article. You can bet if it had been Hillary Clinton it would be a real picture. Alas it appears some old southern racial ways are still in effect. I am offended that this newspaper has to revert to caricatures when a photo would have been much more appropriate. By the way I am a white person not that it makes any difference, to a majority of the United States.


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