Hillary Clinton joined the Irish in Pennsylvania to campaign as nervousness set in over Obama’s ties to a controversial minister. Clinton is by no means down and out. With the luster somewhat tarnished in the last couple of weeks, Obama shows signs of vulnerability. His association with a minister known for negative attacks on America has led Obama to distance himself from the Reverand Jeremiah Wright, Jr. – the minister he has known for two decades.
While Obama and his supporters have constantly accused Hillary Clinton of playing politics, what better evidence of Obama’s tactics than waiting until now to disclaim the inflamatory statements of the minister? The answer is to save political face. Although Obama began shying away from Wright last year, he did not denounce him until just recently. Obama’s difficulties come at a time when both candidates are fighting to nail down the remaining primaries.
Two polls taken recently in Pennsylvania show that Hillary Clinton is maintaining her lead with 52% Democratic popular support, while Barack Obama has just 41%. The poll shows Clinton 9% points ahead Obama. The poll – with MoE = 4.0% – signals massive victory for Clinton.
Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion Research conducted a Pennsylvania poll from 8-10 March. Again, the poll indicates a huge win over Obama. It shows Hillary Clinton leading with 55% Democratic voters, while it shows Barack Obama with just 36%. With MoE = 4.0% – the poll shows Clinton with 19% points advantage over Obama.
With a little over five weeks to go before the Pennsylvania primary, Obama cannot afford to have his image tarnished any further. Hillary is a tough, intelligent, and competent candidate, and her lead in Pennsylvania once again demonstrates that she is a candidate who still has great drawing power.