Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., maintains a 50 – 44 percent lead over Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., among likely primary voters, reports a Quinnipiac University poll released just now.
Those numbers are unchanged from April 8 numbers, though the poll was taken over the weekend — after news broke of Obama’s controversial remarks on "bitter" small-town Pennsylvanians clinging to guns, God, and xenophobia.
Twenty-six percent of Clinton supporters say that would vote for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., should Obama win the nomination, while 19% of Obama supporters say they would go GOP should Clinton win.
White voters for Clinton 57 – 37 percent;
Women voters for Clinton 54 -40;
Voter over 45 for Clinton 55 – 40;
Black voters for Obama 86 – 8 percent;
Men voters for Obama 51 – 43 percent;
Voters under 45 for Obama 55 – 39.
Says Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute: "Sen. Hillary Clinton is fighting off Sen. Barack Obama’s drive to make it a close race in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, holding the six-point edge she had a week ago. She seems to have halted the erosion of whites and white women in particular from her campaign. She even gained back some ground in the Philadelphia suburbs – the area where elections are won and lost in the Keystone State. She now trails Obama by just two points in this critical area, while she was 11 points behind a week ago."