If Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Barack Obama of Illinois had a superpower, it would probably be cellular regeneration. Over the past few weeks, Obama had been hurting in the polls along with losing support. This had stemmed from a combination of losing in some major primary states to Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Hillary Clinton of New York and the controversy of Reverend Jeremiah Wright who had became notorious for many of his sermons.
On Thursday, May 1, a poll was released by the CNN/Opinion Research Corp that revealed that Obama’s support dropped down by six points. However, it did not mean that Clinton was able to capitalize. Despite winning major victories, Clinton’s campaign was shaken up several times with the resignation of several staffers and the defection of several supporters to Obama’s side.
On Obama’s side, his campaign had remained solid.
Now, a recent CBS News/New York Times poll reveals that Obama leads over presumptive GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona. This is in a hypothetical fall contest if Obama wins the Democratic Party nomination. Obama and Clinton are still fighting it out.
While there have been criticisms about Obama’s condemnation and denouncement of Reverend Wright, there has been positive reception as well. That played a role in Obama keeping consistent with his lead over Clinton. In the case of McCain, Obama has an eleven point lead. In the case of Clinton, Obama has a twelve point lead. It was only on May 1, that the CNN poll revealed that Obama went down by six points putting him at a tie with Clinton.
But, he is still tied with Clinton in regards to the registered Democratic voters. The results show that Obama still has support amongst independent voters. That was something that Clinton has not been able to get. Should Clinton get the nomination, it will possibly hurt her candidacy.
The poll reveals if Clinton gets the Democratic nomination, those Independents that supported Obama say they will support McCain. In a sense, Obama has “regenerated” from the damage of the Wright controversy.