TPM – Poll: Hillary Holds Big Leads In Ohio And Pennsylvania

The new Quinnipiac poll shows that Hillary is hanging onto big leads in Ohio and Pennsylvania, two of the three firewall states that are now key to her hopes of stopping Obama’s momentum and turning the race around.

Among likely Dem primary voters in Ohio, Hillary leads Obama 55%-34%. And in Pennsylvania she leads 52%-36%.

Tellingly, Hillary leads among women by more than 20 points in both states. Quinnipiac frames the challenge for Obama ahead this way: “With Sen. Obama closing the gap, the winner in Pennsylvania probably will depend on whether blacks, young people and college graduates in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh can turn out in sufficient strength to overcome Sen. Clinton’s strong lead among blue collar voters and women.”

Key point: These polls were taken from Feb. 6th-12th — before Obama’s resounding wins in the Potomac Primary. So whatever momentum he gained then is not reflected in these numbers.

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