Poll Shows Clinton Gaining as Pa. Primary Nears

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The response to Sen. Barack Obama's speech on race is just one of the factors Democrats are grappling with in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

NPR's Juan Williams talks with Renee Montagne about factors facing the Democrats and Republicans in the presidential race.

In one poll, Williams says, Sen. Hillary Clinton is up slightly among Democratic voters and Obama's negatives are up slightly — with one-third of voters saying the controversy over Obama's pastor has caused them doubts. That portends some difficulty for Obama as he goes into Pennsylvania and beyond. Clinton is holding steady in the lead, and Obama's ads and rallies seem to not be working for him at the moment — despite an endorsement last week from New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Richardson implied last week that Clinton should drop out of the race. The Obama camp is making the case that Clinton can't catch Obama in terms of delegates, with no re-vote coming in Michigan or Florida. And Obama has about 10 times as much cash on hand as Clinton. With all of that, the Clinton campaign is on the defensive, making the case that she's more electable because she won more big states in the primaries, and that she could close the gap in delegates.

On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain has a major speech on foreign policy this week in Los Angeles after returning from a trip to the Middle East. But the key is raising money, Williams says, and he's behind substantially.



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