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Polls show Clinton up in Pennsylvania, but Obama up nationally.

By Steve Benen

Published April 22, 2008 5:31PM (EDT)

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

  • The final Zogby tracking poll in Pennsylvania shows Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama by 10 percentage points, 51 percent to 41 percent.

  • In national polls, the latest numbers from USA Today/Gallup show Obama solidifying his support nationwide. He now leads among Democrats 50 percent to 40 percent, and the 10-point gap is up 3 percentage points from a month ago. The news was not all bad for Clinton, though -- in hypothetical general election matchups, her margin of victory over John McCain (50-44) was greater than Obama's (47-44).

  • Jon Stewart asked Obama Monday night if he planned, once in office, to "enslave the white race." Obama responded, "That is not our plan, Jon, but I think your paranoia might make you suitable as a debate moderator."

  • Good advice: "Clinton, speaking to reporters in Conshohocken [this morning], said she'd campaign for a united Democratic Party, no matter who's the nominee. 'Anybody who supports Barack or me would be very foolish to think voting for Senator McCain makes any sense,' she said."

  • Remember Ron Paul? Apparently, he has been running radio ads in Pennsylvania in advance of today's primary. (Yes, technically there really is a Republican primary.)

  • I guess the long campaign is taking its toll -- Clinton's favorable numbers have actually fallen below Obama's and McCain's in New York.

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