Quinnipiac presidential poll

Pollster Clay Richards offers analysis, insight

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During the presidential race, polling will prove essential to candidates and illuminating for voters.

Clay Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, has partnered with post-gazette.com to provide a series of audio reports about the five primary polls Quinnipiac will produce.

Mr. Richards has nearly 40 years of experience as a political writer and polling editor for United Press International and Newsday. In his capacity at Quinnipiac, he is chief spokesman for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania polls and works with others to develop, analyze and present the results.

During his 22 years with UPI, he served as the national political writer/editor, covering 12 national political conventions and the campaigns of presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan.


Audio reports

Monday, Nov. 3: In the final day before the election, Sen. Obama holds a 10-point lead lead over Sen. McCain in the state.

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Sen. Obama holding an almost insurmountable lead over Sen. McCain in the state with less than a week to go until the election.

Thursday, Oct. 23: Mr. Richards says Sen. Obama holds a commanding 13-point lead over Sen. McCain in the state.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Sen. Obama now has a 15-point lead over Sen. McCain, Mr. Richards reports.

Thursday, Sept. 11: Sen. McCain has closed the gap in the state, Mr. Richards says.

Tuesday, Aug. 26: Mr. Richards says Sen. Obama continues to lead Sen. McCain in the state.

Thursday, July 31: Mr. Richards says Sen. McCain has closed the gap with Sen. Obama in the state.

Wednesday, June 18: Mr. Richards says Sen. Obama holds a 12-point lead over Sen. McCain in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, May 22: Mr. Richards says Sen. Obama would defeat Sen. McCain in Pennsylvania, 46 to 40 percent.

Thursday, May 1: Mr. Richards says Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama would defeat Sen. McCain in Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 21: Mr. Richards says Sen. Clinton has a seven-point lead over Sen. Obama in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, April 15: Mr. Richards says Sen. Clinton is holding off Sen. Obama in Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 14: Mr. Richards says tomorrow's poll will show Sen. Obama's trend of closing on Sen. Clinton in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, April 8: Mr. Richards says Sen. Clinton's lead over Sen. Obama has slipped to six points.

Monday, April 7: Tomorrow's poll should show if Sen. Obama's campaign spending has moved him closer to Sen. Clinton in the state, Mr. Richards says.

Wednesday, April 2: Sen. Obama has moved closer, but Sen. Clinton still has a solid lead in the state, Mr. Richards says.

Tuesday, April 1: Mr. Richards says tomorrow's poll will reveal if Sen. Obama has closed the gap on Sen. Clinton in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, March 18: Sen. Hillary Clinton has the momentum in Pennsylvania, Mr. Richards says.

Monday, March 17: Mr. Richards says the first poll will be released tomorrow morning.



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