AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - One day after Bill Clinton acknowledged his wife likely needs to win both Texas and Ohio on March 4 to keep her presidential hopes alive, two new polls out of those crucial states suggest it may be no easy task.
In just released Washington Post/ABC News polls, Hillary Clinton is deadlocked with rival Barack Obama in Texas (48 percent to 47 percent), and the New York senator only holds a slight edge in Ohio (50 percent to 43 percent). The poll carries a margin or error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
A recent CNN poll out or Texas also showed the two candidates statistically deadlocked. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Monday, Clinton stood at 50 percent while Obama was at 48 percent. That poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
The demographics of both states would seem to favor Clinton. Latino voters - a group that has tended to break for Clinton over Obama in past primary states - are expected to make up a significant portion of the Democratic electorate in Texas. And in Ohio, working class voters that have long constituted the core of Clinton's base are expected to play a dominant role. But Obama has begun to make major inroads with both groups in recent primary contests.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney