February 25th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Clinton holds lead in Ohio

 Clinton has a lead in Ohio, though it's smaller than it once was.
Clinton has a lead in Ohio, though it's smaller than it once was.

(CNN) Hillary Clinton holds a clear lead over rival Barack Obama in Ohio according to three new polls out Monday, though the Illinois senator is gaining ground in the crucial March 4 primary state.

New surveys conducted by Quinnipiac University, the University of Cincinnati, and the American Research Group all show Clinton with roughly a 10 point lead over Obama, with eight days to go until Ohioans head to the polls.

In the Quinnipiac University poll, Clinton leads Obama by 11 points (51- 40 percent). She holds an 8 point lead in the University of Cincinnati poll (47 percent to 39 percent), and a 10 point lead in the American Research Group poll (49 – 39 percent).

While Clinton still holds a lead in Ohio, a Quinnipiac poll released on February 12 showed Clinton with a 21-point lead over Obama, and a Columbus Dispatch Poll released late last month had Clinton up 23 percent there.

After 11 straight Obama wins, the Clinton campaign has said that victories in Ohio and Texas are crucial to the New York senator's White House hopes.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Sean, Detroit MI

    How cna HIllary be honored to be onstage one night, then outraged over his mailers the next? Especially since the mailers in question contain the same information and statements that Obama has been making to Hillarys face. I think her alleged outrage is just more of the calculated drama and bad acting her campaign has been involved in for months now. Saturday wasnt the first time she'd seen the mailers, but it was the day after she failed to hit a homerun during the debates. When the going gets tough, Hillary gets emotional every time!

    February 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Carlos N

    Soon or later substance wins over empty words!
    Go Hillary!

    February 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Bebble

    CNN is so blinded by the facade of the Obama light. Should he become the Democratic Nominee for President, he will loose to McCain. All will see he is nothing but a motivator.

    Democrats will change their party line and vote McCain in. CNN should take a poll on that.

    February 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Illinois Voters

    SENIOR MILITARY AND DEFENSE OFFICIALS ENDORSE SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON AT FORIEGN POLICY EVENT TODAY AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY AS THE CANDIDATE THAT HAS THE STRENGTH, EXPERIENCE AND LEADERSHIP NECESSARY TO BE PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.

    3 GENERALS
    5 LT. GENERALS
    1 ADMIRAL
    1 VICE ADMIRAL
    6 MAJOR GENERALS
    3 REAR ADMIRALS
    8 BRIGADIER GENERALS
    2,000 VETERAN MILITARY

    BEFORE YOU VOTE ON MARCH 4TH CONSIDER WHO THE MILITARY THINKS IS BEST PREPARED AND HAS THE RIGHT TEMPERMANT TO LEAD OUR MILITARY FORCES IF WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY.

    February 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Kat09tales

    It amazes me to see comments from folks who are clearly not educating themselves as to the details of the candidates positions/plans, stating what is wrong with Obama. He has as many means of paying for his plans as does Clinton. He has a saner and more wisdom-based foreign policy stance (realistic and re-engaging us in the world at large) than Hillary – who appears too afraid to rock the boat of the status quo (won't sit down with leaders till they demonstrate a conformance to American will). Barack is a brilliant and reasonable man. One who is just as competent as the last Clinton who entered the White House will little experience. Barack's view of American and what is can be – and the world and how we should operate in it – are enough to make me a believer. GO-Bama!

    February 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. James M.

    ahem...remember, HRC has to not just win both Texas and Ohio, but she really must win by a wide margin in both states, or she's finished. The polls show both HRC and Obama in a dead heat in Texas and Obama closing in on her in Ohio. Needless to say, Obama will also take Rhode Island and Vermont. She's done. America will be glad for it. It's about time we had someone that is not the establishment, not a Clinton or a Bush in the White House, nor someone that wants to keep our troops in Iraq for a hundred years. We need change...America needs Obama!

    February 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. MJ

    Well...hope you TRUE democrats there in Ohio (as wll as Texas, RI, Vermont, and PA) are watching out for the "Democrat for a Day" voters.
    None of the media pundits can account for the rapid change in Hillary's poll standings as election get near. Well....there is the "buzz" on the threads that it is the Republican and Independents voting as Democrat in the open primaries to load votes for Obama. They would rather run against him in the GE because they know they can find "new dirt" somewhere. They have already exposed Hillary's and have spent MILLIONS looking for it.

    February 25, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Agnel Pereira

    Hillary its your time now to wrap up. Obama your are great, thats what we need from you a " Change "
    Even Hillary is in lead that doesn't mean she will win, wait for some more and watch, Obama will erase it soon. Bravo Obama

    February 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Cyndi

    HIllary does sound bi-polar these days!

    I hope the Ohio and Texas are really watching her behavior and realizing that what we've seen in the last couple of days is the REAL Hillary!

    Would anyone want to listen to her insane mood swings every other day for the next 4 years??

    Hillary, Ohioans, Texans, Rhode Islanders and Pennsylvanians are not stupid!

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

    February 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. LIZ

    It is about time people see that she has what it takes!!!!!
    She has the experience and knowledge to run the white house......Obama is too new.

    Hillary has what it takes!!! OPen your eyes!

    February 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. GeminiArnhem

    Ohio and Texas VOTE OBAMA!

    Stand for change .. change you can believe in!!!

    OBAMA '08

    February 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. david

    CNN is doing everything possilbe to revive Clinton campaign. but it is too late and it is hard to fool American people. you can not confuse them this time. this time is different. so this dirty tricks will be over on March 4.

    February 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Loraine

    Hillary is such a disgrace o women around the world. She has set us back having men saying I told you so a woman is too emotional to be president. First came the tears, the nasty remarks now the scolding – what is she Barack's mother?? She has shown her true colors whenever she does not win, behaving like a brat – never thanking the people who voted for her whenshe loses. What will she do if she becomes president? Bomb the first country that says something she doesn't like? Grow up Hillary – this is an adult game!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Voter 08

    Hillary is a wonderful human being, and does respect herself. She was courageous in the last CNN debate where she was asked nearly 100% of the questions FIRST. Not to mention the commercial breaks which occurred just as she was trying to respond to Obama...and also had the hardest questions. This really gives the other person an edge. Let's hope NBC evens and alternates the questions Tuesday night.

    February 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Bob

    People will see Hillary's negative campaigning and inability to retain her composure in times of stress over the next seven days and recognize that she could never make a good president.

    February 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. LIZ

    We need a fighter in the white house!!!! NOT A CHEERLEADER! It's almost as if Obama's supporters are in a cult of something!!

    Get used to it!!! Obama will not win this election and if he does.....I'm voting McCain!

    February 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. concerned

    If Clinton is the nominee I will vote for Nader

    February 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Laguna Beach Voice

    Any candidate expressing a desire to debate their oppponent's "campaign tactics" has lost the point of their own campaign. Discussion of the issues and what the potential candidate proposes to do once elected is the point of a debate. Personally, I do not understand a "flip flop" position from any candidate who chooses to discuss "campaign tactics" vs. issues relevant to Americans. (i.e. economy, war, health care, national security, immigration reform, etc.) I'm disappointed that Senator Clinton apparently feels it is necessary to deviate from her message of what she plans for America to engage in a "loser" mentality type of attack.

    February 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Cathy M

    Billary, face it........your time is up! We have all had the Clintons which is why we now HAVE BUSH because we wanted a CHANGE!!! We have seen what your change brought us! By, the way where is your taxes? Some things never change!!

    Go, away and take Bill with YOU. Go write a Book together. You can't control him on the campaign and you are going to control him in the White House.....please.

    How many more Bedrooms are you going to rent out for the Night?

    February 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. j gannon

    I voted for Bill Clinton twice, Hillary would not even be considered to run for president if her last name was not Clinton. She is runnng, determined to get elected no matter what she has to say or do. Sad and nasty!

    February 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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