February 28th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Polls show Clinton, Obama in tight race in Texas

Sens. Obama and Clinton greet the audience before last weeks CNN debate.

Sens. Obama and Clinton greet the audience before last weeks CNN debate.

(CNN) – Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a tight race in Texas, according to a “poll of polls” calculated by CNN on Thursday.

An average of three polls of likely Democratic voters has Sen. Barack Obama at 48 percent and Sen. Hillary Clinton at 45 percent. Seven percent were unsure.

The average also shows Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, holding a nearly 20-point lead over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee among likely Republican primary voters. McCain has 53 percent to Huckabee's 34 percent, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 9 percent. Four percent were unsure.

Texas voters will be joined by those in Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island when they head to the polls on March 4. With Obama surging into the lead on 11 straight wins since Super Tuesday, Clinton's supporters admit that she must do well in Texas and Ohio if she is continue to battle for the nomination.

CNN's Texas poll of polls results were calculated using three surveys: a Belo/Public Strategies poll conducted February 24-25, an American Research Group poll conducted February 23-24, and a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted February 22-24.

Earlier, an American Research Group poll of likely Democratic voters on February 13-14 showed Obama ahead, 48-42, with 10 percent undecided. A CNN poll taken between February 14-17 showed Clinton ahead, 50-48.

–CNN.com Senior Political Producer Scott Anderson

soundoff (703 Responses)
  1. Reality Check!

    Vig, Get over yourself she ISN'T Joan of Arc...she isn't a saint. If she is going to run on the experience of the Clinton White House, then she will get treated as such...you act is if there is no bad history.

    I am a woman and want nothing more than a QUALITY Female to have this job.... Hillary isn't, she is women at our worst.

    February 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Nancy

    I'll trust my gut feeling over polls any day. If you torture statistics enough you make them say anything. Besides when was the last time anyone got called on some of these polls? With the right phone lists you can guarantee the outcome you want. How does polling 1500 to 2500 people truely show the country's opinion as a whole?

    Polls are useless, use your brain and make up your own mind.

    Hillary "08

    February 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. dan

    Obama is gonna win, go to Kosovo Hillary

    February 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Bee and Family

    I have a question. Does anyone know if these polls taken into account that Texas and Ohio are open primaries? I mean, if Obama is ahead by a few points in these polls, doesn't that constitute to a bigger lead when you consider his advantage with republicans and independents who may vote in the primaries?

    February 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Urbandale

    Who cares about the polls. Everyone knows Obama is going to win as he did for the past 11 contests.

    February 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Helen

    Go Hillary! The people of this country better wake up and read the necessary qualifications for the president of the US. The news media have given Obama a free ride since he arrived upon the scene. They need to know more about him. Has he ever had any experience with foreign leaders, any experience with business, any experience other than a junior senator from Illinois. Has he ever held down a full time job???? All I have heard is hope, change, we can do it. Well, I think it requires more than a motivational speaker to run the country and if you look back the present Mr. Geo. Bush was one of the best cheerleaders and that is how he got in office. He had them all snowed!!!!!!!! Think about it folks!

    February 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. trix, OH

    where are her tax returns????? we know she she made 35mil but how do we know she didnt loan herself that money????

    February 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Joyce

    Hillary may have some good plans...but can she see them realized?
    Her failure to provide the jobs she promised running for senator failed,according to her, because she expected a democratic majority in the House and the Senate. Hillary in the White House will only serve to polarize Republicans. She will get nothing done. And I don't believe she's capable of working across party lines..she has to many axes to grind. I believe in Obama's ability to unite.

    February 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. christine

    When people site any information regarding other polls – like the Latin vote or policy issues and plans by any of the candidates, it's standard practice to cite where the information comes from or include a link.

    As anyone, whose ever written a term paper in high-school or college knows.

    We all need to make decisons based on fact not others misinterpretations of such or biases.

    February 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. NoWorry

    Very good. Clinton raises $35 million in February .Go Hillary. Hillary will surely win TX, Oh, and PA, and then will win the general election, and will be the first woman president in America, which is wonderful. I am very proud of it though I am a man.

    Other countries like Canada, British, Germany, turkey, Pakistan, chile, Philippians can have a woman leader, why not our America? It is not fair.

    February 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. trix, OH

    I need to see her tax returns!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Jason


    February 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Keith

    Wak up America. Neither Obama nor Clinton will be able to deliver on their campaign promises. The USA are involved in a costly war on terrorism and th energy crisis is eating up most of our resourses. We have no choice but to go with the most qualified candidate at this difficult moment- John McCain.

    February 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. jrod, AZ

    I'll be happy once Clinton loses TX and Obama can get started focusing on McCain for the general election.

    February 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Channell

    Do people still believe these polls? All we can do is cast our votes and wait and see.
    I just want to add that it is depressing to read how bias and close minded people are about their candidates.

    February 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. BK

    The college students were only between the ages of 6 and 14 when the Clintons were in the White House so they don't remember a balanced buget, low gas prices, and everyone had a job. The Republican Attack Machine could not get the Clintons on that so they went after their personal life. He knew how to run this country. Hillary has plans to solve the problems when others do not. We can not afford to put someone in there as inexperienced as Obama. He said himself when asked when he was elected to the Senate if he was going to run for president. He said no he did not have the experience. Later he was talked into running. Wake up people.

    February 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Chris

    I like them both, whoever wins will be getting my vote in Novemeber!

    February 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. toni

    senator obama said that his health program is better than clintons in the sense of cost saving but i think its unreasonable and unwise to save cost instead of saving lifes no matter thew cost.thank you hillary for your beautifully formulated and wise idea that will benefit all.

    February 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. NW

    can someone on this blog talk to me about the experience bill clinton had before becoming one of america's "greatest presidents?"

    hrc does have a good record but i do not think she is honest. i also keep hearing about her experience- what the white house as first lady? she has been in local, state and federal politics for almost 20-30 years. Obama has been in the same capacities over the last 20 years. please tell me what is so much better about her? i am trying to make a decision here and i keep hearing people discuss her experience but i have heard just as much about obama.

    February 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Matt B

    If Hillary does not win, I hope she drops out. The continuous albeit necessary jabs from one Democrat to another in competition for the nomination are only providing ample fuel for the Republicans when the real race kicks in. I am an Obama fan, but let's face it, he and Hillary are birds of a feather. Let's keep the mud OUT and leave this race about what's best for our country!

    February 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. maggie

    Go Hillary!!!
    Ohio loves you.

    February 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Lily in Texas

    It seems to me that no matter what gains Senator Clinton makes, they will always be overshadowed by some other positive remark about Senator Obama. I have nothing against Senator Obama. I'm glad that things are going so well for him, but is it just me or has Senator Clinton been getting really bad press? It seems she can do no good and hasn't a chance in the world of winning. I'm glad she's still holding her own. She's a fighter and I hope she sticks it out until the end.

    February 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Californian

    Hillary will win....Texas and Ohio...I have faith in my fellow realistic American's. Mr Hussein/Preacher/Man still keeping the woman down will go down himself!

    February 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. mk

    So much for momentum. He hasn't moved at all in the polls. All within margin of error. And he expects to do what against McCain?

    February 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Enrique

    This is from the Rasmussen poll for Texas that Obama at 48% and Clinton at 44%. Looks like Barack has eaten into her Hispanich vote quite considerably.

    Obama leads by sixteen points among men, but trails by nine among women. Clinton’s lead among Hispanic voters is down to seven percentage points.

    February 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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