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. Delia

    The last time there was such a "charismatic" person that wanted to help his people there was a world war. Obama uses his charm, his smiles, his "empty" promises and draws in people who are desperate and looking for anything; America I ask that you look very hard at Obama since Hitler made such promises also to people who were desperate for hope. Hitler used a different speech presentation but the words resonate the same.

    If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Desperation leads to more desperation. He's the "Pied Piper" of danger.

    February 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Hillary supporter MA




    February 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Cali guy

    I can't help but wonder how the polls would reflect Obummers bid for the White House, if those in Texas and Ohio had known a month ago that the statistics clearly show that news stories on Obummer were 84% of the time favorable toward him, and at the same time more that 50% of the time unfavorable of Hillary Clinton. The bias is documented now and had folks in those states and others(since this has been going on well before December) had that info a month ago things could well be different. in the polls today. When in history of the US has a candidate had to run agaisnt his opponent as well as the media. Instead the media did the best they could to continue running negative stories and ignore that this was being said of them

    February 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. neeraj

    Common TEXAS , OHIO its time to show your prowess now...Hillary needs you and you must rise to the occation.....you have the power and the wisdom to over rule ....and bring her back.
    She is a go getter and has proved her self over and over again....don't be befooled by the Poet Obama ...anyway he is young he will have more opportunities....for her the last chance...so rise my brothers and sisters of America and prove to the world that you too can have a dynimic women like her as president....common even third world contries have and a women as president...its high time a superpower have one.

    February 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Carrie PA

    The polls are all to close. Hillary won't get enough to win.

    February 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Edd

    Polls are tight, polls are biased of course. Same thing happened in CA, Obama is leading before Feb. 4, but HILLARY won! I don't believe in polls anymore. Let the voters decide, let them weigh who is ready to be the President on Day One, more experienced in foreign policy. Voters are not stupid, they will not vote for an amateur who's been in the Senate for 2 yrs, most of his times, voted just "Present" on issues. I need a fighter who has stand on issues. I support HILLARY!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Dave in Houston

    So if the polls are correct (for once) and they come out at basically a tie here in Texas AND in Ohio, what is going to happen?
    Will Hillary see that as reason to go on? Bill has said that she needs to do well in both states, if she comes out with 48% in Texas and 52% in Ohio she will still be considerably behind.
    Does she drop out if that happens? Or will the fighting get more intense? The accusations more ludicrous? The people more dissillusioned?

    February 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. BC

    Why is the ad for this ticker "Obama has edge in Texas", CNN I am so disappointed with your biased reports in favor of Obama. Your reporting is disgusting, your network is far from being the best political team.

    February 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. HIllary or Bust

    I wish we could make the friggin polls go away... They mean NOTHING- as it is proved over and over again...

    February 28, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Jeremy

    This is but another pro-Obama by the media. Remember when you guys reported they are essentially tied in pre-primary polls in California and New Jersey and Hillary ended up winning both by a considerable margin?

    Hillary will win Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

    February 28, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Eric, California

    I'm not surprised by this at all. I knew that the California effect was going to happen. In advanced, Clinton has a wide lead and then as the primary poll numbers start showing a tie or even a win for Obama. But we all know how the California effect ends.

    February 28, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. rick

    no matter who wins, there's going to have to be a lot of fence mending or the republicans will be appointing more conservative supreme court justices. wake up and smell the coffee all of you who are threatening to vote republican if YOUR candidate doesn't win!

    February 28, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. andrew of california

    Please proceed carefully in your expectations and remember New Hampshire. I do hope your right, though.

    February 28, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Leonardo

    Latinos are with Hillary!!

    February 28, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Cali guy

    previous post of mine (if it got posted) should have read: . When in history of the US has a candidate had to run agaisnt "her" opponent as well as the media.

    February 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. lisa

    I pray that Hillary makes it all the way – I can't imagine having McCain voted in! It will be like our present leader never left and that's scarey! I'm not impressed at all with Oboma, so I don't know what I'll do! lord help us all! were gonna need it

    February 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Dyinglikeflies, NYC

    Trend lines are stabilizing in these polls, in the direction of Clinton. It's a matter of timing. The air is slowly starting to seep out of the Obama balloon, and it's a question of whether enough will come out by the Tuesday primaries to make a difference. Obama, "The Candidate", is all whipped cream and no cake, and his support is the same. Will things turn around by Tuesday or will the Democrats be suffering buyers remorse at 9:01 on election night when McCain is projected to be the winner over Obama?

    February 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Gregory T, NYC

    Texas, Ohio please don't let us down!!
    We need to get this wrapped up quick fast and in a hurry and start campaigning like never before to beat McCain in November!!! If McCain becomes president you better believe we will have another draft because the military is too small to fight the 3rd war effectively! Come on Texas and Ohio! Do you want your sons and daughters drafted???
    It's time for a change!
    McCain is just 4 more years of Bush-Cheney-Rove-Libby!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. VA

    What Hillary says she is going to do is one thing. But let's get REAL! Democrats have to WIN first......then INSPIRE people to WORK together...working together solves problems.

    Not one person..HILLARY, coming up with ideas every day of the week, just to see if the American people are naive enough to take her bait, as she is known for BAIT N' SWITCH tactics!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. He's A Winner

    Obama got this on lock!

    February 28, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Alex

    Most Latinos will vote for Obama. I am so proud of him standing up for immigrants even when he was not the front-runner. Specially because the other candidates are strongly opposed to immigration.
    Viva Obama.

    I can't believe other people want to see more scandals like the one Mr. Clinton gave us during his administration.
    Granted Hillary was not at fault, but she did cover the truth from us. Her husband was more important than America. I don't think she can be the president because she cannot make the same choice. If she divorces while in office that will distract her from her obligations.

    She also needs to learn how to pronounce the names of foreign presidents specially when Televised. Other than that, she seems to lose her temper. We need someone with more guts in office if there is to be more war! She maybe just acting to get more votes.

    February 28, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Hulk Hogan himself

    I'm so tired of these "experience does matter" arguments. Let me give you jokers a history lesson. Once there was a tall, lanky 1st term senator from Illinois who became famous for his public speaking ability, and who practiced law in Illinois as well as served in the state legislature. Despite his inexperience, he won a pivotal presidential campaign after only 2 years in the senate. His name, of course, was Abraham Lincoln.

    Deal with that.

    February 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. He's A Winner

    Obama will take Texas and clinch this.

    February 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    Hillary's scraping the barrel now. If her knuckles don't bleed too badly and she doesn't bankrupt her war chest-the old girl may pull it off.

    Particularly now that people are looking more indepth at Barack Hussein Obama's prior service, historical accomplishments, and preparedness to receive the court of arms of President of the United States and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces of the United States.

    February 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Beth

    Maybe it’s just me but I’m tired of hearing Republicans switching over to Obama. I mean, weren’t they responsible for eight years of Bush in office? So, now I’m suppose to applause them for “switching” …give me a break!

    February 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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