February 28th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
6 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. Kimay

    Go Hillary ... Stay strong , continue to fight. We love you. America needs you!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Gavin

    IF THERE ARE 10 POLLS SHOWING HILLARY CLINTON AHEAD....

    .....AND 1 POLL SHOWS HER TIED OR BEHIND TO OBAMA

    THE MEDIA WILL CALL IT "Clinton loses her lead to Obama"

    THIS "IN – THE – TANK" media is shameful...

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is still leading in most polls and in my family – we are voting and caucusing for her in Texas....
    Get on board Ohio....
    Go Hillary !!!
    08

    February 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Brian

    I wonder what excuse Clinton will come up with, if she wins Ohio by a small margin and losses Texas, to stay in the race? The mind boggles this silly season.

    February 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Jimmy VALENTE

    You want to get your kindness, your super power, your prestige?
    You want to keep your jobs, getting logic healthcare?
    You want the equity in real social life?
    You want to have the same oportunity likeanybody else?
    THEN VOTE THE BEST SUCCESSOR OF JFK: SEnatir and new 2009 President: Mister OBAMA

    GO GO OBAMA, The sincere politician not mixed with the lobbiest...
    God bless you and Bless folks Americans.
    We are feedup with lies..

    Jimmy
    Ph.D

    February 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Less Appealing

    Clinton – Obama is becoming much more less appealing since all the Hillary basing – how about

    JUST HILLARY!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. BeauB

    I just wish that I had half the fight in me that Hillary has in her. Everybody begged her to get into the race because she was our best hope for a democratic winner, and she was our best hope for really fixing a lot of the problems in this country and internationally, then she has been betrayed, back stabbed, and undercut by those that promised her their support if she would run. I just wish that people could see that they are being led like sheep by a bias media. I think that Hillary has her share of gaffs as well, but who else can we truly trust to be able to handle an economic recession, a huge deficit, a trade deficit, a war and a nuclear threat. Obama claims to be able to unite politicians to get things done, but realistically all he has done is divide a party and a nation.

    February 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Ed

    John McCain is tooooo old to be president. Who want a 71 year old for president, he will be asleep most of the time and will certainly be out of date with issues. He will not end the war in Iraq or help with the economy.
    Obama is the right person to become President, he brings new ideas and new vision for the US. He is young enough to give 110%.
    Hillery is old news with Bill, her only experience is first lady, what is that? Go home with Bill and get a room.

    February 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Brian

    O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

    (Obama '08)

    February 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. She's a victim!

    I think Texas will go for Obama.
    If Clinton cries on TV before Tuesday, she'll win Ohio. But she needs to cry, otherwise it's over for her.

    February 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. SAM

    SENATOR CLINTON WILL WORK FOR SENATOR CLINTON. HER RECORD SHOWS THIS. JUST AS CNN'S RECORD THESE PAST FEW DAYS SHOWS HOW CLINTON HAS GOT CNN SOOOOOOOO WORRIED ABOUT BEING BIASED THAT CNN IS NOW ONLY ALLOWING PRO-CLINTON HERE AND UNDER THE OTHER ARTICLES- MOST OF WHICH ARE NEGATIVE ABOUT OBAMA.
    CNN DON'T PEE YOUR NAPPIES.

    February 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. bobbytee

    CNN IS PRO OBAMA

    February 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. BAKERSFIELD

    HILLARY CAME OUT WITH A CHILD POVERTY PLAN TODAY SO FROM PAST EXPERIENCE, OBAMA SHOULD BE COMING OUT WITH HIS COPY CAT PLAN NEXT

    February 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. honesty

    After all that the media has done to shove BO down our throats, it is not surprising that he has gained ground on HC.
    Too bad that charisma, rhetoric and nice smiles are worth more than lifelong hard work, grit, stamina, experience and a record of accomplishments.

    Still have faith that the American people come to their senses and really dig to know more of this self proclaimed "Washington outsider" ( really? hum...)

    February 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. She's a victim!

    Texas looks like a lost cause for the Clintons.
    She can still win Ohio, though, if she cries on TV before Tuesday.
    But she has to cry...otherwise it's over for her.

    February 28, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. politics politics....

    well... i came in the US with dreams, actually with the certitude that everything is possible here! that you could accomplish what your dreams lead you to believe could not be true elsewhere. I am not saying HILLARY does not have an edge on many things i just say that when it comes to trust and to believe my vote will go to OBAMA , i just want to keep thinking that everything is still possible here...

    February 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. evey from lombard

    Go Hillary!!! obviously you can't trust a black politician John Lewis is a trader.obama will do the same thing to america! especially the latinos!!! just like oprah another trader has never made a latino or asian for that matter dreams come true only black or white. he is not fit to be president not by experience nor trust for fairness!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Texas

    Obama has recieved 1 million diffrent donators!!! Clinton maybe 500,000? Obama average per person is around $105 compared to Clintons i believe $2,000. Release your tax info, Curious how many Lobbyist are involved with you Clinton.

    Also the rumor is Obama in Feburary has raised $50 million, and my guess is sitting on it till friday maybe even later tonight, to show how small Clintons $35 Million actually is.

    Texas remeber that Clinton was for NAFTA, for the IRAQ war. I don't want a president constantly chaning plans becuase their first one was messed up!

    February 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Young_black_MBA

    My vote was formally for Clinton but I had a change of heart. Here is why; a leader should know how to hold their own regards what anybody says about them. You should not lash out in public. It make you look bad. As far as names go to-mat-o or to-ma-to, it just a name. Lay the real issue on the table, health care, jobs, education, war in Iraq.

    Obama 08!

    February 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. just saying

    Hillary Clinton represents the real SEA change in this election. After all, BO is a man.

    February 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Linda

    The president does not enact laws. Congress does. Whoever we elect must be able to work well with Congress and break down the walls of partisanship.

    February 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. full disclosure

    Why won't Hillary release her tax returns?

    What is she hiding?

    February 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Val

    Why does CNN only show polls that are biased towards Obama? On the CNN homepage if you go the their polls they show that Clinton has a slight lead in Texas and a double digit lead in Ohio.

    I do agree that the polls don't mean much since Obama was ahead by 10-13 points in California and Clinton won by double digits.

    There is obvious bias for Obama. Look at the debates. Hillary answered all of the questions and Obama would many times say I agree with Hillary, but of course added a few "hopes" and "changes".

    What a joke. If this messianic, wanna-be preacher is our next President, our country will be looked at as a joke. Other countries will think we use the American Idol model to pick our leaders, and they would be right. Bush has done a lot to ruin the US name, but Obama will sink it even further.

    One thought, if Obama was a woman with his resume, or one that is more substantial, would anyone even consider him for President?

    February 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Lesley

    Good work Obama! Keep the heat on the Clintocks!! Obama 08!!

    February 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. David

    Why is it everywhere HRC starts out with a big lead and as the primary gets closer her lead gets smaller and smaller.

    Why does her lead never get bigger? Why is it the more she and Obama actually talk to people, actually campaign somewhere, he becomes more popular and she becomes less?

    Clinton is like a slow-footed runner who was spotted a big head start and is now limping toward the finish line while the fleeter, faster opponent comes up along the outside.

    February 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Jake, California

    Re: Cali guy

    You sound quite lame...
    You honestly believe that Obama's campaign did hid his name? You must be kidding. There are lots of people including Sen. Obama who don't normally use their middle names. Obama has no problem with his middle name else, we would have changed it a long time ago say during the 9/11 incidence..

    It is the media and other writers as well as people like you who are making a big deal out of it to link him to Islam when he has clearly shown that he is Christian....

    why would you be so ignorant to think that the people of Texas just learnt that Obama's middle name is Hussain? They knew this ever since and highlighting now will probably do more harm to your camp then Obama's

    February 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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