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. shotcaller

    I have a problem with not just CNN, but with all of the television news outlets. It seems that the coverage, graphics, interviews, packages, b-roll and reporters all reflect the idea of "what can Hillary do to improve her chances,' or "where has she gone wrong." Not once, have I seen any promotion of the idea of "what can Obama do to seal the deal," or "how can Obama win." It seems that all of the coverage has been a primer for the Clinton campaign on how they can turn things around. On the question of the media being unfair to Hillary, I would have to say that if it were any other U.S. senator in here position, all of you would declare Obama's victory. The fact that you have not, says that seh is getting the benefit from all media. That sounds very biased in her favor to me.

    February 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. K"Hussein"J, Dallas, TX

    Clinton will not win Texas or Ohio by the margin that she needs. This is a fact. Clinton supporters, don't get too full of yourselves.

    OBAMA, 2008!

    February 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Bismarck

    Was Obama born in August of 1961 or perhaps 1959?

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

    Hilary represents the same old Washington "can't be doners, better noters, and leave it to youers" always with a good excuse for failure. Lets get someone new untainted enthusiastic and inspirational. Drop fear of the new – we must give Obama a chance

    February 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Jim & Rhonda

    We both have always declared ourselves to be independent voters (not party affiliated) and independent thinkers. We never try to influence each other's candidate of choice; this, being our Constitutional rights as U.S. citizens. This is a history-making Presidential election year. We both have watched all debates intently, not allowing the polls or any other news media to influence our opinions on these debates. We are proud to say we both, at the conclusion of all the debates thus far, we both agree on the same candidate. We feel that each and every registered voter in this country should be paying close attention to what the current candidates stand for, what they have been saying in the debates and more especially what is not being said in addition to what is being said. Tuesday, March 4th in the proud Lone Star State of Texas, we will cast our ballots for Senator Obama. We do not trust the "Clinton Machine". Today, we challenge each registered voter to also cast their ballot based on who they feel will turn this country around for the better and not based on gender, ethnic origin or age.


    February 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. tellitlikeitis

    Is there something to hide?? A name is a name. In my 75 years I have never seen such a flap over a middle name. Apparently he is ashamed of his name.
    Also, his wife should go to a country where she CAN be proud of her citizenship.

    February 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Harvey

    wake up America ......Obama is an empty suite and filled with ideas taken straight from Clinton...I agree with Hillary .. How many times has this man said that..

    wake up before its to late vote HIllary Mar 4th

    February 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. David E Ricketts

    Obama is young! Clinton at least has Bill to help her. I feel Clinton with the aide of "Bill" will pull us out of this econonmic mess, Bill is very savery on how to deal with over seas affairs. in other words Hillery is two for the price of one! Lets vote Hillery anf get this natiion back on top!

    February 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. b.c.h.

    I find this Obama-mania troubling! I was very recently told by an Obama enthusiast that I was "just a racist" because I continue to be a Clinton supporter. Considering that my spouse is black, I really do not think I am a racist. I just have not been moved by Obama.

    February 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. chuck

    No mention of the Insider Advantage Poll that has Clinton 47 Obama 43 in Texas. Maybe they should fluff some more pillows for him.

    February 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Tenisha

    I find it very interesting that those who support Clinton are so quick to talk trash on Obama. Yes, I am a huge Obama supporter, but I am more a supporter of something different, something new...a change.

    Clinton supporters, oh how you forget that the struggles as a woman that Senator Clinton has had to face are the same struggles as a person of color that Obama has had to face. Why are we as Democrats allowing the media to break our party apart. Both Obama and Clinton are very credible candidates who ever wins we all should support that this party has made history...the Republican Party can only imagine being so forward as our party.

    So enough with the bickering between sides. Because when it all comes down to it we should hope and pray another Republican has not taken seat in the highest office in America.

    The People of America '08

    February 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Shamsi Bello

    I strongly agree with the position taken by our potential President Barack Obama on this issue. We need peace in the world and it is time to erase the mind set that creates war, devastation and death. How can one justify killing innocent people (thousands) where ever they may be because a dozen of them did something wrong? Violence begets violence and the beat goes on. We need true people of God and not those who hide behind God's name and teachings while perpetuating devilish mayhem to rule us. They preach forgiveness when they erred but act with vengeance and impunity when they are offended.

    February 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. HA DOAN


    February 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. RobJohnson

    Why are Hillary's supporters so sure that she can "get things done" when she can't even beat a black freshman Senator named Barack Obama for the nomination of her own party? When she couldn't get her health care program through in 1993? When she couldn't see through Bush's lies about Iraq?

    Sorry if this sounds testy, but what is this "track record of success" that Clinton supporters keep talking about? Despite the advantage of being married to Bill Clinton, she has had one of the most unsuccessul careers in recent political history.

    February 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. VincentJ

    All you pro-Clinton fans had better face reality. A victory for Hillary in the primaries means a huge defeat to McCain in November. The only chance is for Obama to make the run. Like it or not !!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. What has happened to Americans?

    If you love this country then do what is best for her. voted for the person who is most qualified, has served for us the people for 35 years and walked the walk when she was a college student. That is a lifetime of service and what are we going to give her for a life of dedication? Our votes. Go President clinton!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Carol Brownell in Colorado

    Hillary, from now until March 4th, and thereafter, please, please exude the feeling of confidence needed for one to win in Ohio and Texas ; let it show through when you are talking to the people. Remember when we were taught that "attitude" counts? "Just Do It! You not only CAN, but YOU WILL do it! I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT YOU! GOOD LUCK!

    February 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Sid

    why dont you just declare Obama winner right now. as you are always ready to show Obama's edge when he is up by 2-3 points. and if hillary is up by 2-3 points, the headline would be " Democrats tied"..........."hillary is ahead within margin of error.".. etc...
    ha ha, this election has been made joke by media.

    February 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Hillary 08

    Why does the CNN homepage call this "Obama has the edge in Texas" and then the title is something different in the ticker, showing a "tight race?" Oh yeah, I know the answer. Because CNN is biased toward Obama.

    Where are the articles showing Hillary's lead in Ohio? Hmmmm?

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Tony, CT

    Polls are like predicting the weather. Hit or miss. Having said that, I'd rather see some new blood in the White House. None of these candidates can tout "experience", since none of them have ever BEEN President. Enough with the petty antics and baloney fed to us in the news already.

    Obama – Webb '08

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Priscilla

    Barak Obama is the man with the plan! YES WE CAN!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Mischelle from Illinois

    Again CNN nice TRY!!! May I suggest an internal audit of your POLLS. Way to spin, you get an A+ today, give or take a margin of error +/- 10% points. Remember your audience??? They are EDUCATED and can think for themselves and they DO know enough to question what they see and read in the media. Polls, haaa, haa, haaaaaaaa.......

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Katina Cruz

    Since when do issues not matter anymore? Obama is a great speaker but says nothing. At least we know where McCain and Clinton stand. To vote for someone simply because they are charismatic is foolish voting. The last time we voted for a "Washington outsider" we got George W.Bush. How did that work out!

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Go Obama!

    I hate polls too. But, Obama is surging right now and Clinton should be worried. Americans are speaking and they are saying change. Let's give this guy a chance. Hillary is running on the coat tail of her husband. She needs to get it together and re stratigize.

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. maureen

    Something reeks of fish! Bill disappears for a day. Then the sky opens up and celestial angels throw down $35 million to Hillary. Or did Bill leave to transfer some of his Dubai funds to help her campaign? Wake up people. Where's your tax returns, Hillary?

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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