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. SaneTexan

    What biased poll are we talking about? Oh yeah-CNN. LOL! You guys say it enough...it seems to come true. That is where Obama has gotten his "momentum"! You guys are a joke and the whole nation pretty much sees it now.

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Manuel TX

    I'll take an experienced wonk with experience and a great plan over a cult of personality every time.

    I'll be on the lookout for Republicans attending my local caucus ostensibly because they love Obama. I'll throw donuts at them.

    February 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Kingsley Olivelle

    I just read that prince Harry is in afganistan and has been there for a while fighting the taliban. My question is where are the daughters of Geropge Bush and the children of other leaders of America? There are in hiding just like George Bush was during the Vietnam war . Take a lesson from the British. American leaders are all talk. They want the ordinary children to go and die while thier children are well taken care of doing something else. SHAME ON YOU AMERICAN LEADERS! You are the pits!

    Kingsley Olivelle

    February 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. matt

    WOW!! looks like clintons supporter are alot like her...

    February 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Fact Check

    To "She's a Fighter,"

    Have you ever looked at whether the facts back up your and her rhetoric?

    The most deliciously ironic thing about this campaign is that Senator Clinton is making the accusations about Obama supporters being in fairytale land, all the while her slogans of the day have no grounding in reality.

    "She's a fighter," great and who isn't that makes it to the national stage. "She's a doer, not a talker." What big things has SHE accomplished in her 3 1/2 decades of "experience"? Not much. "She's ready on Day 1." She so poorly mismanaged the first major thing that a Presidential candidate needs to manage (their campaign) that she had to loan herself money last month.

    In the words of Senator Clinton, GET REAL.

    February 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. JB

    Correst me if I am wrong, but didn't the Clinton camp say that they would have to win Texas AND Ohio big in order to have a chance? Even if she ends up winning by a few points, It should still be over.

    My guess, she will make an excuse to stay in regardless of losing Texas or winning by a slim margin.

    February 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Polls are many and varied. CNN is just one of MANY. The OTHER Polls being announced on Local T.V. in Texas indicate that Clinton is ahead in the Polls. CNN Polls never match the others.

    February 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Linda Gray

    What really bothers me is that Hiliary keeps saying she will fight – that she is a fighter- well, we had a fighter – Bush! We do not need that ! I think that people are not thinking clearly about Hiliary – women want "woman power" and that is the only reason they are voting for her. If they would just think about how women are thought of by foreign dictators – she will have no respect from them and it is imperative that we have someone who will stand up to them diplomatically!! Obama can negotiate better with them as he has what it takes to do so and that is what this country needs!!! OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. California Independent

    One has Obama up. One has Clinton up. Both have me bored.

    February 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. maureen

    Hillary needs to concede before she does more damage to the Democratic party. After she's conceded, she needs to divorce Bill and start a donut franchise. Then they both need to get out of politics because it's not their gig.

    February 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. California Voter

    Recommend that American voters in Texas and Ohio listen to Fox News a little more. They are bringing out his connection to the Trinity United Church of Christ - a separatist church.

    February 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Tesa P

    OBAMA 08....

    MRS CLINTON IS NOT THE BEST PERSON TO FIX OUR ECONOMY, AFTERALL SHE IS FOR BIG BUSINESS, SHE CANNOT DO WHAT SHE SAYS SHE WILL, IN THE DEBATE SHE WAS ASKED ABOUT HER PROMISE TO CREATE MORE JOBS IN NY, WHICH SHE FAILED TO DO, HER ANSWER WAS SHE WAS NOT ABLE, BECAUSE HER HANDS WERE TIED. FINE, BUT A FIGHTER FIGHTS FOR THEIR BELIEFS AND KEEPS THEIR WORD. AND THERE LIES THE PROBLEM, CLINTON IS NOT BELIEVABLE. SORRY BUT FOR OUR ECONOMY TO BE FIXED, OUR GOVERMENT HAS TO GET FIXED AND CLINTON IS NOT THE MECHANIC.

    February 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. California Independent

    Oh, I forgot.... guess who won yet another focus group? Hint: they considered her smarter, better on the economy and better on foreign policy. Who would'a thunk it.

    February 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Priscilla

    Barak Obama, YES WE CAN!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Roland

    Polls usually undercut Obama's numbers by 5 or 6% because they usually don't usually survey people with cell phones only. Those people are a large part of his core group of supporters, namely the youth vote and Yuppies.

    February 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. jizzle

    Yes, most people don't believe in polls, however you can believe that Obama has won 11th contests in a row!! And I believe he will make it 15 in a row!! We can all clearly see that Hillary cannot unite the Democratic Party or the American people. Unless we are united, we will not defeat the Republican party.

    You will all be surprise how he improve in the Latino community and older women. He reaches out and touch all groups of people....young, old, black, white, brown etc. Are we not living in a diverse society??

    Obama 08' !!

    February 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Ramirez (Texas)

    So what!!!! Obama is our guy.

    He is good guy and we like him. If God is with him, no matter what Bush-McCain-Hillary are seing, he will be our president.

    February 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    PSST Obama, Al Qaed is currently in Iraq. Come on Hillary we need you.

    February 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. maureen

    James – Clinton is going to have to win TX, OH and PA by 65% to stay in the race. Mathematically speaking, if she did that, she'd still be behind in pledged delegates. It's a tie in TX and she's only up by 4 points in OH. And don't count on super delegates. Five have left her train wreck in just the last week and Obama has picked up 30 in the last 2 weeks. I'm still for Fred Thompson, but the math speaks for itself.

    February 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. A HARD LEFT!!!!!

    IF HILLARY BECOMES A RAPPER SHE COULD CHANGE HER NAME TOO O.D.P= OLD, DIRYT, POLITICS!!!!!!!!! BWAAAHAAAA!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Adam

    Barack Obama will be the nominee.

    Hillary needs to stop hurting the Democratic Party and just leave.

    McCain is starting to lead in the national polls because we HAVEN'T chosen a nominee.

    The PEOPLE already have, in delegates, popular vote, etc.

    It's Obama.

    She needs to GO AWAY so we can have a chance to actually win.

    February 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. maureen

    To: Carla Mollica
    MSNBC just announced today that Obama is leading by about 1 million in the popular votes.

    February 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Hope, OH.

    we are not as divided,
    as our politics suggests;
    we are one people; we are one nation,
    here and together, we will begin the next chapter in America,
    the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast;
    from sea to shining sea -
    Yes. We. Can.

    -Obama 08!!

    We Want Change!

    February 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Adam

    By the way, does anyone find it a bit odd that Mark Penn is working with John McCain's top advisor?

    SHE'S NOT A DEMOCRAT.

    February 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Golden Chica

    To all my latino friends, let's deliver the State of Ohio, Texas to the best candidate running for president and that is Hillary Clinton, the first female president.

    February 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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