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. Roland

    V in Ca is in lala land. Obama's numbers have done nothing but go up lately. Hillary supporters are much like the candidate herself...always in a state of denial and always ready to blame someone else other than herself, be it the media, the unimportant red state vote, caucuses, youth vote, etc. etc...

    I remember her and her campaign still saying the youth won't show up to vote (this even after the early states!)

    February 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. stacy

    thank you LatinoNation for Clinton.

    February 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. GJ

    Hillary doesnt know what the truth is.

    The White House came out and said they are not holding up releasing her records BUT that its the Clintons....

    Now just think about it. The White House (aka the Republicans) dream of Hillary winning since they know she will galvanize their base and she has such strong negatives .. yet they come out with the statement they did.

    She cant be trusted.

    She didnt even know Medvedev name – never mind how to pronouce it.
    You call that expereince?
    You call that ready on day one?

    Sounds on Day One she needs a voice coach to teach her how to say the new President's name.

    Looks like the empress has no clothes!

    February 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Kirby Lafayette La.

    Hope & inspiration dont solve problems ?.....oh ok i guess being bummed out and depressed about the sad state of affairs in this country will inspire. HOPE IS A GOOD THING.

    February 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. TC

    I see all the Obama haters have blogged. Polls have been wrong, but they also have been right. GO OBAMA. Change is what is needed. Remember people, Hilary had double digit lead a few weeks ago so to have the % so close really say something.... People want change and not just someone who has been in Washington 35 years!

    February 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. John Smith

    Thank god Obama's was raised by whites. If he was raised by blacks we would see the debate live from Attica state prison.

    February 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Chuck in Oregon

    Hmmmm... If this were reality then I would say it was in the bag... but we all know how polls go. There are many out there that will say on thing and do something else... its called disinformation and they enjoy doing it. Who trust those numbers, not me. I would rather they not be mentioned again until the actual voting takes place then maybe compare the fiction to reality so to speak.

    February 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Steve H.

    It's over Hillary. Nice try – now stop killing the party

    February 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. marion

    To Call Guy: Barack Obama is not hiding his middle name. He has written two books and stated his full name in them. He was asked why he didn't change his name when running for office and he said he had no intention of changing his name just so it "sounded" more American and less "ethnic." And when asked if he thought he was the underdog, he mentioned that with a name like his, he would of course be the underdog. He has never hidden his middle name, which is not any different sounding than the rest of his name..I don't get your point. If his name was John Hussein Smith then perhaps what you said would make sense.

    February 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. sarah

    There is a new poll out today on real clear politics showing Hillary is up 4% in Texas!

    Hillary raises $35 Million Dollars in February!



    February 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Eric

    I was leaning toward voting for hilary till she fired one of our own Patti Solis Doyle. Remember our fellow latino Patti Solis Doyle?? Hillary made her step aside (Fired for all purposes). Is this what we can expect from Hillary? Once she gets what she wants(our vote) then throw us to the side like that. We latinos need to stick together and vote Obama.

    February 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Insider

    5 point win or loss in Texas primary coupled with a marginal win for Obama in caucas menas he nets more delegets..... the party is over for Hillary.

    February 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. DeVone

    the think about poles they are just that up and down up and down
    America listen and chose open your heart and your MIND
    then make your chose

    February 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. outsider

    After reading all comments and blogs i believe more ppl support Clinton than Obama, but somehow CNN and other media just doesnt get it..

    February 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Kirk



    February 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. LT

    Of course that's what the poll CNN conducts would say.
    The papers in Texas say it's close, but are not saying any one is

    February 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. margo


    February 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Jen in VA

    I'm sick of the polls and the primaries, I hope March 4th will come soon and rule out everything already. Hopefully Hillary will drop out if she doesn't win BOTH Texas and Ohio. I'd be surprised at her motive if she chooses to stick around even so.

    For those of you who are undecided, vote for Obama at least by looking at the fact that the White House was occupied by Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush for the last 20 years. Do you want to add another Clinton in the row? Gimme a break. I'm afraid Jeb Bush will run for president in 2012 then. Sheesh.

    February 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Nigeria girl

    So what? Clinton has a plan, did she precisely outline how the "plan" will help our tommorrow in such economy as this current one. People, please don't be fooled by someone who promises that they have the perfect plan to help your tommorrow because guess what? they will fail you and even if they don't mean to fail you, circumstances around them will pressure them to go in the opposite direction. a perfect example: She rants and boasts and I am wil paraphrase "Obama, meet me at the Ohio debate" "Obama shame on you" and when she gets sitted next to Obama, she went soft like fresh spinach bathed in hot water!!!

    Clinton's attitude(whinning about gettting the first question all the time) should be an example of how she will change her course of action if she's allowed to reach the oval office.

    Obama gives us the opportunity as Americans to be involved in what happens to us as individuals. He even stated that we ought to know what the government is doing on our behalf (again i am paraphrasing here). Which I, as an educated individual, I totally believe that's the only way we can all work together and make this country the greatest place on earth.

    So to sum up my point:


    February 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Jefferson

    I hope Sen. Clinton wins both Ohio and Texas. Although Obama is a strong candidate, he has no substance. Hillary is more experienced and will be more serious than Obama.

    Change does not happen overnight, and a good judgement is required to see what needs to be changed. Hillary Clinton has that judgement and she has proven it. Can't say the same thing for Obama and his empty call for change.

    February 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. watson

    Obama is the greatest ever, love him or hate him is smart. He makes his rival look like she is interlectually challenged!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. DS


    The value of the dollar is not such a bad thing, and could acutally provide an incentive for foreign investment to create jobs here in America instead of other places.

    When we are four trillion dollars in debt due to a useless that can be the explaination for the expenses we are currently facing. Instead of providing subsidies for American citizens we are wasting it on a war that we cannot win.

    And on a last note... none of the candidates have executive level experience. None of them have run business, or held a post of executive authority... so this mysterious experience factor everyone talks about with Senator Clinton is not real; it is just some more of the the smoke and mirrors we can expect from traditional politicians.

    February 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. christian

    James Smith February 28th, 2008 1:24 pm ET

    Sen. Clinton is holding her own in Texas, despite the perceived momentum of Sen. Obama. I think she'll win, and wins in Texas and Ohio will keep her in the race. And for those supporters of Sen. Obama who say Sen. Clinton should drop out, I say that you shouldn't be afraid of a little competition. We're not.


    February 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Ben R.

    Look at what happened in New Hampshire. The media harped on the most qualified person running for president in god knows how long, and she WON!!! Lets repeat history Hillary, you are our favorite ROCKSTAR!!

    February 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Jim in CT

    How about the poll at Real Clear Politics that shows Hillary ahead by 4 points? Can CNN report any positive news or stories about Senator Clinton!
    I never heard one word on CNN about the two dozen retired military leaders who endorsed Hillary on Tuesday – why would that happen?

    February 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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