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. Paul -Toronto

    Dear Americans. I wish you saw what we saw on TV. The majority of the American people doesn't even know what going on in their own country, let's even not start to talk about foreign politics. One thing I can tell you: the only person who was consistent from the beginning, and can unit AMERICA WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD,
    and is the only person who walks the talk- His name is OBAMA.

    February 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Chris

    Those Hillary supporters claiming polls don't matter were singing quite a different tune a few weeks back when they showed her 20 points up in both Texas and Ohio..You guys/gals are all still at the denial stage in the grieving process..Time to work toward the acceptance stage.

    Sorry, but a poorly run campaign (i.e shooting your stash before the finish line) does not beget a nomination. Nor does it demonstrate competence to run the country.

    And please spare us all that the super delegates owe you something, they owe their constituents. Constituents who voted for Obama..Welcome to the concept of democracy!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Lmaris

    Funny how all the Clinton supporters want everyone to ignore the polls now. When they favored her, she was all for them. Her supporters use of Rovian tactics "Obummer's full name" is deplorable, and should never be a part of our party's campaigns.

    Desperation is showing not only in her campaign, but in her supporters.

    Experience matters ONLY if the individual has a history of making the right choices, asking the right questions. Sadly, Sen Clinton has again and again taken the Bush administration's line when it comes to the war. She enabled him, and showed she didn't learn from her mistake when she voted to allow similar action in Iran. That type of experience we don't need. We've had it for 7+ years already.

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

    Cali guy February 28th, 2008 1:25 pm ET

    Well at least the people of Texas and Ohio will know Obummers full name before they do or don't vote for him. They have that knowledge going into the election. I can't vote for a man that allows his campaign to hide ihs full name becasue of fear that people might take it the wrong way. How are they supposed to take it after the fact should have been one of the question Obummer asked himself before he condoned the tactic,


    February 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Mani, NJ

    I have something interesting for Americans to ponder........ Could it be possible that the media has taken Obama's chant of "change" as a serious idea rather than a shallow campaign slogan. Which brings me to the conclusion that we have been had by eloquence and forceful rhetoric. His economic plan is similar to Clinton's but she's the one that can actually execute them. Its no wonder he was accused of plagiraism and his other ideas are unoriginal and highly partisan. So where is this change coming from again............

    February 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Debby Tulsa OK.

    Clinton will come out on top. She will win!

    February 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Rob

    How does all these Clinton supporters find their way to CNN, but she still looses? If there were as many Hillary fans in the polls and voting booths as reflected in these comment sections, she would be winning.........unless CNN posts very few non-Hillary letters. Interesting. Will THIS one be posted?

    February 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Monte

    Polls just reflect the media wishful thinking. I am over 65 and have never been polled, either before or after voting. Who pays for these anyway.

    February 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Jenny M

    Do these polls include independants or just registered Democrats ?

    February 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Jim & Rhonda

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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. "Go Vote" Reguardless who your choice is


    February 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Robert Johnson


    Hillary needs to THROW one more thing.
    Her support to Barack Obama.

    February 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Corey Tapper

    The headline of the ticker reads, "Obama has edge in Texas". Meanwhile, his three point lead in the poll of polls is well within the margin of error, which very well can mean Clinton actually has the edge. Just another example of the media's bias against Clinton.

    Let the voters decide. This isn't the media's decision.

    February 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. dg houston

    vote the liberals in, watch the money dissapear

    February 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Straigt talk

    It is no longer about Clinton or Obama anymore. It is about D vs R. In my opinion if Hillary win than whitehouse will be for Republican. Comparing larger state with number of state. Hillary won larger state and Obama won more state. If Hillary compete McCain at November, there is a chance that she might lose. From headcount, more people want Obama. Nad definitely he can cut McCain out at November.

    February 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Jorge Sanchez

    Obama will win Texas. I live here. I dont know what the polls are saying but everyone I know is saying they are voting for Obama. Although I they say he is leading by 3 points, i wouldnt be surprised in he won by 5 to 7 points.

    February 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Sonya

    I wish people would research both candidates and they will find that Obama plan is more detailed and will provide solutions to our healthcare and economic plans. He has a more realistic plan and will be able to implement them, not back down as Hillary has done in the past.

    Texas, Ohio research and know the truth!!!!! Obama will not back down and make changes for the betterment of our country!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. JohnS

    Does it really matter; I guess I just have to keep posting these factual info to piss off the Hillary bloggers who are censuring such a free speech

    Now, it really does not matter; Hillary can win ALL the next races and will not get the nomination!!! Recall that the Dems ALWAYS SPLIT the votes. So, one would need to win (a) with large numbers, not just win or (b) win many states, as Obama has done to stay ahead.

    So, this process is only creating a mess for the Dems as the Republicans UNITE and find their footings. So, go ahead and give your votes to Hillary, drag this on, and let us wait for the outcome– a total mess.

    Hillary has NO chance whatsoever of overcoming the odds against her. She started as the frontrunner with all superdelegates, and all the Dems can say is "firewall" states for Hillary to stay in the race– for what? I guess bigger states like CA and NY did not help all that much either!!!er, this late in the game?

    February 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Ron, Honolulu HI

    Clinton is a hot headed and emotional. Tears up at her own rally because people are saying nice things about her? Sigh...we need an adult in the white house who has control over his/her emotions. I would take McCain in this day and age of terrorism but Obama will do since he seems honest and in control.

    February 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Jen

    I agree with SH. This election is going to be fought over the economy and national security. Obama is inspirational when he talks about hope and change. But he sounds like GW Bush when he talks economy.

    February 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. tammy

    Recession is coming ito the whole world and the American people should not be fooled by Clinton who says she will fix the economy and give people health care and homes.There is no such things.She maygetupat 3 am to answer phone calls ( I found it unnecessary ) but she will be utterly helpless.The hard times that will soon fall on America require hope.It is hope that willsustain the American people and not Clinton ' s empty promises.

    Obama 08

    February 28, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. canada 4 Hillary!!!!!


    February 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. becky

    my granddaughter says yeaaaaaaaaa hillarey,booooooooo obama,right mamaw and i say yeaaaaaaaaaaaa ashie. we are rooting for you hillary becky and ashie

    February 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. CHFinkel

    I am resident of the long star state as well. Dont know what CNN or polls arereporting, yet i go from Dallas to Houston three times a week with business. Unless they are polling in East Texas or the Valley, everyone, including all the major papers here are with Obama.

    February 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Dave, MN

    There is only one candidate who has not only said how they will change america for the better, but exactly how they will do it. There is only one candidate who admits where they have made mistakes and has learned from them. There is only one candidate under constant attacks from the media and other opponents. There is only one candidate who will be the best president of the United States in 2009. That candidate is undeniably Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    Go Hillary '08!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I believe it Barack Obama will be the best president of the the United State ,

    February 28, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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