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. MIwatch

    A fighter vs A talker, who do you want to be your president? Obama as the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee didn't do what he supposed to do to protect the Americans showed that he is inexperience. With the authority given he failed to act, showed that he is a great talker but don't know how to work – This shows his weakness of lack of experience. Too risky to hand him the whole nation.

    February 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Felix

    I'm so sick of hearing that Hillary thinks she is the one who can solve problems. If people wanted to vote based on experience in 1992, shouldn't they have chosen an incumbent president, two-term vice-president, former director of CIA and winner of first Persian Gulf war over a young governor of a (no offense) unimportant state?
    Vision, discernment, inspiration and learning are much important features of a leader than experience. George W Bush is not poor leader because he was inexperienced. He is now been president for 7 year and he is still no better. He was and is a poor leader because he doesn't learn from mistakes, is strong headed and thinks that he is on a celestial mission to be president. This remind of somebody oh yes: HILLARY RODHAM...

    February 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Matt

    If Obama narrowly wins in TX, and keeps it competitive in OH, Hillary is done. It's just math, folks. The supers will back the winner, they don't want the heat of all of Obama's supporters crying foul and taking to the streets. It will cost them their jobs, trust this. After Tues. the writing will be on the wall, and Hillary can go back to her job in the Senate and actually attempt to work for her paycheck, like the rest of us do!

    February 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Hawkeye

    It will be double digits in all the States. Lets' not kid ourselves anymore, Hillary has set the woman for President thing back at least 20 years. A sniper, whiner, decietful, poor loser. Thats it.

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

    1) Hillary will NOT disclose her tax returns, Why Not? What financial sources are behind the $5M that was loaned to her campaign?
    2) What is Bill going to do in the White House?
    3) Don't forget White Water and the other past issues that Republicans will raise.

    These unanswerd questions and issues are a large cloud over Hillary's quest for the presidency.

    Obama in '08

    February 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Scott

    I love how many are posting about voting for Clinton out of fear. If you are afraid why get out of bed in the morning? If you are afraid why go to sleep at night? If you are afraid why even step one foot out of the door? Welcome to the rest of your life, being afraid and unable to move.

    February 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. TJ, Austin, Tx

    this is the kind of headlines gets the brainless people to go behind the herds !

    February 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Krissy

    She needs to win Texas and Ohio by 65% to stay in the race...not just "win" them.

    Math doesn't support her campaign. Unless she trounces him, she isn't going to make up the huge number of pledged delegates that he has. If they split the state, he is still the winner because he still has 150 more delegates.

    OBAMA 08!

    February 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Bill Turcottte

    Its easier to pick on Hillary past , her voting , what she has done or not done simply because she has been around . Its her experience that makes an easy target . Obama does not really have a past so what could you point to. What could you pick on .?

    February 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Amused, Las Vegas

    Why isn't the margin of error included? Would that characterize this as a statistical dead heat?

    February 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Peg

    Don't let the media elect our next president!

    February 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Roger

    Where's the story of a poll showing Hillary up by 4 in Texas and another shows her up by 3. Oh that's right this a CNN our boy Obama headline. Sorry I forgot. Have to go elsewhere to find a positive Hillary story.

    February 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Wesley

    Did Obama take the lead in the last hour? Wasn't cnn's headline something along the lines of "Race tight in Texas" about an hour ago. Any reason for the change, other than to make Obama look good. I am a lifelong Democrat, but cnn is way over the top with this guy.

    February 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Willie

    I just broke up with my girlfriend because she supports Obama. She kept talking about HOPE and CHANGE. She sounded like a zombie.

    February 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Wesley

    Did Obama take the lead in the last hour? Wasn't cnn's headline something along the lines of "Race tight in Texas" about an hour ago. Any reason for the change, other than to make Obama look good. I am a lifelong Democrat, but cnn is way over the top with this guy.

    February 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Krissy

    Obama is winning the popular vote...even if you include Michigan and Florida.

    And Obama's numbers continue to rise..they are not dropping in the least.

    February 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. RAFi68

    they are not even in texas hillary is in from this is the media , the love for obama.....

    February 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Ruth

    Enough of rhetorics and more of solutions! Sen. Clinton has the knowledge, determination and experience to tackle the numerous problems facing our country. Sen. Obama started planning his run for the Presidency on the first day he was elected in the Senate – no wonder he is not able to convene his Foreign Relations sub-committee – too busy laying out the ground for the highest position in the country. He should have relinquished that position to someone capable of doing it – but then, it looks good in his resume. All fluff!

    February 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. t meyer

    Clinton is very bad news!
    the Democrates are bad news!

    if you want more government, and less personal choice then vote democratic....Otherwise you MUST vote the GOP....

    it's your life, your choice!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. SHARON-MN

    Although some might like Hillary....consider her track record...oh, that's right she hasn't released those documents yet...not until after TX and OH.
    USA: Turn out in droves to vote. Cast your vote for Obama. He's the one that can turn this train wreck of a country around. America, listen! Take it to the streets! This is your campain...VOTE! Let's have a nominee and focus on making sure a democrat is in office next year! Have hope! This will happen and Barack Obama is the man to lead us there! He doesn't do dirty red tape politics...Hillary does. Vote OBAMA!
    Obama 08!

    February 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Carole Hanson

    Diplomacy! What a great new idea! "Never negotiate in fear, and never fear to negotiate." The arrogant stand Bush has taken with world leaders has left the US disliked and disrespected around the world. Meeting with other world leaders is a great step toward better understanding among nations and a good first step to better foreign relations. Just because Bush, Clinton, and McCain disagree with Obama, doesn't make him wrong. They appear to be wrong on most issues according to polls and public opinion. Barack Obama is filled with brave, intelligent, hopeful new ideas and strategies. Refreshing!

    February 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. jAnE

    I love CNN. One moment they are in a tight race and another headline Obama is in the lead. Why are they sending misleading headlines? Plus those polls suck. Half the time they are wrong. They change more than we change our underwear. It will never be 100% until voting day and the votes are counted. It is just a way to have a story wo there being news.

    February 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Ray

    I cant believe that people keep saying that Hillary has more experience than Obama...hello!!!! They have been Senators for the same time and Obama served in the Illinois Senatae before that. Obama has more experience in office than Hillary does. Just because you are a first lady does not mean that you can be President. Heck, my brother is a pilot, but that does not meant that I will jump in the cockpit with his wife...Clinton should stay home and keep an eye on her cheating husband. She can't even controll her campaing, what do you think she'll do if she was to get elected...

    February 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. DeVone

    on February 12,2008 Tuesday Clinton was no where near Washington D.C. where senator Obama and Senator Mc Clain
    whent to work, a senate vote. miss I will work so hard for you
    was begging for votes. you vote your heart because the wrong
    vote destroy this whole world . she did not want to go to a
    commercial break during the debate, this was on televison
    she showed her self ugly once again, honestly she is just
    ignorrant

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

    Am I the only person getting tired of this primary season???

    February 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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