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. Justin, Grand Junction, CO

    Experience does matter – so does judgement. Look at the spending of the Clinton campaign and you will see how much judgement and experience has helped. Oh wait... pizza, donuts, almost $100K at a grocery store, rooms at the Bellagio.... nevermind. Vote Obama.

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

    Cali guy

    We always knew his name. This is not news! He has been a US senator for years. It's not our fault that America is just hearing it. Why does it matter now when it didn't matter when he was voting in our senate? Hypocrites! Good enough to vote in the senate but not good enough to proove his worth as president. God you have to the the culture and minds of this country!

    February 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Jean

    Hillary all the way !!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. 2Smart4Mediabias

    GOOOO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HILLARY IS SUPERWOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    VOTE SMART.......VOTE HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Burt

    If the media does its homework and investigate Senator Obama's achievements versus rhetoric to the same extent they have investigated Hillary, then present the unbiased results to the American people, what you'll see is a big shift towards Hillary. I am trying to believe in Obama, but, I ONLY SEE TALK WITHOUT RESULTS. If America wants do nothing President that delivers numming speeches, then Obama is your man. If you want to move the goalpost, then Hillary is your choice. CAN WE STOP SUCCING TO SLICK OBAMA? Let America choose wisely.

    February 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Julia

    VOTE HILLARY '08!! We need someone who has substance, not someone who is all talk and no experience. C'MON AMERICA WAKE UP?? WHATS GOING ON WITH OUR COUNTRY???

    February 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. shane


    if obama loses i'm either voting mccain or i'm not voting, i will be completely turned off from the political process, here's what seems like a God send, almost too good to be true, when in actuality his idea's are simple and they are not outside the box, he's just so normal that washington dispises him because he's hasn't been strickin to the cancer that is washington politics, he's going to make mistakes like all of us but there has never been a guy like him, just a normal american who's idea's are considered farfethed because they are basic and outside the norm of washington. he's new, fresh, and he's not stupid, i mean obviously they talk about experience a lot, like he's not going to have advisors?? i wouldn't be suprised if barack being the man he is offered hillary the oppurtinity to join the staff,

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. m motley

    Crucified? Spare me . . .
    Hillary has brought this one herself.
    Her supporters are as whiney as she is.
    Also delusional.

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Jack

    Obama is a charismatic salesman who is selling us "hope and unity". Let's not forget that Bush was also a "uniter". None of these lofty words will fix the economy or fix Iraq. Only hard work will.

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. jess

    To supporters of Obama,

    Never take anything for granted. We need to keep working for every vote. NEVER COUNT A CLINTON OUT!!!

    Obama '08

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Liz

    These 2 candidates are doing us (democrats) a dis-service. We need to have a clear front runner to start counter attacking the republicans.
    We have McCain, Huckabee, and Hillary attacking our nominee.
    pls hillary has some self respect and dignity and drop out of the race.
    its the democratic thing to do.

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Ranga

    The lofty dreamer dreams (JFK & M.L. King Jr.) and the dreams became real fruits by a doer (Johnson) who new how to navigate and rope the Congress around into compliance. So too the current dreamer's
    (Obama's) dreams need a doer with experience & skills- That seems to be Hillary.

    February 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. John Ka

    Trust is far more important than experience–Look at G.W Bush with his vast experience. Because of Bush our economy and dollar is sinking, 4k dead americans in Iraq, 100k dead Iraqis, failure with hurrican Katrina, walter reed, poorly equipped Army, loss of liberties from the constitution, no respect from the world, bin laden and the taliban are stronger than ever, war costing us trillion that could of been used for our country. So experience is not the problem. The problem is having the same goons in office for the last 25 years. Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush... and you want Clinton again? That's not change.
    We need someone who will fight for the people and restore our constitution. Who cares if Obama has a funny name? Would you rather have Obama in office or the evil one?(Hillary)
    She is not trustworthy. She can't run a campaign, flip flops on issues, is a liar, backstabber, actor, deceiver, power monger, arrogant, egocentric. She can't be trusted and trust is more important than experience.

    February 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Chris K

    One has only to look at how Hillary Clinton has run her campaign for insight into how she will run the presidency. Senator Obama has stayed on message throughout his campaign while Hillary Clinton has flailed about. Senator Obama has been cool-headed while Hillary Clinton appears to ride an emotional roller-coaster. At every turn Hillary pulls out all manner of negative campaign tactics while Senator Obama sticks to the issues. Who will be ready on day one? Senator Obama is ready NOW.

    February 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Tex'un

    There's nothing wrong with polls–the fault is with their interpreters. The Texas data is fairly consistent, showing Obama inching ahead of Clinton. Typically, however, the polls undercount both Hispanic and black voters, so it is still anybody's guess as to what will happen on Tuesday. My own guess is that he will carry Texas, she will carry Ohio and Rhode Island, followed by another victory in Pennsylvania, leaving no clear winner among elected delegates by the time the Democratic National Convention begins.

    I think that the polls most damaging to Clinton are those that show her with consistently high "negatives," a disavantage that might diminish as voters learn more about McCain.

    February 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Dare

    Evidently it seems that Clinton supporters don't seem to get the logic of Obama. Everyone has their policies and agenda's to address all the important issues in this country. They are all good in their ways and some may seem more detailed than the other.

    But the real question is this? How can we get it done? Hillary does not know how to unite people and even if she has good policies, she has far too many negatives to achieve much. If she happens to have a republican congress in the next 2 years, she will be able to do nothing.

    Lets gather around the obvious choice of nominee for the democratic party and push him through to the election in November to the white House. Stop the petty bickering already.

    Obama '08

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Irene in the heart of Texas

    Hillary is getting a free ride from the media. She lied about Hugo Chavez being a dictator (he has been elected multiple times in elections which international observers considered fair whether American politicians and corporations like it or not), She lied at the end of the Ohio debate about the "retreat from democracy" in Latin America. Since the U.S. has been bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq, Democracy has blossomed in Central and South America. She and anyone who votes for her in the primary are dreaming if they think she can win a national election. She may be a fighter, but the last thing this country needs is another idiot who starts a fight just for the sake of picking a fight.

    |Viva Obama!

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. TheLeftNut

    I got an idea…

    Let's elect Hillary and then she can hang the entire Bush/Cheney/Rove administration from the nearest rotten apple tree.

    Payback is a Hillary! You Get'em Girl!

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Ohio For Hillary!

    Hillary is gonna clean house, and boot Obmama Out of the race!

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Mary

    I wonder if some Republicans in states with open primaries may be voting Democratic. It would seem at this point McCain may have a better chance of beating Hillary. Therefore, if Republican voters cross over and vote for Hillary, it could help McCain.

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Bit

    You can't go by the polls.

    Sen. Clinton is a very intelligent and experienced person and has a lot to offer. I initaially considered strongly to vote for her but America does need change and we do, as a people in America, need to come together. We are so divided by politics, race, gender, economic status........and so and so forth. That's what Obama is trying to do-get the people of America together! It would be great if Senator Clinton and Senator Obama could team up and win the White House.

    Is is silly to think that the both of them can work together to make our country better and offer what the country needs?

    February 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Smith

    Texas and OHIO ..

    I'm from beautiful NEW YORK! but there are NO JOBS THERE

    (so I had to leave)

    Senator Clinton broke her promise AGAIN

    She promised JOBS to NEW YORK..
    but there aren't any..

    You have to go to Georgia and Texas for JOBS!

    New York is welfare capitol of the nation.

    Clinton has the MOST experience in making NOTHING HAPPEN!

    February 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. RD

    Hillary, give it up. You're toast in Texas!

    February 28, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Let us think before voting, shall we?

    Hillary Clinton has the potential of being the best Commander in Chief we ever had. I was sympathizing with Obama before, but unfortunately, once he got my attention, he lost me with his inspirational speeches. What I want is the candidate to show me his skills. Not to point out my skills, and what I can do, but what he can do for this country. Hillary Clinton KNOWS what the issues are, what to do about them, what needs to be done, and how to get it done. Choose your topic, she knows about it, and HAS A PLAN to deal with it.

    February 28, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. sam

    it appears that the democrats are being fooled by the republicans and the media. From day 1 they have been gunning for hilary because she was a greater threat to their candidate. They knew that obama was easy meat. The signs are already there to see. You can see how they are "toying" with this inexperienced man of verbosity. God help the Americans and the democrats – another sojourn in the desert.

    February 28, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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