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. NCDem

    I'm so proud that Sen. Clinton continues to be, as someone mentioned above, "a fighter."

    I'd like to paraphrase a sentiment I read on another blog: "Let them take it to the convention...this is democracy in action."

    I believe in Hillary's abilities and believe in her campaign and will continue to contribute what I can afford to her campaign.

    Clinton '08

    February 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |

    HRC SHOULD BASH HIM ON THIS ONE. Obama is talking from both sides of his mouth

    Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Mr. B.

    Do You Want To Know Why ?

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Gary

    Like I said ,its a bias race.They knock the only one that can really bring change of better for our country.If they slammed Obama as much as her and Bill,he would yell race.That shows how strong of a leader Hillary would be for our country. America will wake up someday.I just hope it isnt to late. Go Hillary

    February 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Brian

    Senator Clinton can't get the job done. She is too unstable as her actions the past week have shown. Perhaps her husband can.....the guy controls her and anyone that thinks differently better try to think again. He went out on her numerous times and had 2 affairs that lasted over 12 years each and he talked her into staying with him...that tell you how much influence he has over her? So for those who want BOTH Clintons back in the White House, go ahead and vote for her and perhaps when she cries over the economy, it will make a difference but I doubt it. Perhaps her getting angry about it will help? Lying? Ranting? or shall we try being mocking? Those are the tactics she has used this past week so we now know what lengths she will go to in order to get her way.

    February 28, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Jeanne Marszalek

    Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for President. She is the most knowledgeable and is ready to take office on day 1. Obama would be going through a learning process like so many presidents before him and the results often have been disaster, like the present administration.

    Hillary has been so unfairly treated by the media. I am a daily listener and viewer of CNN and since the South Carolina primary, almost everything said about her has been negative and everything about Obama has been positive. In addition, Obama's name has been mentioned al least 10 times more than hers. (The same could be said for John Edwards. He was mentioned even fewer times than Hilary Clinton. No wonder his campaign failed.} If the media repeats Obama's name so often in a positive light and Hillary's very few times in a negative tone, no wonder he has been soaring in the polls. If he wins the nomination, he can send a big thank you to CNN with a special thanks to Wolf Blitzer, Jack Cafferty and Gloria Borger.

    February 28, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Irish

    Go Hillary!
    We are counting on you. Arizona is sticking with you.

    February 28, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. TExas Latino

    HIllary...We love you baby! We are behind you. We have more registered voters than African Americans..We can win Texas for you. Ohio loves you..The rest will follow.

    February 28, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Hillary's next SNL quote = "Buh Bye"

    YAY! Considering these were similar numbers to Wisc (which Obama won by a WIDE margin) and considering even a narrow loss in TX would knock ole Billary out of the race, this is the best news of the week!

    Look for Obama to beat Clinton 53% to 46% in TX and 50% to 49% in Ohio.

    Buh Bye Hillary!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. ma ma aung

    go hillary .
    we support you

    February 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. ClintonStrong

    Clintonin08 ....Did they tell OBama not to count his chickens before they hatch?? Its never over even if stupid pundits are ready to write their stuipd little comments..

    February 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Hillary's next SNL quote, "Buh Bye"

    Considering she needs to win BOTH TX and Ohio and considering these are similar numbers to polls taken in Wisconsin before that primary (that Obama won by a wide margin), this is the best news of the week.

    Look for Obama to win both states TX will be 53/46 and Ohio will be 51/48.

    Buh Bye Hillary!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. barefootboy

    No telling how the vote will go, but Clinton was betrayed by John Lewis. Jesus was also betrayed, but he was the winner. John Lewis is just another Judus. Never acted like a Christian anyway.

    February 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Ray in OR

    The point isn't who could do the job. The point is who can GET the job.

    Both candidates are intelligent people with honorable public service experience (and don't let the 35 years fool you, it's a smokescreen). Either would be as ready as the other "on Day 1" – which is to say, there's a lot to learn when you become President.

    But EVERY single matchup I've ever read says that Obama would do better than Clinton against McCain. Clinton's disapproval rating (percentage of people who are averse to her) would hurt her. That might not be fair, but it's fact. Do any of you have figures or sources that disagree?

    Do we want a Democrat in the White House? I think it's crucial.

    Obama '08

    February 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. AntiBrenda

    Some people are crying that Hillary is being "crucified" and abandoned by those who were behind her at the beginning. One must be so ignorant to suggest this but not wonder why? A followup question for this should be why its happening, that such a large number of influential and afluent Americans found her favorable then but not now. Do the math and you will stop whinning!

    February 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. frank

    We are still optimistic that Hillary will win the nomination. I hope americans will see the difference between them. I want to see Clinton-Obama.

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. snnn

    Time to wake up!!!!! hope is not enough as somebody said

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Elder

    Can Obama explain, What his plans are?
    I want to see his plans on the economy, foreign policies, and Irag.
    In every debates. he agreed with Sen. Clinton all the issues that the nation faces.

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Linda Timbs

    John Edwards should have been the candidate to go after whatever republican that ran, but the media and pundits shoved him off of the stage from the start, after all he was a white male, and in this election that didn't mount to much, but for some reason, the media is in love with Obama, I don't know why, except it makes news, now when all is said and done and Obama can't possibly win, but the news media has put him there, the media and the CROSS over republicans, come on someone see what is going on here, anyway I digress, when this is complete and we have another 4 years of Bush policies, the media will still be there to report and slant, but I just hope we the people replace them too.

    February 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Marie

    Anyone who continues to endorse such a candidate as HRC is truly blinded as to what TRUE character of leadership involves!
    The USA will be seen as divisive, lacking leadership with integrity, and sending the clear message that the Presidency can be BOUGHT
    All of you shouting "experience" in defense of HRC......it takes much more then that to be a leader! Who is whining, demanding and expecting Bill's favor's to be called in?

    I am so sick of reading the pathetic attempts to slander Obama's name, race and culture! Do you people forget where the Clinton's took us?
    The Clinton's have always been about themselves, their own agenda's and having their name attached to other people's hard work!!!!!
    Another Clinton in office to lead another generation into adultry, lies, deception and cover ups? I THINK NOT

    Thank God most ppl in America are waking up!
    People of Texas and Ohio.......Vote for integrity and the purging of Washington once and for all!
    Obama represents the change that is needed in America!

    February 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. Steve

    You have two choices at this point. With a 48% negative rating, Hillary will NEVER be elected president in the general election. She thinks she's "vetted?" That's hilarious! Just wait til the Repubs remind everyone that she enabled her husband/president to act as a sexual preditor in the White House!

    The Choices:
    1. Vote for Obama and hope he can beat the Repubs in Nov.
    2. Vote for Hillary and throw your vote away.

    It's really that simple. A vote for Hillary Clinton right now is nothing more than a protest vote that will harm the Democrat's chances in November by keeping this joke of a campaign going.

    February 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Daniel Boone

    If someone will tell me how many African American voters there are in Texas ,how many latino' voters, and how many white voters then we will all know who is going to win==At least that is what the media says.

    February 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Obamacan

    People wake up! Do you want a President that whines and jabs and changes colors for the next 4 years? Hillary is a corrupt phony and we deserve better than her.

    February 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Tee

    I sometimes wonder who they talk to when they do this polls????

    I believe Hillary will Hold Texas and Ohio and RI. and maybe even vermont.

    But as for Texas and Ohio-It will be Hillary's all the way.

    February 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Paul from Kissimmee

    Clinton may win in Ohio. If she won Texas, it wouldn't be by much. I think she needs to win Texas by at least 15-20 points.

    February 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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