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. JohnQPublic

    The ARG also took a poll in Texas for the Republicans as well as the one mentioned above for the Democrats.

    It shows a strikingly different result. Huckabee only trails McCain by 4% in that poll.

    February 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. james

    However wins, we democrats must stick together

    February 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Sharon

    What is McCain's middle name? Huckabee's? Don't see people referring to anyone using their middle name except Obama. Let's be real here people. It is just for purposes of smear.

    February 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Dave

    Obama/Clinton will bankrupt this country into oblivion with their welfare state. McCain will do the same with his warfare state.

    The dollar is no longer wanted in the world, because none of the above address monetary and fiscal policy.

    Why do we stray so far, when the answer is clearly spelled out in the constitution...

    Ron Paul has my vote

    February 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Jackson

    The Media wants to drive these primaries with their poll numbers ... why don't we just wait and see what happens Tuesday and let the voters decide without the Media hype!

    February 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Mike

    Thank you to all democrats for turning out in record numbers. This speaks well for us no matter who you support.

    Hillary 08, Obama 016

    February 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. She is fighter only she got cheated on by her hubby!

    Hillary's supporters are now pleading for votes on the CNN blogs...LOL man this desparation is just hysterical!!!

    February 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. John

    CNN, stop censoring these message boards. I submitted a post that was not offensive, nor is there too much volume on this board to not post it. I pointed out the need for 3rd party candidates like Nader, who the Republicans and Democrats are scared of. Apparently, you lack the integrity to operate an objective news organiztion, feeling the need to censor info. that isn't in line with your views or your candidates. Guess I'll have to turn to Fox like everyone else.

    February 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Tee

    Thank you for the info LatinoNation..I know that the Latino vote in Texas will be huge for Hillary as in Florida.

    I want to say to Texas and Ohio: Thank you to all (whether latino or not) for voting realistically and making the right choice in casting your vote for Hillary.

    February 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Why HRC?

    Again, I wish HRC supports would stop telling everyone to wake up. How condescending.

    What has the queen of earmarks done in her years in the Senate to make us believe she will right this economy and nation? She voted for the war and the continuation of the war....major reason we're in this mess.

    If you count her 8 years in the White House, which she wants us to, you have NAFTA....which is one of the other major reasons we're in the mess. Of course she will deny NAFTA. It's never her fault. She is only responsible for the postives.....which are what?

    So why HRC? She is a HUGE part of the problem! Tell me supports where has she been tested and risen to the challenge? HRC dodged the question in the debate but maybe you can tell me.

    Please post this...thank-you


    February 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. ACV

    V in Ca states, "t looks like Obama's support is dropping a bit. People are finally starting to question him. Lots to be worried about, there."

    And what evidence do you have of this exactly? The fact the media and the Republicans have turned their attention to them should be a signal to the Hillary supporters that the writing on the wall. But hey, she'll have some time to finish those pesky tax returns on March 5th, no?

    February 28, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Mark

    Folks –
    Let's stick to the basics. If we're looking for greater transparency in Washington, please ask Mrs. Clinton to release her tax returns, her husbands White House papers, and truly demonstrate that she could represent "change we believe in." To date, she cannot be believed.

    February 28, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Jaena from Boston

    She thought NH and SC would be the firewall. Then super Tuesday was the firewall. Then she said "Meet me in Texas" and "Meet me in Ohio." I think she will win if she stops inviting him to these states and just campaign. The man seems to win everything he has touched lately. If you don't win TX and OH, please don't say meet me to PA. It hasn't worked before.....and probably won't work in the future.

    Who am I kidding, lose OH or TX....its over.

    February 28, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Tee

    Why do people say..Hillary is dishonest??? She will be Served and not Serve?? She is tit and tat...Where did you learn this from? Just agreeing with BO huh? Just agreeing with the haters who write untrue Facts on her huh?

    Why not actually, stop listening to speeches, and do the actual work of researching information of each candidate?

    Even Obama knows Hillary is way Qualified than him.

    Why don't you search the archives for CNN or youtube and search: Obama will not run in 2008 due to lack of experience.

    February 28, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. David

    If Hillary is so experienced why can't she get her taxes pulled together and reveal them to the voters before they have to vote? Why did she run out of money and need to lend herself $5 Mil? Why did she have to reorganize her campaign staff mid-season? Why has she had to change "who she is" 97 times during this process?

    Everything I'm seeing in her "actions" tells me that she's not "ready" on day one. She says she is willing to "answer the phone at 3am and "work the nighshift." She appears to be more of a "micro-manager" than Obama. She feels she has to do everything herself. Obama is a leader who will inspire his staff and the people of this country to do great things and move us forward.

    February 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. sue

    So now we have Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, McCain and now even President Bush knocking/challenging whatever Obama says. What does this tell us? The Republicans must think that McCain has a better chance to win if he runs against Hillary. Competing against Obama would be more difficult. And Hillary and Bill don't want to share any of their income tax records until after the votes have been counted on Tuesday–makes you wonder what they are hiding!

    February 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. MD Democrat


    Contrary to what many are led to believe, there are a lot of black people voting for Hillary.

    February 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Alice

    I don't trust poll. I believe Hillary will win.

    Thank you CNN, finally give Hillary some coverage. I was wondering if all CNN peope were have rally for Obama last two weeks.

    February 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. SS

    Clinton wants to be "crowned" the President because she has decided that she wants it. What is her experience that she keeps talking about. Is the spouse of the CEO of a company the logical choice to be the next CEO? The incompetence of her campaign shows she has no leadership skills. Obama has shown that he can motivate people and unite them to a common goal. It does not matter what the trivial details are of all these "programs" as there will have to be negotiations and compromises to get a solution that works for all stakeholders. Thats what OBAMA has shown he is good at. What is the point of sending in Clinton who will insult and try to ridicule anyone who does not agree with her.....that is why these things have not beeen accomplished on previous attempts.

    February 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Francie

    In the end, Hillary will prevail. Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont, it's up to you to put the Best, the Brightest and the strongest as our front runner against the Republican nominee, which is Hillary. Only Hillary can defeat McCain. Obama will be nailed to the cross by the Republican machine and lose to McCain. Don't be fooled by mirrored speeches that Obama brings to the table. Obama wasn't even around when Martin Luther King, Ceasar Chavez, etc. to mirror their speeches or "Yes you can" phrase.

    Hillary's the Right person and the Only person to become our next President!

    February 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. ann

    I believe the citizens of Texas and Ohio are free thinkers and will not follow the media-led cult to the "cheerleader". Hillary in '08!

    February 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Paul

    Ok. Lets end the crucifiction of Hillary, TX and OH. Vote for Obama. Same basic Democratic principles, on with an honest candidate, who knows the value of disarming adversaries with a smile and a laugh, not by be-raiding, or chiding them. I am tired of partisan politics, and dynasty. Put me out of my misery, and end both Hilary's and our suffering. Ultimately if you vote for Hilary, and this continues the democratic party looses too. To Recap: 1) end Hilary's suffering 2)end Dynasty and Partisan politics 3) save us from John McCain. Yes YOU can. Vote For Barack Obama.

    February 28, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Sara, MA

    Hillary's momentum is growing, AND she's doing it while the media acts like she's already out. She's a fighter. She's in it to win. Let's get together and bring victories for Hillary in TX, Oh, RI, CT!

    February 28, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Sara, MA

    Hillary's momentum is growing, AND she's doing it while the media acts like she's already out. She's a fighter. She's in it to win. Let's get together and bring victories for Hillary in TX, OH, RI, VT!

    February 28, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Dan Peters

    Hillary was not running the white house or was she? What experience......give us a break.

    February 28, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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