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. floydfix

    no matter who steps forth on those steps in dc we have, to stand with that person,no one is perfect. but 20 million of us ,can change america.GIT IT DONE! UNTIED OR FALL.

    February 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Sean

    Whay are you only reporting positive news for the Obama campaign (superdelegates switching to Obama) why are you not reporting the
    superdeletage that has switched to Clinton in Texas ? Take
    a read on the Houston Chronicle website today !

    I am now convinced that CNN is biased in favor of Obama !

    February 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. LMR in Mo.

    Jack Cafferty, Do you know it's getting ugly out there? CNN is so biased against Hillary and you are the ugliest of all. Keep your male totosterone out of your mouth.

    February 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. gene

    I am viewing you right now and your reporters and Cafferty are clowns. You skip theTexas l polls and go to your "crap' that Clintons are losing the national pools. You think that for one moment ,believe that the republicains are going to bend their knee down and say " tell us oh bgreat Obama how do you want us to surrender on "choice for women", Gun control which Obama supports, Justices to the court, your got to be "kidding". Cafferty, an idiot that has made me think to vote republican for the first time in my 81 one years of life. Cafferty has to be brain damaged to talk the way he does. Please go back to the Cafferty file, this poor man has "Lost it".

    February 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Vincent Ruzi

    These polls are all cnn tainted. Hillary is going to win it all. Expereince counts . Would you rather go flying with a person who has three flight lessons or 300 its a no brainer. Well except if you are that old ugly balding negative idiot JACK CAFFERTY what a scumbag

    Vinnie SoCal

    February 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. San

    This is very simply!!!Obama is 100% LOGIC!!He is as smart as it gets for a true president!!He is very dedicated to issues that matters to every single american!!,and oh yes he is extremely professional!!OBAMA '08!!!

    February 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Angela

    It is said communication is 93% non-verbal. If one mutes the sound on the debates and observes Hillary's body language from the beginning debates to present, it is evident she does not have the intestinal endurance for this kind of blood sport. What would happen if she got into the White House and had to cope with the pressures of people from an opposing political party, foreign hostile countries, the U.S. Economy, etc. Bet on the long distance runner...not a sprinter.

    February 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Remember the MOVIE "The Distinguished Gentleman" a conman played by Eddie Murphy?? Seems eerily similiar to whats happening in our presidential race!!

    February 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Ronald Jeebs, KS

    Well this vote is going to be easy–I'll try to vote for decency and honesty. That leaves Hillary out, but maybe Obama or McCain.

    February 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Ken in Denver

    It's already over for Hill-Bill...just a mote in the public eye. I just hope Obama doesn't feel pressured to offer VP to her.

    February 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Don't Mess with Texas


    Texas is Ready for Change, Texas with the Grace of God many of whom support Obama. Remember the Texas Two Step

    I will be out on I-20 and Cooper Praying for a change join me a the poll and vote for Obama

    February 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. deb

    I think hillary should stop useing bill in her election, he is putting a damper on her election, whats going to be his title first lady if she elected? anyhow i think obama, has a better chance too win, i will vote for him this country needs new young blood . go obama

    February 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Sasha


    First of all, he has a beautiful name! He is not the kind of person to have shame!

    February 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Rebecca, CA

    Hey Hillary–Got Honesty?

    Where is the WH china?

    February 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. KVS

    Well, I'm currently serving in the US military and have been for over 20 years and I am voting for Obama. Don't confused that there is some sort of pride in dying in a unjustified war that will lead to us just pulling out in the end or having to continue to spend billions of dollars to keep our troops away from their families for years to come. I would hope that anyone who served in Vietnam or Korea would understand as the watch their brothers in arms die for what ended up being a waste. I know we need to have some sort of conflict to justify increased military spending, but this is not a good justification. Wake up out of your slumber, we need to worry about the economic WWIII that is going to be waged by the countries we depend on for oil (Saudi, Venezuela) and everything else ( China). We can't come together as a nation to become stronger, remember the saying "Divide and conquer"? The main reason why Obama is the best candidate for this day and this time is because he is willing to unite Americans and not just the right or left.

    February 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. Susan Elizabeth, MA

    Hillary= all words, no action, no time for the little states, no integrity, more scandals

    February 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Sasha


    HILARY= 35 years, no results

    We can go on like this all day, but I think it is going to be more productive if we unite!

    February 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Joseph

    I do not expect Obama to win in Texas and Ohio....McCain is attacking him daily and bringing up serious drawbacks and cocnerns about Obama....Clinton on the other hand is putting forth her poverty and children programs....Even President Bush atatcked Obama at his news conference....Obama's campaign is in for a shock on March 4th.
    Clinton wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island.

    February 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Marie

    This race is far from over. Hillary WILL win Texas. And it will be time for Obama to get out of this race. He had divided the Democrat party, yet he thinks he will unite Democrats and Republicans! GET REAL!
    He will not win a General Election. He needs to concede so Hillary Clinton can try and WIN the Presidency. If Obama is the nominee, the Republicans WILL win the Presidency, and that is a guarantee. Anyone in doubt needs to go back and look at voters in a GENERAL ELECTION across the entire United States! Obama needs to get out of the race.

    February 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Mike J

    Close races are wins for Obama no matter the outcome. Hillary has to win all the remaining primaries with 60% of the vote, just to close the delegate gap.

    She'll be lucky to win any at all, and she definately won't win any on Tues with 60% of the vote, if she wins any at all.

    February 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. OBAMA '08

    Barack Obama is wise and has integrity. You can tell he is a thoughtful person. Hillary on the other hand – is used to everything being handed to her and when going gets rough – she whines. That is all I have heard her do is whine, whine, whine. I truly can not see her standing up as the Democratic nominee and winning. I think America would vote for a female – just not this female – she is too hung up on just one thing – healthcare. THat is her baby – I'm afraid every other problem would go to the wayside – just as it appears that Bush has a one track mind about IRaq – and his information was wrong. ONly focusing on one thing is wrong.
    Barack Obama would but be great for AMerica – all of us !!

    GO OBAMA!!

    February 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. L B

    What experience did Bill Clinton who was a draft dodger, fled to Canada so that everyone else's son could die in Viet Nam while he perserved himself so that he could become the President. How dare you criticize Sen Obama. Sen Clinton during her first lady days was mean to the American women and now she want our vote. I DON"T THINK SO. Next President Sen Obama

    February 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Jerrold in TX

    What are the folks for Obama basing their decision on since he has NO real accomplisments except that he is a good speaker. He has no plans and we have yet to see any action. Plus Hillary has been raked over the coals by the media and we all noticed how Obama was looking for Hillary during the last debate to answer the Russian foreign policy question 1st as he had no idea of what to say or what foreign policy is... It is more than meeting with foreign leaders and letting them bask in your charm. Get real Obama. Hillary is a real fighter with a long list of accomplishments.

    February 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. She's a victim!

    Why do you guys even solicit comments? It's obvious you'll only print a tiny fraction of the pro-Obama comments, in favor of printing nonsensical vitriole in favor of CNN's favorite candidate...

    February 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. kathy in ohio

    Ohioians cant wait till tuesday and i cant wait for Hillary to pull ahead
    in the remaining states Go Hillary

    February 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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