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. OBAMA '08

    OBAMA in '08
    he is the best candidate for AMerica – all of us
    He has integrity and and is thougtful
    HE does not / has not had everything handed to him
    Hillary is a whiner,
    America would elect a woman – i think – just not this woman

    February 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Teresa in Kansas

    It's a good thing the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon didn't have a Vietnamese name.

    February 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Jim, AL

    People the question was if the war was over and we leave Iraq, and Al Quaeda comes back-it was a hypothetical question, with Al Quaeda leaving Iraq. Obama knew Al Quaeda is in Iraq.


    February 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Bob

    @Mad in Texas, I have respect for your service to the country but you forget the point, there was "NO" al quida in Iraq before US invaded it, US with its only utter stupidity created a haven for al quida there and only Obama had the brains to oppose it. That war has done US more damage (in every respect, loss of lives, finacial damage, loss of credibility, empowering US enemies) then what the terrorist could have ever dreamt of, so wake up, if any one is a fool its the onces who decided to invade Iraq, saddam must be laughing in his grave.

    February 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. barry setk

    Does anyone really think ,that all these independent voters will vote for obama in the fall?Give me a break!!!!
    These people who say ,i cant decide between obama or Mc Cain are nuts!!!!Dems and Republicans are like night and day!!Pick one and stick with it.I cant stand Independent voters, How could you not ,be able to pick a candidate who best fits your values?If you want liberal judges vote for a Dem,If you want conservative judges vote for a republican!! Very easy not hard.
    If you cant believe in a certain party,and be loyal to the message and agenda of that party.STAY HOME PLEASE!!Well i think ill run out and vote for Obama,because i hate Hillary.Then vote for McCain in the fall!You all suck!!And dont even understand what it means to be a Dem or a Republican!I wonder if Independents , have a hard time deciding who to sleep with,A MAN OR A WOMAN?or what to eat MEAT OR VEGGIES?Its not like the 2 parties have alot in common, when it comes to the issues.For christ sake pick one!

    February 28, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Barney, Long Island

    Hi Mad in Texas: I am also an Army vet who served in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf and you are right on target!!...But remember look at Obama's following; super liberals and cowardly liberal youths. They would be burning their draft cards today if there still was a draft. These kids are so anti-war and don't have the guts to fight for their country, but rather sit on the freedom the military provides for them. I know you are very proud of your son and I too am equally proud of him and all the other men and women serving our country. These liberals and the Obama followers should be supporting our troops, not talking retreat without victory. I only hope these supporters wake up before the election or will be doomed as a nation. Best of luck to you and your family. GOD BLESS AMERICA

    February 28, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Think Critically

    Looks like Hillary has adopted the Ron Paul blogger-attack, eh? Every grandmother seems to be on the internet today.

    Too late. She loses.

    February 28, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. From Southern California

    Has anyone seen that Senator Clinton has put forth a program to help children from poverty with a 12 year program?? I know it isn't well publicized – but just wait – Obama will come out with something soon........he is fabulous at playing 'follow the leader'

    Vote for a leader – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    February 28, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Damon

    Go HillarY we are with you....

    February 28, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Hiliaria

    Obama supporters,

    How can you follow such a fool? He can't even answer a question. During the debates, his only response is,'Yes, I agree with Hillary." He is so naive, that maybe we should send him down to Pakistan to fight next with Prince Henry. Or better yet, he should buy Jackos Neverland and leave there... This way his followers can and vist him and enjoy NEVERLAND....

    February 28, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. MD

    I like Hillary; however, I love Obama. He has conducted himself like a leader. In this crucial period of our history, we need somebody like him to lead us. Effective management and leadership are about choosing the right individuals for support. This is particularly evident in how he runs his campaign. If he selects a good vice president (which I believe he will) it will make-up for his lack of experience.

    February 28, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Cali guy

    To P, Obummers full name wasn't what I stated as the issue. I don't care what his full name is. I don't elect any candidate on that basis. What I did point out and you seemed to miss, was his and the Democratic party's (whcih I belonged to untill just last year then changed to Independent so you know just what I am) lack of trust in the American people to be able to see as I did that it didn't matter what his name is and called to question that judgement on his part.

    February 28, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. matt

    An article just came out not too long ago today by the Philadelphia Inquirer and it states, "Senator Obama once in 2003 and twice before that effectively voted for infanticide. He voted to allow doctors to deny medically appropriate treatment or, worse yet, actively kill a completely delivered living baby. Infanticide – I wonder if he'll add this to the list of changes in his next victory speech and if the crowd will roar: "Yes, we can." – Please vote for Hillary Clinton!

    February 28, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. floydfix

    just wait too pa, just like texas, new toll road, and beating down industry, we have more lumber here then god has name. and more oil for the next 100 years protect the enviorment yes. but the the jobs it will create, be awesome.agree or disagree. the past 20 years are YOUR 'RE goverment at it best lol!

    February 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Mary

    Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island. Get out and vote for Hillary!! Take your family, friends and neighbors, every vote does count. Obama looks worse each day as the truth about him starts to come out. November will be too late. We are in very tough times and Obama is just too darn scary.


    February 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Allison Marie

    GO HILLARY........GO HILLARY...........GO HILLARY.............GO HILLARY

    February 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Giselle

    Hillary is the worst candidate I've ever heard. Her supporters have been brain-washed, especially gullible women who are promised a fools' paradise. Big mistake!
    Not my vote Hill.

    February 28, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Carrie PA

    To the people of TX, OH, RI, and VT, please vote for Obama. Let's end the Bush and Clinton Monarchy!

    February 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I'm supposing the bulk of the $36 million raised came from the new not-for-profit organization in California that doesn't have the dollar limits that regular campaigns do. How sad!!

    Obama is not a "fool," but an articulate, honest, clear thinking visionary who will lead our nation in a way we can be proud of.

    Keep the faith. Clinton will not survive this campaign.

    February 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. flickwilkerson

    That is a lot of sentimental gushing from Mad in Texas. You and your son served in Army. Good for you, I'm sure your country is proud. But what bearing does that have on whether or not Obama is fool? Your appeal to emotions fools no one, least of all Obama voters who are already sick of that kind of deceptive rhetoric and will not be swayed one bit by it.

    February 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Dylan

    Go Hillary go. bit Obama in Tx and OH

    February 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Glenn

    Tuesday will not end this unless One..Hilliary wins in all four states by double digits or two Obama wins either Ohio or Tex. I believe our only chance at the white house is Obama. Clinton is just not a leader or motivator. She has proved from her other attempts that she can't deliver on her promises. Time will tell if Obama can.

    February 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    What is this "experience" that everyone speaks of? Do you think George Washington had experience to be president, or Abraham Lincoln, who only spent one term in congress? Both of which were great presidents.

    It was her husband that was president, not her. It would have been illegal for her to be in the room for any of those major decisions. The only thing that she really took head on while first lady was healthcare, and she accomplished nothing because she didn't want to budge on what she wanted. It was a failed attempt.

    I think it's been proven by now that America needs a change. Over the course of the last 20 years we've had Bush-Clinton-Bush and now you tell me that we should elect another Clinton, that will accomplish nothing.

    Besides all that, I think it's been proven that just because you're the relative of a president and you may understand the office, it does not mean that you'll make a good president. Just look at H.W Bush and W. Bush. Do we really want more of that?

    February 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Jimmy O

    Google "Clinton convicts" and see the results, that is the legacy of the Clintons from the 90s. Why should people with this kind of rap sheet want to rule us? America deserves better, vote to reject the Clinton THIRD TERM proposition.

    The Clintons have so much baggage and can never win a general election in the country again. There is so much Clinton fatigue, Democrats wake up. The republicans will tear apart her phoney "35 years of experience". She is not in the White House and she is having meltdown, after meltdown.. God save America from the Clintons. Sleak Bill and Hill back in the WH, not going to happen.

    February 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. June

    I listen to the new today and Alelfa Callejo stated that the only thing Obama has against him was that he is black. She is a great supporter of Clinton and Hispanic votes. When Clinton was asked about it she stated people could say what they want and she has no control. But later said that she would denounce and reject Callejo statement, but you notice she did not denounce or reject Callejo herself as Clinton knows she needs the Hispanic votes no matter what they say. But Hillary did not let Obama get away with that in debate, he not only had to denounce but reject his supporter.

    February 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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