February 28th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
6 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. AJ, IL

    I just read that Politico is reporting Hillary is estimated to have raised $35 million in February of 2008. Can anybody confirm this? I have also heard the number was more like $24 million.

    February 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. John

    Cnn seems to be on Hillarys side, probably won't print this but Barack H. Obama Is the right guy at the right time. Barack we know your fighting for us and we'll keep on supporting you. Obama 08 yes we are.

    February 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Greg, NY

    For people saying that Clinton will be stronger on the economy than Obama, just take a look at their campaign's please. If Hillary has as much trouble managing our economy as she does with managing her campaign's money, then we're in trouble.

    Obama might not have experience, but he knows how to surround himself with people that do have the experience. He is sure to do that when he is elected.

    February 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. PE

    I would very much like to see a debate between the remaining Republican candidates. John McCain does not have the nomination wrapped up and it disenfranchises voters when we are told we must rally around the presumptive candidate. It is a disservice to the other candidates that they are expected to drop out of the race at this point.

    Mike Huckabee has won primaries and caucuses in states that Republicans must win to take the national election and was second by the narrowest of margins in South Carolina, Missouri, Washington and Oklahoma. Governor Huckabee would most likely have won SC by an overwhelming margin but for the presence of Fred Thompson, who dropped out the next day. More people have voted against Senator McCain than those who have voted for him. That is telling. The voters deserve to be allowed to make their own choice without pressure from the national party or from the media.

    Let the debate happen!

    February 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. CClaudia

    In a Texas poll released TODAY, shows Senator Hillary Clinton with a commanding 41 point lead over Senator Barack Obama among Hispanics

    A new Latino Decisions Texas Poll found that Hillary leads her opponent among registered Latino voters in Texas 62% to 21%, with 15% undecided.

    It's funny because CNN keep mentioning how Hillary is losing her Latino support but apparently this does not reflect this NEW poll at all.

    GO HILLARY CLINTON

    February 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Laura Johnson

    Hillary is a total liar and hypocrite. She WELCOMED the endorsement of that anti-Jewish group in New York until it became politically untenable to do so. WHAT A PHONY!

    And her chief strategist Mark Penn is a UNION BUSTER!

    We can't keep sending the same people back to the Presidency and expect different results.

    Wake up people! And Barack Obama has more REAL experience than Hillary does anyway. He was putting food on the table of working folks in Chicage while she was a CORPORATE LAWYER FOR FREAKING WALMART!

    Hillary Clinton, Oct 10th, 2002:
    "...any vote that may lead to war should be hard - but I cast it with conviction.

    And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation. "

    Hillary Clinton? WRONG EXPERIENCE, WRONG CANDIDATE, WRONG TIME.

    February 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Jeff

    IT'S HIS MIDDLE NAME. THIS CRAP THAT YOU CANNOT SAY ANYTHING NOT NICE BECAUSE THE GUY IS BLACK IS PRESIDENTIAL AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. PAR FOR THE COURSE.

    February 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Ryan from New Mexico

    Change through Experience, lol why are people so worried anyway???
    i mean Hillary will take Texas and Ohio, take back the lead and on towards the nomination.

    Obama is pretty good, but his voters are just to dang extreme. lol they remind me of Ralph Nader's voters in 200....they go after ANYONE who doesnt submit to his message.

    lol My god, Obama isnt the only candidate and he vertainly isnt right on most issue, nor is Clinton but i trust Clinton because i know she'll do this country justice within the first 100 days and try to influence the Free Market to make the Dollar Strong again for my family and the rest of the country.

    As for the War will, lol i dont think either of those two knuckle head on the Democratic side know what their talking about, but as a Marine Corps Veteran, the Iraq War will play out on its own Merit whether the next president will be a Republican or Democrat because its the President who listens to the adivce my brothers and sister on the ground over there...not the other way around

    Go Hillary!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Ron

    Why won't Hillary release her tax returns? If the roles were reversed you don't think she wouldn't be saying "What does Barack have to hide??". All of you Hillary supporters need to ask yourself this question. If it were "YOU" running ahd this question came up. Isn't the ONLY reason you would not want to disclose it is you felt there was something there that could cause problems? I was once a person who felt Hillary could bring change..BUT isn't this the same old runaround we always get?? When Hillary challenged Barack about his subcommittee not having meetings, he didn't hedge or hesitate. He simply put it out there" I been running for President." And while you may not like the answer..At least it was direct and honest. Hillary does not possess this quality. The old -school politics is embedded in her. Americans are REALLY tired of this.

    February 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. republic of freedom

    IF OUR DOLLAR WAS WEAK WHY WOULD OTHER COUNTRIES IN DESPAIR WANT OUR HELP. GO BACK TO THE TREASURY BOOKS AND LOOK: "THE AMERICAN DOLLAR IS STILL STRONG AND STILL GOING LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY"

    February 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. CHERYL

    I AM WITH (SHE IS A FIGHTER ) ABOVE!

    WELL SAID! I HOPE THAT TEXAS AND OHIO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE!

    THIS IS NOT A VOTE FOR AMERICAN IDOL!

    THIS IS VERY SERIOUS !AND WE NEED A SERIOUS AND INTELLIGENT PERSON TO DO THE JOB!

    MY VOTE IS FOR SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Laura Johnson

    All the LATEST polls in Texas show Obama with a 4 or 5 point lead.

    Wake up, people, the Clinton campaign is falling apart! The Obama train is coming!

    OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Kathy

    Cali Guy:

    The people of Texas and Ohio are not so shallow as to vote against someone because of their name. This is the Democratic party that stands for tolerance isn't it?

    And it is the RNC who has decided not to use Obama's middle name. (He has not asked anyone to refrain from using it. He is not ashamed of his name and he has no reason to be.) Though it does appear at this point that the RNC may be more tolerant than the Democratic party.

    February 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Carole

    Its in your hands Texas and Ohio – Voters know that Hillary can deliver good things for our Country. If you want our economy to turn around – then you need to give her your vote. Nobody is perfect, but she knows how to get things done and she will work harder than any other candidate will to make good on her promises. She is also very experienced in foreign affairs – we need someone now more than ever to try and mend our image with other countries -but at the same time be super smart when it comes to protecting Americans.

    Hillary is the ONE

    February 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Its amazing how Hillary supporter bemoan the polls, even dismissing them. Yet if the polls showed their candidate ahead they would be thrilled.

    The fact is that Obama is gaining, why? Because people want change!

    Hillary voted for the war and is as responsible for the mess we are in as is Bush! With ALL of her experience, when she had to make a decision she voted on the wrong side!

    Obama offers a new vision, new ideas. He isn't the same-old-Washington-insiders. The fact that Independents vote for him over, Clinton & McCain tells me that we are fed up with politics-as-usual.

    I hope Texas, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island & PA, will join the rest of the nation in voting for Sen. Obama.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Di

    EVERYONE, PLEASE VOTE, and MOST OF ALL THINK FOR
    YOURSELF. DO NOT LET THE MOMENTUM NOR THE POLLS
    MAKE YOUR DECISION FOR YOU.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. lee

    SH I agree with you. I think Senator Cliinton will be the best candidate for pres.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. What's In a Name

    The middle name "Hussein" has never been an issue for Obama. Several years ago, after advice to do so, he refused to change his middle name. The RNC chooses to make an issue out of his name. Barack Obama has never did anything but acknowledge, accept and talk about how proud he is of his multi-racial heritage.
    The key here is that, with the misinformation, short-sightedness and ill-informed comments on this blog is that, most people can see the pretext, subtext and context in which his rivals use his name. The undertones of racial hostility to Muslims and our intolerance of any other religion besides Christianity is what drives this fear-mongering. This is why Mitt Romney could never win the Presidency. Sadly, the RNC is using this precedent to continue to shed light on Obama's middle name.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Ty (from Iraq)

    How can you people possibly trust someone with the PRESIDENCY of the United states hwo has so much to hide. I really don't get this.for all of you Hillary followers.. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why she won't release her taxes? Doesn't this concern you? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why she can't manage her campaign financially? and you want her to manage our troubled economy? wow!! Have you ever asked yourself why she can't manage her personel? and you want her to be inthe White house making all types of decisions for us? Are you all on CRACK, BLIND, in DENIAL, or all three? This is truly amazing.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. jp/michigan

    Keep the Faith, Hillary! Don't give up. Not everyone believes in polls. Your strength, conviction, substance and integrity will get you through .

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Fred McCoy

    I am an Obama supporter and these types of attacks are what I expect the republicans to use. I say "bring it on" let's vote state by state and see who this type of appeal works on, if there are more of them than us then McCain should be the next president.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Sylvia

    I just read a previous artice saying the RNC is refusing to use Obama's middle name. Why is the world so afraid of offending Obama. He now has the RNC kissing his ring finger. This is the first time in MY adult life I am ashamed of MY country. Why are we still allowing this man to turn us into ZOMBIES???? Wake up!

    February 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Ron

    I am a FIGHTER, I am a FIGHTER, I am a FIGHTER, I am a FIGHTER, I am a FIGHTER, I am a FIGHTER.... Believe it or not. It is more important to be a WINNER. And it looks like she is not going to be that...

    February 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. C Morris

    Texas, Ohio, Vermont- the eyes of the world are watching you now.
    Speaking as a proud Britain we are desperate for our cousins to ditch the past eight years of despair and embrace a new page in history. You are the change we are all waiting for.
    London hopes for Obama to inspire us all across the western world.

    February 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Its amazing how Hillary supporters bemoan the polls, even dismissing them. Yet if the polls showed their candidate ahead they would be thrilled.

    The fact is that Obama is gaining, why? Because people want change!

    Hillary voted for the war and is as responsible for the mess we are in as is Bush! With ALL of her experience, when she had to make a decision she voted on the wrong side!

    Obama offers a new vision, new ideas. He isn't the same-old-Washington-insiders. The fact that Independents vote for him over, Clinton & McCain tells me that we are fed up with politics-as-usual.

    I hope Texas, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island & PA, will join the rest of the nation in voting for Sen. Obama.

    February 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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