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. kcohio

    Will Obama still be pondering over the votes that everyone cast in Congress regarding Iraq? He's soooo quick to point out that Hillary voted for the "bus in the ditch" as he put it. The real issue is, now that the bus is firmly in the ditch, what are you going to do about it gracefully without having the entire region become an entire hole in the Earth? I bet hardly anything Obama thinks he can actually change IF he were elected President will actually get done. Sure, we all want change, but let's be realistic.

    February 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Dennis

    I'm a little surprised. I expected Obama to be another percentage point or two ahead in these polls. I've seen how Clinton's campaign's tactics of the past week have turned a lot of people off. She didn't get a clear victory during the debate (and I'm not sure she won it either). Obama managed to deflect all her jabs at thim. I don't know about Ohio, but I suspect Texas will be won by Obama.

    February 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Me Ohio

    People seem to be missing the point. It is not about what his middle name is but how certain people in the Republican Party want to link it to evil men or groups in the world. That is the severe misrepresentation of the facts that most logical people want to avoid. I think the use of his middle name is no big deal but the fact is that his middle name will be used as a fear tactic to link him in some foolish way to the evil people of our time. This is a tactic, sadly, that works against the less educated or “out there” goofballs. This brings me to another ridiculous thing I have witnessed lately. I consider myself to be an independent here in Ohio, and this year I will be voting democrat, not because of McCain. Although I disagree with a fair amount of his views, but mainly because I do not trust the Republican Party with the hopes and needs of the American people at this time in our history. What gives me a headache are the people that say that if Hillary does not get the nomination they are voting for McCain or those that say if Obama does not get the nomination they will vote for McCain. This is ridiculous to me because these people are saying that they would rather give their vote to the candidate that has a completely different policy and plan for this country than what their preferred candidate had just to spite the other nominee. I am in no way telling people how to vote but it is my hope that they would use some common sense and intelligence before doing so. I am posting this here because I couldn't get it posted on the previous article.

    February 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Texas4Obama

    Hillary's problem in Texas will be that we TEXANS are voting for Senator Obama!

    Obama – the only candidate with wisdom and integrity

    O8BAMA – Yes we can! Si se puede!

    February 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Andy

    All of this talk about Senator Obama's lack of foreign policy experience is way overblown, especially when it is coming from Senator Clinton.

    Exactly what foreign policy experience did Bill Clinton get from being the Governor of Arkansas? It seems like he did pretty well as President when it came to foreign policy.

    It matters more than anything who the Presidents surrounds themselves with as their advisers and Cabinet members.

    February 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. ERICA, Ohio

    Those numbers just prove people are starting to wake and see Barack for the fraud he is! Still people are coming in defense of him in droves like zombies. Doesn't feel good Obama supporters when your boy's on the front seat of the bashing bus like Senator Clinton has been this whole time. Well sit back, get your bag of Orval Rhetoricbacher and enjoy because theres gonna be more where that came from. If you were smart you'd give your vote for Hillary. At least she wont have a friendly tea and cracker sit down with the President of Iran who wants to blow Isreal off the face of the map or cut our defense fund eeww wont the terrorists just love that or how about giving drivers license's to illegals yeh I bet they'll smile pritty for the picture. WAKE UP research where this man stands on the issues not whether he's wearing boxers or briefs before giving him your vote. Im a democrat but if he gets the nom i'll vote for Mccain i'm not gonna have his disasterous presidency on my conscience, but until then GO HILLARY!

    February 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Barack Oprah

    No surprise because of the cross over voters.
    GOP woll vote for Obama to win.
    They don't want Clinton.
    Smart move.

    February 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. jessica

    Wow since yesterday I have seen growing support for Senator Clinton and I am exicted about it. She is the best candiate by far and I am glad people are starting to notice "Experience does matter". We can not afford another 4 years of an inexperienced Commander and Chief. I hope this is the begging of something positive for Hillary. We trust in you Hilllary and Texas does belive in you and your message.


    February 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. dolores mueller




    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Lauren

    I am a college student in Texas. As I write this, I'm at the library on campus where outside, a huge rally is taking place on behalf of Hillary Clinton, sponsored no doubt, by her campaign. I've noticed a lot more Barack advertising on the television, but Hillary seems to be fighting back–hard.I don't buy this "momentum" swing that the major media is reporting. It seems like an all out brawl here right now with no clear winner in sight. I'm glad that CNN isn't only reporting on the successes of one campaign over the other and acknowledging the truth. BTW- Where is McCain? Just because he is getting a free ride for the nomination doesn't mean he should alienate voters who are watching the political race now. Republicans are getting very caught up in the democratic primary– and he may lose a lot of support due to this large amount of attention. Oh. And I'm not decided either way- Republican OR Democrat; or Obama OR Hillary. I'm still feeling pretty neutral.

    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. SH

    I was just kidding...I hate Clinton

    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Today, a couple more super delegates announced they are going to Obama. Including another one defecting from Hillary.

    The party leaders have finally realized they can not afford to have this fight go on past Tuesday. They realize the Republicans have been gaining momentum. Watching Obama win 11 elections in a row and now be attacked by Clinton and the entire Republican party is making the party look bad.

    If the Democrats want to win in the fall, they can not let this continue past Tuesday.

    February 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. lee

    Look obama is not the right one for pres. There is something shady going on there and i mean this by the debates and the press. It is like they are all trying to push clinton out and obama in. they always start with her and he just agrees and than ads on words he knows people are desperate to hear. and than they are in a frenzy. Its like his campaine is all about giving hope but no info on what he will deliver.I really don't think he can. HIllary knows what she will do and puts it out there for all to see in her own words. She has a real plan, and not just adding on to someone else's.

    February 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Steve

    The first argument you have is about the value of the dollar. Hillary wants to freeze interest rates. Our dollar is connected to interest rates. This would cause our dollar to drop and inflation to rise. Which candidate is really good for the economy.

    February 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. LostFigs

    Oh yeah, about the War... You can't blame her for voting five years ago for the War. It's easy to see, looking back, that she was mislead just like the rest of us. It's not so much that Obama voted not to support the War, it's that he couldn't vote! This guys has been campaining for President since he got elected Senator! He's right, he didn't vote for the War, he just stood idly by and let everyone else take the political risk and the blame. Now he beats his chest saying "I didn't vote FOR the War". If you think back to the days after 911, we were all out to kick @ss.

    February 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Sandy Hunter

    Putting Clinton or McCain in the White House is a continuation of the "same old politics." People forget that when the Clintons left office in 2000 this country was so depressed and demoralized over the Clintons' antics that they elected both a Republican President and a Republican Congress. Do we want more of that? As for McCain, he is a continuation of Bush's policies. Let's try something new and fresh and elect Barry Obama!

    Sandy Hunter
    Albuquerque NM

    February 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Scott in Boston

    They said Hillary must go to every city/town/county in New York to win her Senate seat. She did. They said Hillary must win New Hampshire to stay in the race. She did. They said Hillary must win the big states on Super Tuesday. She did. They say she must win Ohio and Texas. She will. Why? Because she must.

    February 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Steve

    You can only get through moderation, if you say that you arent going to get through moderation. so let me try again.

    The first argument you have is about the value of the dollar. Hillary wants to freeze interest rates. Our dollar is connected to interest rates. This would cause our dollar to drop and inflation to rise. Which candidate is really good for the economy.

    February 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Jeff Jones

    "Sen. Clinton is holding her own in Texas, despite the perceived momentum of Sen. Obama.- James Smith

    How is Hillary holding her own? She used to be way ahead in Texas.

    February 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Kene

    It's all a plot by the right-wing repubs. There's nothing wrong with his middle name, did anyone know that McCain's middle name is Sidney?

    February 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. lois shmidl

    Well– only 4 more days for CNN/s Wolf Blitzer and McCafferty to do their best to defeat Hillary. All other TV stations have heavily carried the stories of Obama's church of 20 years, Trinity United Church of Christ and the fact that the church declared Farrakan as their Person of the Month. Very shortly several pictures will appear with Obama and Farrakan that will scare the hell out of many voters.

    However, nothing, even murder would change Wolf's mind. He is a devious person who needs to be off the TV so we can hear unbiased news.

    It was no coincidence that the day following the debate, the negative news began to surface on Obama. Wolf, everyone knows you are planning to do Obama in as soon as you finish off Hillary. You need a lot of prayers.

    February 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. alberto

    I have been a long time Democrat all my life and I am 60 years old now. However, if the Democrats choose to nominate Barack Obama then I will vote McCain in November. How can we be so blinded to the fact that this is a left-wing coup involving the press (MSNBC, CNN, ABC....) and the most liberal part of the party? You CANNOT win the general election with a coalition like that. This PRESS has been a great diservice to the American people as they never did the job that they should have been done: talk about the issues and stop being so biaised versus the Clintons. The democrats have a short memory and already forgot the good times of the 90s. True we need change but not the kind of fairy tale change that Mr. Obama has been talking about. So much manipulation that you would think yourself as being in a 3rd world country. If Obama becomes President,God forbids, then like Rome this would be the beginning of the end of the US as a Superpower. There are so much at stakes in this election that we cannot take the chance with Obama.....There is so much we don't know about him and the Press does not seem to bother. It is like buying a house without checking whether or not the foundation is solid. I don't have any doubts that Texas and Ohio will give the American people a chance to continue the vetting of Barack Obama. We must let the process plays out.....We cannot afford a islamic-socialist type of regime in our country. Oh God bless us!

    February 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Leslie, JaxFl

    As watch the intensity of the race, I have noticed that Hillary is becoming more and more hostile, angry, bitter, and THE EXPERT on all of the issues the face our country today. Her opinions and thoughts are not and have to be always right, and others like Senator Obama are making a stance and letting her know that he understands the problems and that he has may be a better solution to our problems. Hillary has resorted to name calling, bad jokes, and our right undignified as a Presidential cadidate. Obama is poised and at this point is beyond her childish antics!

    OBAMA (2008)........................................OBAMA (2008)...........................

    February 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Democratic

    The people of TX and Ohio HAVE to vote for Barack Obama or else they will divide our party and make it next to impossible to win in Nov. If Obama loses, his supporters WILL NOT VOTE for Hillary Clinton. This is why he needs to win.

    Do the right thing Texans and lets wrap this race up.

    February 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. christine Ryan

    To the RNC: Mid-east Arabs watching Obama closely says it all. Houston, we have a problem.

    February 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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