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. Texasboo

    GOBAMA!!! TEXAS FOR OBAMA!! People want change to politics as usual in Washington.

    Sen Clinton is divisive and manipulative. She plays the sympathy, gender, and race card when it suits her. If she's so "vetted and experienced" why didn't she get things done in Washington during her "35 years of experience"?

    Sen. Elizabeth Dole never used the gender card to get ahead, neither did she use Bob Dole's record to advance her own "vetted experience" when she ran for President back in 2000, so Sen.Clinton has lost major cool points with her bid for using tears to garner sympathy from voters.

    She ran a horrible campaign, so how is she going to run the country? If she's so vetted and experience, why is she erratic with her emotions when she's called on the carpet for her record? She is not a leader but an elitist who's using her hubby's President as a co-presidency? REALLY? Does she take responsibiliy for all the scandals as well? For the impeachment?

    Probably not since she doesn't even acknowlegde the states she's lost, the bad times in the white house, and her lack of disclosure for her tax records.


    February 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Former Hillary Support

    Per the polls, I, for one, do not follow them; they have proven to be misleading to the average reader. On the one hand, the major issues of the day, for example, healthcare, immigration, Iraq, education, and real estate, are being neglected from the political discourse, while, on the other hand, we are nagging about issues that shouldn't be considered the problems of the day (ie: Cunningham, "Hussein"). I am a New Yorker and, frankly, I think Hillary has failed the state and, more importantly, I think she will fail this country if she becomes our leader. Indeed, she's a fighter, but she'll end up expending her energy on issues that happened under her husband. Therefore, I don't buy the fight and experience arguments, rather I've decided to support a fresh face. Likewise, I refuse to believe that only two families are experienced enough to run our beloved country. I don't hate any of the candidates, but she's not the answer to our problems. If she wins, I am staying home.

    February 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I hope my fellow Texas Democrats do the right thing, and extend Barack Obama's unbroken primary victory string by one more contest.

    A victory for Obama is a victory for America.

    February 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Janet from NH

    Senator Clinton is not interested in the American people. She is interested in having power. She cannot control her emotions. As a woman I am deeply disturbed by her behavior. She is not the kind of person I want running this country. She is an expert in one thing- playing the blame game. It's never her fault...it's Obama's, it's the media, it's her campaign staff. I've had enough.

    February 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. pamsiri

    Women please don't let her down for this time. we had been allowed men run this country for so long. we are the mother of the world. He is cute but we don't have to vote for him. He could be a vice president for now. I know we are smart people don't get foul easy and you know who is the best for the job. We have to stand up for the woman that has ability to run the country. Thanks you

    February 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Elle

    We need a woman in the White House. Men have ruled the planet for centuries. Give Hillary a chance. She may not be perfect but there is something about Barrack that gives me the heeby jeebies. Just the thought of him in the White House gives me the chills. In the words of my 4-year-old daughter:

    "Hillary RULES
    Barrack DROOLS."

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Sukie

    Please Mr. Obama, tell us what you plan to do for America.

    I don't want to hear anymore preaching "hope and whatever-it-is."

    The media has trounced Hillary into the ground, and they have lifted you up, so let's start today with some meaningful diaglog with those of us who have no clue what you stand for.

    If Hillary loses March 4 and you become heir apparent, I am changing my 40 year-plus Democratic registration to Independent.

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Sidney, Chicago

    The message is clear:

    Use Obama's middle name: Racist

    Point out Obama's religious history: Racist

    Question Michelle Obama's pride in her country: Racist

    Obama's picture in Muslim clothing on recent trip to Africa: Racist

    Shed light on the radical views espoused by Obama's Church: Racist

    Criticize Obama in any way: Racist

    Vote for any other candidate besides Obama: Racist

    We can expect more of the same if Obama becomes president. Do we really want our congress and supreme court being labeled racists for not embracing Obama's radical liberal agenda?

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Ann

    Texas and Ohio
    Please don't waste your votes. Analyze the issues and the ability of each candidate to get things done. Balance Hillary's pragmatism with Obama's idealism. Think of what is at stake right now and for all Americans, not just for those who have jobs and homes and need some excitement. This is not a movement, this is an election. Its not about you all 'governing' God knows how, its about hiring a good executive. If there is any fairness and good reasoning in this country, Hillary should be the nominee.

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. sigh

    Just what is all that experience Hillary keeps claiming to have? 35 years of what? Law intern, lawyer, wife of Governor, lawyer, wife of president, 8 years in the Senate.

    Why is that experience (basically being a lawyer and serving 8 years in the Senate) more impressive than Obama who has a couple years in the Senate and prior to that time in a state legislature? Please don;t say being the wife of a president counts. By that measure, Laura Bush is gaining fast on Hillary.

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Kelly Anne

    "Sen. Clinton is holding her own in Texas, despite the perceived momentum of Sen. Obama. I think she'll win, and wins in Texas and Ohio will keep her in the race. "

    Do the math! She needs to win by 65%. A tie or loss in either is not enough.

    Obviously, you are just uninformed. Slate.com for example has a delegaate math calculator to help you and see that Clinton's task is truly daunting.

    This is why many people say that she should drop out. The polls do not show her anywhere near where she needs to be. She needs LANDSLIDES from here on out, otherwise she comes up short.

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    They say that we "Obamabots" are the one's who follow Barack like a " cult-"-That WE are delusional.The Clinton "Crusifixion " analogy almost made me hurl! Come on now--It's time to wake up and quit all this stuff on both of our sides! Barack Obama will be our Nominee, and as Democrats we need to unify to defeat as War-loving, hate-mongering Republican Party!

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Mexi ohio

    Don't count her out yet Obama hopefuls. The largest minority
    in this country has not yet spoken.
    Wonder if this will get posted, since I am not on the Obama

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Samuel S. Freeman

    Let Obamba tell the American people his middle name, so that we will know who telling the truth about his ( Husisen) I do not care to spell it right.

    Samuel freeman (PA)

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Wayne, Greenville TX

    James Smith February 28th, 2008 1:24 pm ET

    ...And for those supporters of Sen. Obama who say Sen. Clinton should drop out, I say that you shouldn't be afraid of a little competition. We're not.

    You should be... 🙂

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Terry

    Ask Hillary why won't she come up with tax papers before Texas and Ohio caucases.

    Ain't it ashame that she is asking people of this great country to trust her and she is betraying them simply by not coming forth with her taxes.

    Texas and Ohio, blacks, white, litinos, hispanics, liberals, conservatives, republicans, wake up, she is not being honest as to why she has not turned in the documents that has been requested, be smart enough to ask yourselves why. And if she would hide things from you now, what in the hell would she do as your president. Hide things from the public and that is Baracl's message, "we cannot afford to conduct business as usual".

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Deanna Stevens

    Thanks for all your pro-Hillary comments....it's getting quite nerve-wracking here where the media just loves to punt Obama....they like to pretend they're non-racial! Give me a break. Go Hill

    February 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. JohnSmith

    Yes, Clinton is great

    February 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. think

    it was neck-n-neck in california polls too, and hillary killed it here!! and don't forget new hampshire 🙂

    February 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Yamaka

    Barack Hussein Obama Jr (BHO) is dangerous to both US economy and our International Relations. Iran will be very emboldened, and will proceed with its nuclear program. Because he is terribly ignorant of economy, policies and international politics; he is naive and stupid.

    Hillary is very strong in TX and OH, also in PA. This is very important to stem this media candidate the FAR LEFT Liberal from stealing this Nomination.

    Counting ALL votes and seating all delegates, including FL, MI and Super delegates, Hillary is leading BHO by 20 delegates: 1465 vs 1445. This lead will increase after June 22, after PA.

    Vote for Hillary FOR REAL POSITIVE CHANGE. Go Hillary Go.

    February 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Clinton's done for

    February 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Debra Austin, Texas

    Good job Clintonians. The issue is not the competition but the fact that statistically your candidate cannot win in pledged voting delegates. In the meantime, the Republicans are already campaigning against Democrats, organizing, "identifying" the Democratic candidates and yet we're having to have a 20th debate in order to appease Hillary's 'ego' even though no new ground was covered in the debate just free air time for Hillary.

    How many times will the Clintons bring down the Democratic Party for their selfishness? The first was the 'my way or the highway' health program thrust down the throats of Congress, so far that it was regurgitated up in the form of a newly elected Republican Congress. The second was the lack of discipline of Bill with his picadillos wandering through the White House, and now it's Hillary's lost cause, slash and burn candidacy that will allow Republicans to slice Democrats up unless Democrats soon come up with a nominee who is free to start the campaign against the Repubs.

    Start caring about America and not your own selfishness Clintonians. We need to start the campaign with the Republicans.

    February 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Free Thinker

    you cant get anything done if you have a leader that doesn't inspire people to get involved. All Hillary does is separate people, its the same old hash ! Why do people want another Clinton?! Does it make you feel all comfy and warm inside because how the 90's felt? GET OVER IT. Bill wasnt even that good of a president, If he lied UNDER OATH about a silly sexual encounter you can bet he was capable of lying about so much more. Think Bill x10 if Hillary is president. Obama is a breath of fresh air that this country needs, stop with your racism thats hidden behind the 'no experience and all rhetoric' argument. He is presidential material and the best option we got to move forward.

    February 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. JohnSmith

    Yes, Clinton is a darling queen– a great dynasty!! This is her turn, she has earned this and no one should take it away from her!

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. RPF

    Thank you for mentioning Dr. Ron Paul, CNN!

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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