February 28th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
7 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. Viktoriya

    Obama is about Obama.
    Clinton is about America!

    Just look what make to the front page: Obama middle name can not be used,
    Questionable pictures of Obama can not be shown, No body can say anything negative about Obama, even you don’t support him- you have to praise him.
    His campaign is not directly attacks Hillary Clinton, but people around her, her supporters: why her supporters say that and that and why they send this e-mail. Never mind that Obama people use such vulgar language in their posts.

    Hillary 2008!

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Jane in Texas

    I think people are foolish to think that Obama will win in November. Here are my reasons:

    1) In Texas Republicans are not voting in the Republican primary, but the Democratic Primary. This has been happening especially in the last few weeks. They "say" the reason is that their party candidate is decided already and they want a voice. The voice is shooting for Obama because he is beatable in the fall.

    2) There are too many ignorant people in the country who won't care what he has done – they care that his father was muslim and his name is "not American". Barak Hussain Obama is a scary name for the ignorant,

    3) The Republican machine hasn't gotten a hold of him yet. With Senator Clinton – it is all out there - no surprises. Just wait – Obama gets the nomination then the GOP will have a field day on his "squeaky clean" reputation.

    Go Hillary - better to go with what we know than to get another Republican President.

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. James ( Independent )

    Obama is likely to win this thing in Texas and Ohio because , Clinton has shown her true colors , she can't be trusted. Plus putting Bill out there was a huge mistake on Hillary's part. It just reminded people that the Clinton's are part of the problem , not the solution.

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. teresa inman

    Get ready Obama supporters, the hatered youve heaped upon Sen. Hillary Rohdam Cliton is about to come back at you Thrice fold from the repuplicans and , Oh ya......... and whats that......" NO WHINING" Free rie is about over!

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Jason

    They said the same thing about New Hampshire, "Obama in the lead," He loses by 2 points. California. . . a "dead heat" and Hillary won by 10 points. Wisconsin was "too close to call" and Obama won by 17 points.
    Polls have never been accurate, everyone is just going to have to hold their breathe till election day and not try and make any predictions off a tiny sampling of the population.

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Erica, Atlanta

    "I'm honored to be running with Barack Obama", "Shame on you, Barack!"...

    2 faces...

    February 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. suzy

    TEXAS OHIO RHODE ISLAND VERMONT FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!
    THE HILLARY TIDE IS HERE!!!!
    IT IS ALIVE AND WELL!!!!!!

    LET'S GO PEOPLE!!!
    THE TIME IS NOW!!!!!!
    I HEAR GOOD THINGS COMING OUT OF THESE STATES.

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. MelMarie

    By the way, did you guys catch Ms. Aldelfa Callejo on CBS11? Ms. Callejo is a leader in the North Texas Community and she stated that Obama's only problem is that he is BLACK, She said latinos will not vote for him because latinos and blacks are divided in Texas. so you guy need to really do your homework and see how Obama is a true fighter, a fighter for America.

    One more thought... Will Hillary Reject or Denounce Ms. Aldelfa Callejo?

    February 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Hans Becker

    CLINTON OBAMA 2008!

    Lets go guys! Time for the Democrats to get back in the white house

    February 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Chuck, Washington Grove MD

    From an executive management perspective, the only signifcant executinve experience Sen Obama or Sen Clinton have is running a national primary campaign. Sen Obama has out organized, out funded, out planned and out motivated Sen Clinton almost at every turn. Apparantly, Sen Clinton did not look beyond super tuesday (shades of president bush in Iraq), and will probably lose the nominatin as a resutl.

    Questions for both candidates: Why burden the american people with a huge thrid entitlement program (health care), when two existing programs (social security and medicare) are facing huge looming solvency issues. From an executive perspective, it seems the first two should be fixed before entering upon another.

    February 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Tiffany

    Wake up America!!! To those who support Hilary Clinton – OPEN YOUR EYES. She will be no different than Bush!! Yes she speaks out against him, but when it comes to her voting record she has laid down her precious votes to going into IRAQ, to continuing to support IRAQ and continuing to help this government erode our rights!! She is a politician, a liar and a money maker! Come on!! We need a new face to the Democratic Party. Think about it! We ahve been hugely unsuccessful in making any changes in Washington – just more arguments and stalemates. She is a huge part of that! Grow UP – she is part of the past! Let's move into the future! OBAMA 08

    February 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Donna

    WHY IS MY COMMENT STILL AWAITING MODERATION. IS IT BECAUSE I SAID SOMETHINIG NICE ABOUT HILLARY.
    I GUESS YOU ARE REALLY ONE SIDED.
    NOT NICE CNN

    February 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. rich

    GO HILLARY GO.......HILLARY VOTERS ARE THINKERS.....SHE WILL GET THINGS DONE FOR ALL OF US...AND IT JUST WON'T BE TALK....WAKE UP OBAMA PEOPLE!!!!! HILLARY IS THE CANDIDATE FOR REAL CHANGE.........

    February 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Peter Canada Obama 08

    Lets get the vote then we will believe who win. Tired of polls. Texas and Ohio voter your choice and we will end the division of the democrats .
    Vote to stop the division of the democratic party and let's join together and face McCain face on.

    February 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Randy - Denver

    Hmm a few weeks ago Ms. Clinton was leading by double digits now it is too close to call, it is amazing what happens when the voters actually get to see and hear Mr. Obama and not just live with media filtered images! And THIS is why the delegates from Florida and Michigan should not be seated folks they had no chance to see or hear the REAL Mr. Obama just what the media filtered to them. Glad this preelection is almost over, and I guess I am not the only one, Mr. Obama has turned his attention to Mr. McCain the real election procsess is almost ready to begin! Less than a week and I will no longer have to see fake tears, rants and cries of media bias, I will only have to put up with the typical right wing lies that I have learned to ignore over the years!

    February 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. DEMOCRATS 08

    I ENCOURAGE ALL HILLARY AND BARACK SUPPORTERS TO UNITE BEHIND THE DEMS NOMINEE, WHOEVER IT IS. WE NEED TO UNITE POEPLE.

    ALL THIS PETTY COMPLAINING AND CRITICISM IS DOWNRIGHT DIVISIVE.

    BUT FOR TRUE HATE MONGERS AND RACISTS, I DON'TEXPECT ANYTHING DECENT.

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

    I want someone that not only talk about making a change but who WILL make a change.Saying it and doing it is 2 differerent things.How dare the MEDIA compare OBAMA TO THE LATE GREAT DR.MARTIN LUTHER KING and now TO NELSON MANDELA! In all due respect is this because they are all men of color? If anyone thinks that experience does not count ,well please think again. If OBAMA does win the vote I think the real determining factor will be who he chooses as his Vice Presidential running mate AND IT HAS TO BE SOMEONE MUCH STRONGER THAN MCCAINS RUNNING MATE . Iam a Clinton supporter and it is not over until it is over but I do think if she should lose Texas and Ohio and it has to be a big win, than for the betterment of the party she has to stop campaiging and join forces with OBAMA. My hat off to Hillary Clinton ..............

    February 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. nadine54

    How many people do you know that announce their middle names? Hillary hasn't announced her middle name either, or John McCain or Romney or Mike Huckabee...so why should Obama have to announce his? I have a middle name that I never use, because I don't like it.
    We have no input when we are born as to what our names will be....if so, many of us would have chosen differently.....

    February 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. B. Smart

    It is common knowledge that Hillary has to win by HUGE margins in
    Texas, which at this point is unlikely, to even catch Obama. Remember
    we are not talking about winning points, but delegates. She simply
    will not bring down his momentum by then. There is also a vast Obama support from the latino community.

    OBAMA 08.

    February 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. HHH

    FOR ALL THE OBAMA HATERS OUT THERE. JUST TAKE THIS ONE AS A LOST AND LET IT GO.

    11 WINS IN A ROW; AND HEADING TO NC, MS. NO WAY DOES HILLARY HAVE A CHANCE.

    GET OVER IT.

    February 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. AL

    What's being said then...is that neither of them will gain alot of delgates on the other in Texas..that would leave Hillary still behind in the delegate count after March 4th.
    N. Carolina/Indiana on May 6th ...balance out Pennsylvania on April 22.

    Obama 08' !

    February 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Adnora

    Hillary promised New Yorkers a lot of jobs, about 600,000 or so. She was unable to deliver to her constituents in New York. It is easy for her to talk about her plans, like she did in 1992 about her health care plan. It also fizzled. Why does anyone think she'd be able to deliver as president in 2009?

    February 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. LIz in ATL

    I have MY OWN brain...MY OWN thoughts...MY OWN desires and political insight. They seem to mirror most of the Democrats in OUR country – OBAMA is best...let's face facts...Clinton has not run a good campaign; she's changed her message; she's been devisive and she failed to plan beyond Super Tuesday; she overspent and was not up-to date on campaign internet fundraising; she has proven to be a mediocre leader ... YOU support Hillary – but don't degrade my decision (or that of anyone else) to choose Obama....who has built a remarkable mixed, ground-up, dynamic coaltion of American Citizens – he has shown remarkable leadership in corralling innumerable volunteers to work positively and effectively on his (and our nations) behalf -- OBAMA RULES!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. CHOO

    Here's the solution to America's problem:

    1. Vote for a president who can get American's interests peeked. (OBAMA)
    2. Vote for a president who can have a successful conversation without showing their feelings on their shoulders. (I would hate for my president to start crying when they don't get their way)
    2. Get them Clinton's/Bush's out of the white house and far away from the premises.
    3. Keep the enthusiam generated by the Obama train.
    4. Make your city and state officials accountable (vote and voice your opinions during election time)
    5. Start living a better life at home (live by your means)
    6. Pray

    February 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. beans in Belize C.A

    The polls of democrates don't mean anything, it is the independent voters that mean everything and those voters are for Obama. Obama will win big in Texas and Ohio.

    Obama '08 Now!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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