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. Katy

    You vote for Hillary Clinton, you nurture the dynasty Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton. Hillary will reinstall Bill back to WH as copresident. They together will sell this country to wealthy foreigners and countries like Saudi, China, India and they will favor the wealthy CEO & friends who pay huge $$ to them. Where is Clinton's tax return, where are Hillary's document as first lady? they hide them. She only disclose the tax return when / if she is nominated. Get it, people. If she does not have anything to hide, she would release her tax return.

    I am concern for my children and grandchildren; they won't be able to find their jobs let alone bring the dinner to the table and provide shelter to their families. Wake up, are 8 years of Bush & Chenney enough? do you really want to move backward and live in the past.

    I will vote for the best candidate in November, not Hillary & Bill Clinton.

    February 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. sab

    go on slow but clarly all the best

    February 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Lu in Wisconsin

    I hope Hillary takes Texas and Ohio. I believe that won't happen however. This nation of ours voted Bush in twice. I had better judgement both times not voting for him once and being able tp see through him verses the other 50 % of the population who voted him in twice, I hope those of you who supported Bush don't plan to vote since you have such poor judgement. Stay home and do us all a favor.

    February 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. M&M in Texas

    I don’t understand what the big deal is. His parents named him... Who knew the name Hussein would be taboo in the United States 46 years ago. What, people who don’t give a flip about him thinks he should change his name to appease them??!?!?! Paleeeease....

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. williams

    Obama is the man!!! I can not wait until March 4th.

    February 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. pat

    Jesus said have faith in Me and I shall provide(he didn't give us a plan)
    Do you think Obama is on the same playing field?
    Do your homework people!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Abbas Elkhalifa

    I am a Moslem. I Like America and the American People. I do not live in the Us, but I know he American democracy, literature, music and arts including t cinema. I am following the US elections. It is a great and vibrant act. I hope if we have it in our countries. I like Hilary a lot. She is a strong person. She is also a woman. We want women in top jobs. Still I think Obama represents a new thing. He is not a person. It is a phenomena. The American people have awakened to a new dawn

    February 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. chandrap

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is far better qualified to be the president of our country than any other candidate, including Senator Barak Obama. Mrs. Clinton’s deep grasp of issues and policies makes her far more ready to take on the presidency than Mr. Obama and besides each debate I see Mr. Obama merely copying her; without originality in thought or the depth of grasp that she has. And besides his lack of foreign policy experience makes him even less qualified to be our next president.

    February 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Corey, Maryland

    Im pretty sure that Barack has Texas, Vermont, and Rhode Island, and Hillary will win Ohio, but the catch is that she needed to win Ohio as well as Texas, so this will cause her to be even more worse off, and thus giving the nomination to the rightful, next president of the USA.

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Oluseyi, Lagos Nigeria.

    I really cant wait for tuesday to come when Texas, Ohio, vermont nd rhode island will cast their votes but im having dat feeling its gonna be Barack's day! Go Obama! Go Democratic! We in Africa love nd support you wholeheartedly!

    February 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Let's see; Obama ahead by 2%, Hillary ahead y 2%, polls indicate that Obama ahead by 10% with 10% undecided.....and on....and on...and on........Can we trust the polls? Well chew on this; half of the American people have never read a newspaper and half have never voted for a President. The best we can hope for is that it is the "same half." Sometimes I believe that if God had truly meant our vote to mean something, he would have give us a candidate.

    February 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Arlene Morales, El Paso, Tx

    I can't wait till Texas wieghs in and people start understaning this race is not even close to being over. Go Hillary!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Eric S

    Hillary will win TX and Ohio. Obama's empty rhetoric is no longer working after plagiarism blunder. If he keeps copying Hillary's policy, why should the voters elevate him to the highest office instead of Hillary?

    February 28, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    There has been no coverage of how the Democratic conventio works. I am tired about super delegates etc. I wish the networks would talk about the roll call of the states and territiories. If no candidate gets 2025 votes, the Secretary says that the delegates can change their votes. Each state goes off to caucus. There can be 4 or 5 roll calls. The suoer delegates should not be used since there should be a naomintee before. Please explain this on air and give us the schedule(agenda) of the convention so we can see an overall view of the five day events. Rachel Rue

    February 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Karlton Harris

    I thought that the polls for Clinton and Obama in Texas were different from what the article written today stated. I thought that Clinton was initially the one winning 48-42 and that the later polls favored Obama 50-48. However the article states that Clinton was leading in both polls. Can I have some clarification?

    February 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. NO OBAMA

    The race SHOULD come down to McCain & Clinton. They both have experience and an actual plan for the country. Obama is like a child playing in the sandbox with the big, smart kids, and trying to mimic everything they do and say. He's not fit to run this country.

    February 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. p

    Cali guy is a jerk!

    Use Obama's middle name all you want!

    He's never run from it.

    At least we'll know who YOU are and what you're about...

    February 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Joe

    Come on Texans and Ohioans (Is that the correct term..sorry if it's not). It's all up to you if you want Hillary to win this thing. Get out and vote for her! She's the best we have. And this is coming from a college educated white male.

    February 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Kent

    OBAMA = all words, no action

    February 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Sara

    Obama 08, time for a change from the Clintons and all their baggage. Go Obama.

    February 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Obama is the one

    Ah Clinton, the final moments before your final blow. That would make it 15 straight losses for you on March 5.

    February 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. josh


    February 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Gmoney

    "perceived momentum of Sen. Obama."

    *Perceived?* 11 straight wins is *perceived?* That's Hillarious.

    If Obama had lost 11 straight the DNC would be asking him to concede. Please.

    February 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Arnold, WV

    When all is said and done Tue March 4,there will still be more said than done.I'll just be glad to see the Clintons have to concede then I can focus on the next president,McCain.WV doesnt get to vote til May.By then the Clintons should have tucked their tails and went home.

    February 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Berkeley

    LatinoNation gracias por la informacion. Clinton es la mejor opcion para nostros. Los tejanos latinos me hacen orgulloso.

    Viva Hillary!!

    February 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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