February 29th, 2008
05:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Poll: Clinton ahead in Ohio, Obama has edge in Texas

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Clinton has a slight edge in Ohio while the two are statistically tied in Texas (AP Photo).

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are statistically tied in Texas while the New York Democrat holds a slight lead in Ohio, according to a new poll out Friday of the crucial March 4 primary states.

According to a new poll from Fox News, Clinton holds an 8-point lead in Ohio (46-38 percent), buoyed by demographics that have carried her to victory in previous primaries - white women, seniors, and members of the working class.

Obama has a slight edge in Texas (48-45 percent), but is statically tied with the New York Democrat there given the poll's 4 percentage point margin of error. The poll suggests Clinton's base is holding up in the state, but that support is not enough to overtake Obama's strong advantage among independent and African-American voters.

Factoring in the Fox poll, a CNN analysis of the most recent surveys from Ohio and Texas show Clinton with a 7-point lead in Ohio and Obama up by 4 in Texas.

The new poll comes on the same day both presidential campaigns sought to raise the other's expectations next Tuesday. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Clinton needs to garner decisive wins to chip away at the Illinois senator's significant lead among pledged delegates. But Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson contended that Obama should win all the March 4 contests given that he outspent Clinton nearly 2 to 1 in those states.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (417 Responses)
  1. votes

    we know that until all the votes are counted then we have a winner, but remember that even then, this will not be over. The Billarys, will then follow with law suits, because even so Hillary agreed that they would not count (check with theDNC, yes she agreed, and now again flip/flop h er usual self) she will now when she has lost will say that they must count.
    she truely saddens me.............
    to all the minorities out there voting for the Billary Dynasty, check the facts, GW Bush has appointed more minorities and other citizens to higher post than Clinton ever did and than HIllary would ever dream to consider.. so to think that she will be there for Latinos or AA, or ASians, sorry she drops and dismisses people as soon as she does not need them.......

    also consider her multi personalities................

    February 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Anne, Los Angeles

    I have taken to calling Senator Obama the ultimate player of "follow the leader"

    During the entire campaign, Senator Obama has been playing follow the leader with Senator Clinton:

    1. Clinton leaves her name on the ballot in Michigan and Obama then LEARNS to leave his name on the ballot in Florida

    2. Clinton gives a response during the debate and Obama parrots what Clinton has said – again, again,. and again.

    3. Clinton leads off with an ad representing judgment and Obama now puts one out.....

    WAKE UP AMERICA. Because someone can play follow the leader well does not make them the leader. Clinton is the leader here and under numerous circumstances clearly...and if one is not the leader – the view is always the same. Where's the phone?

    Come on Texas, Ohio, etc.....take her to the finish line. A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain – a vote for Clinton is a vote for the White House!

    February 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Hillary supporter!!!!

    cnn why you are so worry about a good comments supporting Hillary!!!!!!
    You are not posting them !!!!!!
    I thing you're manipulating people's mind !!!!!!
    You're not fair !!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Bob, Florida-RFO

    I am forever amazed at how mis-informed the so called informed are!

    Get a grip folks and try to do some of your own independent research / reading! Then make up your mind.

    You really need to look at how the NCA is structured to get a better under standing of how decisions are made. Ever heard of contingency plans?? Do you actually think that the CinC makes all the calls??

    We got caught out on 911 because we were complacent in our analysis of the facts that simple coordinated asymmetric plans could defeat our high tech symmetric defense systems. We took our eye off the ball because we thought we knew how to play the game!

    Clinton adverts, talk radio and the evening news is not the best place to get your 60 seconds of information from!

    Go Obama '08!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Sam

    "I think the afro-american community should back a known commodity in Hillary Clinton instead of a man promising things he can not make happen or complete."

    Why back a known commodity that is proven to not being able to deliver? She couldn't deliver universal healthcare when hubby Bill was the president. What makes you think she could this time? It's also insulting to call on the afro-american community as a whole. We are talking about individuals that have a voice of their own. It would be just as demeaning if you called on women to not back Hillary for any reason.

    Hillary and Obama have very similar programs but I believe Obama can sell it better, is more likely to become president and more likely able to deliver the goods (I don't see the democrats losing the senate with Obama as a president).

    February 29, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Mac-FL

    I'm still waiting for one of Hillary's cheerleaders to list in detail all of her so-called experience. This is the biggest scam of her campaign. She and Barak have BOTH been Senators on the national scene. Her former experience as the wife of a President is NOT political experience and she has never served in the military either….meanwhile Barak served politically in his own home state (not as a carpet bagger to another state), and has an equallylong record of service prior to that. Additionally, in case anyone is interested, most Presidents were former Governors with NO national or foreign policy experience AND our current (idiot) President had never even left the country before being elected as President.

    February 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Robert

    Only ONE week ago, Hillary was still confidently calling Texas and Ohio her firewall, and stating that she would handily win both. It has been her whole justification for staying in through what has seemed like endless defeats lately. If he even squeaks one, and comes close in another, he has pulled a huge upset.

    Before Ohio, it was Wisconsin. Before that it was Maine, before that, it was February 5th.... At some point Hillary is just going to have to surrender to reality, or she is going to look more and more like a President Bush -unwilling to face the facts on the ground.

    February 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. LATINOS UNITE!

    NO MORE HILLARY...NO MORE NAFTA....SUPPORT AMERICA...

    HILLARY IS BUSH LITE!!
    SHE ONLY CARES ABOUT LATINOS WHEN ITS ELECTION TIME...

    IF SHE WINS THE NOMINATION, I WONT EVEN BOTHER TO VOTE...OBAMA DEMOCRATS WONT VOTE FOR HILLARY...AT THAT POINT, WELL HAVE 2 VERSIONS OF BUSH...ONE MALE, ONE FEMALE...BUSH AND MCCAIN ARE THE SAME AS HILLARY...NAFTA SUPPORTING, COROPORATE LOVING, UNION CRUSHING POLITICIANS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT WEALTH AND GREED AND POWER

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. CRUZ for OBAMA

    OHIO SHOULD THINK

    NAFTA
    IRAQ WAR ====POOR and getting poorer
    CLINTONS

    February 29, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Rex

    I live in Ohio, and I'm here to tell you it is probably the most racist place I've ever lived, on both sides of the fence.
    White folks in Ohio for the most part would vote for Bugs Bunny before they'd ever let a black man be President. Forgive my candor, but I speak the truth. I have tried my best to get some of my friends to change their attitude towards Barack, but to no avail. One even told me that Obama is "dangerous for America"
    I always felt this friend was intelligent, but obviously not. So, if he loses Ohio, don't be surprised. I'm doing my part.

    Obama '08

    February 29, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Dale Suppappola

    Hillary is the most qualified candidate . I believe in her. I believe she has had nothing but negative press since the beginning. Everyone is so afraid of negativity concerning Obama. I also believe the republicans are salivating at the thought of untried and unproved Obama being their opponent. I think republicans are crossing over to vote for Obama. This has been substantiated. WHY!!! because they know he is the weaker candidate who can be beaten. He is a great speaker who really says nothing of substance, just what people wantg to hear. Think people before you vote. He has an arrogance about him that really makes me uncomfortable. Hillary can bring this country back. She can makes us proud to be americans again. Don't let the media dictate who you vote for.

    February 29, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Trev

    It makes me sad to see the Obama supporters insulting the intelligence of Clinton supporters in Ohio. I respect Obama. His followers, however, are really not very nice people (in the aggregate of course).

    Truth is, Hillary has attracted GOP sponsors to her bills twice as much as Obama (during their joint tenure in the Senate).

    Hillary has more military support than Obama (both by quantity and rank).

    Hillary and Obama were both wrong on Iraq. Hillary voted to authorize force. Obama said in his book that he did not know what to do. His reasons for hedging were noble (to help John Kerry win). However, he still compromised his own principles for political reasons

    Obama missed the vote that labeled the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (the ones who came after our ships) as terrorists. Her decision was not popular, but it was correct.

    Hillary has a better healthcare plan. It makes health insurance more affordable than the Obama plan AND distributes the cost in a way that makes insurance more available to everyone.

    Hillary has a better plan on the economy. Just ask Obama, who agreed with all of Hillary's plans during the debate.

    If people can just bring themselves to vote on the issues, they will vote for Hillary. I wish Obama well, but Hillary is the most competent president at this point. Go ahead and call me and Idiot Obama supporters.

    Hillary 08 (without the hate)!

    February 29, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Mac-FL

    Joseph: If you remember....the poll numbers for NH that showed Barak being way ahead were WRONG. Don't you remember all the pundits asking (afterwards) how the polls could have been so messed up. So it wasn't that he ahd this HUGE lead in the polls and then lost. The polls were wrong.

    February 29, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Rosemarie

    Mark, then tell your friend to get the heck out of Ohio, if there is so much racismn................and Hillary didn't create that!

    February 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Come on you guys!

    I can't in my wildest imagination think that clear thinking Americans will vote for this woman (Senator Clinton) who changes her message and her voice each day.

    We need a sane president of the United States! And that person is Barack Obama!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Dan

    Lets see he's got the media on his side, Oprah's connections and organisers, he's got the african americans in his pocket, and alot more money, wow! In that case Hillary is doing really well. She is more intelligent but most important she has respect and loyalty which egobama lacks alot of. I lost count of how many times he say I or my. He's very dismissive for the acomplishments of others. Here's some advice obama, break your ego if you want to grow and mabe in 8 years, mabe who knows.

    February 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. SJW

    Come On, lets be real... It's not only about Hilary and Obama making decisions on their own, it's also about the judgement in the people that they choose to advise them. And if Obama uses the same judgement in choosing the people in his administration that he did in choosing those that advise him in his presidential campain, Then we're in good hands...
    Clinton people wants to talk about her experience. What does it say about her and her campain when she has all this experience, yet here comes OBAMA, that's only been speaking on the national scene for a few years, and here it may come to a point where she can lose the nomination... I don't want that type of experience... OBAMA08

    February 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Jan

    Sure Mr. Bill raised $35M in February, but Obama raised more. I'll give her Ohio because it's a snail state and racist at best, I can say that (regretfully so) because I was born there and lived there a great part of my life. Obama won't have the white male vote, but she won't carry the female vote. It's going to be an interesting state. I wish I were voting there. As for CA comments, I'm sure the polls had it right in the first place ... there were too many unsure votes cast for Mr. Bill. She should have been out on Superday. I give her camp a lot of credit for keeping i going this long. I would love to see Michelle Obama as First Lady.

    February 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. liz florida

    DON'T ANY OF YOU OBAMAMANIACS SPEAK FOR ME. THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN ANSWER THE QUESTONS THE RIGHT WAY THE FIRST TIME IS HILLARY JUST LIKE SHE HAS HAD TO DO IN THE DEBATES. DON'T YOU GET IT ? HE CAN'T ANSWER ANYTHING UNSCRIPTED LIKE BUSH. WHEN THEY ARE ASKED A QUESTION SHE ANSWERS FIRST AND THEN OBAMA SAYS THE SAME THING SHE DOES AND ADDS A LITTLE OMBAMA SPEECH MAKING TO IT.

    DIDN'T YOU NOTICE HOW HE LOOKED AT HER TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT THE NEW RUSSIAN LEADER. TIM ASKED BOTH OF THEM AND OBAMA QUICKLY LOOKED OVER AT HER AND AVOIDED ANSWERING THAT ONE. WONDER WHY?
    GET REAL AMERICA HE WILL BE JUST A POOR AN WEAK AS CARTER WAS. OH WELL IT CAN'T GET ANY WORSE RIGHT. OK NOW LETS ALL SING AND PRAY AND GO TO A NICE HAPPY RALLY WHERE WE CAN FORGET ABOUT THE REAL ISSUES

    February 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. James M.

    Question...what has Hillary really done to bring both Democrats and Republicans together? I recall she had an initial attempt at Healthcare reform during Bill's administration where she not only did not attract republican support but she also did not have the support of fellow democrats. Since the failure in that, when has she had any true proven results other than miserable failures?

    HRC should have some respect for herself and her party and remove herself from the race and let the future president focus on winning the general election!

    Obama '08!

    February 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. tracker

    False hope.. that is what Obama is offering.. remember Jones??I will vote for McCain before Hillary..yep we will stay another 100 yrs. in Afganastan that way Hillary's vote was right so the Obama"s should stop crying..Obama never slams Hillary...hmmm what about her new ad??( scare tactics) Michelle should sit down and take a good look at herself."""I am NOW proud to be an american""If Barack Hussein Obama didn't have pictures taken in muslim attire and then try to denounce Farrakhan ( after Hillary forced him into it at the last debate) the media wouldn't have picked it up..As for her ad I want Hillary answering that call Obama doesn't have any experience to run a country...His words we,yes,can and, Change won't do it..You want CHANGE maybe you should go back to the FUTURE. If there was a fight at school it ened there we didn't run home for a gun or plain to blow up our schools, run to malls shooting people,stand on street corners selling drugs.Your right it is up to you now we can only hope you make that right CHOICE....HILLARY does know ALL the ISSUES and will SOLVE THE PROBLEMS that FACE OUR COUNTRY ACTION IS WHAT WE NEED NOT WORDS..Don't BE A FOLLOWER PICK THE RIGHT LEADER..AMERICAN NOW AND FOREVER..

    February 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Mary

    Texas, Please don't let the negative media influence your vote to Obama and away from Hillary.

    Women of all ages reach out to Hillary on March 4. Older women have waited a liftime to see a woman that was ready to be Presient. She is here (Hillary Clinton). Young mothers, college and school students would you like to be President of the United States someday, Hillary is breaking barriers for you today. Women don't even dare to think that they could be President of the United States. You can change that idea by electing Hillary for President in 2008.

    February 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Yvonne Ehule

    I do not think Obama, will be able to do anything if elected. That's
    why i am sticking with hillary. Those people that's voting for him
    now will be voting for McCain when the general election comes up
    Because they are crossing over so Hillary does not get elected
    because she stuff, educationed smart, ???? Go Hillary

    February 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. nadeem

    This is all part of the 'kitchen sink' approach Hillary spoke about.

    February 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Joan

    In his first major public address since a cancer crisis, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the "hope of the entire world" that the U.S. will change for the better.

    February 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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