February 29th, 2008
05:27 PM ET
6 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. Irma

    That's Our Girl!

    February 29, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Tiago

    Dear Americans, I´m European from this side of Atlantic I see OBAMA as the best choice for president, Billary is just more and the same from the past you need someone with new ideas and conviction.

    February 29, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Irma

    A sign I love from the rallies, written by supporters: "Hillary. Our first Latina President!" That's our girl!

    February 29, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Melany Markland

    YES SHE CAN!

    February 29, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Deneen DuBose

    Does Hillary have experience? she does have more than Barack Obama. Who is Barack Obama, does any one really know??
    I have been a die hard Democrat for years, I have never voted a republican for president, well I guess there is a first time for everything. If Barack Obama is nominated, looks like John MCcain gets another Democrats vote.
    So much for uniting the Democrats.

    February 29, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Bob

    They are both qualify maybe for a babysitters position.

    February 29, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. TerryD

    I DO NOT BELIEVE THESE POLLS FOR ONE MINUTE. ESPECIALLY THE ONE'S THAT COME FROM CNN, FOX TV. OR MSNBC.

    I BELIVE THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS WILL COME TO THE POLLS AND VOTE FOR HILLARY R. CLINTON IN A MAJOR WAY.

    I BELIEVE THAT IF THE AFRICIAN-AMERICIANS WERE NOT SO PRESSURED TO VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE OF HIS COLOR INSTEAD OF VOTING FOR CLINTON BECAUSE OF HER SUBSTANCE AND EXPERIENCE THEY WOULD ALL VOTE FOR CLINTON...

    BUT NO ONE IS IN THE POLL BOOTH EXCEPT YOURSELF AND YOUR BELIEFS....

    SO VOTE FOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON THE FUTURE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA.

    February 29, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. bigmomma

    Obama reminds me of Bush! ALOT..He talks and preaches and carries on... you just know, that there is not an original thought in his head. He can not answer a non scripted question in an articulate manner. He is like a really good looking Howdy Doody Doll...And apparently he can't even hire a geniune speech writer. It is also quite interesting that he and the "Obama (Oprah machine) Camp"are forcing the race card..

    Please Ohio and Texas and Rhode Island..Show us your good Judgement! All you Republicans voting for Obama – come on..
    Do unto others.

    February 29, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. vixtor

    i want to know if the "independents" and "college educated" are sheep as well...use your brain and the money you put in your education not to distance yourself on a trend, but to really ask the right questions...talking about divide of the Democratic vote...pure pressure to belong to the Obama groups...independent and highly educated...the polls are so stupid with this categorization, who wants to be blue collar worker these days

    this is an other blow for HRC by the very BHO oriented media...so DONT BELIEVE THE POLLS WHEN U VOTE TX OH

    HILLARY 08

    ps. BoO is funny (Barack out of Oval office)

    February 29, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Rick

    So now Hillary says Obama has to win all 4 on Tuesday to be legit. That means if Hillary wins 1 of the last 15, she'll be the candidate of choice. And she's qualified to lead on that logic. What a moron!!!

    February 29, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. :)

    That is such a cut pic of the two.

    Obama '08!

    February 29, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Marai

    Wouldn't it be great if Obama won in Texas. ...and Clinton won Ohio,but Obama won more delegates in Ohio than Clinton.

    Sweet victory is just around the corner...we still have three more days of momentum to win the Ohio vote.

    Yes we can!!!
    Go Obama 08

    February 29, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Marai

    Wouldn't it be great if Obama won in Texas. ...and Clinton won Ohio,but Obama won more delegates in Ohio than Clinton.

    Sweet victory is just around the corner...we still have three more days of momentum to win the Ohio vote.

    Yes we can!!!
    Go Obama 08

    February 29, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Cathy

    Obama is a bunch of hot air supported by kool aid drinking people who are delusional. No way I can support someone who is so much fluff. GO HILLARY!

    February 29, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Gabriel

    Just shows that the more people get to know Obama in a state, the more even those polls become. For example:

    02/25/08:
    Ohio Democratic Primary
    The Ohio Poll – Clinton 47, Obama 39
    PPP (D) – Clinton 50, Obama 46
    SurveyUSA – Clinton 50, Obama 44

    02/28/08 – 02/29/08
    Ohio Democratic Primary
    Reuters/CSpan/Zogby – Clinton 44, Obama 42
    Rasmussen – Clinton 47, Obama 45

    ALl data available at RealClearPolitics.Com

    February 29, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. bimmer

    This Obama character is so phony. And CNN would not publish anything bad about him. That makes CNN phony too.

    February 29, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Hillary 08

    Hey Mark, Where do you live? Where do you get off saying that Ohio is a state full of hillbiliies? Have you ever been to Ohio? You base your comments on your one friend who just moved there? Wow. Obama can keep your vote because you are an ignorant piece of ....

    ...and I don't even live in Ohio.

    February 29, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. bimmer

    The best political team CNN claims it has is best for Obama, not for others.

    February 29, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. Uniter, the Divider

    My last day as a democrat will be the day Obama becomes the nominee. All this talk of uniting the United States and hope and blah blah, look what happened, he ended up dividing his own party. Democrats were never divided as they are now, not during Clinton, not during Carter, actually never before were democrats so against the other candidate. And I bet it would have not happened if it were anybody but Obama. So, my point is that Obama is the divider.

    Fanstay and fairytale are two beautiful words, and they are worth boloney. In real world experience matters the most. So I am choosing experience this election instead of boloney. And I will vote for McCaine if not Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Gerry

    Interesting how CNN do not publish posts that are critical to what they write

    February 29, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Alan

    The media is drinking the Clinton Koolaid. Last week she need to win BOTH Ohio and TX by decisive margins. They are backing away from it because she has accused them of being bias.
    Anyways, it took 35 contests for Obama to build a +145 lead in pledge delegates with some decisive wins (+20 or more in 5 contests). Do you really think she can can overcome that in 11 contests by winning by 5, 8, even if she won everything left. THINK AGAIN

    February 29, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. James Woods

    Obama 2008 for President

    Hillary continues to spew self-defacing fear among the Democrats. She is not fit for the very same reason one wouldn't want the Republicans in office – lies and fear-mongering to win the election. Next, she'll tell us to prepare for the Cold War and bomb who better to bomb Iran. She is emotional and duplicitous. I fear for New York as the Senator, much more so as the President. Your words and actions are condemning you!

    February 29, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. Rosemarie

    what really makes you think things will be any different if Obama gets in, he is a Politician and will owe a mound of favours that he will have to pay back, this man makes me scared, he is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    February 29, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Common Sense

    Release your taxes Hillary!!! Or did Peter Paul give your more money without you reporting it?

    February 29, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. changing times

    Hillary will win is she keeps making people think she's been victimized. They will come to her rescue because they fell sorry for her and she will become the nominee. The Republicans then will systematically destroy her.

    They are scared to death of Obama. Anyone who's taken the time to read his book, search his record or read his website knows he's brilliant and a man to be reckoned with. Put that together with his superb fundraising skills, ability to mobilize people with record turn out numbers and his ability to rise above the fray. They know how hard It would be to run against him.

    They want Hillary! And they very well may get her and then get back into the White House. Brilliant Republican strategy and Dem's are too stupid to do what's politically necessary to win in November.

    February 29, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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