February 18th, 2008
03:01 PM ET
15 years ago

CNN Texas poll: Dead heat among Democrats

(CNN) - It's all tied up in Texas.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll suggests that the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination between Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois is a statistical dead heat in Texas, which holds primaries March 4.

In the survey, out Monday, 50 percent of likely Democratic primary voters support Clinton as their choice for the party's nominee, with 48 percent backing Obama. But if you take into account the poll's sampling error of 4.5 percentage points for Democratic respondents, the race is a virtual tie.

Two recent polls by other organizations also show the race statistically even.

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soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Paul

    OBAMA! please don't be distracted by the Clinton's strategy. What she is doing is what people do when they are drowning; trying to grasp anything within reach. From being a Moslem, to just words but no actions and no plagiarism. Clinton should wake up and embrace the reality. She is not as popular as Obama without Bill. Obama made his name, Clinton is just a lurking on the shadows of Bill.

    February 18, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Mary

    Obama is full of bull

    February 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. jimhenry

    Obama is a rhetoric campaigner with nothing but sorry lines. His website is a santa claus like wish list with no specifics, no details, no plans, no figures, template, or anything.

    February 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Charles

    A house divided will fall. Definitely the Democratic Party is divided because of the two candidates. I am from a country far off in the Pacific and always follow the US Elections.

    My view is that the Clintons have been in the Whitehouse before and they must now share the American dream with other Americans. Rather than competing she should humbly step down and let the party unite around Obama coz Obama can unite compared to the Clintons.

    This is if they want to win the next presidential elections. Otherwise the Republicans will hold onto power for the next 4-yrs.

    February 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Nick W.

    Hillary took much of her rhetoric from her husband, from Obama, from "experts," from the Republican who attacked Deval Patrick, from her OWN speechwriters, etc... Does she have to "quote" every single source she uses? Isn't the very idea of speechwriters (or in the case of her autobiography, ghostwriters) without credit a form of plagiarism? I never heard a single political speech where every single source was quoted. Wouldn't it be boring to list authors and titles of every study that a politician would quote to reinforce their political programs?

    The idea of plagiarism in politics, unless quoted word-for-word, without credit or permission, is pretty much non-existent. I'm sure one could dip oneself in a vat of Hillary speeches with sources pulled from elsewhere. Every sane American realizes how thinly veiled her desperation is.

    – An indie who will vote and caucus against Hillary in TX

    February 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. JimS.

    Hillary's up by 2 points but it's a "dead heat". If it were Obama above by 2 points, the headline would read "Obama leads in Texas!". CNN and the rest of the press is so Obama-biased this year, it's not even funny. It's so obvious.

    February 18, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Hillary is the best

    I laught all the SNOBama supporters thinking they will win the election in November. Are you all arrogant just like Obama?? Seriously. What makes you think Hillary supporters will vote for Obama??? Get real!!!!

    February 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. willie

    From the day I saw Obama about 3 years ago I knew he was the real deal. The Clintons cheat on each other and then steal furnishings from the Whitehouse..nothing is sacred to these people. Texans are smart and don't like being messed with Hillary.

    TEXAS for OBAMA!!!!!!


    February 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Barbara A. Embry

    It is awful that you guys hate the Clintons so much; is it because they are so smart. If you guys will stop talking and let the voters talk; it would be great. It is obvious that you want Mcclain to win rather than a smart, strong lady. We need a woman to clean up the damage of the man in the Whitehouse now. During the Bibical days, remember that it was a woman who told Jesus' disciples that he had risen, thus a woman was the first one to preach the gospel, the men were all hidden and afraid.

    February 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Pastor Terry Curtain

    What is wrong with using words that have truth? Does it really matter where it came from? Truth is Truth. Time after time we use each others words. Who said we could not repeat what others said. Tell me what word in the human language is copyrighted? How many Bible scriptures are spoken each Sunday without a mention of it’s’ author? Words are spoken for the moment, with precise timing surround by other words or phrases to enter into the hearts and souls of people. I thought I heard Senator McCain say “I’ am fired up and ready to go? When I heard that I smiled. By the way, did he say where he got it from – right away? Does it really matter? Did he not capture the moment?
    If a person be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Have this ever happen to you?

    February 18, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. G Baker

    CNN's polls have been very unreliable to date. The media (particularly CNN) is trying to pick Obama as our Democratic nominee because he is more newsworthy. Most likely they will start asking about what he has accomplished and whether there is any substance to his plans when it is too late for us, after they suckered us into turning our backs on Hillary Clinton. That will make it all too easy for McCain and 4 more years of Republican obstructionism and Court appointments.

    February 18, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Ike

    Should we be talking about Experience or Wisdom. I believe WISDOM – that comes from above. We trusted President Bush, as a former governor and a son of a former President but see where it has gotten us. This is why Americans have decided for a change – Obam. The people have spoken and the voice of the people are the voice of GOD.
    GO Obama!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Michigain

    The elected officials in MI messed up and didn't follow the rules – therefore we have to live with our decision. I read many of the blogs and why are the democrats so divided?? By both senators own admission their plans are similar and can fix what's broken in America. However, I do have some major issues with Senator Clinton. One she could not see through President Bush's tactics and voted for the war – HUGE mistake! Second she is running her campaign similar to the "good old boys" of the past – tear your opponent down to distract people from what really matters (i.e. high unemployment, recession, unjust war, etc...). Third, she seems to be struggling with managing her own campaign (i.e. she didn't know she was low on cash & she constantly changes her platform); she doesn't seem to have a good handle on things. For these reasons, I hope I have an opportunity to vote for Senator Obama in the general election in Nov. – I believe he is what Americans need at this point in time in our history. A CHANGE!!!

    February 18, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Dems unite

    What about Michele Obama saying " I recently became pround of our Country" What is that? Like before she was not. Once again, their false words are surfacing and real feeling and lack of leadership and experience is showing loud and clear..

    February 18, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Hung

    One thing I am almost sure...If Obama wins the nomination, California will be taken by John Mccain

    February 18, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Felix

    Go Obama ! Your time has come go and deliver,The whole is counting on you.

    February 18, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. DavidForObama

    HI, Guys, It is not the matter how much we like Obama. It is the matter how much we dislike Hillary. She claimed that she is most experienced candidate. Look what she did as first lady when her husband in white house. She submitted universal health care plan which was totally defeated and she never made any progress in health care reform during her husband's tenure. She spent most her time to defend her husband misbehavior in Whitehouse and charged republican as vast right wing conspiracy. The fact is clear that her husband is always a trouble maker. She moved to New York just want to seizure the opportunity of being a senator so I can have a chance to be elected president. Look her eyes when she gave a speech to attack Obama. It look like a devil's eye. I sometime wonder how can Bill has slept with her for so many years. That is scary. Probably that is why Bill has to sleep with other girls, such Jennifer flower to have stress relieve. I believe the notion, eight years Clinton is enough. We need fresh blood. Obama is the right one.

    February 18, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Courtney

    Hillary Clinton needs to grow up, I mean she is acting like she is in grade school "im loseing and i dont know what to do so ill just start makeing little silly comments about my opponent". You know what im an african american women and she had my support at one point but now she is showing me that when times are ruff and things are not going her way she is going to cry and say ridculous things about Obama. You think i want to see her in the white house after these liltle antics, if she cant keep it together now she won't be able to in that white house. At this moment Hillary is showing all her weaknesses and she needs to be showing women like me who once looked up to her that she won't crack under pressure shes strong and when times are tuff she can handle herself, keep her head up and focus on leading a strong campign. Hillary Grow Up!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. david c

    i'm from Toronto Canada and a recent poll showed that many Canadians would give up there vote in order to vote in your election.

    Another poll showed that people in Canada favoured Obama over Clinton.
    not just here but in Europe to.

    Just do the everyone a favour.. no more Republicans, i don't think are world can handle anothere unsubstantiated war.

    February 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. dany eam

    America is lost and it will not be found,if we pick a wrong person.
    Senator Hillary Clinton is the right person for the job. Please love your country not Senator Obama Barak,Opra Winfry and celebrities.

    Please try to do thing right because it is right and not do thing wrong because you feel right .

    We made a big mistake to elect President Bush and we have no time
    left to make another mistake. Many countries in the world hate us and
    want to detroy us , i beleive Senator Clinton can handle them not Senator Barak,Obama.Please wake up.

    February 18, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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