February 18th, 2008
03:01 PM ET
14 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. wait a minute

    It looks like superdelegates will decide on the Dem nominee, and I agree with Rangles and Shumer on superdelegates: Let the people choose. They know if not, the Dem party will suffer.

    February 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Gerry

    There was a report this morning in a Dallas newspaper that talked about the amazing ground organization Obama has in Texas.-some 150,000 volunteers, who have now all been trained and ready to go.

    With that kind of ground support-I doubt if Hillary stays tied in the polls for long.

    February 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Mark

    The Clinton's boat is sinking fast than a rock. Their dirty campaign is coming to an end.

    February 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Latina for Obama

    We Texans see through Hillary's knee-capping. I personally don't approve.

    February 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Josh R.

    Clearly Obama's momentum is gathering in Texas since he was behind n the polls before. This new argument of Obama's shared ideas with his political buddy is going to make Hillary look even more petty and rediculous. The hinges are slowly but surely eroding in her campaign. She herself will have to jump on Obama's train so her political career won't die with her loss.

    February 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    Who do they ask these questions of? I have never been asked who I would vote for by anyone, nor do I know anyone who has. I say we don't need you guys feeding us a crock. I don't believe it is a dead heat.

    February 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Todd

    There's a dead heat in Wisconsin too, but the media has ceded that contest too Obama. When will someone finally hold the media accountable for its obamaphilic ways?! Does anybody else think it's strange that Chris Mathews who claims to be a journalist said that he "felt this thrill going up my leg" as a response to recent Obama victory speech?

    Maybe Obama should just shag every reporter and be done with it so we can get back to the serious business of electing a president– the thrill in a reporter's leg ought not determine the next president!

    February 18, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. brad brenden

    If "hitlary clinton" gets in by using super delegets instead of the will of the voters...I am out of the good ol U.S.A. brad

    February 18, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Hillary2008

    Who cares about POLL?? Shame on CNN.

    I believe American people are not that stupid to elect such as fake person to be a president!

    Go Hillary 2008

    February 18, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Todd

    How DARE Obama ??!! First he says words matter, now he says they don't once he's caught plagiarizing them! The fact that he steals from a supporter doesn't change anything–if you copy the answers to an exam from your buddy you still cheated didn't you?!!

    February 18, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. sarah

    This is the same poll that had obama up by double digits in California. It feels as though there are some out there trying to influence the election.

    February 18, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Billary

    Obama is catching up in TX, a State where Hillary was up 20 points a few days ago. Once Obama starts to campaign there he will lead. Bad news for the Hillary ( silly) campaign.
    Now that they are losing in TX they are ready to sell the notion that if they win OH they deserve the nomination. What a Joke that is!!

    February 18, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. T.O

    If the outcome of the TX primary turns out to be anything like the polls suggest; then i think Hillary is done and she's gonna be in some "hot sauce"

    Obama 08

    February 18, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. lets be real here

    Good job Obama. Keep up the good work

    these Clinton backers are really grasping at straws now to bring you down.

    SWIFT BOAT is on the horizion Obama watch out...H. Clinton is trying all she can to win this election.

    February 18, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Todd

    If you copy the answers to an exam from your buddy, you still cheated didn't you?? Obama's been claiming he's "different," but he's asking to be held to a lower standard of ethics and decency.

    February 18, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. illinoisindie

    wow and he hasnt really started to rock the vote in texas yet... If wisconsin goes to Barack my prediction is that Texas will too

    February 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. TXNS for Hillary

    Hispanics will give Hillary her win on March 4. We want a leader, not someone running for student council to be popular. Actions, not words!!!

    February 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Larry B

    I cannot believe people keep buying into Obama's rhetoric – withno substance or experience behind his eloquent speeches. Every time he opens his mouth, he tries to be Martin Luther Kin – Abe Lincoln, Ronald regan, or John F Kennedy -- just a mockery. He is becoming one of the most polarizing figures in American poilitics, and if elected, will do more to polarize this country than Bush ever did.

    we do not need empty promises. We need solutions bourne from hard work and experience -- and that is not Obama.

    Yes, I am a Clinton Supporter. But if she cannot win, then I will vote for McCain

    February 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Joseph

    Texas Democratic Presidential Primary
    Texas: Clinton 54% Obama 38%
    Friday, February 15, 2008
    Rasmussen Reports polling in Texas also shows the former First Lady on top in the Lone Star State. Clinton attracts 54% of the vote in Texas while Obama earns 38% with nearly three weeks to go until Election Day.

    The polls are all over the place.

    February 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Earl, Chicago

    Superdelegates choosing candidates. Democracy at its finest!

    February 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Ian

    Hillary Clinton seems to think that she can write and rewrite the rules of the DNC as she see fits to her benefit.

    I only hope that the DNC will offer her and her husband a rude awakening, and relegate both of the them to the footnotes of history.

    I can only imagine how awful Bill Clinton will feel as his adulation and stance as a great speaker and charismatic politian is replaced with new comer and political swooner Barack Obama.

    Ha! Clinton will be faced to look at a black version of himself, only Obama has actual ethics, character, and integrity. Something Bill and Hillary Clinton sold out on a long time ago.

    February 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |


    February 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Chainswede

    Not mentioned in this blurb is the fact that this is the first poll to show Obama catching up to Hillary in Texas.

    February 18, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. TB

    While she is worrying about a LINE and/or ONE PHRASE from Obama's speech he is slowly gaining ground on her "firewall". Dear God I hope Obama wins the democratic nomination, Clinton annoys the hell out of me.

    February 18, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I am so happy to see Texas democrats voting in the manner in which is against what was previously determined for us. I am a Obama supporter but if Hillary wins we are all still united and will not be separated.

    February 18, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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