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. TXNS for Hillary

    Eventhough if superdelegates don't decide, the Democratic Party should count the Florida and Michigan votes. Under both, people voted in record numbers and should be considered. If not, we will lose the general election to the Republicans. Both are key states needed for whoever wins the nomination.

    February 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. case

    Superdelegates will not decide the nominee. They know half of us would vote McCain, before putting up with that undemocratic elitism. Besides I dont think it will be that close. I dont see Obama loosing much especially not by lopsided 2 to 1 margins.

    He has what it takes, and we need to give him a shot!

    February 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Joseph

    He copied and plagirized another politican's speeches...so much for his honesty.

    February 18, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Mick

    CNN will help Clinton's lead slip, you watch and see

    February 18, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Hillary all the way!

    Come on Texas, you are my neighbor and I have always thought you were a smart state! Vote for the smart candidate! Obama does not have an original thought, speech or program of his own.

    I am thrilled the truth is now coming out on Barack Obama. He is young inexperienced and not ready to be the President.

    Hillary needs your help! Our nation needs her help.

    Vote Hillary on Marsha 4th

    February 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. lets be real here

    Todd you do know you are sounding like a little 8 year old.

    as my name says "lets be real here" you guys have nothing to discredit this guy and since he borrowed some words from his "senior advisor" a friend of his, to rebuttle Clintions words don't matter..but her words of "solutions" does is just petty man.

    You guys are grasping at straws and it looks very immature.

    I will admit that Wisiconsin is closer than what the media is playing it out to be.

    February 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. La Raza

    Being close will not benefit Hillary. She needs to win substantially. If not, Barack all the way.

    February 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Mark

    Is CNN endorsing Obama? It seems like it. You can't compare the full paragraph which Obama ripped off with a few commonly used buzzwords that Clinton used. Give me a break. Show some objectivity in your reporting for a change. And give equal speech air time to all the leading candidates, not just the one you are so obviously favoring, even within your blatant liberal bias.

    February 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Tim Weiss

    Any dead heat race in Ohio and Texas will spell the end for Hillary Clinton. If the percent ends up being 50%/48% in either direction, Hillary Clinton won't end up with the most delegates. In a brokered convention, words WILL matter. I believe that Barack Obama will make a very strong point that he should be the nominee and he'll take it. But we'll have to wait and see! Should be interesting.

    Democrats '08

    (you don't see that very often among the Democrats, do you?)

    February 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. susants

    Now wouldn't that be a turn up if there is an election (not just in the polls) deadheat in Texas? We wouldn't need to worry about super delegates overturning the electors's will after all.

    February 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Joseph

    Texas Credit Union League
    Date: 2/11-13

    Hillary Clinton 49%
    Barack Obama 41%
    Refused 1%
    Unsure 8%
    Other 1%
    Another poll from the Texas Credit Union League disagrees.
    Polls disagree.

    February 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Michael

    Obama is the leader we want!

    February 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. K.C.

    Are you people stupid??? Wake up America. Obama is a fake. If you would just shut up and listen to his speeches he is too busy trying to sound like Martin Luther King. We need a president who has substance. Not only was he caught plagarizing but he is stealing Hillary's ideas. I can't believe people are taking him seriously. It scares me to think that you are voting him for president because you think his words are inspirational. Hello!!!! We need a president who can fix our problems not sooth us with words. And I thought the media was supposed to be objective. They are all a joke. I won't watch the coverage anymore since they are all disappointing. I don't believe the poll numbers that are reported. If you like Hillary then vote for her regardless of what the media is reporting. They are normally WRONG.

    February 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. MW

    So, this is special enough to make a difference somewhere? Speakers borrow small pieces of material from other sources...from time to time. We see this with Obama, Clinton and many other speakers. Let's focus on more important pieces of information, alright!

    February 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Tim

    To all those harping on Obama using his freinds words....is that all you got?
    I find it amusing that this point in the race that Bill and Hill (the abiguously ethical duo) cant find anything on Obama. I mean if they had something, they would find it and use it. They have nothing .
    I noticed McCain could only bring up the public financing and Hillary is trying to cut down his speeches. If thats all you Hillbill-ies got, then Obamas has this made down the stretch.

    February 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. JohnB

    Once again Hillary using her cheap tactics to attack Obama.
    She is very desperate, she will say or do anything for the White House.

    February 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. BMills

    Fired up and ready to go? Who cares? There is absolutely nothing original that comes out of the mouth of either of these condidates. This year has to be the worst in recent history for options on either side of the two-headed political coin. Heads your screwed tails your screwed.

    It still beats living in Russia though.

    February 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Texas4Obama

    Texans are for Senator Obama.
    Every major newspaper down here in Texas is endorsing Senator Obama – Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Ft.Worth, etc.
    Texans are not stupid – Senator Obama is the candidate with wisdom and integrity and we Texans will have our say on election day March 4th.

    February 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. case

    What has Billary done. Her husband was suspect and every single moderate I know likes McCain more than her.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain, she can not pull independents and disenfranchised Republicans both necessary in November.

    Obama can and will!

    February 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Go Hillary


    Hillary needs your help! I am a college professor and want to know what is wrong with the college educated? Can't you hear the flip flopping of the Obama campaign. Can't you see the bias toward Obama when you watch CNN? Be smart.... listen and look.. two of the basic elements in life.

    My 8 year old daughter has heard both candidates speak and said, Mom, Clinton sounds like she has a good plan for the people who work. She gets it, why does not the rest of America!

    Texas–you can make the difference!

    Hillary 08'

    February 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. sny

    Clinton's siams to think that people are bunch of Idiot's how need their deligation to think. and forget that Obama sporters are the must educted . they tend also to belive that Obama soporters are blind and don't know the history of Clintin's. And that is why they are surpriesed of the dislike that people and Jurnalist show against them.
    I used to have sampaty for Bill but his intolerance and in adecuate behvieir has mad me to just simply pitty him. that is long way from sampaty to pity. hi lost a great deal in this campaign.

    February 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Nathan

    Why does every other poll out there show Hillary with a big lead in Texas.. all except the Obama News Netwrok poll.

    February 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Mark

    Hillary is a professional in all areas. Obama is a guy who can read a good speech, even when the lines are borrowed. I hope the American people can see through all this smooth talking shallow rhetoric. ANYONE can talk about "Change..."...change is a given. The question is what kind of change is he offering? It seems like a lot of nice sounding (borrowed verbatim in some case) rhetoric. Inspiring, maybe. Reality-driven, not really. I hope and pray that the American people can see through this.

    February 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. James

    I have faith that Texas is smart enough to see how tragic it would be to put the Clinton's back in the White House. The country is so done with there kind of politics.

    February 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Mr. Ohio

    During the 90's the Clintons destroyed the Democratic Party while they chased their own personal interests and ambitions. It took 12 years for the Dems to take control of congress again. If these people come back to power, all the progress that the Dems have made in the last couple of years will vanish and become a mediocre party all over. Dems, you better wake up and vote for Obama. These people are hungry for power.

    February 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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