February 18th, 2008
03:01 PM ET
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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. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.


    February 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. oh the spin

    Hey CNN–where is an article about the OH and PA polls that show Clinton up 15-20 points?

    And regarding this Texas poll, something tells me you wouldn't have taken the margin of error into account if Clinton was the 48% and Obama was the 50%.

    February 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Phyllis, Dallas TX

    Texan's are not stupid. I knew the polls from last week showing Hillary with a 17pt lead wouldn't last.

    I live in Dallas and I have yet to speak to anyone who is voting for Hillary. If you have confidence in your stance on the issues and your proposals, you don't have to stoop to the "anything to win" game which what HRC is currently playing.

    What do you think it said to most people who live in TX when you loose DC, Washington State and run here to speak in El Paso of all places. You said a lot.........and we will too in Dallas on Mar 4th.

    February 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. TXNS for Hillary

    The newsmedia is trying to portray Obama as a "rock star" of sort. This is not American Idol, we are voting for the presidency. Hillary, does not have the scripted speeches, she is talking about solutions with plans!!!! Not Copycat Rhetoric!!!

    February 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Go Obama!!!

    February 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Celested9

    Obama has billed himself as the "next generation" candidate so why is he stealing ideas and words from others including the Clinton campaign.

    1) OBAMA copied almost word for word, the "just words" refrain from Duval Patrick.

    2) OBAMA is accused of plagiarizing Clinton's economic plan.

    3) OBAMA stole the "audacity of hope" book title from Reverend Wright, the paster of his church.

    In none of these cases did he provide attribution. He is supposed to be so inspiring but shouldn't he inspire with his own words and ideas? So interesting that he differentiates himself from the baby boomer generation,and particularly Clinton,as the person with fresh ideas while he steals hers.

    February 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Lilia

    Isn't this the channel that had Clinton loosing New Hampshire, New York, California, MA and New Jersey? Isn't this the channel that when the South Carolina exit polls were coming were salivating at the fact that Clinton might come in third to Edwards and in between lines said"you had it coming"?
    And why don't you report on Milwaukee...there is a dead heat over there.

    You have been polling this and misleading the public all along, CNN. The only places where you have been right is where there have been certain demographics that everyone knew would favor Obama. No brainer type of polling.

    The media is greatly responsible for the state of things in The United States and it will have a lot to answer to once this whole process is over. You are making people very, very angry.

    February 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Daydream Believers

    Obama has never had an origional Idea.
    He's a snake oil salesman from Chicago!

    February 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Theresa

    I'm glad Obama is making Hillary nervous. She thought she was going to walk into the White House without any batlle. Obama plaguraize? Come on...those lines are so well known..part of our history. What's wrong with repeating MLK's lines...Go Obama!

    February 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Isaac, Wisconsin

    We are not going to allow the Press/Media t elect our next President. Woo to them. We will resist them as Hillary tries to capture the heart and soul of the Democratic Party visa vis the Nation. Solution for America future....

    February 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. dave

    What Obama did was give a speech that people in the audience believed to be his thoughts , when in fact he was lying, because they were not his thoughts.

    February 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. JohnS

    Joseph, are you confusing the dated polls with the recent polls done in Texas? The numbers you cited are very, very old for a campaign season in which the numbers are constantly changing/shifting.

    Please do your research again, and clean up this mis-information!! Again, no surprise here as Hillary and co-supporters are of the old, never for the new!!! Change, change is needed. Who would want to wake up each day, for the next 4 years, to the same old Clinton scandals and fights with Republicans?

    February 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. leela

    Isn't Bill C going to court in California for money swindling? You should report it live , and then play agagin on prime time. That will boost Hillary's presidential campaign.

    February 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. OBAMA 08

    Hillary can go home and not bake cookies and take Bill with her.

    February 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Mike

    This poll is accurate. I work for the Obama campaign and our internal numbers have him ahead by 7 pts. You wait until election day. We have independents and Republicans salivating at the chance to vote against Hillary.

    Mark my words. 🙂

    February 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Nathan Banks,San Francisco,California

    So mr wait a minute you think the superdelegates should choose the nominee?Non sense.It should be the delegates that decides who will be the nominee for Democrats.

    Hillary is going down in TX,OH,PA,and VT.

    February 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Latinos with Hillary

    Latinos, hispanos, please remember the good times we had when Bill Clinton was president. Hillary worked for us and everybody in this country as a first lady. She will be even better as a president. It has been proven. Obama is full of pretty words, we can't afford to take a risk right now. This country is a disaster and only Hillary will be able to make this change. Let's forget about sex or race, let's think about experience, recognition, contacts, accomplishments. Can anyone tell me what Obama has done for this country? NADA. He gave a speech against the war, wow, just pretty words. He wasn't even there to vote but now he is there to judge other people's votes!!! Go Hillary!!!

    February 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. jeff oklahoma

    Obamaphiles can now start piling on... the polls say it is a dead heat in Texas... it's a dead heat in wisconsin... it's tightening in Ohio... it's tightening in Pennsylvania... must be BAD NEWS for the Clinton camp huh? Not really. The same polls showed Obama up in California, closing the gap in New York, yada, yada, yada. Exactly what the media has done and continues to do. Drive Obama to the nomination come hell and high water... you people think he walks on water! Hillary will record a sweep of her own, in the states that truly matter. Hey CNN and Obamaphiles: If the popular vote swings her way after the March 4th primaries/caucuses will you then cede the nomination to Hillary? Did not think so and that is why they call it a political fight. The super's will know which way to go come the 4th and you can take that to the bank. Your candidate will be back to hittin' the bong, smokin' a fattie or doing an 'occasional' line of powda'!!!!

    February 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. melchg

    Hey Todd, I believe that people can decide for themselves based on the issues presented by the candidates and that the media is just that...the media...I highly doubt anyone uses what some reporters says to influence their vote...theres just more coverage on him because he's kickin the crap out of hillary's campaign. It's like David is just about ready to take down Galiath.

    OBAMA 08

    February 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. liq

    Sorry Todd but cheating on an exam is saying you got the answers from someone other than yourself.

    There's nothing wrong with liking and using someone elses ideas, especially someone who is a good friend that you trade ideas with all the time. If Barack only trusted his own logic I would completely be against that. I like the fact that he's willing to listen to others and incorporate the parts he likes from what they are saying too.

    February 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. earl illingsworth

    Texas has a huge Latino/Hispanic vote. Obama and Hillary are basically drumming the same beat regarding representation, and immigration issues. Simply said, neither of the two candidates can hurt them, but only empower them, and they are very aware of the timing that has created this fortunate situation. Knowing that their vote is crucial (leverage),to either one of the candidates winning in November. Thus the polls have closed ground! Sad to say, it seems the regular folks are all being taken for granted down yonder ???

    February 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. melchg

    Hey Hillary2008, If you don't care about the polls why are you taking your time to read about them..

    February 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Oregon Voter

    Is this the best CNN can dig up for Barack? I know they've tried hard, but surely they can conduct a poll that tips it in his favor. Even after New Hampshire they just don't get it: their polls are wrong, and no matter how much they try to show only one side to a story, it will never reflect the true opinion of the public.

    The race is sooooooo close in Texas!! But then somehow Hillary will win it by double digits and everyone will be in shock because they believed the polls.

    February 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Gina

    The only thing this election and the media have done is convince me just how much hate exists in our country.
    Whichever candidate wins will lose so many people who believed
    their candidate would make a difference. Where will we be than ?

    February 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. d

    Obama is a phoney !! Go Hilliary... my first choice for President; McCain – 2nd choice.

    February 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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