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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  1. Republican Guy

    I cannot believe there are people out there who believe in Clinton in what she is saying. How dare Clinton accusing Obama man of words and no actions. Now tell me what she has done? NOTHING!!!!! Those who want to vote for McCain should Hillary loses does not say much about that person. I am a Republican but when it comes down to Obama and Clinton, Obama is second to none to her. If Clinton should win, we will find out Hillary will not keep her promise because she is all talks.

    February 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Based on a true story

    "the plain and ordinary are ruled by fate, and pride of manifested destiny gives birth to a fools folly"

    Curtis L Madison

    February 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    Hillary is the REAL PLAGIARIST.

    Plagiarist is using speeches and writings of someone else WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION. Please go and look at Patrick's and Obama's speeches on youtube. There's a couple phrases that are similar: that's all!

    And Deval Patrick is the one who urged Obama to use his line of analysis against Hillary's attacks in the first place! Hillary is projecting her own weakness onto Barack Obama.

    She uses "Yes we will" "turn the page of american history" and "fired up ready to go"

    February 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. JOHN


    February 18, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Character Counts In Texas

    Obama will win in Texas. I don't know how the polls count us independents or cross-over Republicans but there are alot of us here in the Lone Star State.

    February 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Jean, Indiana

    Obama will take Ohio. I saw her speeches-vs-solutions talk at the factory a gazillion times on TV this weekend, but I didn't see anyone applauding. Meanwhile, Obama picked up two major union endorsements.

    February 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. w

    This is just CNNs ploy to set the stage for the debate that there moderating. Ratings are apparently more important than reporting the truth!!!!

    February 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Thomas for truth

    Where does Hillary get off calling Obama out on plagarism when her campaign has been stealing Obama's lines like "fired up and ready to go" and changing "yes we can" into "yes she can." He didn't take patricks speaches word for word they are just similar. Hillary is striking out to hurt her opponent in order to gain the lead. She isn't showing that she is the best person for the job she is showing she will strike out at anyone in her way. She talks about people filling their pockets in washington and she is one of them. She is for big lobby, Nafta, free trade with China(850,000 in campaign contributions fro Hsu) how much of this is beneficial for Texas? Clinton is a deviant destructive force. She even wrote a letter to the superdelegates to ignore the popular vote to put her into office so with that ask yourselves... Does Hillary Clinton care about my vote, my state, and my nation, or does she just care about winning?

    February 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Richard J

    For all you MALE Clinton supporters, please give your balls back.

    February 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. John

    I can only hope that the good people of Wisconsin look in their hearts as well as their minds to see that a vote for Hilary is a vote for deceit, dishonesty, duplicituous and downright hatred. If that is what she attributes her "35 years of experience" to then I am so glad that Obama in her definition, lacks such experience.

    February 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Rosemary Storaska

    There is a candidate whose national headquarters is already being seen as a “White House of Hope”—middle and lower income groups, the poor, the disadvantaged by race, nationality or economics. As a volunteer for Hillary I have come to understand what supporting her means? Among the calls comes a disabled veteran who is $26,000 in debt buried in red tape. He needs Hillary as there is no other place to go? An elderly woman wants to send $10. She worries that much the same is on the horizon while scolding the media for pushing another inexperienced man into office. She needs Hillary to win, as she is tired. It’s hard not to take on their concerns in light of a barrage of ads fueled by Obama supporters who can avoid recession woes. This country needs to put aside the money gravy train flowing from higher income individuals that sends a blast of ad fire across this nation for an individual who is not qualified to be president. We need to go backwards to regain what we have lost in terms of respect, loyality and a place where hard work and experience matter. Super delegates are the balance and should vote for what the word Democrat represents!

    February 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Jakey

    Don't some people ever give up?
    You come out with these so called "polls" to somehow present a situation of inevitabilty of about a particular candidate and think somehow that will influence the way people will vote? What happened in New Hampshire? What recently happened in California when you said like you are saying about Texas now that it was a dead heat?
    Aren't some people tired of having "egg on your face" time and time again?

    February 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Alan

    Hey Wolf, What's the track record of CNN presidential primary polls?
    Which polling service has been most accurate this season?

    February 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. John

    It's over Hillary. Time for you and rest of America to finally accept the fact that Obama is our ultimate savior who will bring us to the promise land. Everything you're doing is futile. No one messes with the Messiah, no one.

    February 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Phil

    Americans are impressed with fame and celebrity. Sure, it's fun for a while. The problem is - it doesn't last. In time our celebrities become yesterday's news.

    Think for a moment beyond Texas and Ohio. Think about the next 4 years! Our economy is sinking. We can't afford our over-priced homes. We're at war. Most of the world hate us. Do we really want to turn over the keys to the White House to a political unknown?

    If Obama wins this nomination and the presidency, heaven help us.

    February 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Life Long democrat

    I vote McCain if my choice is Obama or a republican, if the party wants to lose, then nominate Obama, after all his dirty tricks, I think alot of democrats will feel the same way.

    February 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Janet

    Hillary supporters are just like their candidate: they like to bend the truth to favor their candidate and when that doesn't work they whine and cry. It's a sad day in the Democratic party. And if I hear one more person tell us their race and then who they are going to vote for, I'm going to puke. What does it matter what your ethnicity is? This goes to show that racism still exists and Hillary voters have the wool pulled over their eyes

    OBAMA 2008

    February 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Armand

    Hahahaha, yeah right, CNN, get a life. Every other major polls, from Rasmussen, RCP etc.. has Hillary leading by 9, 10 and up to 14 points in Texas and now you are telling me that they are in a virtual tie? Sure CNN, whatever you say, your credibility to me and the rest of Hillary supporters is nule....

    February 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. anne

    what about Floria an Michigan???? If they dont count dont cry about superelgates!

    Clinton 08! CHANGE! Not plagiarism!

    February 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Ardnuas

    Hillary has experience, but NO JUDGEMENT ( NONE) !!! She values loyalty over competence !!! Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede
    We want a women president.... BUT NOT THIS WOMEN ....PLEASE !

    February 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Hillary2008

    When Obama talks about Change, Why does he just know how to copy&paste others' words?

    New Slogan:" If you wanna find sth, Let's google it; if you wanna copy&paster, Let's Obama it."

    Obama–Such a big joke for American people.!

    February 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. tomdavie

    Is this the latest 'spin' ? Obama cant win Texas. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Ever noticed a pattern here? Its always Obama 'gaining' in the polls. Every time.

    Funny about what happened in New Hampshire. Funny about every 'poll' showing Obama leading in California. One had him by 13% the day before the primary.

    Now we got to read about tapdanced polls – all 20 year olds or republicans- ?

    These 'polls' never release their polling data, and even the flimsy data they claim is never broken down into age or race or whatnot.

    Survey USA has the only polls that seem to come true. They are broken down properly, and the primary ususually is spot on.

    The last thing anyone should do is believe media BIASED polls.

    February 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Alison, FL


    February 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Justin from TX

    The mere fact that we are even talking about a close race in Texas is huge for Obama. Hillary has put all her marbles hoping to win this state and its tied. This race is over. Hillary Clinton is in denial... When we are suppose to be talking about the policies of our country, she results to attacks on Obama stealing rhetoric. This woman will never be President.

    Hillary, we see right through you.
    Don't mess with Texas.
    Obama '08

    February 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Texan

    Obama, who is this character??? Where did he come from??? What is his true background on issues? Where are they stated? So many questions, little answers.=!

    Obama FOLKS have made a major mistake voting for him!!!
    He will have no chance against the Republicans!
    We democrats can all kiss the white house goodbye.

    February 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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