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. Tevin

    guys am tired of some people singing about experience exp exp has grown huge.what is experience?if you show me school of experience. iswear am gonna go there and may be after iwill be the american pres..Bush senior we saw hes experience.now we are still praying to see Bush junior saying buy to the white house.and please pray may be Laura Bush may contest for president in the comin years.american shut up.and vote for Obama.experience will drop from side by side.and as isee he will be the best president.and dont judge a book by its cover.you all talking.no one knows Obama.just give that black guy a chance.give hime 4 years if he screw up in those 4 years.then you can vote for any one you want in 2012...Obaman..08

    February 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Eric

    CNN sure wants Obama to win. "NOT" You know that it will be difficult for a black man to win in November and they really think people are that stupid for taken the bait. As long as the DEMS Win in November is all that matters. So just keep up your negative media about Hillary; because it wont work.

    Hillary 2008/ Obama2008

    February 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Gary

    Of course CNN will release this poll, they are Pro-Obama!!! watch out next week, they will release an article that will make Obama ahead of CLINTON by 4 pts. The same thing happened before the Feb.5th in California, they are dead heat, Obama is even leading but then Obama lost by 10%! Hillary's hold in Texas is strong, they have already voted with their absenteed ballots so no matter what, HILLARY will still win. I know this since I am a volunteer for HILLARY & everytime I call, they have already voted for HILLARY! TEXANS love the CLINTONS & she will fight for their causes!!! Go HILLARY!!!!

    February 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. K

    wow, can't the clintons' supporters articulate their point without resorting to swear words. if you read any of the clintons' backers comments it is common to find words and phrases such as: stupid, hot air, fake, crazy, nonsense, etc. this is frustration at its finest!

    independent AGAINST billary!

    February 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Dough Boy

    We blamed the Republicans for stealing the last 2 presidential elections.
    Now we can blame CNN and the Democratic Party who clearly work together to set this up for their boy Obama to win.
    Despite your best efforts, the people are still showing you, the media and you, the Democratic party who set this up from the beginning for Obama that we want Hillary Clinton.
    One night as the polls were coming in Wolf said the name Obama 18 times in a 3 minute period of time without mentioning Clinton.

    February 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Donna in ID

    NO TO OBAMA. I am finding it so hard to believe that so many people are buying into this arrogant, self appointed American Saviour when all he is, is egotistic macho huckster snake oil salesman. If anyone paid REAL attention to him and his body language and voice inflections when talking about Hillery or women. He talks down like he is trying to explain something to a small child. He has made sexist comments about Sen. Clinton. If you really watched and really listened you would have picked up on it. On top of this he has pretty much stolen many of Hillery's ideas that she has tried working on way before he got to DC. Her trouble has been the GOP voting everything down, I find it soooooo hard to believe that more people haven't picked up on it. Especially all these so called educated woman that he claims are a large part of his followers. Smarten up people and pay attention before it is to late. I liked him at early on but NO MORE!!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Kory

    Republican here, unbias opinion.

    I find some of the metaphors laughable in some posts. If Obama uses some parts of a speech that were earlier said by one of his advisors big deal. Why is everyone comparing it to taking a test. Ok, since we are all about metaphors heres one for you.

    Just because my wife (Hillary's business partner Bill, sorry, I mean husband) does good on a test (as president, he actually did OK) doesn't mean that I will do good because I was around her while she studied (was president). The "ready on day 1" is just as much as a gimmick as Obama's "change" campaign.

    February 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Judy Carlson

    I have been waiting and waiting. Why are all the media treating Obama with white kid gloves? Clinton and McCain have been dissected, examined under microscopes and shredded. They have been through many fires and have survived. How many years has Obama served in the Illinois Senate & the US Senate? Exactly what has he really worked on that actually came to a vote and what were the results? And as for going though fire, he hasn't even had to deal with a spark yet.

    Obama is a great speaker, exciting people, making people feel good just like a good Amway Convention Speaker. I cannot even consider voting for him unless I know what he has actually accomplished in his few years as a senator.

    February 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Sauda

    Here! we come again, i think Clinton is out of excuses to beat Obama. she is now using words. guess what? " It takes a village to raise a child"is not her words for her book title , and she never give a credit , IWe knew those words long before she wrote the book, plus she has been using so much other words.

    February 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Couldn't be worse news for Team Clinton.

    If this holds, it's all but done.

    She needs to win Texas by a HUGE margin.

    February 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. La Raza

    It is God's Will that Obama will be successful.

    February 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. SUE, Michigan

    Here we go again-they talk to 535 people, and would have you believe they represent thousands of voters. Will they never learn?
    And to Anonymous: We Michigan voters WERE up in arms last year, but the DNC thinks it's God. And the VOTERS had no say about it-no one asked us when we wanted the primary to be. If it were you, you would be mad too...and insisting on being heard. All I can say is, they had better seat our people and count their votes, because we have as much right as anyone else to have our votes counted. The heck with the DNC for their stupid rules. Who says Iowa and NH are the only states who count early? I say foul.

    February 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Justin

    I think some one poll California .
    OBAMA- 52%
    Hillary – 39%

    This is last time I read CNN . Fox is doing much better they always make call then you see CNN call.

    Wolf is old get some new blood.

    February 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. voter

    Voters in Florida and Michigan have a right to have their votes counted - not by caucus as Barack would like. Barack and Hillary both had their names on the Florida ballots - the votes should stand as is.

    February 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Marc,WSU

    Perhaps I should sign in with a slang handle that implies I'm a Latino and the proclaim my love for Obama?

    Yeah. That's the ticket.

    February 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Cee Dubya

    Sad how many people will vote for the perceived "winner" just so they can say that they did. Remember folks, polls are just media spin. Polls make news...news makes money from sponsors. This whole primary/superdelegate debacle begs, no screams for election law reform. We can pay our taxes on the internet but we can't vote there? It's the 21st century, why are our election laws still stuck in the 18th?

    February 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Abraham

    You all know Hillary is desparate and will do whatever it takes to get votes, even if she does it at Obama's expense.
    You (news Media), are falling into her trap by making this plagirism an issue. Shame on you for not seeing through this.

    On the issue of debates, why does Obama have to render to her wishes, if she were winning, would she request more debates. You should raise this question for a response from her

    February 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Sandi

    I want to hear what they will do for the country I don't care if either of them borrowed phrases from anyone else. How is this important? Why is this news? Why is the Clinton camp making a deal of this?

    I really don't know who I will vote for in November but I hope they have more productive things on thier mind besides finger pointing. Sometimes these issues seem like first graders arguing. "You did it!" "Did not!" "Did too!" "Did not!"

    February 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Peg

    To "The Numbers".......I am afraid I don't understand what you are saying. It doesn't make sense....Please clarify.


    February 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. 08ama

    @Todd So the worse thing one can find about Obama is that he used some words that his FRIEND ones spoke before??? That’s it?? And you would vote for Billary who took more money for lobbyist that any other candidate including republicans??? You want to put someone in office who is already sold out to special interests, the group who is responsible for some the worse decisions the present administrations has made. What are you thinking? And about experience, what experience does Hillary have that Obama doesn’t? Dealing with lobbyist? I would rather not have that experience.

    February 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Patrick, Chicago, IL

    I just think its funny that the HRC supporters shake their fists at Obama, saying, what has he done! When have words changed the world?!
    Thats when I grab a history book and ask, how many examples do you want?
    You see, the reality is that our greatest heros, people who have changed the world, often had little experience in politics or as a agent of change, but they did have a way with words.
    But today people say, "how can you vote for Obama, he hasn't done much he just speaks well" (first off, Hillary hasn't done much more *on her own*) and I say "when evaluating if someone has the capacity to change America and possibly the world do you ask if they have already done it?" of course not, because then there would be no need to elect them. Washington had never defeated the world's greatest Military force to establish a free democracy, Lincoln hadn't freed an oppressed people before he was elected and FDR hadn't defended America from the tyranny of a evil dictator before he was elected

    February 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Sonya

    BUH-BYE BRAD. Is that a promise?

    February 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. SHARON

    I went to a Clinton rally and she used Obama's words–
    he did not scramble to accuse her of plagarism.

    February 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. observer#1

    Maybe Texas should take a look at the bill Obama help introduce that would pledge 865 BILLION dollars to the UN for Global Poverty, none of which the USA is eligable for. Ofcourse that would come from a tax increase. We have a mortgage crisis here and we owe China zillions of dollars, yet we are going to spend 865 billion to foreign countries? What about the poverty right here in our own backyard. Fix America first.

    February 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Abraham

    If anyone cares to know why Hillary is losing and Obama is winning, her's why;

    Hillary is = "I" this – "I" that

    Obama is = "We" Can, "We" are, together "we" will make a difference, "we" can make a change

    February 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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