[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/25/art.obamaclintonpoll.ap.jpg caption="Obama and Clinton are deadlocked in Texas, a new poll shows."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a statistical dead heat in Texas, according to a poll released eight days before the state's crucial presidential primary.
In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Monday, 50 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said Obama is their choice for the party's nominee, while 46 percent backed Clinton.
But taking into account the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for Democratic respondents, the race is a virtual tie.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser