February 25th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: It's all tied up for Dems in Texas

[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

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Texas
soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. Joe

    This is grim news for Hillary. Given the manner in which Texas counts its delegates, she probably needs to win 60% of the votes to win the delegate count. The fact that she is 4 points BEHIND in the popular vote polling doesn't bode well. I really hope she puts her ego aside and drops out of the race if she indeed loses Texas.

    February 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Democrat

    Wow, I've never seen such a cult in politics before. Let's talk about issues, not about "hope" or "change." If Obama stands for change he needs to be specific. Change can be a BAD thing too. The fact that so many people follow him with no reason other than "change" is scary.

    This poll tells us nothing except that the race is competative. For all we know, it was conducted in large cities with only english speaking folks. For all we know, it was conducted during the evening when certain groups of people are working the night shift.

    Let's wait until March 4th before we make any judgements. It's too bad there isn't a news network that reports responsibly. CNN loses my respect every day lately.

    February 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Andre Dantes

    Unfortunately Clinton is so desperate to become the firts female leader that she uses dirty tactics on Obama.
    Shame on you hillary
    desperate mesures brings desperate actions.

    February 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Rodney Dallas, TX

    Enough of this talk of Hillary quitting, I am an Obama supporter but I want him to knock the Clintons out. Don't give it to him Hillary. Make him earn it. All Obama has to do to seal this campaign is to pull out TX or OH. I prefer he wins both states. To be the champ you must knock out the champ and the Clintons are the champions of the Democratic party. Hillary is on the ropes but can Barack finish her that is the question. He needs to win a big state to lay claim to the prize. Fight him Hillary make him earn it. We need you to toughen BO up a little bit, so he can be ready for the championship in November!!!!

    February 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Marie

    This DOES NOT match other polls! Politic Bias as usual at CNN.
    And while we are at it, how dare CNN accuse the Clinton campaign of these photos of Barack Obama.
    They have been all over blogs for a long time and more to come, I am sure from the Republican party!
    He better get use to the heat if he wins the Dem. nominee. This is only the beginning!
    I have read enough to know that I will never vote for Barack Obama, and I do not care what he is wearing!
    Signed, A Texas Democrat!

    February 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. sundowner

    why are hillary's only supporters poor, uneducated white people? hmm.......sounds like the republican base as well. yay nascar fans!

    February 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. mal

    It is time to let the disingenuous Clintons step off the stage. Im sure the church records will show where Obamas religious faith is grounded.

    Where are the Clintons political roots grounded. Carpet bagging and using New York as a stepping stone back to the white house. Of course she beleives she is ready on day one.. She has been training for this all her life and has even sacrificed her dignity as a woman to get it.

    She will do and say anything to win. Its scary.

    February 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Gerry

    The air of inevitability that once surrounded Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton has shifted to challenger Barack Obama. In a new national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, those surveyed predict by 73%-20% that Obama will be the Democratic nominee.
    Democratic voters hold that view by nearly 3-1.

    The Illinois senator has surged to a double-digit lead nationally over Clinton, walloping her 51%-39% among Democrat voters as their preference for the presidential nomination. The poll of 2,012 adults was taken Thursday through Sunday.

    February 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Gio

    Didn't CNN come out with a similar poll in California?

    February 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Phillip

    We've seen that in every state the more people get to know Senator Obama, the more they like him, and the more they support him. Give him the time, and he becomes the clear choice.

    All signs are very positive for this admirable candidate; I am very proud to support him.

    February 25, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Texans for Hillary

    According the the polls, it's evident that many Americans do want to hear about Hillary's experience, and is buying what she is selling. I wonder how CNN analyts must feel now.

    February 25, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Elizabeth

    Hiliary wore a muslim headdress when visiting Bhutto, out of respect; but she was not a candidate. One can be respectful but not when one is running for president of the United States.

    February 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    I have a feeling that we have a bunch of republicans here on the blog that pretend they are Hilary supporters. "If Hilary doesn't win then I'll vote for McCain". We democrats can see right through you so give it up already. The last thing a democrat wants is your stupid war to continue for another 100yrs, the Bush/McCain tax cuts to become permanent, as well as spying on Americans to continue.

    We are not going to vote for Hilary just so the republicans can bring up all the Clinton baggage and allow the Bush policies to continue for another 4 years.

    McCain will never beat Obama. Not in a 100 years so get used it.

    February 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. person

    I think if Hillary wins, this country will fall apart. First, McCain and Hillary are best friends, so there will be very little difference between these two candidates. Many people will not vote if the superdelegates decide against the popular vote, which is a very real possibility. Lastly, if she wins, Bill Clinton will also win. That means another 8 years of scandal if Clinton is in the limelight. Already, Hillary is involved in a great deal of mudslinging. Those women voters who perceive her as the ideal woman confuse me. She is not a nurturing character with her haughty remarks and her obvious mood swings from day to day. I am afraid that she would make a decision to go to war with Iran one day, and the next day, she'd make a speech about world peace while saying that she changed her mind. She'd bring back NAFTA, but give it a different name.
    So, my vote is for Obama; otherwise, count me out of the election process!

    February 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. SIBO,NJ

    Way to go, Obama. Another 4-in-a-roll, go for it! Texas,Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island are within your reach. Sweep Hillary sweep. She said we don't want to debate her. We debated her and see the results. What else do you have next, Hilary? Like you rightly said, see you tomorrow in Ohio where your demise surface.

    February 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Dave

    "how dare CNN accuse" the Clinton campaign of circulating the photo??? The photo was e-mailed to Drudge by Clinton staffers! There's no controversy here re: who circulated them. Pay attention before you post!!!

    February 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. A Patriot

    Two good candidates should not attack each other. Ego should not triumph over the good of the nation. Let each of them explain his or her point of view and let us choose which one we like. It is better to lose the election than to damage the nation.

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

    you shouled have glenn back or some one talk about the money mcCain used for his capain with taxepars money,and now he has money wont give the money back he borred,wants to change this law now, after he was all for it till he owed the money .

    February 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. PDC

    Being married to a President doesn't make you the most experienced condidate.

    Do some research folks. Hillary's vast experience legacy, "Good Hearing and Speech Month." and a Bill to Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse team on winning their championship.

    Hillary Clinton: Wasting time on the taxpayers dime.

    February 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. bill pike

    and the leader a month ago was???? or even a week ago?? what we see is someone who is not from the back room politics, and that the clintons have no idea how to handle–well except to get mad and send out photos.

    February 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Jorge

    Way to go... and now look how the polls in Ohio will go to Obama too....

    February 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. MR

    I'm so sick about hearing about Hilary's 35 years of experience. It's rather obvious to me that with all that experience she can not make sound decisions.
    So the question is what does her proclaimed experience really mean ?
    It's funny she so adamant about bringing the troops home, but she voted for the war in the first place.....
    That's what 35 years of experience gets you .... ask the mothers of the dead and wounded soilders to vouch for her experience..
    Think about it.

    Obama '08

    February 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Yolanda Storey

    Let's tone it down guys...We all want the same goal...A Democrat in the White House.....I can understand your desire to see your candidate win but lets not risk alienating the other half of our party. We should agree to disagree until the nominee is named. If not we are doing a disservice to our party.

    Go Democrat 08

    February 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Kelly

    I think Obama should hang it up gracefully. He will take away the only chance of Democrats taking the W.H. back. He will never win if he is the nominee. They are holding back big time and the flood gates will open if he is the nom. We are playing right into their hands.

    February 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Gaby

    Once again Hillary will say and do anything to win "She is in it to win it."
    Where is her true concern for the American people? She is running for self interest only.

    GO OBAMA 08 "You've got what it takes."!

    February 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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