February 25th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Polls: Clinton holds lead in Ohio

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/25/art.obamaclinton.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton has a lead in Ohio, though it's smaller than it once was."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton holds a clear lead over rival Barack Obama in Ohio according to three new polls out Monday, though the Illinois senator is gaining ground in the crucial March 4 primary state.

New surveys conducted by Quinnipiac University, the University of Cincinnati, and the American Research Group all show Clinton with roughly a 10 point lead over Obama, with eight days to go until Ohioans head to the polls.

In the Quinnipiac University poll, Clinton leads Obama by 11 points (51- 40 percent). She holds an 8 point lead in the University of Cincinnati poll (47 percent to 39 percent), and a 10 point lead in the American Research Group poll (49 – 39 percent).

While Clinton still holds a lead in Ohio, a Quinnipiac poll released on February 12 showed Clinton with a 21-point lead over Obama, and a Columbus Dispatch Poll released late last month had Clinton up 23 percent there.

After 11 straight Obama wins, the Clinton campaign has said that victories in Ohio and Texas are crucial to the New York senator's White House hopes.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Neil/winnipeg,MB

    I came from a country where we had a president who is just like Barack Obama, he was eloquent, positive, unifier, he could bring out the best in everybody who listens to him, he also lacks experience, but his campaign is very moving, he could break you down in tears, he could really make you believe that everything is within reach if we all just unite with a common purpose. And my President? Well, after winning by a landslide vote, he only served for two years as he was kicked out of office because he can't run a country........ People of America, you decide, are you going to choose someone who is eloquent but inexperienced or someone who is ready in day one?

    February 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Lee

    Although I have a lot of respect for Hillary Clinton, I think that Barack Obama can unite the country and work on our problems more effectively than she can. I truly think he can win in November!

    OBAMA '08

    February 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. jerome baker jr

    we dont need a cry baby in Washington we need OBAMA!


    February 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Mark-London

    Any cance of the CNN talking aout the ARG poll for Texas?

    February 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. yak

    We already know Nader is going to take votes from dems again so whoever wins this one is pointless now.

    February 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Shavala

    Does anyone notice that all of the postings concerning articles about Obama and Clinton are AGAINST Clinton? I just find it really odd that half of the democrats turn out to vote for her but apparently 99 percent of the CNN.com viewers hate her guts...strange..

    I guess no one realizes the power of media manipulation?

    February 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Carol

    If we had a functional memory, we should remembered that President Bush promised CHANGE in his presidentail compaign. Look at what we got over the 7+ years. Now we know that he is a great salesman, not a doer to deliver his promise of CHANGE.

    We all know that we need a Change in a general term. We need a person who has ability with proved achievements to deliver the CHANGE we need, We don't need a person who is a Charismatic salesman who always has a great ability to choose nice words we like to hear, however, doesn't have ability to keep their promises.

    Be vigilant, people, at those charming words, please seek hard evidence in his/her history to verify someone's words.

    How do we know? Do some research work and look what he or she has achieved in his/her past, then we can figure out the odds of his/her words becoming reality.

    We are calling for a person who is able to deliver.

    February 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Rosa

    Come on guys...leave Hillary alone. Most people are voting for Barack because he's black (and I can say that because I am black as well). The truth is, he's running on a "fluff" campaign. Even when invited to talk about the issues on the Black State of the Nation Program, he refused. He can't really talk about what he doesn't know-and he doesn't know economics, war, or anything thing else. Given a few years, he'll have that experience, but right now he doesn't. People keep saying that Hillary doesn't have any more experience than him-they are wrong. She's been working on political issues since the early 70's-Barack was what 8 years old at the time.

    February 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. dance

    Have you seen his latest photo? I love it

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. A view from Canada

    For all the Hillary supporters. I personally love Obama and wish for him as the nominee. On the other hand I am loving the Canadian dollar at almost par and if Hillary is the nominee the odds of her winning even against McCain are slim (sad isn't it). This would mean the war will continue and the US debt will quadruple by the end of the next presidents next term and who knows the Canadian dollar might over take the US dollar. MMMMMmmm what to do?

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Babu

    I guess Obama supporters do not democracy. They do not want to wait for all the states complete their primaries, the votes in Florida and Michigan are counted and then let the people decide who the nominee is. There is no rush at all. We can decide the nomination at the convention in Denver. Obama's biggest supporter the liberal Edward Kennedy went all the way to the convention even though he was trailing by 400 delegates. May be Obama needs to get some advice from his friend.

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. who to judge

    Judge not, that you not be judged!! I think you all need help, Clinton and Obama can take care them self!

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Vote for Hillary

    Poor Obama.. you're playing the same poltics like all the politians. Your new ideas are the same old ideas. Your high school rallies do not work for long. This is just a phase like one hit wonder!

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Gabe Polson, The Woodlands,TX

    What this polling also shows but CNN is not reporting is that while her lead has narrowed, she has lost no ground or support but Obama has moved up a little. This is what everyone said would happen when the campains landed in Ohio to fight it out. The real story here is that despite the biased media attention to Obama, his refusal to talk issues, and dirty campaign tactics, Hillary Clinton has not lost any ground.

    Also, polls here in Texas show a tight race but the numbers are not moving in anyones direction so it finally means that the media is having no influence here.

    This is Texas and we are not South Carolina. We like our candidates to stir it up and prove themselves. Finally, the Clinton campaign is feeling the vibe of Texas and Ohio and being the candidate we knew she could be... a fighter.

    Sorry Obama...no free rides for you here.

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Former Clinton Supporter


    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Will

    Thank you CNN! You are to be commended in making sure that your campaign contributions to Barack Obama have not gone to waste! Boosting Obama's visibility in only the most positive of ways while slamming his opponent and limiting her air time has been a blessing to the American people! CNN – your news reporting truly embodies the spirit of American Democracy! Go Obama!

    February 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Mark, Delaware

    I am a Clinton supporter and am happy to hear the news on the polls in OH and the recent tracking polls.

    My question to my fellow Dems is what are you hearing that I am not hearing? I am hear the words hope and change and uniting – but they are the same words Bush used and had little new policy.

    I want us to realize what you get when you by a new production car – you often get problems no one saw while staring at the pretty metal and listening to the new engine purring.

    This all scares me.

    VOTE for real and proven change – VOTE CLINTON

    February 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. nick

    NFL Not For Long. Hillary will be going back to ILL, ARC, NY or where ever she lives real soon.

    February 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Becky

    Ohioan should be very careful before voting for a candidate who is inspirational, but untested and certainly unproven. Hillary is the superior candidate.

    February 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Danny

    Obama is not ready to lead this country. He doesn't have clear plans and I believe Ohio and Texas are seeing that he is "hype" where as Hillary Clinton is tested and proven and ready to lead the country.

    I saw Hillary Clinton in person and she was the most genuine canidate I have seen. She stayed after the media had left and talked one on one with many people who were at the rally for about 45 minutes. That is a lot more than I can say for others.


    Danny, TX

    February 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Peace

    The Polls do not show undecided. Eight days left and a lot of Unions helping Obama vigorously at the moment. Up to Saturday it will be another story. This is not good sign for Hillary, am afraid to say.

    February 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Arsicha Arsii

    For Jwilliams, and Teh rest of skeptics who don't want vote for obama; Here is it "A satisfying food be known out oven" An African proverb to point out that obama is demonstrating a great leadership for this great country we living in for better future. More than Hillary, Obama came from very humbled and low income society who is making less than $50k and I suggest he knows better than the rest to vote for him.

    For the allegation of Somalian custom dress on Obama, I suggest for everyone to look on Mohammad Yunus book, "Banker to the poor" to see the picture of HIllary R.Clinton" dress in Bangladish<<<Head to the toa!

    Way To go hillary on ignoring the fact. pitty

    February 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Carol

    I bet the Republicans are laughing all the way to the national election. Its such a sad time for the Democrats, to see how easily they are taken with someone like Obama. People like him have brought on wars in the past. Just think about it.

    February 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. arkie

    Time is on Senator Obama's side. It's time for Billary to step out of the way of the Change Express or get on board.

    February 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. JT

    I've seen nothing but signs ever since the Potomac Primaries that Hillary is losing her grip. She's desperate; it's beginning to show. She's too fickle when it comes to issues like trade which effects countless numbers in Texas and Ohio. Clinton used to be good at shining through with her policies, but she cannot unite America with her 35 years in Washington. Her campaign has been utterly devastated. As they say in politics, "momentum is everything."

    February 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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