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. Maggie

    You can't have an honest debate with him, as he is a typical politician. The problem with Obama is he doesn't answer the question.

    CHANGE? Come on? Change the station...

    How were you all doing when Bill Clinton was in office? I voted for him and I am proud of him and I am proud to vote for the BEST candidate: HILLARY CLINTON.

    NO Obama.

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

    LOL, Clinton will take Ohio and in May she will take KY too.

    February 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. JM


    February 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Jon, Lantana

    I cant wait to see the look on peoples faces when Clinton wins. Obamites are scrounging at the bit on every bit of information that leaks out about Obama and then uses it as a nasty rhetoric against Clinton. They are even when it comes to nastiness, they are mostly even when they come to politics, Obama uses other peoples plans and makes them his own. We need a leader who can lead at day one. Not a leader who needs his/her hand held to make decisions. OUT with the rhetoric in with the experience. Stop making excuses for Obama, start making real solutions for America and not this Kumbayah crap that hes somehow gonna unite democrats and make it a truly bipartisan effort, cause that is not going to happen period end of story.

    February 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. mary cleveland, ohio

    All I can say is: Obama supporters get busy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I always felt the Dems didn't get into Ohio enough with Kerry/Edwards, and guess what? They lost because of OHIO.

    February 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. frank

    Way to Go hillary! We'll vote for you. You are the most qualified candidate!

    February 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Murry

    Hillary needs to bow out gracefully instead of tearing the Democratic party in two. Stop all the the Jekyl and Hyde theatrics.

    February 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. NickNasc

    I have friends in both Ohio AND Texas and I seriously doubt they will be backing Clinton especially after how she has been acting. Hillary hasn't spoken of ONE reason why she is so qualified nor has she answered MANY questions posed to her ( for example what happens if a person cannot pay for her MANDATED insurance) or Why she won't release her IRS records ( Obama did) UNLESS she is NOMINATED!!

    She just keep ranting about nothing in order to distract people. I refuse to believe that it is working on anyone who isn't just a total Hillary groupie.

    February 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. cindy

    Don't let the boat sink before you'll be sorry like must of us can't wait to get ride of Mr Bush, he did not do anything wrong we're the one who put him there.
    If we don't think,; the same will repeat, so try to avoid it.
    Give Hillary a chance at least she can really show us how powerful she is. Not that I don't like Obama he'll get my vote next time but not now.

    February 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Mary

    Speaking as a middle income, white woman from Iowa, I support Barrack Obama. We gave him a great send off here now it is up to those in Ohio to put him over the top. Let's leave the Clinton machine in the dust.

    February 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Republicans For Peace

    We are balancing on the precipace of global deteriation. War, famine, economy, and human rights should be the concerns we are addressing, and not the usual American political subjects of personal attacks. We finally hold the key to a new America, An America that is once again strong in this world we share with other nations...Don't get lost again America...this could be our last chance. Our goal as a nation, and as a proud people, should be to envision a Hundred years of peace for our great country, and not a hundred years of War...Obama should be the leader of this new generation of Americans...

    February 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Daniel




    February 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |


    February 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Action speaks louder than words.

    Obama can NOT pay for all the promises he is making to you just to get elected. He has not told anyone how he intends to pay for his programs.

    Like them or hate them, the Clintons brought this country more jobs, took more people out of poverty and gave our government a surplus to work with. If NAFTA or any trade agreement is failing, it is because of the Republicans who have had majority in Congress lack of enforcing laws and stipulations of those trade agreeements.

    Obama is no doubt a good man. But, he is no different than any other politician.

    Charisma will not pay the bills or put food on your table. And, frankly, anyone Farrakhan endorses, I am not voting for.

    Hillary '08

    February 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. bogie813

    She will take this, and she will prevail to win the nomination – or, prepare to have another 4 years of a Republican administration. There are many of us independent voters who will not vote for Obama. His polls are slipping, and folks are starting to (despite the media bias in his favor) see through his rhetoric.

    February 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Nat NJ

    I can't believe how Hillary is behaving. She is demeaning all credibility to women by acting so inconsistent. How many personalities does she have? Men fear women becasue they think we are dangerous when we pms. Hillary is giving them more to talk about by acting hormonal!! How can she be sweet one day and behave so opposite the enxt. SHAME on Hillary for playing into the male fears!

    February 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Alecki

    Thank God people are wising up to the fact that Clinton is the only Democrat that is going to have anyone listen to her. Just to sustain the abuse she has had to endure is enough for anyone to see that.

    She's a little fireball. I'm crazy about her!!!!!!!!1

    You go girl!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama needs just a little more experience and then he might be able to run in the next election.

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

    Obama has more legislative experience than Hillary. And he's got more to show for it than years.

    He has detailed plans that back up his hope. Research the facts yourself before you regurgitate what the media has fed you.

    February 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. sinna mani

    Hillary has shown that she can not manage her staff much less motivate them to do the right thing. Recruitment and rerention has been so poor if she were a medium size company human resources manager she would have been fired long time ago. If you compare the management style of Obama and Clinton you will soon come to the conclusion that he is the better manager of the two.

    February 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Travis

    The polls were wrong in New Hampshire and WI, but they were right for the most part on Super Tuesday. So we cannot discount them just because we dont like what they say. Hillary has a real chance in Ohio and Texas, this race is not over. People understand that under Obamas healthcare plan, we'll still be paying for those who are uninsured. People know that she has a comprehensive plan to tackle Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama does not. People know Hillary has a record of actual, life changing accomplishments, Obama does not. Thats why people are going to vote for Hillary on March 4th, and thats why Obama will lose this nomination competition!

    February 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Starlight

    He will look good in that outfit in the White House!

    February 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Nannette Knox

    Hillary Clinton's vicious attacks, sarcastic remarks and mockery of Barack Obama this past weekend should make all Democrats in Ohio and Texas vote for the young Senator who is about change and unifying our country. Mrs. Clinton went from being "honored" to furious in what seemed like two seconds. Obviously, she can't handle the pressure very well. This country needs a commander and chief who can. Barack Obama without a doubt, has my vote. "Yes We Can"

    February 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Wake Up America

    It is sad to see how blind the american people are that we would vote for someone like Oboma(Odumma). He has NO experiance that hods any ground to Hillary's experiance. She has been in the White House for 2 terms with her husband and knows what is required and exspected. She has proven herself time and time again. I can't believe that we americans would vote for someone who upholds the same religious beliefs as the people we are at war with, and that religion teaches hatred of americans. His drug use was far from experimental as he has admited himself, as well as his experiance falls extremely short or what we need. Everyone needs to open there eyes and see that Hillary is the right choice.. And all your men need to suck up the fact that she is a woman and put that aside because she can get the job done. Vote for Hillary – She will strength our economy and strength our lives and our futures.
    GO HILLARY !!!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Sarah

    Here's the thing. When you look at the map, the states Clinton has won vs. Obama (and the ones she will likely win), these are the states that the Democrats MUST take. Obama winning Kansas, Nebraska – these will be RED states in the fall and will never go to a Democrat (they always, by overwhelming margins, go Red, so even if Obama can gain say 10% of the Republican vote, it's not enough).

    I'm undecided, but I think given her experience and intelligence, and the fact that she can win the swing states (Ohio, PA, Florida), Hillary should be our nominee.

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

    Hillary for president!!!!

    What is happening to you CNN?

    February 25, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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