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. Sallly

    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 |
  2. Adam - TX

    Sounds like desparation from the Obama supporters in Ohio? Cheap, negative, false ads...now trying to play off this photo smear. Please. This campaign is only for the moment. They will do anything to tip the scales for him except argue constructively the issues with his opponents. We've seen time and time again that he can't or when he does he uses incorrect facts, stories, etc. (see UPenn's fact check).

    For someone who is so into uniting, he sure runs a polarizing campaign that challenges core democratic principles.

    February 25, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. mary e

    come ohio is really taking your jobs everytime your shops online for the shopping networks you get afunny speaking person in india that's where our telemarketing jobs are or customer service in insurance companies are more and more going out of this country for cheaper labor, if you want to get some of these jobs back start boycoting these company's . obama is a joke who do you think your jobs will benefit think about it. vote hillary for president.

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

    Obama and Hillary supporters all need to wake up!!!!!!! They need each other to win the election in November. Look at the total votes not just state by state or delegate the total vote. 44% for Clinton 43% for Obama!!! Neither can win without the others supporters!!!!!!The people support their canidate so much that they will vote for Mccain before they vote for the other!!! Face it, They need eachother to win!!!!! NiThey need to run together to unite this country and beat Mccain or we are in for 4 more years like Bush!! I say Clinton/Obama ticket then when that is done Obama can run!! That would give us 16 years of a democrat president and we get the best of both worlds experiance and change. This will be the only way to unite the Democratic party and Fix America!!!!!!!!!!

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

    While the headline is Hillary holds a lead, I would point out that the lead seems to be decreasing significantly each day. It is highly probable that Obama will win in Texas and if statistics keep up, he will win in Ohio as well. Of course even after Hillary loses these "so called" must win states, she will argue that she wants to stay in it and will argue that she will stay in it till the end. She argue that Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan will give her the nomination.

    Of course by then, Hillary's own volunteers will leave her.

    February 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. heidi

    go Hillary!!!!!!if she doesn't win there will be another Republicain in the white house, yuk. Obama doen'st stand a chance, he is smoke and mirrors. i would vote for Nader just to send a message to the Democrates. come on Ohio, change the course of history!!!!!!!!! you have the power, doesn't it feel good!

    February 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Earl.........Canada

    It's quite apparent that it's all over for the Hillary.I would suggest that every American should call up their local radio station and ask them to pay tribute to Hillaryon Mar 5th. Ask them to play the old Roy Rogers song "Happy Trails To You".All the over 60 voters that supported her wiil Identify with that old song and it will be there final feel good too.
    Just think March 5th,a historic day when Hillary finally throws in the towel.It will the beginning of the end for America's Bush/CLinton/Bush era.
    Good luck America with your soon to be President Obama.He knows how to energize people and I forsee him appointing a lady as his running mate...not Hillary either. But Hillary was correct when she said everything will be all right.

    February 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Hilside

    Obama will never ever win for President.
    Strike One- You refused to place your hand during the National Anthem and your response to that. "Most people don't". Hey Moran, most people are not running for President of the US.
    Strike TWO- You refuse to wear the American Flag as a pin stating you can show you are patriotic in other ways. Newflash dumbo. If you are running for Presidet, you should always wear it. If you are Senator, you should always wear it.
    Strike Three- YOur wife quotes "For the First time in my adult life, I am proud of my Country"! Your response "She was misinterperted. An educated woman who reads her speeches before she says them is not misinterperted.
    Strike Four – Your Houston office does not have THE US FLAG, BUT THE CUBAN FLAG.

    February 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Alecki

    Go Hillary Go!!!!!!

    Thank God that everyone is starting to wake up.

    If Hillary wins we won't have to worry about Health Care and International relations will certainly improve.

    I was around when President Clinton was in office and there was no better time in America.

    Internationally they are LOVED.

    Please allow her to show all of us what a real "fighter" she is.

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

    Go HIllary Go!!!!!!!!1

    February 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Mar

    It just continues to amaze me on the stupidity of ourselves. Obama is a freshman Senator with no experience to back him except on a city/state level. Everyone is comparing him to JFK – he wasn't even born then!!!!! Wake up before it is too late. These have to be the same people that voted Bush in for 8 years..............No wonder other countries belittle us!

    February 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. AL

    I still cannot see Obama as an electable candidate with wanting to shake hand of Najad of Iran If elected...

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

    Rasmussen today Clinton 46% Obama 45%
    (ten days ago same poll Clinton 54% Obama 38%)
    29% of Texans already voted and those went by big margins to Obama according to the poll

    American Research Group TX Poll today Obama 50% Clinton 42%

    February 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Alice

    I believe Obama released his photo by himself to play victim.

    February 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Dennis in IA

    It's desperation time for the "Mighty Clinton Campaign"! This is a photo of him visiting his father's homeland. It is out of respect for the country you are visiting to follow their customs and traditions when visiting. This is nothing more than doing Washington business as usual that Barack campaigns against. The inevitable president Hillary is now on the brink of the abyss – showing their true colors! I for one am sick of her antics all weekend, what happened after the debate? Someone should throw water on her so that we can watch her wickedness melt out ouf sight once and for all! Barack 08!

    February 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Sharon

    I hope Hillary holds on - and that we all take this opportunity to learn a little more about Senator Obama. He hasn't been the front runner for long, and I feel he hasn't been fully vetted by the press - as many others obviously agree per SNL. In spite of Obama's 11 wins, he and Hillary are actually very close in the national polls, and I think it would be a mistake for her to drop out prior to March 4. Hillary is also doing well with fundraising, so I would say her supporters are more optimistic than the media would have you believe.

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

    Its Obamaland!!. watch out.

    February 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    She's ~150 pledged delegates down, and the party would be destroyed if she won it through the superdelegates... So she has to not only eek by in Ohio and Texas, she has to win by margins. The next few states that vote after March 4th are going to be 30+ point victories for Obama... so if she doesn't pick up at least 30-40 delegates on March 4th, she's still lost.

    She needs to hold at least 10 points over Obama in both Ohio and Texas, and she's losing Texas and losing ground in Ohio...

    On March 4th, the only thing left for her campaign will be to hire a fat lady... and enjoy the music.

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

    I'll vote for McCain or Nader before I buy into the empty talk of Obama. Just WHAT is he going to change and HOW?

    BTW – when Obama supporters start attacking my character just because I don't bow down to him and believe unquestionably. It sends shivers down my spine. It is worse than opposing George Bush in 2000 or 2004. I can never vote for Obama since he does not tell his supporters that threatening and calling people names when they disagree with him is wrong! His Unity is an EMPIRE – no dissent allowed!

    February 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Mike T

    I still think Ohio may be rigged. That was where Kerry lost, too, after all. With thousands standing for hours in the rain to vote.

    February 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Wow!! I'm told writing GO OBAMA!!!! gets you out of moderarion and actually posted. Let's try!!

    Mark my words. The republicans that have been voting for Obama will not vote for him in November. The Democrats should be electing there own Presidential Candidate, we will be sorry when McCain sweeps in the General election come November.

    The rest of the country that hasn't voted better start voting Clinton because she is the only one that will win in November. Look at the states Barack has won. Red states that he will never win in a general and then Mcain will take Florida and California and probably New York. So where does that leave the democrats??? Screwed again.

    All of the states out there that haven't voted better think twice about propellingg Barack Obama in to position to run against McCain. He won't win!!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Vince

    Ohio,Texas,and Pennsylvania are big on guns. Obama said he wants to BAN all handguns! He wants to make concealed carry firearns illicit.
    Voters had better take a deeper look into his life to see what makes him tick or they will have a bama dropped on them.

    February 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Smith

    my parents were born in OH my son was born in OH..

    WHAT does the Buckeye state SEE in HRC?

    Soap opera city? fun, adult games, scandals and slippery cover ups? in the White House?

    THEY DO KNOW WHAT TO DO!! on day one, on ANY DAY!

    Put someone in charge of your future who has done NOTHING in 15 years except play power games?

    What has that lady done for NEW YORK? the place is deeper in depression than when she arrived! no jobs, no prosperity. Just monuments to Woodstock!

    February 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Ama

    Only those who cannot see would say they can not read the hand writing on the wall, i bet they can hear, it is very glaring, Obama is the NOW man, there is no mistake about it.Join the winning side ,Vote for Obama,Vote for the CHANGE we can believe.

    February 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Zain

    You press should have watched SNL. You are bias. Obama is full of speches and he is not ready . Clinton is ready. If Obama wins I will vote for Macain

    February 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Rebecca - Fresno, CA

    I thought Sen Clinton's campaign was trying to redefine her message. Now that she has fired several people in her campaign, I have noticed the difference. While I currently support Sen Obama, I was resigned to the fact that, if he were not our nominee, I would then support Sen Clinton in the general election. With all due respect to Sen McCain, I cannot imagine voting for him considering his strong support of the war in Iraq. IT APPEARS THAT HILLARY IS NOW DEFINING HERSELF AS THE DIVIDER THAT I SUSPECTED SHE WAS... I NOW AM ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT I CANNOT VOTE FOR SEN CLINTON UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AND IF SHE WERE THE DEM NOMINEE, WILL, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE 34 YEARS OF MY VOTING LIFE, SIT OUT THE 08 ELECTION.

    February 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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