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. Jane

    Dear Barack,
    Those of us from Ohio are proud of our country and have always been proud of our country. Better leave your unpatriotic wife, Michele, at home next time you're in the Buckeye State. She won't go over well in the Buckeye State.
    I'm sad that she caused me to change my vote to Hillary because I liked you, Barack, even if you are a little egotistical.

    February 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Betty

    Great picture! Seeing Hillary with a smirk on her face and hands together in a tent position. This is the same pose used by every movie stereotypical "master villain" and the Simpson's Montgomery Burns. You can almost hear her saying, "Excellent, excellent." This is new for me since I usually think of Hillary as another famous movie villain. I can't wait until Obama drops the White House on Hillary in Nov and her toes curl up under it. She IS the wicked witch of the east!

    February 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. earl illingsworth

    Here we go again, Obama didn't vote for Nafta ,so it's her fault that Ohio's lost jobs. Obama didn't vote for the Iraq war because he wasn,t even a senator ,yet, but if he was ,then what? Read between the lines folks, this Obama character is all fluff and has taken a few pages out of the GWBush playbook. Bill Clinton was correct when he said to yhe people, "are you kidding me" , this guy is still green behind the ears! Go figure???

    February 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. linda hemmingsen

    obama is crying fowl over the florida delegates. his name ,hillary and edwards were on the ballot, these people came out in the hundreds of thousands to vote, and because hillary won the obama camp says no. but if obama had won he would of been screaming for them to be counted. COUNT THE VOTES. obama says lets have a caucus because he wins on his speeches, it is like a drug when you see the people get caught up in the moment it always reminds me of jones town when that spirital leader drew in all the people with his words and lead them to disaster. please have free will and vote with knowledge

    February 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. NotSoProudOhio

    It figures that Ohio would be pro-Hillary. They're the same fools who voted for Bush – TWICE! Ohio – wise up. Don't be afraid of change. Remember what Bush promised - and then delivered. Our schools are in shambles, our boys are dead fighting in a war that your president provoked and our economy is in the toilet because of it. Stop reacting like a sports town and start thinking how change might actually be good for all of us. That charisma that Obama projects could be the saving grace this country needs right now.

    February 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Abner from Sacramento

    If democrats seriously want to change the direction this country is headed, they should vote for Clinton. Just remember. At the end of the senior George Bush’s presidency we were in a similar mess. That is when Bill Clinton came along with the message of “it is the economy stupid” and the promise of fixing the economy and turning the country around. He was elected against all odds the president of the United States. With his approval ratings through the roof for his 2 terms (despite the republicans efforts to impeach him), HE DELIVERED on that promise. He created abundance of jobs, balanced the budget, paid down the debt, controlled the deficit and was actually able to create surplus. And the world saw America prosperous again. That only generated respect. Imagine that. Then America became complacent and we are now once again at the end of Bush Jr presidency in the same, or worse mess than we were when his dad was president. That is why we need another Clinton REVIVAL. Another Clinton presidency is what America needs, except that this time is the new and improved version.

    February 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Michael


    February 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Severus T Snape

    Feb 12: Obama 20-23 points behind in Ohio

    February 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. sacto joe

    Hillary, if you want Ohio, you need to deny publishing that photo. NOT dance around and prevaricate. Make it very clear you didn't publish it.

    God help you if you did.

    February 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Fran

    Obama spins a great yard but I think I have to vote for Sen. Clinton. There's too much going on in the world to have a president that has so little experience. I guess, in Sen. Obama's own words, it is a good idea to let him "stew" a little longer before he sits in the big chair.

    February 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. LifeLongDemocrat

    Harry Truman used to say, "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen"...Obama supporters your candidate is only beginning to get the heat put on him. He better get a fireproof hide now because if he is the nominee the Republicans will do a lot worse than spread unflattering pictures. The whispering campaigns have harly started.

    Obama has had the media on his side so he is not used to the heat and the idea that HIllary might take a state or two is too much for him.

    Wesley Clark was just on Air America and he gave a wonderful interview about why he is supporting Hillary. he needs to be on CNN!

    Go Hillary and keep on keeping on!

    Hillary 08, 12 etccccccccccccccccccc.

    February 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. lakes

    we dont need a fighter. we need a uniter !!! thats why washington is all messed up right now. everybody is fighting....fighting will not lead us anywhere. we need someone that can bring together republicans and democrats because we will never have an all democratic congress.

    February 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Ray

    Andy If you knew enything about free trade you would be talking out the other side of your mouth. Even Hilary is against it now. Check up what the others are saying and don't sound so stupid. Mabe you want them to sell more at cut rates to China at your own expense

    February 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Francis

    Go Hillary! Great job! Hold on to the lead....
    Show everyone that Obama is indeed all talk and little substance.
    A win in Ohio and Texas will give all of us who support you the boost we need and will give you the time to catch up while the country realises that Obama is not all what he wants us to believe.
    In fact the absence of concrete plans or how he would implement proposals that conservatives strongly disagre with, will be discussed at length during the general election (if he is the nominee) and this would ensure a McCain victory...
    So let us all support Hillary and put the country back n the right direction....

    February 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. beans from Belize

    Obama will definately beat Hilliary by the same amount of percentage points the polls have him behind.

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. lou

    I like both Sen. Cliton and Sen.Obama. That is why I would like to see tiket: CLINTON/OBAMA or OBAMA/CLINTON.


    February 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Paul

    Hilary.. who really are you?? she goes from attacking obama, to false tears, to being "honoured" in his prescence... how can we trust a president we dont really know!!?

    OBAMA 08!

    February 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Maly Malz

    Very true polls do not mean anything. We saw that in Wisconsin when it was a statistical tie the he wins that state decisively

    February 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Colo


    February 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Severus T Snape

    Feb 12: Obama 20-23 points behind in Ohio
    Feb 25: Obama 8-11 points behind in Ohio

    That's like 12-15 points Obama caught up. I'm on my feet right now and my heart and stomach are skipping really fast. I pray and hope that Obama wins next Tuesday night in Texas and ohio. After all, I'm an Ohioan living in Atlanta.

    I hope all these Hillary attacks post-Thursday's debate and the ones upcoming today and for the next eight days can hopefully propel Obama to victory in Texas and Ohio!

    February 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Rob

    Obama is a movement...March 4 is when the freight train runs over the Hilary bid for the white house...the info is out there on Obama his polilics he is an open book taxes released so the public and see that he's legit..I have never seen so many people drawn to on person like this...when he speaks on TV you can not help but be inspired by his words ...Obama 08 he's out future and most of the young people know it..now the rest of the country is finding out..Hilary is the past...were done with smash mouth politics...

    February 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. John, Cape May, Nj

    I cant wait until Hillary takes him apart in the Ohio debate, Go get Him! Let's see how Obama does in States where he is not outspending his opponent 5 to 1!

    February 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. sandi from Arizona

    Hillary has won in all the important blue states....she will once again be considered the front runner after she wins in Texas and Ohio. Then we'll see if Obama does what is good for the party and agrees to be her VP.

    Hillary in '08!

    February 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Martha-New Jersey

    Hillary is behaving like a brat, not very Presidential in my opinion, when she mocks Obama she is also mocking the many preachers and their church, her comments about the sky opening up, etc. etc. Her sarcastic remarks are like those of the school bully! She behaves like she does not know who she is. Showing a photo of Obama dressed in African clothing just proves that he is willing to visit other countries and is not afraid to wear their traditional clothing. Calling out Shame on You and meet me in Ohio for a debate, like this was a challenge. . .to me she seems like a woman going through menopause, not sure what you will get on any given day, one day soft and sweet, then acting like gosh knows what, then laughing her head off. . .if she is nominated for the Demorcratic party I will for sure vote for John McCain.

    February 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. VA


    February 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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