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. Denise

    I live in Columbus Ohio, and there are a great deal of Obama supporters. Hilary is acting just like a child that does not get their way. Nobody that I have talked to is interested in her, everybody that I speak to say that they more they hear Obama, the more they want to vote for him. That is coming from Blacks, Whites and others. She really needs to sit down before she hurts her chances of being elected in the future. She can run again the next time. What people fail to realize is that you can't mess with GOD's people. Cindy McCain messed with Michelle one day, and the next day they were dealing with their own nasty mess. If this is GOD's plan for Obama, then he can be stopped. Obama is everywhere in Ohio over the next few days, and each facility will be packed to capacity. Bet that!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Jon

    To all these people claiming Obama lacks substance while Hillary has experience: it doesn't mean a thing when November rolls around.

    If Hillary cannot win the independent voter (which she has proven unable to do) she cannot win the general election.

    Obama may not be the best experienced leader, but he is the best candidate for the Democratic nomination.

    February 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. James D.

    There's a new national poll that CNN didn't get to mention yet.

    Obama leads Clinton 51%-39% nationally, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. McCain leads Huckabee 61%-23%.

    In the last poll, conducted Feb. 8-10, Obama and Clinton were in a statistical tie with Obama ahead 47%-44%.

    The poll was conducted Feb. 21-24 and has a margin of error of +/- 3% for Democrats and +/- 4% on the GOP side.

    February 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Austin 4 Hillary!


    No, you are wrong–not all Texans are smart. Many like you are dumb and gullible!! Those Texans proved that when they voted for Bush not once but twice, and help put him in office. They fell for the good ol’ boy trap and helped to lower the expectations of the highest office in this country. By voting for him they said it’s okay that you are inexperienced, that you are incompetent that you are an idiot, as long as you are a good ol’ boy and you are likeable–we want you to be our President of the United States. Those that voted for Bush are just as responsible for the 8 years of hell that we have gone through. Once again you dumb people are falling for the trap by voting for the inexperienced one but, hey, he makes you feel good! NOT this Texan. I’m voting for Hillary– the smart one, the intelligent one that knows how to think w/o a written speech in front of her. The one that doesn’t’ stutter–the one that can win!

    February 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Paul Naranjo

    Hillary – The First Female President of the UNITED States of America!
    Hillary- la Primera Mujer Presidente de los Estados Unidos de America

    The so called Obama "momentum" is over

    Hillary we are with you all the way!
    Hillary claro que estamos contigo !

    February 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |

    I don't pay attention to polls anymore! I believe that Hillary will win Ohio and Texas because she is the BEST candidate! Hillary is a fighter for America and I support her all the way! What upsets me most is how the media (CNN, MSNBC, & FOX) have all been so negative and biased about Hillary not giving her a fair chance in the media! The media has portrayed Obama as a saint and hasn't scrutinized him like they have Hillary. You tell me who's trying to sway the publics vote!!!


    February 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. snoopi



    GO BILLARY!!!!


    THEY WON ... AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

    NOW WHAT!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Obamalamadingdong February 25th, 2008 3:19 pm ET

    If Obama gets the nom I'll jump the party fence to McCain.

    I have seen quite a few of these comments and they lead me to believe that this is a racist person that would NEVER consider voting for an African American......so they use excuses like this.

    You need to get a life.

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Jamie

    Obama will make a great VP but he's just not ready for the top job. Sure he gives great speeches but he's just not ready to lead the country. There are too many issues that require experience and actual planning. Words don't fix deficits and they certainly don't provide homes and jobs. Certainly, with all thats happening in the world...he has no international experience worth discussing and atleast Clinton has made the effort (before throwing her hat in the race) to show a little interest internationally.

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Alex H

    This whole Kool-Aide thing doesn't even make any sense as an insult. Well first of all, you insinuate it's a cult, which is defined as an organization which espouses a religious belief system that deviates strongly from the traditional faiths accepted by society. Nah... I'm pretty sure this is a political/social thing irrelevant to any religious beliefs. Now for the Kool-Aide. Kool-Aide is an OCCULT reference not a cult reference. Occults believe in supernatural rituals, powers, and beliefs which is even further from Obama. PLUS "drinking the Kool-Aide" would insinuate that we'd be poisoned and dead, not "brain washed" or "mesmerized". So I'd just like to say nice try but you'll have to look for another phrase that actually makes sense.

    Thanks for playing though!

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. shawn

    The next president will be Hillary

    Obama is nothing but false hopes. Hillary proves her points which is why she needs to be the next president.

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Sully

    All the uninformed morons who support Obama will vote for an untried, inexperienced and unknown candidate. It means that you all probably voted for Bush-twice!! Get your head out of the sand! In response to Patrick- I would rather have a former two term president guiding her. Especially Bill Clinton, so soon everyone forgets the 90's, where you could feed, clothes, and shelter your family without welfare! We didn't have a war-monger or a money grubber making the rich, richer, in the Whitehouse! Wake up

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Chevyk

    Let me tell you something, the polls have no insight into this race at all! we still have eight days to go. The second President Obama's Words reach the Ohioians, trust number will STRONGLY favor him. His words are so true and intellectual they pierce all your negative beliefs about politicians, Trust me, I have listened to this genius.

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. ObamaGOaway

    How does everyone know that this picture was not put out by the Obama campaign to make it look like it came from the Clinton campaign? I would not put it past them?

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Sam

    I don't fully understand those of you that say "I'm a hard-core Dem but I'll vote McCain if [insert name here] gets the nomination." If that's the case, you aren't a hardcore Democrat if you would consider voting for someone who, save a couple of issues, is fairly conservative.

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. josh

    Voters have already seen the "tragic result" of electing a commander in chief with little experience in national security and global affairs, she said. "We can't let that happen again. America has already taken that chance one time too many."

    February 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. boooooooo

    Clinton's behaving badly.......................Hillary, go away (and take Bill with you)

    I'm a former supporter but anyone but Hillary (including McCain)

    February 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Andrea, California

    Well i hope this percentage raises a bit, im happy she has the lead. Good to see another state that is using not only their minds and hearts, but their EARS! Listen up people, no, not to the pundits, but the facts, Hillary is the real deal.

    Hillary 08.

    February 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Eric

    Hillary WILL win Texas and Ohio, and she will win the nomination because after this win the superdelegates will vote in her favor!

    Go Hillary!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Sam

    For all those of you who don't think he has any specifics, check out the debates, or his website. All you are watching is a random stump speech, and in those stump speeches, EVERYONE is just talking rhetoric, whether it be Obama, Clinton or McCain.

    February 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Boomer

    If Hillary were to pull off a miracle and win the nomination, McCain would clobber her. She is acting quite erratic lately and is either personally "losing it" or getting terrible advice. She and McCain are too much alike. How about REAL change in Iraq? How about REALLY putting lobbyists in their place? How about a new conciliatory approach?? Only Obama can defeat McCain and Hillary should stop the divisive, nasty, personal attacks. I used to support her, then I felt sorry for her and now I think it's time for her to leave the scene. Obama 08

    February 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Vee

    Even Hillary supporters know that she has to win BIG in OHIO....
    She MIGHT just win- but NOT BIG....

    TEXAS- Obama will win
    Vermont_ Obama will win
    Rhode Island- probably Hillary

    February 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Ian in TX

    I'm so sick of the "kool-aid" comments. Barack Obama is not Jim Jones, and his supporters are not deluded cult followers on a suicide mission in the jungle. To suggest otherwise is not only revoltingly offensive in itself but demeans a large section of our electorate.

    Imagine if Hillary Clinton was being incessantly compared to Squeaky Fromme of the Manson family... Not only would this suggestion be absurd beyond comprehension, but it would paint Mrs. Clinton's supporters as deranged homicidal maniacs.

    Please stop these bizarre remarks.

    February 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Obamaniac Watch

    The dust up over the photo of Obama is his native cultural dress is nothing compared to what's being discussed across the Web. Type in Obama and antichrist in the search guide of your choice, and hold on to your hat.

    February 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. wakeuppeople

    Obama is a motivational speaker.....he has not proven he is a leader. The comments on this and most CNN threads lead me to believe that Obama supporters are very sexist and uniformed. Stan says "If Hillary had divorced Bill and stood on her own two feet- I believe she would have done much better as a nominee and as a human being." THAT is sexist...it means that any woman who wants to keep her family together after her husband had an affair is stupid, a lesser human being, has no self-respect, and is a sham and disgrace (in Stan's and the media's opinion)....he who is without sin, cast the first stone. WAKE UP PEOPLE

    February 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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