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. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    I hope the people of Ohio look long and hard at Hillary Clinton in the next few days and think about what voting for her really means for the Democratic Party.

    Please think about the following actions:
    1) "xerox" comment
    2) scolding Obama for fliers she later didn't deny the content of
    3) sending out equally, if not more so, misleading fliers about Obama the day after the debate
    4) sending out the Kenyan garb photo in an obvious attempt to appeal to people's fears.

    These are not the actions of a leader or a person who believes the American people are more important than herself. If she really believed that, she would try to unify the party and not create more division.

    I know many strongly support Clinton, but please think about these things before allowing this primary to continue.

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

    Hillary Clinton is using cheap and demeaning tactics to steal the nomination. If she wins, I am staying home.

    February 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Ellen

    Hillary Clinton is only concerned with her personal agenda. She cannot be trusted. It is amazing how many naive Americans buy into her rhetoric. It would be a shame, and a mistake, to put her in the White House as our first woman president.

    February 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. bill NY

    Both Hillary and Obama will prove the crictics wrong. First, Obama is showing who he really is and this will be to his undermining. Go check factcheck.com. Obama, cheap shots never help. Hillary you will be our comeback girl! Surprise is in store for all of us.

    February 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. TXNS for Hillary

    Obama needs to stop pretending he is another MLK or JFK. He is not even close. I am glad that people are now seeing the true man. He is unpatriotic and will drop you in a heartbeat. Look at what happened at this weekend's black union gathering in New Orleans. Hillary was there, he was not. He will do almost anything to win. Be rhetorical, miss important meetings with constituents, and XEROX speeches!!! It is time Mr. Obama to come up with your OWN plans, not someone elses. Let's see your true colors.

    February 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. jim stewart

    I think that Hillary is graping her last breath of defeat here. because if you at the polls in Ohio. the history will repeat it as in Wisconsin. This lead will evaporate within a week. She was ahead 21 points on Feb 12
    He is gaining grounds and closing the gab much faster. Another defeat is on horizon. The desperation is evident and negative campaign is in place to score some more points. You can defeat a movement that is funded by the people. The U.S hope lies with Obama. Ii is time for her to leave the football now. It is done.

    February 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. dsw

    From factcheck.org

    "In closing, we'd just note that Clinton is no innocent on sending out misleading mailers. We reported on Feb. 6 that a mailing by her campaign contained a "big distortion" of Obama's position on Social Security taxes and falsely implied that he had "no plan" to address mortgage foreclosures. It also attacked him for voting for a "Dick Cheney" energy bill that gave "huge tax breaks to oil companies," when in fact the bill gave a net tax increase to oil companies."

    February 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Ken

    Polls come and they go, and change daily. More often than not, voters make up their own minds based on their own PERSONAL feelings toward a candidate. People, should Clinton win, do you relaize that it will potentially mean SIXTEEN YEARS of Clintons?? Sickening and scary.

    February 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Hillary is comeback kid

    Hillary is definitely comeback kid, will win Texas & Ohio. Obama supporters, why are you so furious is it because rhetoric talker is not in lead. I can;t believe rhetoric talker Obama made you all fools, deceiving with his JUST INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH so STRONG EVIDENCE OF WHAT HE WILL DO IF HE WINS, HOW HE SOLVES PROBLEMS. I am glad people are realizing that he is talker not doer, OBAMA IS THE CANDIDATE I NEVER SEEN IN MY LIFE, HE USES OLD WASHINGTON POLITICS FOR HIS BENEFIT,DO ANYTHING SEE ANYTHING TO WIN ELECTION.

    February 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Paulo

    Shame on you Obama and shame on all of you for being fooled by the media – don't you see how biased the media is against Hillary? Well, just wait and see, as soon as Obama gets that nomination, the same media that built him, will destroy him like a peanut, leaving us with another republican in the White House.

    Don't be fooled – VOTE for Hillary !

    February 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Victor Soria

    She is not only a woman, she is also the one who can be in fact ready on day one. Now Obama is using dirty politics, is that the change.. " Just Words" as you would say Mr. Obama from a borrowed speech that you did not quote.

    If Hillary does not win the nomination, then what other woman that you may think of will get the nomination in the next 12 years or so?
    That s a good point.

    Senior citizens, women, latinos and males who think outside of the box can make change things in the right direction.

    Hillary for President!

    February 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Gregg

    CNN is so unbelievably biased towards Obama. I haven't seen any positive coverage of Hillary since October.

    I'm a lifelong Democrat! Hang on in Ohio and Texas Hillary!!! Don't give me no option but to vote for John McCain in November!

    February 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Henry

    Hillary is by far the most qualified for the office! I have faith that she will make it all the way to the White House. I heard her speak at Hunter College in New York City last week and she was FANTASTIC. Here's to Madam President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Stanford

    I think America is about to make history that will either make America or destroy the country completely. The Bush family destroyed our economy and kill our Children in Iraq..Yah I hope we have not forgotten so soon. After the Senior President Bush, the Jr President Bush took over from where his father logged off...Is this a family thing? Now the Clintons want to have their own share of the deal. President Bill has done his term now it is his wife turn. Does that mean we don't have intelligent people in America anymore that this Office of the President has to move from father to son or husband to wife.
    I am pissed by this arrangement. I love Hillary. Please don't get me wrong. She had all the opportunity to do all she would have done for America when she was first Lady...if she could not do it then, Please lets try someone else Mc or OB...certainly not Hillary.

    February 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Matt

    Go Hillary - you are fighter --WE WILL FIGHT WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Mary James- Atlanta Ga

    The country is tired of Bushes and Clintons. I am a life long Democrat who campaigned for John Kerry and knocked on doors for Obama in Atlanta. He won big here, AND Many Obama voters told me they would vote for McCain if Hillary gets the nomination. She might be able to beat McCain, but I'm not so sure about that, especially with Nader in the race. We'll lose The young voters if Obama is not the nominee. AND the Independents will go for McCain too. Hillary burns bridges. Obama builds bridges! we need someone who can unite the country for real change in Washington.

    February 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. rick

    HILLARY- stand your ground!

    February 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Ginger - Boston, MA

    You go girl!!!! Ohio and Texas are smarter than the media thinks!! Hillary Rodham Clinton – First Woman President of the United States of AMerica!!

    February 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. To Stavy

    That;s not true, you look at Obama. He has done nothing in his senate, I am so shameful that he is senate. In his years of service, Illionios still state with POOREST EDUCATION,VERY HIGHEST CRIME RATE IN US, PEOPLE ARE SO DIVIDED.

    February 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Sharon

    Watching Hillary over the past several days has been like watching that old movie "The Three Faces of Eve." Who is the real Hillary Clinton? Last Thursday night, she is gracious and "honored to be on the same stage with Barack Obama", then, two days later she screams "Shame on you, Barack Obama" from the stump in Ohio. On Sunday, does she rest? NO! She sarcastically mocks the hopeful and inspirational message of a fellow democrat iduring another campaign appearance. Doe she stop there? NO! Today, her campaign circulates a photo of Obama wearing traditional Muslim dress during a recent visit to Somalia – a clear attempt to label him a "muslim" and by implication – a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer. This is pathetic and unpresidential. I'm a life-long democrat but if Hillary is the nominee, I'm voting for McCain.

    February 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Musa

    the next president should not behave like a made dog????
    she has lost all her credibility by mocking Obama, i dont think women like
    to see her so angry....

    February 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. robin

    The only thing Hillary is leading in Ohio is watching the jobs leave the state because of her husband Bill Clinton signing the NAFTA law.

    WAKE UP OHIO......4 more years of the Clinton, and you're have to shut the state of Ohio down...are better yet, follow the jobs overseas!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. whatime

    Obama 08

    February 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Robin

    I love her new makeover as "Despicable Candidate". Yeah, Hill, let's really go after hope and a positive, unifying message. That's the way to win!

    I used to like and respect her. She's revealing a pretty petty and desparate side. It's sad and disgusting to see. Obama will trounce her. Just watch.

    February 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Georgia

    Let's hope Ohio can show the same good judgment that so many other states have shown throughout the primaries – ignore the polls, vote your heart and your common sense. Who do you want to listen to and trust for the next four and maybe eight years?

    February 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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