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. liu

    obama should win this election, think guys

    February 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Svanbasten, Atlanta

    With all due respects to the POLLS, this was the same in Wisconsin and we saw how that went in a lopsided thumping the other way.

    I don't see how this will be different and I ask all the OHIO democrats to smell the Roses and vote for CHANGE we all can believe in.

    It's on you...

    February 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. James Smith

    For her to hold on to this lead is truly remarkable given the weeks since Super Tuesday. I think the race will be far from over on Mar 4, and that Senator Clinton will have narrowed Senator Obama's lead considerably.

    February 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. jwilliams

    Pray for our country and I hope Hillary wins she has better programs than Obama.our Country need a fighter for the American People that make under $ 50.000. She had proven herself many time and will again!!!!!
    go Hillary

    February 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Richy

    We Ohioans are begining to know Obama and recognise his plan and policy. he has shown us he will be a good president and a good Leader. I believe in few days before the primary many who have not know him just like i was before will know him and his plan of presidency and accept to vote for him. He is the right Man for change. TRUELY OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    February 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Belle

    Now I suppose CNN will say Obama is taking over Ohio...that every poll where he was behind, he managed to catch up and win....but let's push the fact his 11 wins were MOSTLY REPUBLICAN STATES where he does NOT have a prayer of winning in November.

    Look at Idaho...11,000+ Democrats showed compared to 30,000+Republicans

    Funny how CNN is learning to MAKE THE NEWS instead of actually reporting it.


    February 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Chris in Columbus

    I can't wait to compare these results with the actual results.

    These polls do not factor in youths and those that haven't voted before...both camps that can at the very least force a delegate tie, which has happened nearly every 'victory' that Clinton has had.

    The only chance Clinton has left is clear decisive victories by at least 20 points in every contest left. And that's not going to happen. If she only ties or barely wins in Ohio or Texas, then she's got as much chance as Huckabee, and she's not nearly as entertaining.

    February 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. jr

    Last week hillary told reporters that she “had no idea” that the Texas primary system was “so bizarre” (it’s a primary-caucus hybrid), adding that she had “people trying to understand it as we speak.”....it is getting a little late, isn't it??? Has her campaign learned anything from their humiliating experience after getting all that money from PACs and big corporations, and using the Clintons' influence of 35 years????

    Have voters learned anything from her vitriol and divisive tactics????

    February 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Hillary is so upset someone else is stealing her show, the problem is, she never had one to begin with.

    February 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. agib

    i hope she wins the nomination , she is much better placed to tackle the serious issues facing us all , i am African black male by the way and emotionally much attached to Obama hence his father is from my community ,but pray for her as a smart capable female to lead the world for the first time , this is the real chance for real "change " .. will not get such chance in the foreseen future pls america dont let it slip of our hands .. my relative Sen Obama is better wait for his chance the other time around..

    February 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Daniel from Kansas

    Democratic Candidate TX OH
    Date 2/20-21 2/20-21
    Barack Obama 57% 54%
    Hillary Clinton 43% 46%

    This is from USA Election Polls

    Obama is enjoying a 14 point lead in Texas and a 9 point lead in OHIO.

    State ALL THE POLLS CNN!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Louisiana Loves Hillary!!

    I believe the good people will vote for the RIGHT person.

    February 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Ron, TX

    Polls shmolls! The only one that matters is on March 4th. I believe in the people of Ohio and Texas to make the right choice.

    GObama '08!

    February 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Obama all the way...

    She just needs to keep the ranting going, showing her true colors and making a complete idiot of herself for the next 10 days.....and soon it will be neck and neck. Careful what kind of free advertising you wish for Hillary.....you just might not want what you get!


    February 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. angela

    Go Hillary -08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Vic

    The Quinnipiac poll people said the lead in Ohio is "substantial."
    Let me write your headline: CLINTON HAS SUBSTANTIAL LEAD IN OHIO. Such a headline would regain credibilty for CNN. Remember the world is looking at and judging your coverage. You are a showcase of US fair-play.

    February 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Joseph

    Obama led the polls in Wisconsin. But Hillary is in the lead in Ohio now...I expect Hillary to win big in Ohio by 10 points. Obama did lead by a few points in Wisconsin but won by over 17 points. Clinton's lead is bigger than the poll suggests according to the analysis.

    February 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Mike

    "Change, Change, Change... more like "Blah, Blah, Blah..."

    Hillary will carry BOTH Texas and Ohio! (totally different playing field.)

    Go Hillary!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Sal

    Hillary seemed comfounded

    since it is so easy Hillary, Bring in the crouds.

    Bill and Obama connect with people. You connect with data.
    Know your role, and you will be a benefit to all.

    Obama and Bill Inspires

    You make an audience want to retire.

    However, You skill are appreciated and needed in other ways.

    Ohio is not going to be label again as the state that dropped the ball for change and not more of the same.

    Obama 08

    February 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. JackArbiter

    Polls vs. people that will take the effort to go out and vote when something comes up = give Obama about 5 more percentage points.

    But we'll see when the time comes.

    February 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Sam, G.P. TX

    Obama 08!!! Yes we Can!!

    February 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Grace

    WEll, we will wait and see the results................dont we.
    No matter what, I have to say that If Ohio elects the one person who has sent man of its man, and women to an inexcusable war, and if they vote for hte same woman who has cheered for NAFTA and big companies who have taken the people of Ohio's job, then who are we the rest of the country to say anything...

    I hope they remember: HILLARY voted for the Iraq war............ and Hillary not only cheered and supported NAFTA but she will continue to do so, she does not care about the workers.............. if OH does not vote for her, mark my words: she will say that those dont count anyway and that ONLY FL AND MI Count............mark my workds, and I HOPE CNN publish this..

    February 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Arlene NY

    Ohio wants the REAL DEAL and that's HILLARY! OHIO ROCKS!!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Concerned American

    Why did Caroline Kennedy state that Obama reminded her of her
    father? Could it be that Obama read news reports and campaign
    speeches of past presidents. A film was shown on one news program of a campaign speech made by John F. Kennedy. The
    words that he used were almost identical to the words that Obama
    is using. Could this be why Caroline Kennedy feels that he reminds her of her father? Could this be how he won over the Kennedys'
    support! It was after this that Obama began to make his move to be
    where he is now. America should be made aware of this! Also, the
    Kennedys and the Voters. Please analize this and make me wrong!!

    February 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Victor Soria

    Obama, that s true, YOU R ABOUT "JUST WORDS" but words do not change anything, experience and character do so, and that s what Hillary has.
    It seems that many people are being brainwashed by the fairytales told by Obama.
    Hillary is our best chance to make a difference and restore our economy ( if you remember, we are entering recession) It took a Clinton to clean a mess, it will take another to solve our problems.
    Hillary, we r with you!
    Hillary estamos contigo!
    Hillary for President!
    Hillary Presidente!

    February 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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