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. TrickyHill

    Attention to Ohio/Texas Voters:

    If you're young, if you're black, if you have a graduate degree, or if you think the Iraq war authorization was a tragic mistake- remember that the election is actually on Wednesday, not Tuesday.

    Best Regards,


    February 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. VA




    February 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Keri-Texas

    I'm not sure why they closed the comments on the previous article but...

    I want a President with a little fight in em. I want someone who is willing to take a stand (not just vote present and try and sweet talk everybody). And finally after so many months into this he's finally getting the some bad press. If this press had started in January TX and OH would be merely a formality and not a dog fight. Again, Obama should quit and fallow his true calling, a televangelist or a motivation speeker. But Mr. President, no, no, no!

    Mrs. President, she's my choice all the way.
    Texas is behind you Hillary! We love you.

    February 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Margie Miller

    Obama, much as I like, him does not have the experience needed to be president. He has only been in the Senate three years and has no foreign relations experience..no economy experience and no real political experience. In a peacetime race, perhaps he could limp through...but not in today's world.

    February 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. marge

    It will tighten more within the next week. Just like it has everywhere else!!! With Hillary's lastest rounds of attacks, she will lose more support than she will gain.


    February 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Bill

    Don't worry Barack, help is on the way!

    Bill Clinton is in Ohio to explain why he sent Ohioans jobs' out of country under NAFTA. Hopefully someone will ask him or Hillary toexplain how many workers Hillary denied good wages and benefits too while on the Board at Walmart and why her chief political advisers formerly were union busters.

    February 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Gail

    I am from Ohio and this is Obama country.....

    February 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. John

    Like all the polls this poll is going to change clinton lead 51- 40 percent to obama lead 65 -35 on march 4. I Garanted.

    Obama 08

    February 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. carol

    RIcky I am so sure you know everything.You are voting for a know Brain Idoit. So we know how much you know, sounds like very little.

    February 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. K. Street,Washington

    The ghost of NAFTA will meet you in Ohio Hillary.

    February 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Silvio

    Hillary should support Obama and call for unity among democrats. Otherwise, Nader and McCain will give the White House to the GOP.

    February 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. mjc


    February 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Toiya Black

    I urge all Ohioans and Texans to vote for "Change". We've been in a Bush/Clinton presidency for 20 years folks. Do we need to add another 4 to that and make it a quarter century? Let's get out of this rut we're in and get some new blood in to make some new changes. Please please vote Obama for President!

    February 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. AJ, IL

    Yes! Hillary leads in the Ohio polls one week out over Obama by 10 to 11 pts. These polls were conducted between Feb. 17 to 23rd. The polls don't distinguish that Obama swept Wisconsin and Hawaii contests on Feb 19th and the Democrats Abroad contest post Feb. 19th. Hopefully these polling results will make Hillary's camp more comfortable and lazy, meanwhile us Obama supporters and volunteers have to get even more busier.

    Obama in '08!

    February 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Eugene- Go Hillary 08

    Hooray Hillary! I believe you will take Ohio by a large lead as well as Texas!!! You're the one who they can count on to do something substantial in their state and not more talk about the talk Obama. This is a great day for Democrats!

    February 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Rick, Arkansas

    For me I will vote for a candidate who is open. Obama is vague and you don't know what he stands for except change. Anything can be a change but do you want it?

    February 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Frank Pignone

    Hey, uh : Let me remind you all that Texas and Ohio are 'just as crucial' to the 'CNN" Candidate (if you know what I mean- do you?)..

    So, I suggest -- You begin 'expressing' that 'if' Hillary happens to win, as you are praying she won't – These 'two states ' ARE 'JUST AS CRUCIAL' to Barrack H. Obama as Hillary... A MOUNTAIN IS BEAUTIFUL IF YOU CAN SEE 'BOTH SIDES' AND NOT JUST ONE 'SLOPE'...
    Have a good day ladies and gentlemen...
    Frank Pignone

    February 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Democrat

    People are starting to see Barack differently. They see that he lacks specifics in his proposals, and that he has a lot of bad ideas when it comes to foreign policy toward Cuba, Pakistan, trade and the middle east.

    I think these numbers are going to start changing as people realize that Barack simply needs more experience before he can be president. There's no time for on-the-job training, or foolish mistakes during a first term.

    February 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. George

    Greece votes OBAMA

    February 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I getting so tried of the name calling get to the issues at hand and Hillary so trying to run a negative campaign. Stop it already I know if I'm getting tired of it rest of america is.

    February 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    A 10-point difference won't help Hillary much. She has to win both Ohio and Texas by a landslide before she can catch up with Obama. In other words, it's only a problem to Obama if her lead widens.

    That's not likely because lately her fangs are starting to show. Like that "Meet me in Ohio" comment she made.

    Let's be real about this. Obama is no goody-two-shoes. He's just as sneaky and devious as she is, if not more. Psychologically, he has her by the you-know-whats. If he attacks her, as long as he keeps calm, she will scream. That's when she rhymes with "rich".

    On the other hand, if she attacks him, she's even worse. Either way, he gains more supporters.

    This guy is even slicker than Bill Clinton, because we all know what happened in South Carolina.

    Imagine that: A candidate that can outsmart both Clintons at the same time, at their own game, and his you-know-what still doesn't stink!

    And you think he can't beat the Republicans??? He makes Karl Rove look like Pee-Wee Herman!

    February 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. LinnieFB

    It is time for Dean and the DNC to rein in Clinton. She is becoming outrageous with her smears, mocking, and scorched earth campaign.

    She is tearing apart the party...doing 'ANYTHING' to win!

    She has lost the respect of many Democrats and Independents alike and CAN NOT win against McCain.

    Stop the madness!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. gels

    C U next Tuesday...

    February 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Paul

    Though I believe that Clinton probably still has a lead, polls are troublesome this day in age.

    Why? Well a huge portion of Obama's base is a cell phone only crowd. These folks are often not included in polling. My guess is her lead is more like 5-6 percent.

    February 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Dias

    OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA for 08. guys, it is time for a change of practice in the white house. Voting for Hillary is voting for corruption. She takes lobbyist money and how do you all expect her to pay them back. Use your brains and ask her to show her voters her tax returns. Out of everyone running, she is the only one who is refusing to show them. That's what French people call cache-cache. Making decision with door closed. A bon entendeur Salut.

    February 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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