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. Kirk

    HILLARY 08"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Sam Taveras

    With Shrillary Clinton's negative actions and her behavior in the last few days, I believe she will lose many voters. If she keeps it up for another week, the America will see the true side to Shrillary Clinton. Her negative campaigning and dirty political tactics will backfire. America wants CHANGE.

    Also, "the polls" showed Winsconsin to be in a dead heat slightly favoring Clinton. Yet, Barack Obama was able to win Winsconsin by 17 points. So, as far as "the polls" go, I wouldn't put too much stock into them.

    February 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. tomdavie

    Why havent you guys in the media just come out of the closet and DEMAND eveyone vote for Obama. Like we get a say in it anyways.

    You guys HAMMER away at voters thru brainwashing for months. Why bother? Just tell em straight out to vote for your choice. At least its more honest.

    February 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Maryland

    As an Obama supporter. I feel bad for Hillary. She is trying so hard and their really isn't nothing terribily wrong with her campaign. I know it must be frustrating for her and her supporters.

    February 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Bill

    The conventional polling system is terribly flawed, which is why the results have been so out of whack. Obama has a hugely disproportionate number of supporters among blacks and, more importantly, among young people. How do pollers get their numbers? Calling homes? Many young people live with their parents, and many minorities don't own phones. This may sound like generalization, but it's a fact of life. The Decision Analyst Inc website uses a much more rigorous demographic mechanism and they've been much more accurate in the polls. They've also had Obama up by 8 points in Ohio as of a couple days ago. If the elections were today, Obama would take Ohio hands down.

    February 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    What most people (especially Clinton supporters) don't realize is that even if Hillary wins both Texas and Ohio..she needs to win by A LOT..which won't happen!! If she wins by the margins the polls are reflecting SHE STILL WON'T CATCH UP!!

    Obama '08

    February 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. sarah

    GO HILLARY!! YOU WILL WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Ron

    It is still early....Hillary may win, BUT it will be by less than 5% which won't be enough. People want change and there is too much about Hillary that is simply OLD SCHOOL politics. I expect her and her campaign to become more agressive, abrasive, and for every person they turn-on, they will turn-off two. Everyone TIGHTEN you seat belts, it's about to get ROUGH and maybe a little dirty!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. O. Gahagan

    Give me a break. If this photo wasn't released by the Clinton campaign, or someone very close to it, I'd be very surprised. It certainly exhibits the kind of pettiness to which "Lady Macbeth" (pardon, Shakespeare!) and her supporters have been resorting more and more as their desperation grows. To use one of Hillary's own words, "shame!"

    February 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Mark my words. The republicans that have been voting for Obama will not vote for him in November. The Democrats should be electing there own Presidential Candidate, we will be sorry when McCain sweeps in the General election come November.

    The rest of the country that hasn't voted better start voting Clinton because she is the only one that will win in November. Look at the states Barack has won. Red states that he will never win in a general and then Mcain will take Florida and California and probably New York. So where does that leave the democrats??? Screwed again.

    All of the states out there that haven't voted better think twice about propellingg Barack Obama in to position to run against McCain. He won't win!!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Melody lin

    i think Obama's victories will end at March 4, because " CHANGE" HAS NOT ITS special meaning, other than make a picture on the wall. be real, Obama's voters!!!!!!!
    Hillary 08!

    February 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Sammy from Dallas

    It's just a matter of time before Obama closes the gap in Ohio or even takes the lead over Clinton. I was all about Clinton untill I got to know Obama. So, you will see her lead evaporate within these coming few days.

    February 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Latina Voter

    I think that Ohioans are begining to see through Obama's empty speeches and recongnise his lack experience. He has shown that he can speak really well, but has nothing behind it. WORDS!!!!!

    Go Hillary 2008!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    Where did the first comment go? I know it wasn't pro-Obama, still I had hoped it would fly. I'll try again. The media calls Hillary supporters illerate. Check out the spelling of the Obama-bots. I can not beleive the slaughter of the english language by so-called college grads. I guess college is the new middle school. Is this the change we are in for? No child left behind? The old school required a command of the basics. College grads. who don't even know the basics of Civics, History or English. Obama is in the process of destroying any chance for health care reform. His swift-boat attacks on Hillarys' plan will be used against his plan. The word insurgent is not a good word to describe himself. He says he is the insurgent in this contest? I don't think I would ever use that word to describe myself, certainly not while we are fighting insurgents in Iraq.

    February 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. mike

    for Clinton to walk away from NAFTA. While her campaign contends that she was against it behind the scenes, her experience and her persona is extricably tied to the Clinton Administration, for whom NAFTA was a big legislative accomplishment. This is probably what has closed the gap in Ohio and will likely continue to cause her to bleed blue collar support unless she figures out how to distance herself from the issue more effectively. I can imagine that Obama has a NAFTA attack ad in the works.

    February 25, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. CB

    Hillary Clinton is not a honest person.
    She is not and never was ambivalent about NAFTA.
    You can't support something, then say you don't just to win votes.
    Everyone has it that she was the shot caller behind her husband presidency. He signs the NAFTA bill which George Bush now exercises.
    Isn't she part of the "Clinton Machine".
    If she is, then she's for NAFTA

    Barack has made it clear that as a president he would expose everything to the public.
    She has done everything to undermine Obama
    Now that he exposes her, she is whining.
    As the old saying states, "If you dig a grave for someone, you should dig one for yourself".
    She plays dirty politics, now dirty politics has come to haunt her and she's hurting from the effects of it.

    February 25, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. G. Lars

    Obama is a great speaker. Sounds like a good old tent revival minister, but that's the problem, he's all about excitement and sound bites. I wish Clinton would challenge him on specifics that will need attenton on day one. Then people would see how unprepared he is for this job at this time in his life.

    February 25, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. andrew jones

    I can see the wall tilting over and Billary can't stop this movement of change!
    Out with the Billary old politics of destruction and of smear campaign

    In with the message of CHANGE!


    February 25, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. NORCAL

    Appparently if you Ohioan's believe this man of plan and policy you better wake up and smell the coffee. Look at the other states where HRC won, large populated states with very logical thinking people, diverse, and smart! He has got everyone fooled with JUST WORDS. Remember California and New York to name a few, are states that understand the issues of AMERICA, due to large amounts of diverse people and very critical thinkers. CA could have told the rest of the country ahead of time their would be a housig crisis, immirgration problems, etc. It all starts in California. These states are so ahead of the other states in thinking follow them.......Thanks Nader for taking on this should stabilize the wacky voters from Obama to you! Good job Nader! Texans don't be fooled by words.... try posting this CNN

    February 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. jean

    Hillary counts Bill presidency as part of her years of 'experience' so she can't run away from NAFTA.

    She may of may not have said 'boon' but the positive attitude she had about it (until this campaign) is undeniable.

    February 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Scott

    Ohio is tired of Obama News (CNN) and them telling us how to vote. We want someone with experience to lead this country. And good luck winning the presidential race without Ohio, if you don't win Ohio you don't become president. Obama won't ever win Ohio because people here know the difference between talk and action.

    February 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Apollonia Creed

    Well for all her 35 years of experience... it's not evident in how her campaign is being run...

    February 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. gene

    Very good, gives great inspirational speeches, says little of nothing about his record, what changes is he going to try to implement, how he is going to get the republicans to change their positions on Government health care, choice, gun control (he supports) and supreme Court nominees. Oh, I get it, he's going to wave his wand, give an inspirational speech, and part the red sea and all the right wingers will convert. It taken some time, but people are now starting to see the real Obama. All talk! I live in Texas and my wife an I have already voted. My son and daughter and their spouses are going to vote "Hillary". Obama will carry the black vote and Clinton will carry the hispanic vote. The state population is as follows: Black 11.8% and Hispanic 35.7%. the number are 2,385,000 black and 8,392,000 (thats million) hispanic.

    February 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Byron in CA

    Notice how Obama supporters never complain about their entries not being posted, but more and more anyone with anything negative about Obama or God forbid someone with something pro Clinton are complaining to CNN that their post aren't being posted. There seems to be a double standard here, and it's strange to see CNN behind this when they live by freedom of the press and our ability to express ourselves. I don't think it's because the post other than Obama's positive entries are so off the wall that cnn can't post them, since i've seen pro Obama entries suggest that Clinton should die. What's up CNN?

    February 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. NZ, NJ

    Richy from Ohion,

    The campaigns have been broadcasted all through the media and the internet and you think that only now that Obama is in Ohio, then people will swtich to him.......


    Perhaps Clinton has a lead b/c the people of Ohio are smart and want what is best for our country and that is why they will elect hillary clinton.

    February 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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