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. TC from DE

    Why is this not the first article you read on the ticker instead of the picture article? Just wondering...CNN?

    February 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Bennett

    How has Hillary fought for the American people that make under $50,000? What has she ever fought for in the Senate? How is she ready from day one? Someone please tell me.

    February 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. alan

    The times they are achangin'

    Go Hillary!

    February 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Christopher

    Hillary is still leading Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Try to spin it however you want, but it sure looks like Obama's momentum has hit a brick wall in those states.

    February 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Ron, NJ

    Even if she won by the margin stated in the polls it wouldn't be enough for her to overcome his lead. She needs to win in numbers the way he beat her in Wisconsin.
    If she won Ohio according to the polls they would roughly share the delegates, she would get slightly more maybe.
    In Texas it's looking more and more like they will either split the difference or he'll actually overtake her.

    Not quite the results she's looking for.

    February 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. lorenzo

    I'm still waiting for some national pundit to call it what it is...as far as polls go this year. Consistently proven significantly wrong in many of the last 11 contests, why should anyone trust the numbers now? The fact is, untold and unimagined thousands of Obama supporters do not have a land line, only a cell phone (including me, a 57-year-old white man). And political pollsters can't find us.

    February 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. mili vanili

    I think this will work, I think this will turn the tide, I took a good look at the clinton audience on TV at her rallies, and noticed that the crowds seems bored, just sitting there waiting for something exciting to happen. Then she goes into [silly season] with the snide comments.

    The mocks of holy divine, and salvation. That is the only time I saw her crowds re-energized. Shame on you hillery for your religious blasphemy. Every chirstian of good decentcy should be offened by your unintelligence at 60 years old. She should have been booed like the Xerox remark,

    The more educated, more financially successful supporters of the other camp are not amuzed with this kind of divisive politics. They have already made and Intelligent choice, and that is they don't want to see you show up on [ Day One!!!!!!!!! ]

    February 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Cosmic Comedy Queen - Hillary is the Change!

    I am rooting for you Hillary. You have been the change agent all of these years. Not this wannabe cheap imitation of JFK. Oh please. He's still spitting pablum out of his mouth.

    February 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Seleta

    The Bottom Line..........We Need Hillary Clinton.....
    We don't have time for any "on the job training , or "lets look in the president manual" mess.
    We don't have time for "wishy" "washy" messages coming from our new president.
    Seven years of Bush Mess needs to be cleaned up quickly. We all know the republicans have been making out like a bandit for all this time. Do you really think they are going to easily give up all their "under-the-table money they are making?
    Watch this...
    Once Hillary gets the presidency, suddenly all these politicians will be suddenly resigning, retiring etc. Why?
    Becasue Hillary will be exposing all their crooked mess and they don't want to be on TV, on CNN being investigated.
    Watch, just Watch!

    Charlotte, NC

    February 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. James

    Good luck, Hillary. Time to start another smear campaign. Obama has you beat and you know it. The American people want a leader, not someone with the maturity of a 5th grader with a chip on her shoulder and a Lobbyist in her ear.

    February 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Christiane

    OBAMA 08

    February 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Karta

    It is not important what the polls said, Hillary is by far the most qualified candidate to bring the good old US of A out of the mess that has been caused by the Bush Administration, politics are dirty and you couldn't careless for all that has been said during the campaigns, just look at the reality, in time of crisis experience do counts, this is a presidential race, not American Idol, think it over. And for CNN, your "The Best Political Team" should read "The Most Bias Political Team", and thank you for never posted my comments.

    February 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Phill

    I believe that Obama will win overall for the nomination....With all the petty bickering coming from Clinton is proof of old politics ..that actually does show some weakness to be honest....

    February 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Mike

    Here CNN I'll save you the time "your comment is awaiting moderation". Has anyone gone in lately and looked at Obama's fiscal policy? He wants to raise taxes to 38% for middle America and over 60% yes 6-0 for corporations. Now I know everyone thinks "yeah tax those rich corporations", just remember those corp's employ about 30 % of America and are required to provide benefits. You raise taxes on those companies they will exercise their NAFTA rights "brought to you by silly Clinton" and move overseas. This is why it is so easy being IND but leaning Republican. The Democrats make it way to easy with the inroads and the bickering, you are your own worst enemy.

    February 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Sera

    Ya right!!! I'll vote republican b4 I vote Obama. Dont believe him-dont trust him. And if he wins, get ready for another riddddeeeeeee.....!

    February 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Isuru

    Obama might win Texas and may loose Ohio. That leaves the race for nomination wide open. Who says things are gonna be over after Texas and Ohio. BDW why not talk about Rhode Islands and Vermont too? They are gonna be just as important given the current neck-and-neck dynamics in Ohio and Texas.

    February 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Bannon

    People now knows Change cant solve the problems of this country but solutions and Experience can help.


    February 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Andy

    The more I know about Obama, the more I am scared of the scenario that he be the president of this country. His attitude towards free trade, which is how the US became the wealthiest country in the world, does not make any sense other than to solicit votes.

    His national security policy is not going to work, probably even less effective than Bush's.

    I am a hardcore democrat, but if Obama is the nominee, I may consider voting for McCain.

    February 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. lisa

    in truth, i don't think this over until the fat lady has sung her last ballad. it is getting nastier and nastier and it needs to end... i know that ohio is a conservative place and there is direct lines between races in some cities in oh. it will be interesting to see how barack will do there – i hope he wins. i think hilary's behavior as of late has been unstable – she is too gifted for such drama. i hope those that live ohio know that just because someone an incite a crowd doesn't mean they have no substance. substance is how you lead ur campaign – work from the ground up and lead by example – all of which barack has done well and hil' – not so much.

    February 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Joshua College Station Texas

    I hope folks in Ohio will see the leadership Obama is demonstrating as evidenced by his well-managed campaign, his consistent message, his calm demeanor in the face of angry and scurrilous attacks, and his efforts to take the high road in case after case. It is true he has made some attacks on Clinton, but his pale in comparison to hers in terms of the "smear" factor, and have been on message and policy. He may not know as much of the ins and outs of some policies as she, but he understands the importance of character in bringing about meaningful change. There have to be lines that our leaders won't cross in terms of honesty and integrity if anything is ever going to change. That is what this country needs right now, someone with integrity, not 4-8 more years of the same old crap.

    Clinton's ambition far outpaces her integrity, honesty, and forthrightness. She will not release her tax records or her White House communications, she changes her rhetoric to appeal to the political expediency of the moment (she is divisive and often downright mean!), and she represents everything this country needs to move away from: corporate interests, cronyism, and greed.

    February 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Jim in Sunshine

    Can someone please point out Hillary's momentum for me ? All I see is a continuing erosion of support for her. It is quite humorous to see her supporters rally around polls that show her 25 point lead is now down to 10. Looks like a "cruisin' for a losin'."

    February 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Ohio Democrat

    We are smelling the roses here in Ohio. We know that empty promises are not what we want. Obama has no experience, just a bunch of ideas that he has no idea how to implement.

    Hillary 08

    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Angela

    Viva Clinton Viva. Viva Solutions Viva. Hillary Clinton the only one who will win the Presidency against McCain. Obama Can't ...........face it he just won't. Get real!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. peg roup


    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Carol

    If we had a functional memory, we should remembered that President Bush promised CHANGE in his presidentail compaign. Look at what we got over the 7+ years. Now we know that he is a great salesman, not a doer to deliver his promise of CHANGE.

    We all know that we need a Change in a general term. We need a person who has ability with proved achievements to deliver the CHANGE we need, We don't need a person who is a Charismatic salesman who always has a great ability to choose nice words we like to hear, however, doesn't have ability to keep their promises.

    Be vigilant, people, at those charming words, please seek hard evidence in his/her history to verify someone's words.

    We are calling for a person who is able to deliver.

    How do we know? Do some research work and look what he or she has achieved in his/her past, then we can figure out the odds of his/her words becoming reality.

    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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