February 25th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
15 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. Manuel TX

    I voted for Hillary in Texas on Saturday.

    There is a large contingent of Republicans in Harris county voting against her just to screw with the Democratic nominating process and because they hate Hillary (because they've never beaten a Clinton in an election).

    It won't be easy to counter all of these groups, but I expect high enough voter turnout in South Texas to overcome even the Hillary haters.

    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Nicki, Detroit

    Clinton may have a lead because people are reading his book, "The Audacity of Hope". I'm shocked at what I've seen in it. He doesn't think that the American people expect their government to do all that much, page 7. He doesn't think our New Deal programs go along with a globalized world, page 38. He seems to approve of "the need to raise money from economic elites to finance elections."

    I'll keep posting as I keep reading.

    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. MG

    Keep in mind that these polls were taken before Obama even stepped foot in Ohio to campaign in the state. The next round of polls will be more accurate, but you have to love that he is building momentum!

    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. margie

    Even with Clinton maintaining a lead in Ohio CNN still has to spin it in favor of Obama. Unbelievable.

    February 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Ann

    Please Ohio open your eyes, don't buy into Obama propaganda. Change is coming with hard work which has always been in the American spirit.

    February 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. wood

    Hillary Clinton has nothing new to offer this country except more divisive politics. She is so obviously pre package and so programmed. Is this what you want? I am willing to try something new and I have all the confidence that Senator Obama will do a good job.Thank God he is young and refreshing. Enough of the Bushes and Clintons and Senators who have been in the Senate for ages and cannot see beyond their noses.

    February 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. charles

    This country really needs a change from the regimes that have held us hostage for the last 20 some odd years, Bush-Clinton-Bush let's not continue this same ole bull from the same ole people. Come on America let's change this thing. Go Obama!!


    February 25, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Rock

    Ya, they're also going for "Hot Head" McCain. Seems like a lot of Ohioians are afraid of real change.

    February 25, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. JB

    Ohio gave us George Bush. Now they may give us Hilary Clinton. After watching her behavior this weekend, hysterics on Saturday, making fun in the most demeaning way of Obama's inspiration on Sunday, and "picturegate" on Monday, I can't imagine what she will produce on Tuesday. She is not acting presidential.

    Please Ohio, don't do it to us again.

    February 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. joe







    February 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Jamie

    STICK TO THE ISSUE! You've released all your playing tactics Obama & you have nothing more! We actually don't care if you dressed up in costumes, what we are evaluating is your experience, your knowledge in fiscal policy & your tactics to sway the voters emotion to your side! People are smart enough that this is one of your dirty tactics follwing your inaccurate flyers on NAFTA & Healthcare! SHAME ON YOU OBAMA!

    HILLARY is right, it is now time to evaluate the candidates based on experience and records! HILLARY is far superior than him. With so much at stake, we do not need an amateur to run the White House! In HILLARY, WE TRUST!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Obamacan

    I would have to agree with Richy.

    February 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Tuesday

    I'm so tired of all the endless bickering from Hillary...instead of her focusing on her campaign she's busy trying to tear down the other side....it is absolutley sickening to watch her act like this at 60......

    February 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. joseph

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Charlotte

    Hillary is the best person for the job. Obama is all hopes and dreams that are nice to have, but you can't sit around waiting to win the lottery. Reality, you have to go to work everyday. It takes a doer not a talker.

    February 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. B

    Go Hillary!!

    The Obamabots can't brainwash everyone. I think the special apple juice is wearing off.

    February 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. vivian

    Hillary will never fight for the poor. She has been connected and powerful for too long. She makes many promises that will secure the white house for her, but once in, she will lose her way just as she did in her husband's administration. What has she accomplished for the poor? what has she accomplished? Period! she is all talk and definitely a good act. She is behaving like a child, mocking Obama. Is that the best she can do? Oh my God! get this woman a mirror! Ohio will hopefully see the true Hillary while she is there and will see her ridiculous behavior and childish acting out.

    February 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. James

    she stinks of desperation and she is the most unlikeable candidate since....well...theres never been a more polarizing, unlikeable, political figure in the history of politics. OBAMA 08!

    February 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Roger

    I hope the people of Ohio realize that all the 'experience' that Clinton constatly touts is simply due to her riding on the coat tails of her husband. Aside from that, since when did experience and/or years in Washington become the sole deciding factor for who will make a great leader? As someone mentioned before, we mine as well elect Cheney as the president based on that logic.

    February 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Enderlyn from Canada

    G. Lar, your comments about specifics shows that either you have not been listening or you are completely biased. But I suspect the latter cos my comment won't mean anything to you. Good luck with your choice.

    February 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. mary e

    obama is not the man for this job , he hasn't done anything in his state except help his own people and moved up in a nice 1.3 million home welcome to the bling bling . wake up if you vote for a change alright, but at who's benefit . think about it . vote for experience not for just a good speaker after all talk is cheap.

    February 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Ted

    News media won't win Ohio for Obama Bin Laden Ohioians are smarter than that .Obama is on a different turf now .Clinton is still ahead in Texas also .Its show she can win the biggest states !!!
    And the funny thing about it is Ohio and Texas are huge Red States .

    HILLARY 2008 !!!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. yoshi927

    I have no worries about the Ohio vote going to Clinton. As a resident of Ohio, I have a slightly higher opinion of our intelligence than to believe that we will be so easily influenced by negative attack ads with a deficit of facts.

    February 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Rowena

    Hillary's tactics of fear mongering are trashy. I've waited 50 years to see a woman as President, but this woman is not fit for the position and she has proved that fact with her recent contemptible conduct. I will support Sen. Obama for the primary. Shame on YOU, Hillary. Ohio, please, don't fall for her despicable tactics.

    February 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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