February 29th, 2008
05:27 PM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Clinton ahead in Ohio, Obama has edge in Texas


Clinton has a slight edge in Ohio while the two are statistically tied in Texas (AP Photo).

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are statistically tied in Texas while the New York Democrat holds a slight lead in Ohio, according to a new poll out Friday of the crucial March 4 primary states.

According to a new poll from Fox News, Clinton holds an 8-point lead in Ohio (46-38 percent), buoyed by demographics that have carried her to victory in previous primaries - white women, seniors, and members of the working class.

Obama has a slight edge in Texas (48-45 percent), but is statically tied with the New York Democrat there given the poll's 4 percentage point margin of error. The poll suggests Clinton's base is holding up in the state, but that support is not enough to overtake Obama's strong advantage among independent and African-American voters.

Factoring in the Fox poll, a CNN analysis of the most recent surveys from Ohio and Texas show Clinton with a 7-point lead in Ohio and Obama up by 4 in Texas.

The new poll comes on the same day both presidential campaigns sought to raise the other's expectations next Tuesday. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Clinton needs to garner decisive wins to chip away at the Illinois senator's significant lead among pledged delegates. But Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson contended that Obama should win all the March 4 contests given that he outspent Clinton nearly 2 to 1 in those states.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (417 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Go Hillary!!!

    We are with you in spirit and support

    If you think past the glitter, the charm, the cult-movement of Obama and really look at specific ideas, specific plans and a proven track record and a person who can tackle McCain's knowledge of foreign policy I think you will see who the best candidate is.

    February 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Vote2008

    Go Texas! Gobama! Adios, Hillary!

    February 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Barack Oprah

    "According to FOX".
    It tells everything.
    Also, "According to CNN", too.

    February 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. joe

    Why doesn't Hillary release her Taxes? What does she have to hide? CNN, please get to the bottom of this.

    February 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Frank

    I think it is amazing how Obama is catching up !! Two weeks ago these states looked like a slam dunk for Clinton. She had such a great lead that she even did not care about all the other states (and their voters).
    I hope Obama can hold this or even do better (and he has shown before that his Message of Hope wins against Clinton's Politics of Fear). People realize that nothing will happen in Washington unless a president can get the American People motivated and on their feet.

    If that guy would run the country just half as well as he does his campaign we are looking forward to a great future and a new standard in politics!


    February 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Tom, Iowa

    Do these polls matter? I thought CNN said last week that it was all about the delegates, and we're back to who wins which state. Make up your mind!

    February 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. No-good-judgemnet

    How come I didn't see CNN post news regarding O's buddy Rezko on Trila on Monday????

    February 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Ron

    How can people in Ohio vote for Hillary when her husband signed in NAFTA and she supported it? Ohio is a State that has been hurt most by NAFTA

    February 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. mike lacey

    how many times does the phone gotta ring before hillary answers it? did she ever pick up the phone?

    February 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    What? CNN did a poll that shows Clinton ahead?!?!? OOOOHHHH! Heads are gonna roll on this one!

    February 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Obama is the truth

    If she losses TX which is seeming like it...(forgot that is a bigger concentration of Black voters then latino voters there and they are turning out in record numbers) this race is over..she needs both states he is winning one of her firewall state this election is over.

    February 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Mad in Texas

    CNN when are going to quit putting out your lies? Where do you go to take your polls? in the CNN newsroom with you, Steve and Jack Cafferty. That's about as reliable as your newscast. Why do you put everything that Obama says in a positive light and Hillary's in a negative one? You won't answer this one will you? Well us Texans are not fooled by your crap shoot. Your not going to get your nominee not yet. At least not through us. Set back and watch. It's going to be crying time Obama. HILLARY 08

    February 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Cathy

    I am going to be very sad the day that Hillary looses, as I am a great supporter. If and when that day comes I will have to make a choice and I am not sure of what to do. I do not believe Obama is a true democrat so it makes it hard because I do not want to vote republican. It will be a sad day just as it was when Gore did not win.

    February 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. MB

    I heard Hillary twice tell Obama that she was going to see him in Texas and Ohio....here he comes

    February 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. mbgoldie

    HILLARY is the best and most qualified canidate for this country and with foreign policy. Obama is a two year senator and for the last year and a half, he's been preparing and campaigning for president. He as no experience other than giving a great speech. Wake up America!

    Hillary 08!

    February 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. mike

    I just heard on NPR that a prominent Latino in Texas said in a radio interview that Latinos shouldn't support Obama because of his race. HRC was interviewed by the same radio station later in the day and when asked if she would repudiate and reject the comments side-stepped and refused to answer the question. Typical Clinton hypocracy.

    February 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. ross

    We need more new and old voters for Obama in Ohio. Let's go Ohio!

    OBAMA 08

    February 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Ken B.

    Barack Obama keeps saying he'd rather be right on day one and points to his speech in the Illinois legislature, in which he opposed the war. The fact that he had nothing riding on that position aside, is that the only time he can point to in which he believes he was right and Clinton was wrong? Is that his total claim to fame, other than his charisma? I'd much rather see a voting pattern from him that supports that position, rather than rationalizing his votes since that time as doing the best he could after Clinton drove the bus into the ditch. A lot of Senators voted for that measure and, given Obama's voting record, he would have too. That is, if he had voted at all.

    February 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Mike

    If Obama wins... everyone better get ready for McCain to be president... Obama is getting special treatment right now by the media... most of the big news companies are republican based... all of you should start putting two and two together here... realize that they have been bias because they are afraid that Clinton will beat McCain!!!

    February 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Scott Cadwell

    More poll numbers that will mean absolutely nothing come Tuesday. Thanks, CNN!

    February 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. BillCT

    Ladies and Gentlemen, if and I mean if, the afro-american population of the United States blindly elects Barrack Obama to the nomination of the Democratic Party, they are doing themselves a misjustice and the country also.
    The Afro-American population of the United States and Texas and Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island had better wake up soon. The problem is not that people don't like Obama they do and the rallies prove that as well as the past 11 primaries that took place.
    The Problem is, no one can make sure what he is saying will happen for sure. No one can promise all he is promising and then makie it all come true, it just is not possible.
    I think the afro-american community should back a known commodity in Hillary Clinton instead of a man promising things he can not make happen or complete.

    February 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Mark

    Ohio is the parking lot of the United States. The best chant Ohio State could come up with is: O-H....I-O.

    A state full of Hillbillies will certainly go for Hillary. This is no surprise. A friend of mine who just moved there said that the racism is more rampant than any place she has ever lived.

    February 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Unshrub

    It's interesting how the Clinton campaign changes the bar everytime it looks like they might not reach it. They are now using some of the same excusses the Huckster is using in the Republican race.

    February 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Steve

    It's obvious to me that, at this point in the Democratic Party Campaign, these two should be starting serious talks about their mutual strategies as President and VP in their run against the McCain machine. It's time to stop bickering and wasting money, and getting things to gether for the big battles to come. The Republicans have a well-oiled juggernaut of a political machine that will steam roll the unprepared. We need two strong Democrats who have between them the vision and experience to change the course of that machine.

    Go Obama-Clinton 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Brian

    Obama will win Texas both in popular vote and pledged delegate count. It will finish Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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