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. Come together Please America!

    Please everyone, lend me your ears for a moment. Hilary ad Obama may differ on some key issues, but they are alike in just about eveything else.

    They both want to end the war, both want universal healthcare, both support gay marrage, beleive in a green future, and want to help our poor economy. Please people you should see past where the people differ in, and see that both of these people will give you americans a voice, clean up the white house and make history. Would you rather have change that's not to your exact specifications, or more of Bush like government? John McCain is just like our president now, he supports the bush tax cuts, wants to go to war for 100 more years, and is actually openly supported by bush and his dad!

    I ask you all now (seeing as most of you are dems) please come together or our party will get absolutely nowhere. We need to come together as the 60 something percent of people against Bush and his ways, and change america whether it's for Hilary or Barack.

    It's your choice guys. Do you want to go forwards? Or would you rather go back because you'd rather be hardheaded?

    February 29, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. JMK

    There are posts that were here earlier that have disappeared...a lot of them. What happened?

    February 29, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. gerry Bee

    Hiliary will turn the tables against Obama. She will ask him with all the information concerning Iraq how could you not have voted for the war in Iraq. It was not a decision she made litely. She knew all the reasons against the war in Iraq that Obama knew and then some. She also had a personal bias against any military action. Her question will be Senator Obama given all the information we were given, in these times of terrorism How could you not have voted for the war in Iraq?
    The mark of a leader is the ability to make a decision against everything that you believe in because it is the right thing to do.
    Senator Obama will be in effective as a leader because he has demonstrated and inability to make a tough decision.

    February 29, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. MacFL

    I'm still waiting for one of Hillary's cheerleaders to list in detail all of her so-called experience. This is the biggest scam of her campaign. She and Barak have BOTH been Senators on the national scene. Her former experience as the wife of a President is NOT political experience nor has she ever served in the military....meanwhile Barak served politically in his own home state (not as a carpet bagger to another state) and had many years prior as an attorney and community leader. Additionally, in case anyone is interested, most Presidents were former Governors with NO national or foreign policy experience AND our current (idiot) President had never even left the country before being elected as President.

    February 29, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Dee

    I heard from local news media in TX that Obama and McCain are early voters' favorite. May be you should check with them.

    February 29, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Laura

    I just donated to HRC's campaign!

    I'm tired of hearing the same old, same old from Obama and his followers: change, change, change. What we really need and want is a president who will address the REAL problems we face: job losses, home foreclosures, health care.

    It's great to talk about the state of politics in Washington, D.C. But that isn't what most people want in a president. We want proven leadership to improve things in our day-to-day lives.

    February 29, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. eliza

    The Clinton camp made a terrible mistake when they underestemated Barack Obama and the powerful need for change in this nation. They completely misjudged by thinking it would be over by Super Tuesday and that at least they could depend on Ohio and Texas.

    The support for Barack Obama is growing exponentially, and on Tuesday they will see the error they made in taking the American people for granted.

    February 29, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    I am hoping that disgruntled Republicans AND Independent voters, will vote for Sen. Obama.

    Aren't we sick and tired of the politics of fear (her new ad), of the politics of meanness, pettiness?

    How can anyone vote for someone who voted to support the war in Iraq that's costing the US 400 million A DAY?! Where was Hillary's experience and wisdom when she VOTED FOR the war? The war has nearly bankrupted our nation! We are in debt to China.

    When do we, the people, say enough?! When do we stand up and make a CHANGE?!

    Is Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton change?

    Please Texas, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island join the rest of us who have voted for Sen. Obama so we can being to heal our country of the divisions caused by "the politics of fear & mutual-destruction".

    OBAMA 08!

    February 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. bo

    texas is an open primary – the repubs are voting for obama because they think mccain can beat him and indepdendents always like the "anti-candidate"

    February 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Jane

    I just read about black superdelegates being pressured to change their vote or to vote for Obama because some of them never thought there'd be a black MAN in office. This is pathetic. To think this race isn't based on race is, at best, naive. It shows how ignorant the country is that they vote on race as opposed to qualifications and the ability to actually introduce some of the change that is being discussed.
    Unfortunately, if Obama is the nominee, there won't be a black man in office. There will be another old, white, Republican.

    February 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. G.W. Gallegos

    So if Hillary wins Texas and Ohio overwhelming I guess all the Obamites will be calling for Obama to quit!!!! Ya right, I forgot he is god to them, Hillary must have cheated some how and by wining she will be considered bringing down the Black man (raciest).

    February 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Golden Chica

    Not true, the media wants us to believe that Obama is winning in Texas when he is actually trailing behind Clinton. Where do you people get your information. This tactic will not work in trying to scare the voters in Texas. They are much too smart for this. Everyone should just wait till everyone has had a chance to vote on March 4th

    February 29, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. kevin

    thank you Ohio for all of your best sons and daughters, uncles and aunts, parents, grandparents...who fight in iraq and though many may die...they our are countries best and most noble. Thank you Ohio for leading the nation in Presidents. Thank you Ohio for letting this Indiana boy cross over the nine mile line to drink a beer or five of your 3-2 beer...with my buddies back from Nam. Now let's vote together for Obama to lead us out of the Iraq mess, get jobs back to our midwest..defy Nafta....vote for real change, for Obama.

    February 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. vl

    Polls, again? Give it a rest! Also, I wouldn't count out Michigan and Florida, I think they want to be heard too!

    February 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Laurinda

    Well, I still think that Hillary will win in the end. She would make a better president than Obama plus there are no other choices. Obama is to nieve and I don't trust him. I still think that he is supported by middle east countries.

    February 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Martha

    It is truly amazing how some of the HRC supporters condemn the Republicans for making racist and gender comments. Take a look at the comments that have been made by Clinton, her supporters and posters who claim to be Democrats. This really shows how divisive the Clinton campaign was, is and will continue to be in an attempt to win at all costs. Obama, McCain, Edwards never brought race into the mix , even when Hillary and her crazy family claimed racial bias when HRC lost the southern states. The issues are not about whether it is white/black/green/purple, the issues the other candidates are discussing are people issues. HRC is definitely self-serving.

    February 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. dan tamayo

    media plays too much of a role in the presidental campaign. from what i see it CNN shows how much a winner obama is, and how much of a loser is Clinton. i don't thats right.

    we all know who the better democratic nominee is and thats hillary clinton
    she has the best experience and knowledge to be president.
    obama has the better speeches to win for president.
    we are in time of need of a president that will carry/fix up the country!!!

    February 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Kathy in Winchester, CA.

    Come on fellow democrats..., Hillary Clinton is the most qualified democrat to lead this nation...It will be a sad day if she does not get the nomination...I will have to vote for John McCain and I really don't want to do that. Go Hillary...

    February 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. sade

    what a sick pathetic last minute attempt by hillary to convince people she has a chance.

    February 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    Do Obamacans truly believe that the Hillary camp will join with them? Oh no, they can can sing their delusional kumbaya until the cows come home because they will cross over to McCain. Thanks obama supporters, if your boy wins, then watch his downfall and I am sure he will take many of you along with him also!

    February 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. kevin

    according to your husband Bill.....you needed to win both Ohio and texas or it was all over? Please drop out after you lose texas so that the democrats can unite.

    February 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Gary

    Seems everytime Hillary puts out an add ,Obama has to put almost the same thing out , He is such a follower. Just like their debates. Where Obama has to agree with Hillary when she goes first,becuase he cant speak his own speeches. Irag is the only thing he slams her with. Like 80% of the world didnt want it after 911.He wasnt in senate to vote,otherwise he would of to. He is such a hypocrite ,and smooth talker. Most of his speeches are from someone else.Even yes we can.He cant even speak for himself,without taking someone else's script. Today he acts out of Bill Cosby"s script. Give me all break. You obama voters are sure going to put are world in bad jepordy ,if the Republicans dont win. You think our world is in trouble now.You aint seen nothing yet. He talks Change and no know how or solutions.He is a broken record ,and all he can bring up is Iraq.This is getting old.America better wake up before its to late. You are sold by a smooth talker ,that tells you he can change the world. Seems there is nothing he cant do. What a joke. He is making you Obama voters a joke along with him.He is laughing at you when the lights go out at night. concerned Viet nam Vet

    February 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Jess E Fordyce

    Sadly I've been traveling out of country this winter and have missed all the free drama on TV. Obama or Mrs. Clinton? A black Senator with no experience, or a female Senator with the experience of being a cuckold married to a slick yet impeached President. This is fun to watch! I'd vote for a qualified black woman, but I wouldn't vote for either of these candidates just wanting to see the first black, or the first woman elected President.

    Senator John McCain will slam those lightweights. I just hope the Democrats continue to eviscerate each other. They are campaigning quite effectively for John McCain!

    Jess in Minnesota

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Karen P

    As an independent, I am sick to death of the Clintons and their whiney tactics and shady financial dealings. She can't win on her so called "experience" so she has to resort to scare tactics now, since her mood swings didn't work. She is entirely too UNSTABLE to ever be President and will divide the country even worse than Bush!

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Dolores

    How come there hasn't hasn't been any hoopla over Hillary's camp raising 35 million in February? Oh Right, this is the Obama media.

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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