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. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    I am sure she is doing a lot better.

    February 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. charles

    am from sweden Obama is inspiring people over here as well. many here in sweden favor him over hillary. the world wants something new. don't dissapoint us AMERICA. SWEDEN LOVES OBAMA.

    February 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. MacD-FL

    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 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. BL-NYC

    So funny to read all of these people saying "it's so great to see Obama catching up"... Are you kidding people!!!
    It is actually the other way around... Senator Clinton is catching up and fast!!!
    The truth is coming out and eyes are opening!!!
    No experience... None. That does not sound like "hope" to me...

    February 29, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. ChicoSez

    The dem party wants to dump overboard a hard working middle aged woman who has devoted the last 40 years to building the dem party and go for a younger prettier trophy candidate.

    February 29, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. paul

    hillary has been complaining about the favorable media coverage that obama has recieved. i think she has been getting much more favorable coverage considering her and bill's past.

    February 29, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. See it Differently

    I am still trying to understand why Clinton can turn this campaign into a campaign about how hard it is because of the the "boys club" and she is a woman trying to get in. Flash for Mrs Clinton Obama is hardly a member of the "good old boys club". If you want to talk about how hard someone has had it all of his life experiences it is Obama. He didn't grow up in a comfortable suburban environment. He has been working and scraping all his life. Mrs Clinton is fnow for the person whose income is $50,000 and below but she refuse to release her tax return. Could it be that it might show she is of the wealthy elite? At least Obama is having fun and making us all remember we can be one people just as our forefathers envisioned.

    February 29, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Mike

    GO OBAMA away and let Hillary do the job we need her to do. She is the original and you are the copy. Learn from her and then maybe in 016 you can follow her.

    She wont Ooops I pushed the wrong voting buttons like you did six times in favor of removing child welfare and other republican agendas.

    February 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Bill

    Edwards to declare Monday for Obama.

    February 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Victor Soria

    Hillary los latinos estamos contigo
    Hillary the Latino community support you all the way

    Victory will be yours
    La victoria es tuya

    Hillary 08

    February 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Thomas

    I feel like I'm becoming schizophrenic. I can't decide whether I prefer to continue the pleasure of watching the democrats (candidates and supporters) acting like small children or to just have this whining over. I have to hand it to you folks, you are entertaining.

    February 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. James4OBAMA

    11 contest horrible offsets to say the least. I heard this is a delagate race well team Clinton is loosing that too. When she was n a 2 to 1 lead she had nothing but good things to say about Obama. Why the change? Why all the attacks? I hope you guys remember before Iowa Hillary was not doing much to reach out to the youth vote. It was Obama's leadership in Iowa that taught team Clinton the value of the youth vote. It was Obama that first started the message of change. Only recently after her losses did she incorporate those into her message. I ask you, who is the real leader and who is the real follower?

    February 29, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. KW


    .............SEND A WOMAN........

    HILLARY 08

    February 29, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. ne,pa

    Hillary and McCain=corrupt Washington insiders!
    Obama 08!

    February 29, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Treese

    Hiliary Clinton has ran a dirty race from day one. All the supposed negatives towards Obama have been brought out by her campaign. Why can't she just speak on what she has done, what she is doing, and what she plans to do. Dirty politics displays the integrity of the individual . How can I trust her to run our country effectively when she is running her campaign from the gutter.

    Also, Hillary Universal healthcare takes away our freedom of choice, so what is the argument?


    February 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. marc iacobelli CANADA


    February 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. cordova

    Fiscally reponsible campaign+ 1 consistent solid message+ Competent staff+ Efficient Organization+ Fantastic Victories= OBAMA

    (You can't say the same for McCain or Hillary)

    He led his campaign successfully.

    He will do the same for COUNTRY.


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

    This is the second time Hillary would be President đŸ™‚

    Go Hillary!!!

    February 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. A voice of reason

    Who is Barack Obama? Do you even know? He may have potential but the bird is not done yet, stick him back in the oven (Congress) a few more years to cook (get some experience) so he understands the very government he wants to change and can actually create some of those relationships across the aisle that are needed to create that change. The job of president is too important to put someone in there with such a thin resume. If you had a serious illness would you go to a doctor with so little experience. Like Bush, will his advisors be running the country. Texas, Ohio, it is not too late. Think about it. Don't drink the kool-aid!

    If Hillary does not get the nomination I will be voting for McCain. So much for Clinton voters who will support Obama.

    Ann can CNN get some more balance back in their political reporting? Hillary bashing is quite a sport for your 'analysts'. Why aren't you more critical of Obama? Why don't you talk about his record and all these promises that he is making that he will not be able to deliver? If you can't spread the venom around a little more, then you can count on losing another member of this demographic as a viewer.

    signed female in Virginia, over 40, +100K/year

    February 29, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Goooooo Hillary!

    I find it astounding that some people do not understand that if a candidate, any candidate is spending 2 to 3 times the amount of money in any state compared to the competition – if they don't win those states (or having bought them for some) – they loose...and it only really shows that they have to plunk an enormous amount of money down to buy the state.

    People in Texas – Ohio, and all the rest – do not let this guy buy your vote and buy the election. Make your decisions on substance.

    That is now what I want for a President. I want the person who will be there – who is BOTH experienced and change – who is not playing 'follow the leader' but is the leader! Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    February 29, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. V

    I'm standing by Hillary! She is the one for the position and I believe she is concrete, realistic, brave and the best candidate.

    Texas and Ohio-
    Vote for Hillary.....she will prove her loyalty to the American people

    February 29, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. mark

    This is a game the Clintons and Bushes are playing on America.The Clintons are close friends of yhr Bushes and it might seem that they are not ,but indeed they are friends.America was told to stay out of the bushes and America didn't do so, we either get wars or scandels...
    I think American had enough of the Bushes and the Clintons.

    February 29, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Mary Ann

    I do not expect this to make in on the blog since none of my others have. I am a Canadian and I would be proud to have Senator Clinton in my corner. I really hope Texas and Ohio wake up and see what is happening here. The media is so against her and Obama can do no wrong. He talks without saying anything. He looks great in front of his huge crowds and yet in the debates he is awful. He hesitates, agrees with everything she says and he wins the debate. Go Figure. Go Hillary go if you lose it is not your loss but the democrats loss. And for all the african americans that supported the Clintons and the Clintons were there for them when needed. Shame on You. Now she needs you and you are all jumping ship. So much for being loyal.

    February 29, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. milton

    I think that Obama is good just to be a preacher if I want to listen to a preacher I go to church.
    I want some one with experience to be comander in chief

    February 29, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. manoj

    hi america iam from canada and iam followinf dem race for president make no mistake the chossrn one is obama . he will make america what it is made for (strong& powerful) god bless america and obama

    February 29, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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