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. anonymous

    Wake up America and be prepared and strong if Obama wins....disasters will be coming. So, wake up before this happens and choose the right President.

    February 29, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. HillaCrat-DemoCain-NoBama

    I've never voted for a Republican. But if Obama is the Democratic nominee, I'll vote for McCain. Obama scares the bejesus out of me –he comes off as such an evangelical Elmer Gantry preacher who would be a disaster in foreign affairs – just like JFK was basically a catastrophe in foreign affairs despite all the mythologizing about him. Obama does not have the experience and the grit to be commander in chief. He’s a populist and he's never taken responsibility for any tough votes. I think he's the biggest fraud in politics. WAKE UP AMERICA. HILLARY CLINTON IS BRILLIANT AND WILL BE A BRILLIANT NATIONAL LEADER. BTW – I 'm an east coast liberal with three university degrees. I think any one with any education would be in awe of Hillary’s intellect and tenacity.

    February 29, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Leslie

    Ohio is not racist, we are pro-women. It is time another gender took over America. Men in control have dug all of us a grave that we may never get out of. A female president may be our only answer, and it couldn't come soon enough.

    February 29, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    Tim February 29th, 2008 6:19 pm ET

    Barack walks up to the mic…and says,

    "If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."

    Then says,

    "Just so I don't get called a plagiarist, I want you to know those words aren't mine. They are the words of Bill Clinton.”

    Yes…Bill Clinton’s words, said to a crowd in Philadelphia on October 25, 2004.


    February 29, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. merlin

    If Hillary defeated someday, she failed absolutely due to the enemies among Democratic Party, due to the biased medias such as CNN, due to the sleepy white men, but other than the person who deliberately hide his own middle name.

    February 29, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Rodney

    Michelle Obama says if Barak does not win this time, there will not be another opportunity.

    Hillary is positioned well for a comeback!


    February 29, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Be fair Jeaninne

    Since you bring up Rezko, I feel it is just that I highlight acouple of Mrs. Clinton's closes friends.

    Ever heard of Norman Hsu? How about Peter Paul? Stan Lee?

    This is definetely a game Mrs.Clinton wants to avoid, and a game the Repulicans are ready to play.

    February 29, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Deb IL

    It will almost be worth it to see Obama debate McCain to see him stutter and stammer around when he doesn't have HIllary there to give him all of the answers. I don't want to hear ANYONE gripe if O is elected and actually doesn't follow through on his hopes and dreams that everyone has bought into, because there will be an equal number of Clinton supporters who didn't vote for him to tell you "We told you so!"

    February 29, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. victorybill.

    hillary did not get it right when the phone rang in broad day light ; she will not get it right half asleep when the phone rings at 3 am. exercise good judgement for once and exit with grace.

    February 29, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Audrey Cross

    Hail to the chief -Obama. Earlier before he won all those primaries I thought he was the right person for the White House now I'm completely sure. With the major endorsements he is getting it looks as though he will win. All the best to you Senator.

    February 29, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Arthur Villarreal

    Hillary will carry Texas by 8 to 10 percentage points.Mexican Americans in Texas will see to it.We love the Clintons in Texas.They are like Gods to us.
    Go HILLARY!!!!

    February 29, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Ohio for Hillary

    I have been volunteering for the Hillary campaign and just got off the phone with a voter that was starting to lean to Obama because of the media... After speaking with him I believe he will vote for Hillary now. No matter how you slice it, the media has given Obama a free ride! Just this week all these disturbing relations have come out that Obama has had and they are trying to blow it off. If that was Hillary, she would be torn apart! To all the democrats out there, please don't let the media make your mind up, please do some research on your own and make up your own minds! Hopefully you will see that the right candidate is Hillary, the one that will lead our country back to greatness!! HILLARY 08!!!

    February 29, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. kevin

    No one has polarized this nation more than Obama. I am tired of hearing how black super deligates are being strong armed to vote for a black guy. What has this country come to. The last time I checked only 10% of America were black. It is time to wake up and vote for the best candidate and this time it is a woman. Wake up America. Clinton is going to win big in Texas. Just watch and see.

    February 29, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Mike Aaron

    It is apparent 2 me now more then ever in regard 2 Senator Clinton, that this election is not about us, it's all about her! Her goals! Her ambitions! And nothing more. As of right now I will no longer support her ambitions for any office considering that I am also from the state of NY! If she were 2 win the nomination this party will be torn apart, point blank period!

    February 29, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Sly (from Cameroon)

    The fact of the matter is: it certainly does take some experience for Obama, who has been an elected official for some 11 years (as opposed to Hillary's 6) to have pulled off his campaign the way he has done so far. We should not confuse experience with longevity.

    February 29, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Alicia

    The news sheds an unfavorable light on Hillary. Obama would make a great salesman. They all tell you what you want to hear. The difference being that Hillary could answer your question, and Obama would not know how. Americans are like sheep, they base theire decisions on who is ahead and who wants to vote for a loser? I will vote for Hillary and I think once people can think for themselves and not follow the biased opinions of the news stations which should be neutral but obviously are not, I can only hope that Hillary who has worked her whole life on improving the living conditions and concerns of the American people will win. It appears that the American people may be able to see the light after all.

    February 29, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. st louis

    I will be with Hillary right up until, they walk her out the door. Good Night.

    February 29, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. angela worthy

    Obama is the man for the job and i love him and so will you when he change America

    February 29, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Dusacre

    Good News for Hillary supporters: Rush Limbaugh endorses Hillary. He asked all republicans in Texas to vote for Hillary! Way to go Hillary!

    I would like to remind you of the prophetic words of a dead man, late Rev. Jerry Falwell: “I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate. I hope she's the candidate, because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't”

    If Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democrats' presidential nominee in 2008, it will motivate republicans to oppose her more than if the devil himself were running.

    February 29, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Bob

    Hillary talking about experiance. See how did Bush run the country? He too experienced . I think always new faces are better to bring a change. . Go Obama ...... I hope people got a chance to change the course of the country. Do not loose it. Vote for change.

    February 29, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. OBAMA 08


    February 29, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. Irma

    Hillary supporters, if BO gets the nomination via courtesy of cross over Republicans during the primary; we will write her in during the general. Especially since the cross over’s will go back to their side. CNN had a story about these crossover’s today. The voters actually admitted it ON CAMERA! We are the Democratic base that supports her. There are more of us supporting her than BO. Write her in if we need to. Spread the word….

    February 29, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. KATHY

    Somebody explain to me what makes Hilllbilly more qualified than Obama? The woman is a senator, just like him. Is there actually some idiot out there who believes because she slept with Bill Clinton she is more qualified to be president than anyone else? If he had been a surgeon, i'd hope she wouldn't think she was qualified to perform brain surgery. Frankly i'm not impressed by her qualifications – not that i've found alot of them. I was sick of this woman before she started, heaven help if she's around for 4 to 8 years. I almost hope she does get elected, tho i won't be voting for her, then everybody can get this woman president thing out of their system. Just remember Clinton voters, once she's in the white house you've got no one to blame but yourselves.

    February 29, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. William A N.S. Canada

    As far as Hillary's Tax Return. Why don't you ask for Obama's report on his land deal et al with Rezko if you truly want transparency. The media still hasn't brought that to light.

    There is much the voters don't know about Obama. There has been nothing shed on his past except what he wanted to tell you.

    In comparison, there has been nothing left unturned on Hillary. The media has reported on every time she turns around. So there are no surprises with Hillary.

    Obama supporters are basing their support on what they see now before them. President Bush is a prime example of how voters can get fooled on perceptions. Obama is what he portrays now to Americans as there is nothng else to go on. Hillary is all of her past and her present with nothing left to hide. Hillary has no surprises.

    February 29, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Jim Wagner

    Obsama will do well in ITX with Indepents and Republicans – but will lose the true Democratic vote.

    February 29, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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