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. tierre, VT

    I can't wait to see Oboma on the ballot! We Vermonter's may not have much clout, but we are waitin' for our chance to hand over most of our delegates to him! And hey, I'm a woman of 27 and I just want to say, as a woman, I do not want to see a woman lead this country...at least not this one.

    February 29, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Sonya, OREGON

    How can you Hillary-maniancs think that she would be the stronger candidates against McCain??? According to ALL the polls, McCain wins in a landslide against Hillary! Whereas Obama would win against McCain! There's no way a cry-as-soon-as-it-gets-too-emotional woman like Hillary could beat a tough old war veteran like McCain. It's a sad way for her to lose, but lose she will. If we don't come together behind Obama, we're DOOMED to the McMonster!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. edmond

    yeah,i think the media is trying to give this poor woman a heart attack when she loses ohio,new hampshire new hampshire the other way round

    February 29, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Bayou Joe

    9/11 will forever be ingrained in my mind. A day of infamy comparable to Pearl Harbor. So don't tell me Senator Obama to forget about it.

    February 29, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Laurence "Keeping it real"

    BillCT, What did you me?

    February 29, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Dave in Florida

    How dumb are the people of Ohio to have the candidate that supported NAFTA and help lose 50,000 jobs in Ohio in the lead ? Bilary has LOST 11 straight states, never thanked the people that voted for her in the previous states who voted for her, she's mismanaged her campaign. and now the great state Ohio want to destroy the Democratic party and our chances in Nov. by her leading in the polls up there.....WAKE UP!!!

    OBAMA in 08!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Trish

    I can see why any of you would take a chance voting on Obama.It has been over over the internet when he was running for Senator that he was an Muslim.I don't know if he is or not ...but that is something I just see taking a chance on.We know how and what they want to do to us.
    Just REALLY think about it ,is it worth it !!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Pedro in AZ

    This Veteran of Chicano movement experienced first hand what Blacks in positions of authority will do to stop other minorities for participation on their government programs. If Latinos think that Obama is their friend and will be open to them when it comes to education, housing and immigration and support for our many veterans they are in for a rude awakening. Hillary is a true friend and believes in fairness to all. Tejanos vote for Hillary. Young ones, if you doubt this, talk to your parents or someone in your community that was an activist in the late 60's and early 70's.

    February 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. Mr.T

    I am 42 years old and have endured Bush / Clinton / Bush for my entire adult voting life. It is time for a change, note i said time for A change. Sernetor offers that Change. A change from the same ole same ole politics. Not that I don't think Senator Obama isn't sincere, or that he doesn't believe his own words, but honestly should anyone truely believe either candidate will be able to accomplish everything they say that would like too? Of course not, and if you do, you are living in Huckabee's Miracle land. But I digress.

    People want to point out that Senetor Obama does not have enough experience to be Commander in Chief. But does Senator Clinton have the experience either? Has she been President before? She says she has 35 years experience in Public service, He says he has 20 years. Lets do some Huck-a-math, here, she is roughly roughly 15 years his senior, hence the simple math says she has 15 years more experience. But what does that count for?

    Do we Hope and Work for the future, or do we settle for the same ole, same ole?

    Obama in '08

    February 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. loretta

    Barack Obama- Too Young

    John McCain- Too Old

    Hillary Clinton_ Just Right!

    February 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. Tom

    My god you Hillary supporters are so blind...Her taxes...why do you think she has'nt released them yet.....everyone else has...think about it....It's no use they would'nt be able to understand it anyway...they're still reading DR.Seuss books

    February 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Jubilee

    Hillary is an Obamanation to the campaign...

    Is it any wonder why Hillary, Bill, and John McCain are all vigorously attacking Barack? He is obviously the man to beat. But it will take many more than three to beat Obama–he is the future of America. He is the hope for America.

    Let's end the DYNASTY! Bush Clinton Bush and not another Clinton.

    Barack is America's Man!

    February 29, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. Makes Sense To Me ...

    This Is What Experience Gets You ...

    "No Single Raindrop Believes I-t ... Is To B-l-a-m-e For The F-l-o-o-d"

    February 29, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Linda Tripp

    I keep hearing grom some Hillary supporters that those who embrace Obama are kool-aid drinkers and foolish etc. etc.

    I guess this lends credibility that Democrats and liberals are indeed nuts, just like the rest of us suspected..Thanks for reinforcing whta the rest of America already knew..

    February 29, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Dave in Florida

    Put an end to the BUSH – CLINTON Monarchy!!!! 20 + yrs. and counting

    That's not the change our country need.

    No to Hilary Clinton!!!!

    No to Jeb Bush!!!!

    It's time for real change.

    OBAMA in 08!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. looking ahead

    The problem for Hillary is that she is READY on day one, but Obama is READAY on day 1, day 2, day 5, day 19, day 22, day 30 ...... He is ready everyday and all the way till the end. Plus, he is not only ready for Hillary, he is also ready for Billary, and ready for McCain. He is smart with a vision, he is prepared with a plan, he is formidable with a spirit. He is in politics for a higher purpose, Hillary is fighting in politics. That's what separates them. That's is why Hillary can't win.

    Florida for Obama 08

    BTW, if Obama comes to Florida to campaign for a week, FL will be in his command.

    February 29, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Brandon C.

    We need a president that will bring real change to the tired policies of the white house. That president is Barack Obama.

    We need a president that says no to the Special interests. that is Barack Obama.

    Many People have been critizing his popularity with independents and crossover Republicans. This will only help him in the general elections when these people across the country vote for him.

    How can you elect Hillary Clinton, after special interests donated millions to her campaign, she supports NAFTA (she cant deny it anymore), and whose healthcare plan will leave millions of Americans , paying mandated government fines instead of paying for the healthcare that they need.

    Vote Obama 08 Yes We Can

    March 1, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
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