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. alh

    I am so sick of Obama supporters. They act like 2 year olds..."I think its funny that he's catching her when she had a large lead two wks ago", etc. Grow up. This is not a wrestling match or a football game...many of you treat this contest as a sport. Some media stations have even characterized this contest as a boxing match. IT IS NOT A SPORT! Wake up!! We are not watching to see who wins the next Superbowl. This person will be running our country (which is currently in the dumps by the way). We need strength ...we need a fighter...we need experience and FULL knowledge. There is no room for training wheels in the White House.

    Someone plz put Obama on the next rocket to the moon before he "finishes off" the United States of America. The thought of him being President is horrifying....He makes me want to move to ENGLAND! I do not feel safe with Obama behind the wheel.

    February 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Grif

    Never mind Hillary. Bias will always be there...

    Nevertheless, you're still the better one.

    February 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Paul

    If we were talking about the other candidate, that would be large lead... But when the biased media refers to Hillary, then an 8 point lead is just a "slight lead." The reality here is that she is ahead and that she will be defeating the so called momentum on the polls on march 4 and that s what truly matters.

    Hillary continuemos hacia adelante!
    Hillary let us continue moving foward!

    Hillary you will be our President !
    Seras nuestra Presidenta!

    Estamos contigo!
    We are with you!


    February 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Basquale

    So many people are calling Obama just hot air. So please explain to me what was Bush? Americans have voted for him twice. The worst president ever in history. So it can only get better whether it is Obama or Clinton. Vote for Mccain if you wanna have the same sh.., loosers!

    February 29, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Chris

    I think it is funny how people would choose Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. Sure, Obama may not have 'that' much experience, but you have to give him a chance. If one of the candidates wins out this year and DOES make it to presidency, then the other candidate will just have to run in the next election, no big deal. I have heard much less about McCain than Obama or Hillary. I would like to see Obama run the country than a woman that scares me and gives me nightmares. No, I'm not being sexist, but I am terrified by that woman.

    Also, for those that say that any candidate won't fulfill their promises, you'd have to see what they do before saying what they won't. Give them a chance. Now if it doesn't turn out right, then we just have to wait another four years.

    Obama is a great speech giver. That is one of the many things I like about him. Hillary scares me. However, you should notice that many politicians in the past have made promises that they do not hold. Do you think that any candidate now-a-days is any different? I want to give Obama a chance. Let's see someone who is semi-new to the field have a run at things. Hillary Clinton has Bill behind her. He influences her. McCain, he's a republican, not saying that I do not like republicans, but I would like to see some new changes that do not involve money being taken from education, or our pockets. I would like someone to at least step up to bat and fix a lot of things. In the Middle East, I want peace to be reached. September 11 was a wake up call people. We, the people of the United States, need to stop being so darn discriminate of other people and actually act mature.

    Obama for President '08
    Hillary for President '12

    February 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Byron in CA

    To everyone that thinks CNN is being bias in favor of obama you need to consider that you are compalining to the ones doing it. Most of us that feel this way have probably sent many messages to them about this and of course a high percentage of them don't get posted. But should we really expect them to. Really, if you want anyone to know about how CNN moderates the blog in obamas favor, and show him in a better light in most cases on the news show, you really need to compalin to people outside of CNN, otherwise be satisfied with their answer of what this message probably got: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    February 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Ovitshio Branco

    : You know what would be a good idea – producing a program once a month entitled – “American History Night”. Keith Olbermann would be ideal as host.

    People in this country haven’t a clue. Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill Cunningham, Ann Coulter, Wolf Blitzer and their ilk. What’s dangerous is the following they have. From what I read on these threads, I can’t believe how ignorant people are in this country. What happened?

    Last night, Sean Hannity reminded me of the Judge in Berlin in 1944 when he tore into defendants who were accused of trying to kill Hitler. They never had a chance to answer the accusations.

    Sean Hannity, just what is your problem? Barack Obama has distanced himself from Louis Farrakhan. Your guest told you that 15 times last night. Weren’t you listening? No, of course not.

    Let’s be clear here – Louis Farrakhan is not running for president. Barack Obama’s church leader is not running for president.

    Your bigotry and hatred is showing Sean. It was on full display last night. Congratulations.

    February 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. katie

    everyone is biast, everyone is racist. everyone is hypocritical...there is always an excuse for the obama campaign....

    dont worry obama i dont dislike you due to your middle name or race , i dislike you because nothing you say holds any validity and if i you could point at hillary one more time in a debate and say "what she said, but mine is better" that would be great let everyone know you dont know where the paperclips are in the white house, let alone paper to write down how you "plan" to change our country that would be wonderful

    change isnt talk its action

    barack the vote.....no thanks
    ill take change with a backbone AND A PLAN
    hillary 08' change with a plan

    February 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. lolita

    If these polls are right and Omaba becomes the democrat nominee, as a democrat, I can't bring myself to vote for him. What we need is not someone who opposed the war in a speech, but someone who has the guts, the leadership, and the extraordinary diplomatic and negotiating skills to bring the world leaders together, get us out of this mess, and solve the Middle East crisis, so we don't end up there in the future again. I don't think Obama is ready for this job yet. McCain has already caught him in a trap. Obama said he will end the war and get us out of Irag when he becomes president, but in the last debate he also said he will go back to Irag if Al Qaeda was rebuilding its basis there. According to MacCain Al Qaeda has already basis there, which means Obama will not be able to keep his promise of getting us out of Iraq, unless the army has erradicated Al Qaeda by the time he runs for president, but if this happens, the republicans will be calling victory.
    I don't see a wining situation for Obama on this.

    February 29, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Peg from Ohio

    No one asked me. Another vote in Ohio for Obama.

    February 29, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Eve

    What....Did I just hear Obama say to forget about 911....What is he for real..How can he ask us to forget about 911..That is part of our life of our everyday living ..How much more do we have to hear coming for him and his wife....First his drug use in the past, and everyone forgot and don't talking about it...Then his past with these people whom are racisms...Then his wife that she is proud now, God knows were she was all this time and also taking shots at the school or college that she when to..And so far he has gotton away with that and no one has the gust to question him or her about that..And now this..Are we suppost to forget about that too...If thats the case them may God be with us if this man becomes President of the Unite States our United States....

    February 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. SR

    It seems like a great deal of the "momentum" of Obama is due entirely to the ordering of the primaries/caucuses. Don't forget: if Florida and Michigan delegates were included, Clinton would be ahead. Obama is by no means a clean candidate: he lives next door to his Restco buddy in a house he got for $300,000 below the original asking price. His ties to big energy (he supports nuclear power and liquid coal technology, people) remind me of W. If Dems vote for Obama it's a decision that will come back to bite in the general election. Wake up before it's too late! Vote Clinton, not some straw man with no record except : "I didn't vote for". I want to know what you've done, Obama, not what you've not done. Except, you've not done anything but talk! NC votes Clinton!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Dara

    While a state rep in Illinois Barrack Obama sent letters and helped Rezcko get state and federal money to fix up apartment buildings in Chicago ghettos. During one very cold winter day, Rezcko failed to pay the heating bills and many poor black Chicago residents were without heat in the cold. On the very same day the heat was out, Rezcko held a fundraiser for State Senator Obama at his Chicago mansion.

    Recently when indicted for federal charges like money laundering and fraud, the indictments states that there are "Not named politicians" that are somehow connected to the entire investigation. Obama has admitted that he is one of the Not Named people.

    Recently Rezcko a muslim from Syria and financial supporter of Louis Farrankhans Nation of Islam Church, was arrested for violating his bond agreement by accepting 3.5 million dollars (after telling the court he was broke) from a muslim from Lebanon, whose wife was a financial partner of Saddam Hussein recently deceased from Iraq.

    Obama's Rezko ties deeper than land deal :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Politics... contributor at the request of Rezko, an Obama spokesman confirmed today. ... Obama and Rezko have been friends since 1990


    February 29, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Brent

    All of you that say you will vote Republican if your Dem. choice doesn't take the nomination... it's nuts... Obama and Clinton both stand so close on every major issue, but if your choice doesn't win your going to vote Republican??? Do you really care about what's going on? Do you care? This isn't a sporting event. I don't care who you support, but do it for a sensible reason!

    Grow up America... this is serious!

    February 29, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Dara

    Some may call it sexism, but it comes from plenty of women in the media, too. As if they were the second-graders whose personal dislike of Clinton (for whatever strange psychological reason, I couldn't even imagine) allows them to forsake any shred of journalistic integrity while they are trying to destroy her. And until and if she withdraws her candidacy, they will never let up for a moment. And since the American voter is essentially forced to obtain his or her knowledge and information from the media, this "iron curtain" of disinformation and bias inevitably has its desired effect, so that as far as I am concerned, we do not live in a democracy any more; we live in a media-controlled, media-biased propaganda state.

    Many of you feel terribly upset for Clinton herself, who has handled herself with dignity, intelligence and resolve throughout this pathetic process. I do, too; but I also am beyond upset at the knowledge that at one of the most difficult times in this nation's history, when we desperately need a President with the intelligence, work ethic and progressive ideals which Clinton possesses, we are soon going to be left with, courtesy of our childish and selfish media, a choice between another staunch and regressive conservative, and a mostly self-indulgent and laxy novice, whose only appeal, as far as I can see, is that he orates well and that he was the media's antidote to Clinton. When historians ultimately write the story of the decline of America, they may remark on how this country chose, or was given to choose, a series of leaders who lacked the foresight and judgment to do what needed to be done to reverse the path of decline. Life goes on, but I really feel like mourning for my country today.

    February 29, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. 4REAL

    Well I think the media is setting up for Hillary to take the lead and be the nomonieeeee. Look at how they are reporting the polls on CNN and Fox. You think Clinton was being dogg by Fox or CNN, now the tables has turned with the red phone. Why Hillary is not in her PJ's? Do she sleep with her clothes on at night?

    February 29, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Rosemarie

    oh but those poll numbers do count, because there is a subliminal message in there for Obama.......wake up and see it.

    You know what nobody should have been impeached.....Bill Clinton did not create a war, he created jobs and there was prosperity in his Presidency................someone got hold of the information and ran with it for all their worth because they didn't want him in power, I am not saying he wasn't wrong to do what he did, but it was seriously over reacted to. What about all the others that are doing the same thing in the Whitehouse and for that matter in the whole of America.

    Wake up Hillary is the only one for President. Someone is pushing and paying for Obama, he has come up too fast

    February 29, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Emmanuel J.

    5 years ago when Hilary answered that call thousands of military personnel like were on the way to Iraq. The next time Hilary answer the phone, beleive me people we will go to Terhan or North Korea.

    February 29, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Comment

    I am truly dumbfoundded by the lack of intelligence among the democratic primary voters....I support neither candidate, but to actually think that Obama could be the next democratic nominee proves how shallow the voters are in following a snake oil salesman with glorious non-substantive PROMISES, and turning down a more established candidate with actual plans and prior actions, who is actually capable of beating McCain in Hillary...oh well.

    Welcome to the next 1984 election...you just have elected a disinginuous Mondale as your nominee

    Now I know why I am no longer a member of this party

    February 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. MB

    Its amazing to me that most of the voters can do the math but Hillary can't............ nor, apparently, can anyone in her campaign. This isn't rocket science.

    But then of course math alone isn't the deciding factor. There's the $10/hour "blockwalk" Hillary is apparently paying people to do in Texas, and the behind-the-scenes bribing of the superdelegate with cabinet posts, etc and anything else she can use to convince them to vote for her. Its not like she hasn't already admitted she would try to persuade the superdelegates to vote AGAINST their states. She will.

    What more evidence do you people need to realize how little she cares about YOU?

    February 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. W in Altadena


    You are right on the mark. The Obamacans need to get a clue! Lofty rhetoric and catchy one liners about hope don't produce results. Actions do! He is full of hot air, has no meat and potatoes to offer and has changed jobs so often that he doesn't have a record of accomplishment.

    Hillary is tried, true, tested and ready to take charge.

    February 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Don

    Senator Obama mostly agrees with Senator Clinton after she gives one of her stellar answers, why can't he just do the same on the most important one....that she is the best candidate for the position at this time. Clinton for 4-8 years followed by VP Obama for 4-8 years once he gets the experience one needs for such an important position. I was on the fence but not anymore...I want a fighter and someone who at the very least has seen or been involved even if only behind closed doors. At least it's better experience than NONE. And please stop chanting "I didn't vote for the war"....that's because you weren't in the position to vote on it one way or another. But you voted yes to everything regarding the war after you were in...didn't you.

    February 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. sivananthi

    OBAMA is getting a free media ride....

    Will this solve the problems with the economy , national security
    and the health care...

    I don^t think so..

    -Hillary 08

    February 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. LeftyLadig

    Has anyone noticed that the Hillary supporters on this site seem to have a spelling problem?? What Hillary is doing is losing, not loosing.

    February 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Dee

    Wake up AMERICA! Charisma and great speeches do not a President make. Obama has spent the bulk of his time as a Senator out stumping for himself and others. Even the little experience he does have is not applicable. He may run a good campaign, but can he run the White House? NO WAY!

    HILLARY 08 and again in '12

    February 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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