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. Rosemarie

    If you see bitterness and evil on the part of Clinton's supporters, God knows what you are seen from the Obama supporters, they are absolutely hateful and vicious, and they have been helped along by CNN comments on their support of Obama.

    it is madness

    February 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Interesting

    Ohio, plz let's finish this. If we have to wait till Penn it will be a waste of time that only helps John McCain.

    Latest polls say Clinton is only up by 4% now in Penn. Obama will take Penn by 10 once they get to know him.

    Dems have to unite to end the war & fix the economy.

    February 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. NickNasc

    Neither of these are good news for Hillary. She needed HUGE wins in Texas AND Ohio or be seen as viable. If EITHER is even with 10 points she is toast.

    February 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Citizen

    If you folks in Ohio are silly enough to give Hiliary Clinton a victory, then your state deserves more job losses; because you all have a chance to get even with that Clinton crowd that screwed over you 8 years ago. Hit them in their pocket books, which is exactly where they hit you all. Vote for Obama.

    February 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Virgle

    According to the press, Obama has come from behind in the "polls" and now leads Clinton. Obama supporters have begun to scream out for Clinton to just concede the nomination to Obama. No need for a national convention here, just give our candidate an opportunity to rest up and get ready for the Presidential Campaign. He has after all worked very hard to get where he is today.
    He is the only candidate of integrity, and has conducted his campaign flawlessly!
    To those of you who are in states that have not had a primary yet, just forget about it and jump on the "Yes We Can" bandwagon, before it rolls past you and leaves you wondering how you got left out. If you had plans to vote for the other candidate, you would be wasting your time backing such a loser, just go with the majority and you will be an automatic winner. Valuable time is being wasted getting prepared for the Presidental Campaign here and you folks should have had a primary by now!
    I am one of the lucky ones that have already had the chance to cast my vote, but find myself wondering now if I actually voted for the right candidate...oh well, time will tell.

    February 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. moderate dem

    Hillary, on to Pennsylvania, on to Denver, on to the White House!

    February 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. jessica


    WE LOVE YOU!!!

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

    Dear Senator Obama:

    I would like to ask you, Senator Obama , how do you plan to bring together the African community and the Latino community , there has been many incidents were African American people have attacked Latinos verbally and/or physically accusing us of taking away their jobs or name calling.

    For instance, in my case I am a US citizen Latina and I was attacked at a bus verbally when I was seating next to a black woman , because I coughed she asked to leave the bus because according to her I had Tuberculosis, since I refused to listen to her demands she called me an Illegal Mexican, and splashed a bottler of water on my face.
    I speak fluent Spanish and English and also I am college educated, but in their eyes we all are illegal Mexicans. It is not a nice way to treat other people , especially between minorities.

    In addition, I visit Alabama and Georgia very often and there I was told many times by Mexicans who work at the hotels or restaurants, the ones who are very mean to them, are the African Americans clients ,and also at the street are being treated very bad accusing them of taking jobs for them.

    In my opinion this issue must be addressed by you Senator Obama and your campaign before you expect us Latinos to support your presidency all the way. If not, and if you are the Democratic nominee , my Latino friends and I will vote for McCain in the general election

    Thank for listening.

    February 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. California for Obama

    Vote OBAMA!!!!!!!111

    February 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Mary

    Reality check! Why are the black superdelgates leaving Hillary's camp. These people have been Clinton friend for many years. We don't believe the story of the OB movement. Ask questionsCNN?

    February 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. wheimann

    Please Ohioans and Texans, put us out of our misery. Seriously folks – what's good about this equation for a democracy: Bush 1988-1992, Clinton 1992-2000, Bush 2000-2008, Clinton 2008- at least 2012 (that is a QUARTER of a CENTURY of the same folks in power). Puleez – wake up and see the brilliance of Obama's consensus LEADERSHIP abilities and the SUBSTANCE of this person's record, life and character. Vote for a true world LEADER. Stop this chicanery and same old same old. Please, get real. OBAMA '08!

    February 29, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. trish racin

    HILLARY has been complaining about the favorable treatment the media has been giving OBAMA.. that is rediculous, HILLARY has gotten much more favorable treatment. the media never talks about the MANY scandals the CLINTONS have been involved in. Including OLD BILL being IMPEACHED....

    February 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Barry, Oregon

    Sure took her a long time to answer that phone in the ad.

    February 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Rosemarie

    Something everyone is forgetting or not recognizing is that Hillary did not and has not blown her lead, the fact is Obama Mania has taken over, and people should be absolutely ashamed of themselves, if anyone says this isn't a Racial or Gender Race, they are not seeing correctly. And for people in the Obama camp to be threatening delegates that are voting for Hillary so that they turn tail is absolutely disgusting............Is this the America you all want, because this is the man that you will get, if not get out and vote for Hillary and make it a land slide, especially the white man vote.

    By the way you didn't do so bad when Bill Clinton was President, you were prosperous and had jobs and mortgages you could handle and he turned the deficit into a debit, some forget the hand that fed them.
    As for Nafta is was good to a point when Clinton was there but Bush has had a great hand in its deterioation. At this time it needs to gone through and made better, and Ohio people, it is not just Nafta that lost you your jobs, start looking everying up on the computer, start learning so that you can start thinking and make informed choices to vote.

    February 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Victor Soria

    "Hillary, I thank God for your desire to work in favor of our nation.
    Your willingness and experience will make your administration a successful one for every American. You are a voice for the voiceless and will protect us with strenght and authority from our enemies.
    Thank God you will be there answering the phone and no someone who wants to be trained on the job, that 'd actually be kind of scary.

    God bless you Hillary, Commander and Chief of the United States of America!

    HILLARY 08!"

    Hillary -Our President
    Hillary – Nuestra Presidente

    Estamos contigo!
    We are with you!

    February 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Barack Oprah

    Poll-position is poll-position.
    Result is result.
    Understand, CNN????

    February 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Liz in Texas

    Democrats in America, it's time for us all to snap out of it, stop activing like kids and understand what we're up against. I'm a strong supporter of Obama – I truly believe he can bridge the divides in this country. BUT, if Hillary gets the nomination I will support her. Do we want another 4 years of Republican politics as usual?

    I'm pretty sure that both Clinton and Obama realize that we cannot continue this "family" battle too much longer. I imagine within a couple of weeks, there will only be one Democratic candidate. And whoever he or she is, we need to rally behind them like we've NEVER rallied before. It takes a TEAM to win.

    February 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. CNN Hater

    Actually, Clinton has lead in each state, but CNN would report otherwise.

    February 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. NIC

    POLLS only guarantee one thing – that someone can do arithmetic! Everyone knows that polls are flawed, have margins of error and only reflect a smaller sampling. Theres no need for me to exemplify all the times over the years where POLLS were just flat out wrong/incorrect. So there shouldn't be hysteria over these numbers. Also, we shouldn't get hysterical over the MEDIA either. The big networks: CNN, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, CBS etc etc., they just care about ratings and coverage, so they'll show anything if it's going to make people watch! I know, thats wrong, and im totally against it. They exagerate and decieve so that they can deliver a better news story, so that they can beat out the other news networks. Even if it's far fetched, irrelavant or just insignificant. They should be more level, more even in new braod casting. Now, thats not so much to ask for?!
    Hillary should be treated with a little bit more respect, just like Barack should be treated with respect as well. These people are running for the highest office, people blog on here and say some of the most crude and inappropriate things. Be decent for god sakes!

    That last remark wasn't for the bloggers, that was for the MEDIA! Show a little decency guys.

    February 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Joan Kelly

    Any candidate who use scare & fear tactics I will reject. We had enough of this for 7 years which is all old stuff. Goodby Hillary. You just lost my vote.

    February 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. John B.

    Way to go Lee. A true Hillary supporter. Like Hillary you insist on using divisive tactics. Fortunately, the majority of Americans are above your approach.

    February 29, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Carmen Form Las Vegas

    This whole situation reminds me of the elections in "04" when people decided not to vote for Al Gore because his presonality was boring, and was not as likeable as Bush, they let that ridiculous factor swey votes away from Gore who is also an Experienced and knowledgeable candiate...... and they did'nt bother to realize that they were voting for an unexperienced candidate.... such as many people are doing now.... please Mr. Obama come back in 8 years with the experience, and let an experienced and person take the Presidency now......

    Hillary 08

    February 29, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. dem44hill

    Paul, thank you, I loved the Spanish lesson! And Mad InTexas, I am with you! It is unfortunate that some people do not realize that when the Republican machine spins its wheels, bo or b hussein o as the Republicans like to call him, will have the worse time with McCain. Make no bone about it, if Hillary is not up against McCain in November, we'll get another 4 years of bush. I also strongly believe that our National security will be at stake if Hillary isn't the one picking up the phone at 3 o'clock in the morning.
    Obama is nor qualified to keep us safe. No wonder he's down in the polls against McCain, while Hillary is up in the polls against the Republican candidate. God help America.

    February 29, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Mary

    Hillary "08 Polls do more to discourage supporters in going out to vote, Keep up the support for Hillary all the way to the poll.
    If you can drive, walk or hitch a ride, getting out to vote on the 4th is what it is all about. If you are a Clinton supporter, your vote counts. IF you know someone would vote but can't get to the poll-GET THEM THERE! Getting as many people out as we can is what is important. It is like Hillary says about talk vs. SOLUTIONS. Car pool, crawl or ride you horse, just get the vote out!

    February 29, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Rosemarie

    You all forget Hillary has over 10 millions votes, how can that be a looser like you Obamaites keep saying.

    Wake up Hillary is closer than you think.

    February 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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