Barack Obama Takes Lead in Texas, Still Behind Hillary Clinton in Ohio

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 26, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 26
, 2008

Columbus, OH ( — Pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama now has a lead over rival Hillary Clinton in Texas as the state prepares to vote next week. Clinton is holding on to a narrow lead over Obama in Ohio, the other large state voting next week, but she needs a larger victory to mount a comeback for the nomination.

Two new surveys released today show Obama with a lead in the Lone Star state as Obama has steadily climbed in the polls there since February 15.

Survey USA has Obama ahead by a 49 to 45 percentage point margin while CNN has the pro-abortion Illinois senator leading 50 to 46 over his New York colleague.

Another new poll from the Insider Advantage polling firm has Obama leading by just one point, 47 to 46 percent, while Clinton leads by one percent in a Rasmussen poll released Monday.

An average of the last six polls now shows Obama ahead 47.7 percent to 46.5 percent for Clinton as he is leading in three of the last five surveys.

In Ohio, Clinton maintains her lead, though it continues to shrink.

New polls from Rasmussen (48-43), Survey USA (50 to 44) and PPP (50-46) show her with leads ranging from four to six percent. Those are lower than the eight point lead she had an Ohio Poll survey last week and an 11 point lead in a Quinnipiac poll.

Clinton has dropped several percentage points since February 15 while Obama has moved closer.

Rhode Island Democrats will also go to the polls next Tuesday and Clinton has a 15 percent lead there in a Rasmussen survey showing her ahead 53 to 38 percent. Vermont Democrats vote as well, but no significant polling has been done there to date.