by Steven Ertelt
March 4, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Hillary Clinton has experienced an eleventh hour comeback in Texas and Ohio and it now appears she has a chance to capture a narrow victory in both crucial primary states. The polls continue to show both pro-abortion candidates within the margin of error in many surveys and either candidate has a realistic chance of winning in either state.
Obama overtook Clinton in the Texas race two weeks ago but now an average of the last seven polls there shows her with a small 47.4 to 45.7 percent advantage.
Texas Democrats have given Clinton a lead in three of the last four polls and four of the six conducted in March.
Reuters has the most recent poll and gives Clinton a 47-44 percent advantage, the Insider Advantage firm shows her leading 49-44 percent, PPP has her up 50-44 percent, and WFAA shows her ahead 46-45 percent. All of the polls were released on Monday or Tuesday.
A Rasmussen poll has Obama up 48-47 and Survey USA shows him leading 49-48 percent.
Clinton never lost her lead in Ohio, though Obama gained on her in surveys conducted in the second half of February. An average of the last seven surveys in the Buckeye State show Clinton with about 50.1 percent and Obama with 43 percent.
Reuters’ most recent poll shows the race tied at 44 percent apiece, but that’s an anomaly as the other six have Clinton with leads outside the margin of error and in double digits in some cases.
A Rasmussen survey has Clinton leading 50-44 percent over Obama, Suffolk University has it at 52-40, PPP shows Clinton ahead 51-42, Survey USA shows 54-44 percent, Quinnipaic has the race at 49-45 and a University of Cincinnati poll shows Clinton up 51-42.
Democrats in Vermont and Rhode Island also vote on Tuesday and polls show Clinton with a narrow lead in Rhode Island and Obama with a very strong lead in Vermont.
Clinton has been under tremendous pressure to drop out of the race given Obama’s streak of consecutive primary victories and lead of more than 100 delegates.
However, Clinton wins in Ohio and Texas would give her a second life and could drag the race well into April, when the next large state, Pennsylvania, votes on April 22. Clinton has a strong lead there.