WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over Barack Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania, both crucial states in upcoming primaries, according to Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, February 14, 2008.
Both are delegate-rich states. Ohio will hold its primary on March 4, while Pennsylvania's is scheduled for April 22. Clinton was expected to win handily in those states and perhaps regain her lead in overall delegates.
The Quinnipiac poll also checked general-election sentiment in those two states, as well as Florida. It determined that clear Republican frontrunner John McCain holds a lead over both Clinton and Obama in Florida and Ohio, and is slightly behind Clinton in Pennsylvania.
Polling taken just recently in Texas also show Clinton maintaining a sizable lead over Obama. Recent surveys from Texas are showing that Hispanics may comprise as much as 40 percent of the registered voters. She drew huge crowds of 12,000 in both San Antonio and El-Paso yesterday. The latest polling is very good news for Clinton who continues to receive overwhelming support from Latinos across the nation. Image Above: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, posses for a photo with Ashley Gandara, 13, after speaking at a campaign rally at the Don Haskin Arena in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Latest voter recount in New Mexico is suggesting that Clinton may win the state of New Mexico when all votes are tallied. Governor Richardson as said that he expects the final results to be announced this Friday.
More bad news for Obama as Wisconsin polling is now showing a statistical Dead Heat for the February 19th Contest. Recent Ads are showing that Obama's refusal to debate Hillary in that state are resonating with voters. The Clinton family will be campaigning extensively across the state this week. Hillary will be in Wisconsin from Saturday until the Tuesday election.
In Ohio yesterday the Mayor of Akron Endorsed Clinton, his name was added to a growing list of established names endorsing Hillary, including Governor Strickland and Former Senator John Glenn.
Once again the Clintons have shown their political will and determination as formidable candidates, despite blatant attempts by the media to discredit and discount them.
Another important factor to consider in the Quinnipiac polling is that McCain would defeat Obama in both Ohio and Florida in a matchup between the two. Without taking Ohio the Democrats changes of taking back the White House would be very slim. This was evident in the 2004 election when John Kerry lost his bid to become president after failing to carry Ohio.
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