Houston Chronicle Tracking Poll: Obama Pulls Ahead Despite Clinton's Hispanic Backing; McCain Headed to Victory

Feb 29, 2008, 00:00 ET from Houston Chronicle

    HOUSTON, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic presidential
 contender Barack Obama appears to be consolidating a lead over Hillary
 Rodham Clinton among most constituent groups in Texas except Hispanics,
 according to a new tracking poll.
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     The survey found Obama leading 48.2 percent to 41.7 percent over
 Clinton statewide. The poll, conducted Tuesday through Thursday for the
 Houston Chronicle, Reuters and C-SPAN by Zogby International, has a margin
 of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
     On the Republican side in Texas, U.S. Sen. John McCain appears headed
 to victory in Texas over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. McCain led
 with 53.4 percent support to Huckabee's 26.8 percent in a survey with a
 margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. McCain led among
 all groups, including self-identified conservatives.
     The tracking poll, which will be conducted each day until next
 Tuesday's election, found Obama leading with both men and women. He and
 Clinton were essentially tied among Anglos, but he held 84.9 percent
 support among blacks and she had the support of 54.9 percent of the
 Hispanics surveyed.
     Full text and daily poll results are available at http://www.chron.com.
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