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Lead slipping away

Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama has a six-point advantage over Hillary Clinton in Texas and is chipping away at her lead in Ohio.

world Updated: Feb 29, 2008 22:34 IST

Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama has a six-point advantage over Hillary Clinton in Texas and is chipping away at her lead in Ohio, a new poll showed on Friday.

Obama leads Hillary 48 to 42 per cent in Texas, according to the Reuters/C-Span/Houston Chronicle poll of 704 likely Democratic voters in the large southwestern state.

In Ohio, Hillary was ahead of Obama 44 to 42 per cent among 708 Democrats surveyed, making that race too close to call.

Pollster John Zogby said Hillary’s lead in the economically depressed midwestern state of Ohio had diminished steadily in past weeks and pointed to a sizeable number of still undecided voters which could be a problem for her.

Nine per cent of Ohio Democrats said they had yet to make up their minds, and late deciders were more likely to support Obama, the survey showed.

“Among those who made up their minds ‘more than a month ago’, Hillary leads 63 per cent to 37 per cent. Obama leads by margins as big among those who made up their minds less than a month ago, a week ago, and within the past few days,” Zogby said.