New York Senator Hillary Clinton is still leading over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in the most recent polls from Ohio and Texas.

However, with a little over a week to go until the March 4th Democratic primaries in both states Clinton’s lead appears to be shrinking.

John McCain, meanwhile, appears to be the preferred candidate over either Democrat in Texas.

A poll conducted by the Associated Press between February 16th to 20th gave Clinton a 50 percent to 43 percent lead over Barack Obama in Ohio.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.

A large turnout of union voters in Ohio could be Clinton’s ace in the hole, as she currently maintains a 15 percent margin over Obama among Democrats from union households.

Interestingly, though Clinton holds the overall lead in the state, Obama held an 11 percent lead over Clinton when voters were asked who is more electable in November.

In Texas, an ABC News/Washington Post poll of Democratic votes conducted during the same time period gave Clinton only a one percent lead over Obama at 48 percent to 47 percent.

Texas Democratic voters also believed Obama had more chance of beating a Republican nominee in November, by 47 percent to 36 percent over Clinton.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.

Clinton previously held a much larger lead over Obama in Texas and Ohio.

Since some of the results from both polls came after Obama’s win in the February 19th Wisconsin Democratic primary, they likely do not show any ‘bounce’ from his defeat of Clinton in that contest.

A large number of undecided voters in both states could sway the race to either side depending on who manages to capture their votes before the primaries on March 4th.

Among both Republican and Democratic voters, a CNN/Opinion Research Poll gave Republican candidate John McCain a lead over both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the November presidential elections.

If McCain is chosen as the Republican presidential nominee, 52 percent of those polled in Texas said they would vote for him over Barack Obama.

Fifty-five percent of Texas respondents said they would rather vote for McCain than Hillary Clinton. The poll, conducted February 14th to 17th, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.

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