SurveyUSA has a new Texas poll showing Hillary Clinton with a slim 50 percent to 45 percent lead over Barack Obama. The margin of error is 3.9 percent. That roughly squares with yesterday’s CNN/Opinion Research poll showing the race to be a dead-heat. However, SurveyUSA, estimating that Hispanics make up 32 percent of the primary vote, says Clinton’s lead could be larger if there is a big Hispanic turnout. It will be interesting to see how Clinton’s Hispanic support in Texas stands up, given today’s Gallup poll that says, nationally, Obama is making inroads into that vote.
And on a totally unrelated note … Rasmussen Reports has a poll out on the Minnesota Senate race and, to paraphrase one of his stock lines from *Saturday Night Live*, Democratic hopeful Al Franken might well ask: “What does it mean for me, Al Franken?” According to Rasmussen, it means Franken is showing up somewhat better than its previous poll in a hypothetical match-up against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Franken, who would still have to beat lawyer Mike Ciresi for the party’s nomination, leads Coleman 49 percent to 46 percent Coleman runs 47 percent to 45 percent against Ciresi. Both results are well within the Feb.16 poll’s 4.5 percent margin of error.