June 16th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, McCain run neck and neck in important swing state

Sen. Obama campaigned in Nevada late last month.
Sen. Obama campaigned in Nevada late last month.

(CNN) - The battle for the swing state of Nevada – which has voted for every winning president except Jimmy Carter in 1976 – is a draw in a new poll that shows Barack Obama and John McCain in a statistical tie.

McCain – a senator from neighboring Arizona – would receive 44 percent of the vote if the election were held today, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The survey finds that Obama would pull in 42 percent, a difference within the survey’s four point margin of error. Fourteen percent of likely voters remain undecided

The survey suggests that adding Clinton to the ticket could cost Obama here: 28 percent of those polled said it would make them less likely to back the Illinois senator, compared with the 19 percent who said it would make them more likely to support him. Roughly half of those polled said it would have no impact on their decision.

One out of four undecided voters said adding Clinton to the ticket would make them more likely to support Obama – but 38 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for him.

The poll of 625 likely voters was conducted June 9-11.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Ted

    Obama/Webb or Obama/Edwards would clean up.
    This is part of the DNC western initiative, oh yeah!

    June 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. GEORGIA

    Maybe Dean, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Daschle, Brazile, Richardson, Oprah, JayZ, Michelle, CNN Staff, Congressional Black Caucus, Wright, Rezko, Ayers, the man in the moon, the cat, the dog and the fishes in the deep blue sea should go out and help him campaign and earn some votes. He can't do everything by himself!! Delegate, Obama, delegate!! Put them all to work for you, because YOU DUH MAN!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Susan

    Navada knows how to gamble, and it sure won't be with a third Bush term! Obama 08!

    June 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. JIM...TX

    Nice to see Nevada voters NOT wanting HRC and her baggage on board the ticket! Let's hope that holds with others till Obama announces his pick.

    June 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    O LORD HELP US.

    I AM SO PUZZLED.

    I CAN'T, FOR THE LIFE OF ME, UNDERSTAND WHY

    ANYONE WOULD EVEN CONSIDER VOTING VOTE

    FOR A GUY WHO CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHO

    WE ARE FIGHTING. HE IS ALSO OUT OF HIS MIND.

    June 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Ginny CA

    I love it when the Obamaroids scream that they don't want Hillary on the ticket. First of all, "the ticket" rightly belongs to her; it was taken away from her and given to Obama by Howard Dean, the DNC, the superdelegates, et al. The only way Obama could possibly win is if she is his running mate. I absolutely do not want her to accept any offers to run on his ticket. This way, he can go down in flames all by his-little-old-self, and Hillary won't be blamed for his loss.
    Hang in there Hillary, if not '08, then '12. The majority of Americans prefer you to the greenhorn who was handed the keys to the Oval Office by our wonderful Democratic Party.

    June 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Mary

    Its still early... once the policies of both sides are out there Obama will come out on top. McCain offers nothing except the same republican orthdoxy of claiming to be the party of independence. What they really are is the party of getting the rich richer and leaving millions of Americans out in the cold. Obama may be young but he has the ideas, temperment and organizational skills necessary for a 21st century commander in chief. Keep on keeping on Barack!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    A Vote For Mccain Is A Vote For More War, No Benefits For The Troops, Setting Back Womens Rights, More Give Aways For Big Oil Companies, Poor Disaster Relief, No Health Care, And An Economy That Resembles The Great Depression! And This Is The Guy Calling Us His Friends!

    June 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. VOTE 08!!!

    625 voters were polled, wow. That sure says a lot (not). I think polling should stop until these two have come face to face and put all the issues on the table. Debate or what have you, until then stop with the meaningless polls.

    June 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Swing states and undecided voters are so annoying to me. I simply cannot understand why and how they have not chosen a position or a candidate.
    After all this time, after all of the information that is presented from so manny different sources, how could you not know who you support. At this point one should be able to tell me either Obama or McCain and intellegently state why.
    UNDECIDED VOTERS ARE STUPID or they don't know themselves well enough to know what they believe in

    June 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Putting Hillary Clinton on the Obama ticket is the "surest formula" for defeat. Obama will survive.......and he will be elected. Come on CNN.......stop pushing Hillary for VP......otherwise your rating are going to start decreasing.

    June 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Janet, American via Canada

    Polls and how they are taken really mean the big ZERO! They only cover a smaller than small population.

    Lets see, those who like the ECONOMY, WARS, HIGH FUEL COST,
    UNEMPLOYMENT, OR 3 – 4 JOBS,
    NO HEALTH CARE, LOSING YOUR HOME, POOR EDUCATION, REVERSAL OF ANY RIGHTS TO FEMALE, DIVIDE OF THE RICHER THAN RICH, FROM THE POOR, THE LIST IS FOREVER and the R word is really the D word! (Depression not Recession)

    When people really are concern of the situation – they definitely will not vote for the continuation of the current government in the face of the MCBUSH McSHAME!

    June 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. MD

    CNN is infatuated with polls.

    They mean absolutely nothing, especially at this early statge of the game.

    If you do not have "NEWS" to report, then perhaps you could publish the background of the people that work in each campaign. That is more informative than all these poll "results" you sove down people's throat every five minutes.

    June 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Goes Mc Cain .

    June 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. GIVE ME A FORK!!!

    Johnny ............................ Long way to go until the election.
    McCain will tromp Obama...Obama has nothing to bring tot the table for Americans.................................. STICK A FORK IN McSAME HE'S DONE!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    The ticket rightly belongs to HRC? Funny Ginnie, aren't you and the PUMA alike complaining that the DNC was no democratic, yet... you say your candidate who LOST is rightly owed the nomination? This is how twisted you people are and I can't wait until Election Day when Obama is elected – can't wait to see, yet another, egg on your face.

    June 16, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Enlightened Voter

    Ginny CA – pookie, tell the OVER 18 million who voted for OBAMA that the ticket rightly belongs to Hillary. You probably hated losing monopoly as a kid huh? Get over yourself already and pray for wisdom!

    June 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Pat M

    Looks like the prediciton is coming true. The Republicans were hoping and praying Obama would get elected as they knew he'd be their easy win! So far it looks like he's proving them right!

    All who trashed and bashed Hillary Clinton including the Media may live to regret it. And if McCain ie ANOTHER Republican is elected America and the World will live to regret it. The Nation will be divided between those whose anti-Hillary agenda put McCain in office and those who were true Democrats! Not the change anyone bargained for.

    June 16, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. susie

    I wish Ross Perot was running again.

    June 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    LMAO @ MIMI

    The man is OLD. I mean he looks like he's going to fall over and croak at any minute. Being president is a tough job to handle and I don't think his heart is strong enough for it.

    "McCain here."
    "Yes Iran is planning to blow up California."
    "WHAT?!"

    **********************FLATLINE************************

    Should have voted for Obama!

    June 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    And yes I obviously just threw in some stupid little scenerio but you get the picture.

    My point is...

    That fool is old. Go sit down some where or better yet have your wife enroll you into a nursing home. You can barely walk..

    Go nibble on some prunes.

    June 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Pam

    How can all the states be "swing states"? Everytime a state is mentioned, someone is calling it a swing state.

    June 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Brian in Know, you're all over the place my friend.
    Hey, Nevada has been Repub for a while. That Obama is tied now is a good thing if for no other reason than it makes McCain have to spend $ there.

    June 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. mike

    obama will win all the way!!!1 Mcshame doesnt care about our troops,economy and families!!!!!! Mcshame is a warmonger and he has two years left to live he will attack Iran and cant take the pressure of the war get a heart attack. Obama 08!!!1

    June 16, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Debbie,NJ

    GEORGIA. Another idiot. If you know anything about business that what you do, delegate. You can't do it all. That's what Bush had, a one man show, He made all of the decisions. He could do no wrong and was never wrong. He was all knowing, all seeing and look at the state of this country and our standing in the world now,

    June 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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