June 16th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
10 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. Jim in Texas

    I have not met one person in Texas (in person) that is voting for Obama, and I am around a lot of people......something is not right with all this crazy talk it is going to be Obama.....give me a break, talk about media "brain washing".

    June 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Debbie,NJ

    Ohio voter. And your point is? We haven't voted yet. NO HILLARY!!!!

    June 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |



    June 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Terry

    You will not fool us to believe the bs of Obama and McCain running neck and neck in the swing states. Do you think we are foolish? People are sick of your attempts and successes at stealing our votes and distorting the truth. McCain is not running neck and neck with anybody. This is not a close race. Stop the lies!

    June 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. KE

    It’s not only the women vote the Obama campaign can’t get, the statistics tells clearly. Why Obama gamble? Neither Obama nor McCain should feel too comfortable.

    This race is so fixed. A real sea change is gonna come.

    June 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    As long as McCain keeps it close republicans will knock him out. Just think, the man is a lousy bowler and let alone don't know how to hold the digging spade without gloves.

    June 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Debbie,NJ

    All of you immature, poor loser, Hillary supporters who are voting for John McCain, I hope you or your loved ones don't get sent to war, lose your homes, job, social security benefits, etc,.. And if you do, you deserve it,

    June 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. yardstylze

    Wow...25% say that if clinton is on the ticket it would make more likely to vote for him compared to the 38% who would be less likely to vote for him. I thought adding Clinton to the ticket was suppose to help and not hurt. I guess we don't need her after all

    OBAMA 08

    June 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Do you need our Vote


    Please post this. Obama will get our votes (18 million) if he picks either Gore or Hillary as running mate. There is no other compromise. If he doesn't then he will loose.

    CNN please post this

    June 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. mike

    McCain preferred small government, which means he does not have to do anything when he is in White House, he will use White House as his retire home, his nursing home with No.1 benefit, his wife will get special connection for her company, simple as it.

    June 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. le

    Keep blabbing press. You had him "pulling close to Hillary in the polls" on the very DAY of the primary in Puerto Rico for God's sake!

    Obama will lose every single important swing state and that is exactly what he, you, and the DNC deserve for the crap pulled.


    June 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Zina

    I live in NV, and am so excited to get out to work for the Obama campaign this election season. He has a lot of support here.

    June 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. McCane man from NJ

    My president has promised me a plane ticket to see Europe. I am excited to be taking in all the sights. He did say I would have to work for my room and board, I wonder what he meant by that???
    McBush/McSame in 08!

    June 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. New Day

    Ginny – can you bottle up your tears and send it to me after McCain takes away your reproductive rights and his economic non-plans makes us a third world nation? I would very much like to know what the bitter taste of pride is like.

    June 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Annette

    This early poll shows tells a lot and it also confirms with the Governor of Arizona reportly said over the weekend that Obama is doing well in her state.

    June 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Aliou FL

    The country needs Obama. McSame can head back to Hotel Hanoi

    June 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Marc in Virginia

    If Obama wins, I'm moving to Canada. This is beyond ridiculous.

    June 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Ready for Change

    WOW, McCain voted against the equal pay for women bill, the GI bill, and the unemployment bill? What change exactly does McCain plan on doing for this country? He's had the power to change things for way longer than Obama and he did nothing. And you want him as president? It boggles the mind.

    June 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. M Lynn ND

    When some of Mc Cain's not so savory past hits the media, the women's vote will look to Obama for the change and decency we need.

    June 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Hey do anyone know where Hillary is?
    Poor little Hillary supporters, they got them a boo, boo!
    Hope they don't have any children of draft age.

    No Hillary and No Bayh for VP Ditch Mitch

    June 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Johnny from NYC

    I think everyone that votes for John McCain should also be registered to fight in the war in Iraq. Hey what's just is just. If you don't want to pick up a gun and fight don't let a naive college kid do it either!

    June 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Paradox

    How can Obama be the most liberal senator AND someone who works across the isle at the same time? Independents will see through Obama's "centrist" baloney for the radical that he really is.

    June 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Ted

    Obama is changing the rules so the swing states won't matter this election. He can't win a political fight so he'll win the marketing fight instead.

    June 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Jeff, AL

    Wow. I thought Obama would be so far ahead in polls once he did not have to compete with Clinton. Folks may be a bit angry at the way the DNC handled the primary season. And these poll numbers could be the result.

    June 16, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Logan

    Hey Alvin,
    More people wanted Obama!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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