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. Democrats Unite!!!

    Great! This is a great sign for Obama, since McBush should have at least a 10 point lead in this red state neighbor of his home state. Watch Obama rewrite the electoral map this year!

    Obama/Nunn 2008

    June 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Andy Arlingen

    Look at the picture! Look at those soft, skinny fingers. This man deserves no respect from anyone. He has never worked a day in his life, even in the Senate he has no record.

    June 16, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. AO

    I come from a long line of Republicans and have always voted Republican but this year....Democrats you got my vote!

    June 16, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Donovan


    Hillary supporters for McCain!

    June 16, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Democrats Unite!!!

    Obama VP Prospects & # Electoral Votes Prediction:

    Obama/Clinton = 285
    Obama/Gore = 320
    Obama/Webb = 280
    Obama/Nunn = 300
    Obama/Rendell = 285

    Verdict: Obama/Nunn, since Gore is very unlikely

    June 16, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. McCain=Blah

    Obama Clinton 08

    I can't even stand to look at John McCain's face. He is just not decent looking at all. And when he talks it's like he's got food or tobacco or something stuck in his cheeks.

    June 16, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Will in Richmond, VA

    When the people of Nevada see McCains' stance on women's issues, his lack of personal integrity, his lack of political integrity, the choice will be clear.

    June 16, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. the other jd

    "Do you need our Vote"–you have been authorized to speak for 18 million people? Wow!

    June 16, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. the other jd



    June 16, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Richard, FL

    Barack Obama has more experience in public offices than Abraham Lincoln did before his election. No one is saying that Obama is another Lincoln, but It's fascinating to hear how many people would have not been smart enough to vote for Lincoln.

    June 16, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    what a stupid question, Paradox! see, some people are intelligent and OPEN-MINDED enough to discuss and listen to ALL sides.

    i know that's NOT the neocon/FOX/rightie way, AND it demands that you think for YOURSELF, but it's a really great way to live your life. you should try it some time!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Michael

    Brian Knoxville, TN

    As a resident of Nevada, I can tell you I do not want all your divisive rhetoric here. The people of Nevada are quite capable of making their own determination without being fed a bunch of B.S. that has no basis in fact.

    June 16, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Billw


    Look as what he has done, not what he says. Look at his pals (they define him). Look at the shady characters who helped him in Chicago. Of course he SAYS those were not the persons he knew. The man's judgement and character are more suited for preaching in Wright's "church".

    June 16, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    Come on Nevadans, I know you are just as if not more progressive than other parts of the country. Show America what you are made of.

    June 16, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. jim

    anyone from Nevada knows how odds work. it's a terribly stupid gamble to put some Bush Tool like McCain into the white house and expect any different results than the horrible ones we've seen with Dubya. please nevada, do the right thing... VOTE OBAMA.

    June 16, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. greg

    How in the world do these Clinton for McCain folks (PUMA?) expect to get Clinton elected in 2012, when they are openly trying to knee-cap the Democratic nominee in 2008?

    If they blow this for the dems, NOT ONE SINGLE TRUE DEM would ever vote for Hillary in 2012. She would never even get the dem nomination...

    IMO, the best chance of getting HIllary in the white house is for 2016 after an Obama presidency. I'd even vote for her then...

    June 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. DJ, LA, CA

    How far back does this data go that NV has picked every winning President except Carter??? Never heard that before.

    June 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. sarah

    WAY TO GO DEMS it was your election you could have taken the white house but noooo you had to saddle us with a candidate that is so arrogant, elitist, uber liberal and determined to play his race card that he is virtually unelectable. wait till the rest of his secret baggage is outed. man you dems sure know how to blow and election.

    June 16, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Rob

    It is so hard to imagine that Obama could be tied with McBush. Especially with McBush crying on CNN that he is the underdog.
    The economy is in terrible shape and is getting worse every day. McBush admitted on nation wide TV, that he does not understand how the econmy works. I believe him. How could America even think of voting for McBush when we are in desperate need of economic reform.

    June 16, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Jackie

    Thanks to the DNC and Pelosi this is what we ended up with. Hillary supporters please stand by me in 2012.

    June 16, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Deborah in Houston

    I'm an Obama supporter, who likes Hilary also, not- with-standing the boorish manner that many of her supporters exhibit. I am rather surprised that adding her to the ticket appears to be a losing proposition.

    June 16, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Hoping ALL THE ELECTORATE comes out to vote!!
    Then the answer would be simple!!
    Obama in a landslide!!!

    June 16, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. John California

    How delusional is it to speak in the name of 18 million people?
    Besides what in the world are you talking about when you say the nomination was stolen?
    She lost by OVER 200 DELEGATES. MI and FL were counted, in spite of the rules. What else do you want?
    and please stop saying she won the popular vote, she didn't. No one did, until we know how people voted in caucus state, there is no popular vote.

    June 16, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    I love it when you read all these stories that indicate that no party has won an election without winning this state or that district. I do not think any of the old bellweathers will apply this election. We have already seen one or two fall by the wayside during the primaries.

    June 16, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. rexx

    Oh CNN isn't biased are they? They post the same people on here 4 and 5 times on one thread yet can't post but 1 for a Republican? What a scam this Left wing media outlet is.

    June 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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