June 18th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN Electoral College Map: Obama picks up a major swing state

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(CNN) - Pennsylvania has swung into Obama's column in the new CNN Electoral College Map.

"The Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania indicates that Obama may not have a problem carrying states that he lost to Hillary Clinton during the primary season, regardless of the chatter on that topic back in April," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Holland added that the addition of the traditional fall battleground to the Obama column moves the Illinois Senator from seven electoral votes behind McCain to 17 votes ahead, but that the more important number is 59 - the number of electoral votes Obama still needs to win the White House, assuming every state that is now in his column goes for him in November.

"It will take at least three 'toss-up' states for Obama to reach the 270 needed to become the next president," said Holland.

Be sure to check here to get the full CNN interactive Electoral College map.

The map is based on analysis of several factors, including polling, voting trends, ad spending, candidate visits, and guidance from the campaigns and political strategists.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. seth

    Look deep into your hearts people, past any hardened notions of partisanship, or disliking Democrats simply because you have for so long. John McCain is not suited to lead the most powerful nation in the world.

    Obama is young, intelligent, clear-headed, eager and above all else has proven fantastic judgment. His plan, much like Abe Lincoln, is to fill his cabinet with members from both parties. He will choose the best people, not the best Democrats.

    John McCain is going to stock the entire gov.t full of hard-line republicans that will continue to dismantle our social programs, overturn a woman's right to choose, keep the behemoth war machine rolling along, and eventually destroy our nation from within.

    Don't do it.

    June 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. UNITY 08

    DB ................ I live in PA and I would never vote for that snake in a suit. Just proves how stupid the people of this country have become.........

    The Faults you see in others are often true of you.......Recognize your own HYPOCRISY and move on !!!! HAVE a BLESS DAY ...DB

    June 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Winthorp

    Yeah, I remember what happened in 04, something about Gore winning, then republicans fudging the numbers.

    June 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. suzy

    HILLARY WOULD HAVE IT ALL IN THE BAG!!!!!!!!!!
    NO RISKS, AND SHE WOULD BE A BETTER PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. abby

    Obama is ARROGANT to even think he will ever be elected.
    The American people are very smart and do not vote for race only – or party – but the person Best Qualified -
    obama is NOT qualified to lead our country and will never be elected.

    June 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. CMS, Socal

    Biship wrote – "4. braking fund raising records as a newbie is a sign that the economy might be in the right hand with Sen Obama"

    Sorry for my "stpuid" question, but what is your point? Are you saying the economy isnt so bad? Why do we need change then? If not, just how does fund raising equate out to a healthy economy? I think its a sign of too many folks drinking the Obamabot Koolaid more than anything. This man is not the messiah you all seem to think he is.

    Also, its "breaking" not "braking." I'm sure that was just a mistake and not a stupid one.

    Vote 3rd party and send all the corrupt 'Pubs and "Dims" packing...

    June 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Brian

    Get used to it Oldie McBush... you're gonna be getting news like this from now 'til election day.

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. CMS, Socal

    Biship wrote – "4. braking fund raising records as a newbie is a sign that the economy might be in the right hand with Sen Obama"

    Sorry for my "stupid" question, but what is your point? Are you saying the economy isnt so bad? Why do we need change then? If not, just how does fund raising equate out to a healthy economy? I think its a sign of too many folks drinking the Obamabot Koolaid more than anything. This man is not the messiah you all seem to think he is.

    Also, its "breaking" not "braking." I'm sure that was just a mistake and not a stupid one.

    Vote 3rd party and send all the corrupt 'Pubs and "Dims" packing…

    June 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Jim

    I knew you bunch of cowards would not print anything that goes against you or your candidate. I hope that when Obama is elected that you all have to wear burkas. It is unethical for your web site to be sponsored by Obama and I will bring it out on you yellow journalists.

    June 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Christina, Detroit, MI

    June 18th, 2008 4:53 pm ET

    I can not fathom what people see in Obama? Someone please tell me.
    Marty
    ___________________________________________
    Marty, what people see in Obama is that he is not McCain. Can you imagine the verbal gaffes (Shia/Sunni, Hot Water for Babies, 100 years in Iraq) and policy flip flops (Gas Tax, Off Shore Drilling, no more reproductive rights) of a McCain administration. He is already 72 and making these mistakes just campaigning. If someone is to have "their finger on the trigger" I don't want a mistake as to whom the trigger is intended. Oops, that's not what I meant will not cut it if we accidental declare war on South Korea (friend) when he really meant North Korea (foe). Mental acuity is a trait I would like in our next president.

    June 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Stephina

    Polls are skewed towards the bias of the groups taking them. In this election, the media has been 100% for Obama.

    It will be so funny when McCain wins in November and the Democrats are sitting around scratching their heads trying figure out what happened.

    McCain in 2008.

    June 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. NickNas

    We all really knew this. Obama and the Democratic Party are going to run over the GOP like a runaway train. The only people who say differently and either lacking information or in denial.

    How can Bushs Mini ME suddenly turn Bushs 22% into 53% to win. Even Republicans aren't buyinh the BS anymore.

    June 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Luis

    I saw another poll that said "10 out of 10 Idiots will vote for Obama"

    Must be so...........

    June 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. al

    *******************************************
    THE MORE MCCAIN OPENS HIS MOUTH THE GREATER OBAMAS LEAD BECOMES. CAN'T PUT A GOOD MAN DOWN. STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.

    June 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Can you see it? Can you feel it? Can you smell it?

    Change is on the way! Hope is in the air!!!

    We the people are sick of the same old dirty and divisive Washington politics that has fueled and continue to widen the disparity between the rich, middle-class and the poor: we are breaking away from the notion that it is only the rich and well connected and the lobbyist in Washington who can form and influence policies to the detriment of the ordinary American…we are going to place all those notions well behind us and will fight ahead as one people with a common destiny and goal.

    Now, we(the people) are going to finance our campaign; so the government will truly be for the people and by the people. We are going to take back our government.

    VIVA DEMS

    Obama 08!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Can you see it? Can you feel it? Can you smell it?

    Change is on the way! Hope is in the air!!!

    We the people are sick of the same old dirty and divisive Washington politics that has fueled and continue to widen the disparity between the rich and the people: we are breaking away from the notion that it is only the rich and well connected and the lobbyist in Washington who can form and influence policies to the detriment of the ordinary American…we are going to place all those notions well behind us and will fight ahead as one people with a common destiny and goal.

    Now, we(the people) are going to finance our campaign; so the government will truly be for the people and by the people. We are going to take back our government.

    VIVA DEMS

    Obama 08!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. JB from NH

    duh, did you think it would go to McBush?

    June 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. BROOKLYN

    Good for him!!!

    But, he still does NOT get our votes...

    June 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Kenneth M

    WOW, AND WITHOUT THE CLINTON SUPPORTERS. WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

    June 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. truth

    well the time has come; the lies must stop, the rich getting richer is over, the war must come to an end!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama is in the house!!!! he along with the rest of the former republicans, Current Democrats and New voter/Democrats and the independents we are on our way to the White House! It is going down.
    For all you Hillary fan who stabbed her in the back, don’t worry she has your name on her list, and she is riding with US on the Obama train.

    To all lost McCain/Bush people and you hateful vindictive, spiteful and backstabbing Hillary fans on the McBush sinking ship, Meet Me at the White House Cause it going down! Cause Obama Is the one!
    Please understand resistance is futile, assimilation is enviable!

    June 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Ann Marie

    WOW – That is amazing – I thought the election was held in November. The last thing I heard was that neither candidate had even been officially nominated yet.

    June 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Victor, NJ

    DB June 18th, 2008 4:43 pm ET

    I live in PA and I would never vote for that snake in a suit. Just proves how stupid the people of this country have become.

    Hey DB, a snake in a suit is already in the white house, served two terms because stupid people voted him there. Wise up we need a change and Obama is the one to deliver it.

    June 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Grace

    Great. Few more states to go.

    June 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Jake the Rake, Chicago

    What do you mean Obama "picks up a swing state"? Was the election today, did I miss something? What a bunch of goof balls.

    June 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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