June 26th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Obama up in 4 battleground states

 CNN's breakdown of the electoral college map.
CNN's breakdown of the electoral college map.

(CNN) - A set of polls released Thursday shows Barack Obama leading John McCain in four critical battleground states - Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado and Minnesota.

A new Quinnipiac University/Wall Street Journal/Washingtonpost.com survey put Obama up significantly over the Arizona senator in Minnesota - 54-37 percent – and Wisconsin - 52-39 percent. His lead is smaller in Colorado - 49-44 percent - and Michigan - 48-42 percent.

This comes on the heels of another Quinnipiac poll last week that had Obama leading in the key swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

In a briefing on Wednesday, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe explained the campaign's strategy to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. The campaign is counting on winning the 20 states John Kerry won in 2004, looking to add Iowa, and then setting their sights on several others. Among those: the four states included in Thursday's poll.

Watch: CNN's John King breaks down the electoral map

Plouffe said Michigan is one of the most competitive states, attributing its competitiveness to the fact that Obama didn't campaign or run ads there in the primary. He claimed they are "very strong" in Colorado and "very competitive" in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The poll surveyed between 1,300 and 1,600 likely voters from June 17-24 with margins of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent for Minnesota and Wisconsin, 2.6 percent for Michigan and 2.7 percent for Colorado.

The latest CNN national poll of polls has Obama up 48-40 over McCain among registered voters nationwide.

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Debby

    Oh give me a break its not even a fraction of people in the states. These polls are so lame.

    June 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    I am thrilled that Sen. Obama is leading McCain, however, I am cautious since its only June. However, I am hopeful that we, the People, are waking up from the lull we've been in for 8 years of Bush/Cheney!

    And to those of you who insist on supporting McCain, here is a few statistics for you to consider before you make that final decision in November!

    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE FOR MORE WAR, ISN'T $1.38 BILLION A DAY SPENT IN IRAQ ENOUGH?

    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN MEANS MORE NATIONAL DEBT, ISN'T $10 TRILLION OWED TO SAUDI ARABIA, DUBAI & CHINA ENOUGH DEBT? MUST WE BANKRUPT OUR NATION? THANKS BUSH!

    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN MEANS A POSSIBLE WAR OR ATTACK ON IRAN...... DO WE REALLY WANT MORE WAR?

    Please, folks, set your egos aside, and think long and hard before we put McCain ....... another Republican in charge!

    And for the PROLIFE PEOPLE, HOW IS WAR PROLIFE? HOW IS VOTING AGAINST HEALTHCARE FOR POOR CHILDREN PROLIFE? HOW IS BOMB...BOMB....BOMB... IRAN........ PROLIFE?

    June 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Justin from West Haven, CT

    How is New Mexico not leaning Democratic?

    June 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. He has the experience

    9 years in the senate ... at the state and federal level ... way more experience than Hillary, and yet people felt like she had the experience to be president. Don't be fooled, he has the experience, he has the judgement, he has the plan ... GOOOOBAMA!!!

    June 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Rj

    OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUGGERNAUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. blaising

    To quote another, not so great, President: "Bring 'em on!"

    June 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Maya wants to see a DEM IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    Barack the vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. tina

    I wish we could hold the election today!

    June 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. From The Mountains...

    God bless America, land that I love
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Through the night, with the light from above
    From the mountains, to the prairies,
    To the oceans, white with foam
    God bless America
    My home, sweet home
    God bless America
    My home, sweet home.

    Go Barack!

    June 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Marc PDX

    Questions for the Dems (or maybe predictions): when things go wrong in an Obama administration will you blame the former administration? Or will you blame the republicans in congress (even with a Dem majority)? Or both?

    I know things will go wrong and I know that Dems never own any responsibility. They just look for scapegoats.

    Final question: if you aren't ever responsible why do you seek responsibility? Just leave it to the grown ups to make the hard choices and go back to looking for what's in it for you...

    Just say N'Obama!

    June 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. garychapelhill

    so you won't publish my comment that is critical of you and obama, but you will publish people who call John McCain "McSame"? I didn't call anybody names. just pointed out the variety of slanted articles you have just today

    Obama up by 4 in key states

    McCain admist he would lose if election today

    Bill needs to get over it

    Obama calls McCain energy plan a Gimmick

    You should be ashamed of yourself for being a propaganda tool for any candidate. You did it once with Bush. It won't work again.

    June 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Obvious

    He's not electable!

    Uh-oh...what happened to this argument?

    June 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. August Change Of Plans

    My husband wants to go away during the Democratic convention, and I told him no way. I will be glued to the tube, and I can't wait. We will have to postpone that vacation. It will be a short one, with the gas prices, but I want to enjoy it, and I won't be able to enjoy anything sitting in a hotel room watching the convention.

    June 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Connie

    To: Texas Trail Dog, the rest of the country can not believe the dog that came out of Texas that occupied the White House for last two terms.We will make you a deal, we get Obama in the White House and you get your mutt George back. OBAMA 08

    Connie from Indiana

    June 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Stephen H

    I'm really getting sick and tired of people posting here attacks on Obama on topics where someone else has made a statement. Nader makes contraversial comments about Obama and many of the posts did not focus on what Nader said, but went out of their way attacking Obama when he didnt do anything. Even with Gov Rendell's comments about Bill Clinton, people went out of their way to attack Obama as is he is the one making the comments. And these same people have the audacity to claim that everyone is in the tank for Obama. What a crock! I just want people to stick to the topic at hand and not use each blog as a springboard to attack one candidate or the other. Obama can not be blamed for everything that goes wrong or what others say. When someone says something contraversial, focus on the person that said it, not McCain or Obama if they had nothing to do with the statement.

    June 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. teri

    At long last, America has put on its thinking cap - beyond brainwashing and cliches that spin reality and the truth. Count me in as in love with Obama, a free-thinker and a very gifted lady. I am definitely in love - at long last!

    June 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Jeff in Washington

    When is CNN going to update their map? Washington State is solidly Obama with huge double digit leads all year in the polling.

    June 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. David from Ohio

    We'll see if he carries Ohio buddy. We're not going to stand for the GOP's nonsense this fall and we'll kick you out of Columbus too.

    June 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Too early, but...

    I agree that it's too early to put a lot of meaning into these polls... *except* that they show Clinton's contention about Obama being less electable than her was FALSE. In the state-by-state matchups he has always done better than her, and brings states into play (e.g. New Mexico, Colorado) where she had no chance (because of Independents who will swing to Obama but not Clinton).

    Obama's electoral map is great because there are so many more different ways for him to win than there would have been for Clinton. The voters made the right decision.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    June 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. psittacines

    I was raised a republican in the Hoosier State, but I see that the republicans have nominated a war loving, short tempered little man who struts like Bush and has trouble reading cue cards at his news conferences. This time I am voting for Obama and telling all my friends we need young energy leading, not old folks who sit around scheming.

    June 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Last Honest Man

    How sad

    June 26, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Word Smith

    Colorado for Obama – trust me! We're being hit HARD economically and he's got a common sense approach...

    June 26, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. P. Morrison

    This is certainly very good news-but remember supporters- 5 mos. in politics can be a very, very long time. We must all work together on a daily basis to keep the margins widening. We must not take anything for granted-and for goodness sake don't get cocky-remember-"Pride goeth before a fall". We don't need to let up-just keep on keeping on!!
    Pat

    June 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Proud Vet

    A bitter mid westerner who loves guns and God:

    I just sent 500.00 to the Obama campaign, as for your girly man comment: you are the one who wears the pantyhose, now we know hehehe

    June 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Jaime

    It doesn't matter what the polls say. The good news is that President Cheney and his dumb dog Bush will be out soon.

    June 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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