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. mcCain 08

    We don't need Hillary or her supporters to win. She can take all her screaming women and go bake cookies.

    McCain 08

    June 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    just let it happen if it's going to happen who cares how people feel at the moment... besides this can not be accurate... Most people are not even answering phone-calls from places they don't recognize...

    maybe for fear they are bill-collectors

    -V

    June 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Dave in Houston

    It would be nice if the CNN folks would do the math and show that, given the latest poll data, Obama would have an electoral landslide!

    Far from making people complacent, once people believe they are backing a winner, the more enthusiastic they get.

    PP&D, Senator Obama, PP&D!

    June 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Proud Vet

    michelle, what does mc c has to post any favorable???....nothing... not even intelligence

    June 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Terry, NJ

    Think back to 2004 on how much Kerry was supposedly beating Bush. And who won in the end?

    June 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Down with Obama

    LOL, we know about CNN's polls!!!

    June 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Change is Coming

    Let me see. Gallup is the only poll that has Obama and McCain tied and now all of a sudden the GOP is bragging.

    NOW HEAR THIS. The GOP has held this country hostage long enough. No more endless wars over NOTHING! No more protecting the poor oil companies while they are raking in record profits! No more tax cuts for the rich!

    In 2009, America will finally be BACK!

    No more McBush!

    June 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. chuck

    Obama in '08; Democrats all out '10 once the country gets a snootful of this joker..

    June 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Aaron

    I have failed and continue to fail to see how Minnesota is considered a battleground state in this particular election. In 2006, Democrats won statewide, including Senator Amy Klobuchar who won a Senate race by double digits. Obama is up in this current poll by 17 points! And it is not the only poll that indicates such a margin. Minnesota has not voted for a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972. Does that sound like a battleground state? If the national media would ask people living in Minnesota they would know this state is blue. And this race is not a close one. Yet, the national media creates an impression that this will be a close race because they know it boasts their ratings and viewers.

    June 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Alex in TX

    Hey Joe. Maybe you should learn how to spell "oops" before telling others to "get educated."

    June 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. D-

    Enjoy it now, because the three words for Obama enthusiasts to remember are:
    Dukakis, Gore, Kerry

    June 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Really

    Go Obama. Our savior has come. Change – he will lower our dependence on oil and he will punish the big bad oil companies. He is focused on alternate sources of energy, not drilling. We, the US are responsible for climate change and we will fix it. It does not matter that China is becoming the largest CO producer in the World, we can make a difference. Big corporations do not help our economy and they should be paying more. Minimum wage should be $15 an hour. Then only the strong companies will survive or those who can relocate to other parts of the world. We all need to make changes and saccrifice. Energy costs and food prices are going through the roof. His focus on alternate fuels will get us out of this within the next 30 years. Until then, eating and heating our homes are not a priority.

    Change we can believe in Obama/Jimmy Carter 08 Oh yes we can destory this country. Yes we can.

    June 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. MaryAnn Oswego IL

    How are these battleground states ??? Kerry won 3 of these states in 2004...so with that said CNN tell us who is winning Florida.Penn, New Jersey ,Kentucky ,New Mexico and Nevada??????Please stop shoving Obama onto our TV's and PC's.

    June 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Alex in TX

    Hey Jason. The poll from the LA times was people outside of LA.

    Wow. McCain supporters aren't the brightest bulbs in the billboards are they?

    June 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. STILL VOTING FOR HILARY!

    THERES ALOT OF PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO ARE EITHER SWITCHING PARTY AFFILIATION, DUE TO THE DEBOCKLE THAT OCCURED THIS ELECTION AND 2000. WHO ARE NO LONGER DEMOCRATES. I READ SOMETHING THIS MORNING THAT SUMMED IT ALL UP, A TRUE DEM OR REPUB VOTES WITH THEIR PARTY NO MATTER WHAT. I WILL VOTE MY HEAD AND VOTE FOR THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB. THAT WOULD BE HILARY CLINTON.

    June 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. RJ from NJ

    Interesting.... Gallup reported today a 45-45 tie between the two candidates with Hussein losing ground over the past few days. Once again, CNN is spinning the news to make the liberals feel good.

    Lets remember, Obamabots, that Dukakis had a double digit lead in the polls at this juncture, and we all know how he tanked. Hussein is on his way to the same crash and burn result. Once middle America starts hearing Hussein's baloney on a daily basis thru TV and radio, one by one, those swing states will turn crimson RED.

    NO-Bama EVER!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Shaik

    I think we need to work on the re-election of Obama in 2012 now.....

    June 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Tarie

    its no surprise Barack Obama is leading in those key states, his economic and energy plans are more wonky and concrete, whereas McSame has a 'quick fix' plan and no long term help. McCain has military experience but no foreign policy experience. Voters are tired of wedge issues and fear tactics which the republicans with the help of the media have skill fully played in the last 2 election cycles. This year we are looking for a economic President not a glorified G.I. Joe.

    June 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Southern view

    It is amazing how there is a large picture advertisement for Obama next to most of the articles on CNN about Obama, of which there are many. Is it no wonder he is leading? The more ads, the more articles. CNN, this doesn't look right.

    June 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Love USA politics

    Barrack Obama as president will be good for all america but will be bad for the rest of the world.He will be an economic protectionist,creat one of the best society for the americans and the european nations but africa and asian's will feel the pains.Haven't said that,we all know President Obama is coming to make a name as one of the best president that has ever rule the nation USA.As an africa living in Canada,i can sense myself some sign's that president Obama is the greatest gift america has ever receive from God since the creation.

    June 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Nick

    Why are educated, white collar voters painted as less "American" than uneducated, blue collar voters? Makes no sense.

    June 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Why is Barack's experience an issue?

    I don't understand why people put Obama's experience under so much scrutiny. Wasn't G.W. the Governor of Texas for only like 1.5 terms? Didn't he run for a House seat once and lost? Does being the Governor of Texas weigh more then being a Senator? I'm confused with this argument.

    June 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Shannon Shiflett

    What is wrong with those people in the red states? Where have they been for the last 8 years? Can they really be so ignorant of their own interests that they'd give Bush a third term? Seriously, let's kick the reds out so we can have a real democracy. These people are too stupid to be permitted to vote.

    June 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. shawna

    MICHELLE: GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF. WHY ARE YOU AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE UPSET WITH OBAMA'S LEAD COMPARING HIM TO DUKAKIS AND KERRY? OBAMA IS A PHENOMENON, HIS CAMPAIGN IS A GLOBALLY CHARGED, EXCITING MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE. THE DYNAMICS ARE DIFFERENT. THE MAN HAS CHARM, CHARISMA ,IS ELOQUENT , AND MOST IMPORTANT AMERICANS AND THE WORLD HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF 8 YEARS OF DISASTER. IN THIS CONTEST, THIS LEAD YOU SEE CAN ONLY GROW. STOP COMPARING APPLES AND ORANGES. DUKAKIS OR KERRY IS DEFINITELY NOT A COMPRISON TO OBAMA MANIA!!!

    June 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. California Voter

    CNN Obama's campaign team! The Gallup Poll has a very different story from the nationwide poll you show on this website and frankly I don't know how accurate any of these polls are - .

    June 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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