July 24th, 2008
03:07 PM ET
6 years ago

New state polls show good news for McCain

New state polls show good news for McCain.
New state polls show good news for McCain.

(CNN) - During a week he's struggling to wrestle media attention away from Barack Obama's trip abroad, new polls out Thursday show John McCain has narrowed the gap in four crucial battleground states.

New surveys conducted by Quinnipiac, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal suggest the Arizona senator is in a more favorable position in Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin than he was one month ago.

In Colorado, McCain now holds a 2 point lead over Obama, 46 to 44 percent - a significant reversal from a similar poll conducted last month that put the Illinois senator on top there by 5 points.

In equally good news for McCain, Obama now only holds a two point lead in Minnesota - the state that's playing host the Republican National Convention in early September. A similar poll one month ago had Obama on top by 17 points. The new poll result has prompted CNN to switch Minnesota from a state that is "leaning" Obama to a "toss-up" in its electoral map.

Earlier: CNN's Electoral Map: Both lose ground – but McCain gains edge

The race also remains tight in Michigan, with Obama holding a 4 point lead there, 46 percent to 42 percent. That's down from the 6 point lead Obama held there last month.

The Democratic presidential candidate still holds a significant lead in Wisconsin, though there too the gap has narrowed over the last month. In June, Obama led the Illinois senator by 13 points, 52 to 39 percent. Now that lead is down to 11 points, 50-39 percent.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. McCAIN=BUSH=DISASTER CONTINUES

    LOL! Those of you who are still trying to make us think Hillary supporters are supporting McCain are out of your mind! And as for PUMA...uh..we already know thats a Republican funded group...so thanks for trying, now go back to polishing your guns, or trying to force Creation into public schools.

    July 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Shannon

    Perhaps people or sick of Obama trying to be a world super star and feel as a Senator he should be trying to help people here at home. My home heating bill just doubled, why doesn't he pay attention to that. He could be working with other members of the senate to try to reign in big oil. He could be working with other senators to try to end the speculation in the oil market. No he wants to be jet setting all over Europe, so his ego can be stroked by big crowds. He is an ego maniac, he is all talk, he is a fraud!

    July 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. DAN

    In June, Obama led the Illinois senator by 13 points

    July 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Paul Dobro

    How can anyone claim the media is in bed with Obama? After non-stop Rev. Wright and bitter comments for months while stories of other canidates (Bosnia-gate, McCain "we will never again have to send our young mand and women to war over oil" die after a few weeks?

    Obama gets good press because the earn and work as an organization for it.

    McCain gets his gaffes edited out by CBS and replaced with "loss a war to win an election".

    July 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    HE WILL NEVER AGAIN TAKE BO TO TASK.Amen.

    July 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Joseph, Los Angeles

    America is still asleep and ignorant. Not yet ready to move into the next century. We are still stuck in 1999. What a country we live in; sad to say.

    July 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Rickymo

    It is July and certainly before the speech today in Berlin. I would rather here words that inspire me as opposed to the same old hate and fear mongering. I do not know what either of them has in the hearts but I know one thing, we will get more of the same with John Mc Cain and 4 more years that are the same as the last eight should be to much for any American with any sense to take. And for these puma folks who comment..are you off your meds?

    July 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK

    @ Love My USA:

    That article has been proven false and MAUREEN DOWD has even said she didn't write it. Please stop spreading false rumors because of your blind hate.

    July 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. John

    Headline News: McCain is up by 2 points in ONE of the battleground states!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Doreen

    Good for John, I'm voting for Obama.

    July 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Obama-Junkie, IL

    CNN and the mainstream media are hilarious! They want the contest between Obama and McCain to be perceived as close. They enjoyed the high ratings during the Democratic Primary and want to generate a similiar environment in the general election.

    I'm sure you will fool some folks with your poll analysis CNN but true analysts, like myself, know better. All polls should include Obama, McCain, Nadar and Barr as candidates, not just Obama and McCain. When all four presidential candidates are polled together, Obama leads McCain by 10 to 20pts in most of those batteground states.

    July 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Racism might hold America back.

    July 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. joe

    Make war not love
    can't get anything right
    Can't get anything right
    Army brat
    Isn't in the hear and now
    Not going to win the election in Nov'08

    July 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. A. Boston, MA

    Anytime I hear this I just send more money to Obama's camp.
    CHA CHING$$$$

    OBAMA 08

    July 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    mccain wants to speak in germany as the president!

    sooo sooo sad! the man is as delusional as he is forgetful and uninformed!

    July 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Jill, MI

    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama
    Go Obama

    July 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Please!

    The polls mean nothing at this point. The only polls that count all are the ones taken about a week August 16th.

    July 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. JEric

    The new polls are from the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post two of the most pro-McCain outlets there are these days. It's easy to speculate this could be another attempt to re-direct attention from Obama when only a week ago he was polling double digits in these places. Sure opinions change, but not that much that quickly.

    July 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. whathefunk

    McCain sux

    July 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Crush Rush

    Tell me again that polls are not made up to keep it close.This poll is a true work of FICTION.

    July 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. DAN

    The Democratic presidential candidate still holds a significant lead in Wisconsin, though there too the gap has narrowed over the last month. In June, Obama led the Illinois senator by 13 points, 52 to 39 percent. Now that lead is down to 11 points, 50-39 percent.

    Dear CNN,

    The above script needs a correction.

    July 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Bob

    It would appear that people are starting to realize just how empty a suit Mr. Obama really is.

    July 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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