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. Tom

    I have a feeling Obama better pick Hillary or McCain will win the GE...

    July 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. carlo

    Won't last. Enjoy your political "surge" McCain while it lasts.

    July 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Marie in California

    Go McCain! Anyone but Obama! He's not qualified!

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain!

    PUMA

    July 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Rich

    How in the heck is this even a choice between the two? Just like Bush, if America elects McCain they get what they deserve. There are times when I see how some Americans vote and it makes me sad.

    I would love if the Media covered McCain just as they do Obama. Why? Because they should jump on every mistep that McCain says. Everyday he says something stupid that they gloss over or never report on. Just as CBS edited out a gaff of McCain, all the networks need to report on just how many stupid mistakes McCain makes. And that will show America exactly who they would be voting for.

    Wake up america. This is not a choice. Don't make the same mistake a THIRD time.

    July 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. aaa

    its ok Mcwar will lose anyways because people dont like him only racist people will vote for this loser

    July 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Matthew

    Really? A surge in numbers.

    I feel like having a Surge soda (actual drink), some prunes perhaps...They would give me the urge for a surging purge.

    July 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Samantha

    Proof that America is doomed to the status quo.

    They would even reelect George Bush if they could.

    July 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Probably the same IDIOTS who voted for Bush!

    July 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Debby

    Good for McCain, the hyped up trip for Obama didn't do squat. I can see the bozo Dems. getting nervous. All Hillary has to do is just sit back and watch the show. hahaha

    July 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. William

    I don't buy it. Wait until the debates. You will see the past (ancient, old, archaic Bush beliefs) next to the future (energetic, intelligent and open minded) and you will see a big difference in the polls then.

    Go Obama. Out with the old and in with the new! We need to take our country back.

    July 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Z

    Here it comes.....McCain is on a roll!

    McCain 08'

    July 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Chris from NY

    Isn't that what the media has been working on in the last few weeks. They got their wish. Hurah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Paul Dobro

    Other then Minn (which changed so radically, one or the other or both polls are wrong), McCain did not grow his number, Obama's fell.

    Thats what happens when you attack (remember Straight Talk – no negitive campaigning). You bring your oppenant down, but do not rise yourselve up and take a hit by being viewed as negitive.

    Thats the take away from the polls today. Can't wait for the Obama world tour bump coming soon to a poll near you.

    July 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. OLD MAN SHOUTS AT CLOUDS

    Enough already with these meaningless polls – CNN is starting to sound like Fox/Faux News – Apparently even the rest of the world knows Obama is going to the U.S. president! Meanwhile, the Angry One was seen yelling at the cheese in aisle 5.

    July 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. McCain 08

    People, don't get excited about the polls. Many of the pollsters can't poll young people, african americans or latinos because of cell phones. So until the polling is balanced, then we can smile

    July 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Independent Colorado

    This poll is inaccurate. Who are they asking? Colorado is Obamaland!

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. J S Ragman

    For McCain to even be close in this race is truly an indication of how uninformed, ignorant, and racist that this country really is.

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Peter of Oregon

    Wow... now CNN has to do state-by-state polls to show that John Keating-5 McCain is doing good... I preferred the articles with him in front of the dairy aisle, or wearing his swanky shades.

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. eric

    McCain has been lucky to stay out of the media spotlight given his monumental series of screw ups . Had he been getting the attention he's been whining that Obama has been getting, he wouldn't be anywhere close to the numbers he has now. From the Viagra face and incompetence on birth control insurance, to not knowing when the surge started, to Czechoslovakia, to the Iraq/Pakistan border, to not knowing the difference between sunni and shi'ia, to his astounding flip flops on drilling, taxes, global warming prevention...you get the point...McCain has been blessed to not have the media picking his incompetence and budding senility. Please cover McCain more, CNN, so that the world can better know just how unqualified McCain is to be president.

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. LatinosforMcCain

    I have been saying with all the hype of OBAMA look at the polls McCain now is winning or ahead in the battleground states. OBAMA is going down, and about the polls that hispanic is for OBAMA don't think so they were in CA. What about the Hispanic people in States like NM, AZ, NV, and the rest of the Nation were Hispanic were not conducted polls. Just wait and see in Oct-Nov went Latinos will open their eyes and ears and go with McCain!!!! All that hype in Berlin, Iraq, Israel and Obama has no Bounce!!! Obama is going down!!!!!!!!!!

    Latinos for McCain!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Tara

    Wow. I can't believe you people want this bush twin in office! You will be kicking yourself just like you have with Bush. When will you people wake up?

    As for you PUMA folks – you can just STOP. You are annoying and wasting your time completely. GROW UP – she lost.

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. McArsenic

    HELLO PEOPLE....John McCain has some 59 LOBBYIST working in his campaign!!!!! MY GOD why does America have to shoot it's self in the foot before we realize we can bleed? Charlie Black, Phil Gramm, are Mccains Dick Chaney... this man Gaffes all over the place, i cant even get into his flip flopping, his campaign has been a shamble- how a person runs a campaign shows how s/he will run the country...BOMB BOMB BOMB Iran, THIS MAN GRADUATED 894 OUT OF 899....For God sakes people we can not AFFORD John McCain. we already see oil spills, we already have people killing them selves because they are loosing their homes...McCain WILL make things worse than Bush has. Woman if you want your rights, you need to pay attention top Mccain's record. Vets, ask your selves would you fight for this man who refuses to to release his own Military record? Seniors can you vote for a man who will destroy SS? AMERICA CAN NOT AFFORD MCCAIN!!!!!!!!! dumpmccain.com

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Lorna, NY

    i don't beleiveCNN's polls!

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. R.I.F.

    So maybe this will force CNN and the rest of the media to start covering McCain and stop lettting him get away with gaffe after gaffe after gafffe. Also, maybe the medis will ask McCain what would constitute a "win" in Iraq. They've been drilling Obama on the surge but haven't asked McCain about his definition of winning.

    McCain needs to be covered and called out on all of his gaffes, lies, and bs that he's feeding the Amerian People.

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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