(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.
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.