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. Tim

    Come on CNN let us get the basics straight:

    "Obama led the Illinois senator "

    Obama is the Illinois senator!

    Please, this is disgraceful!

    July 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    HOW IS THE MISSISSIPPI OIL SPILL WORKING

    OLD NUMB BRAIN ?HE WOULD LOVE TO SEE

    ALL OUR WATER WAYS CONTAMINATED & DEAD.

    July 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Adam

    Obama supporters still playing the race card? Wow. Maybe people don't support Obama because he wants to double the capital gains tax, or create an oil windfall profits tax that will only further increase gas prices, or because no one knows where he really stands on NAFTA, or because he flip-flopped on FISA.

    Nah, that couldn't be it. It must be because they're racists. Its scary to see how little thought some (not all) Obama supporters put into who they vote for.

    July 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Mauri

    Today's speech in Germany signals crowning blow to Obama campaign. That's my headline for today. Another: McCain speaks to Americans; Obama to Germans. And finally, Good news for McCain - excellent news for all of us!

    July 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Gord

    I felt so enthralled after watching Obama's speech in Berlin I want to run out and join the US Peace Corp. Then hug a terrorist wearing a vest bomb to promote peace and love!

    I hope more Obamites follow my example and maybe the polls will tilt further back in McCain's favour.

    July 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. PUMA-PAC - Hussein

    I'm 28, and moved out of my parents home at 25. I've never owned a land line and have no reason to own one. My cell phone is all I need. Nobody calls me...

    July 24, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Michelle

    Leader over Poseur

    July 24, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Bill from ALabama

    And more points will come to McCain as time goes on. The PUMA's ,who have just recently been discovered,will end up toppling Obama,I predict! Old "Hill"supporters, lost in the DNC rhetoric,will find their way back to the light,as well.

    July 24, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. anything goes

    mayor SF or LA good for vp ,dems need radical ultra liberal make sure USA flush to thoilet

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

    NEWS ALERT

    CNN and Wolf Blitzer are so in love with McWar they'll do anything to

    stir the pot to make McBush look good......sells news.

    IT'S NOT HAPPENIN' PEOPLE

    July 24, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Brien

    I think your seeing a temporary boost for McCain because while Sen. Obama is overseas Sen. McCain is hammering away with everything he can. It may be against the general policy of "politics stopping at the waters edge", but it sure seems to be effective. Should be interesting to see how the numbers move again once Obama has gotten back and responds to these attacks.

    July 24, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Open Your 3rd Eye

    @ HB

    I got your back-

    The following plans will be terminated:

    Illuminati
    Bilderderg
    New World Order
    Verichip Implant

    Enjoy it while it last beeatches, your time is UP

    July 24, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Val from MA

    That's very good news for McCain. People are now beginning to see the real substance in McCain vs. obvious shallowness and inexperience in Obama.

    American people are smart – they will vote smart! America is not Europe and it should NEVER be. America is unique and the ONLY ONE. We love our country!

    July 24, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. anything goes

    hussein want give universal healtcare for 100 millions illegal , TAXES and spending for lazies

    July 24, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Patrick

    So, when did CNN become part of the McCain campaign, because that's what it's been these last few days. Try to get some balance back.

    July 24, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Claudia

    ALL TOGETHER NOW, NO WHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT STATE ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT ETHNIC GROUP A PRESIDENT MUST BE. HE MUST BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE DON'T DISHONOR WHAT'S IN OUR CONSTITUTION BY THREATENING OUR GREAT DEMOCRACY.

    July 24, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Howard Dean for John McCain

    First we will take MO, the MI, then OH the FL then onwards to PA, NC, VA, and CA.....yeeeeahhh!

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Tim

    Trying to give Mr Magoo some good news CNN? Won't work, he'll mess up whatever good you do. Did anyone see the clip where he was trying to pull Bush Sr from the cameras when Bush Sr said he was jealous on Obama. The golf cart was funny enough, but the interview was too hilarious.

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Mcsurge is Mcsad.

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Rick FL

    Rasmussen shows Obama leading in Florida with their recent poll dated 7/22.

    Obama '08!

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. LGriff

    This was a poll of republicans. Of course Mccain wins. Now, do one for all polling areas. This is just to give cry baby John some TLC while our future president of the U.S is out... hahahaha!!!!!!

    America is not naive...............PLEASE!!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. grandma in minnesota

    Mccain and company rant that Obama needs to go to Iraq and Afganistan to see for himself then rant when he does.
    Mccain and company rant that timetables are wrong. The Iraqi government says otherwise. And didn't Bush initially say that we'd stay there as long as they WANT us??????
    Mccain and company say we should not talk to Iran...but now we are negotiating with Iran.

    Hmmmmm - who are the flip floppers?

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Michelle

    McLeader!

    July 24, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Phil, FL

    Why won't McCain tell us what a "win" in Iraq means? Why won't McCain tell us which wars he won?

    I CHALLENGE MCCAIN TO TAKE A EUROPEAN TOUR – HE IS CHICKEN.

    July 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Steven

    The Warmongers are so Jealous!

    July 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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