August 12th, 2008
04:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Election Express: Spotlight on Ohio

 The CNN Election Express is heading across the country.
The CNN Election Express is heading across the country.

ABOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS, ON I-80 IN OHIO (CNN) – The CNN Election Express is making its way across what could arguably be the considered the country’s most important battleground state.

Then-Texas Governor George W. Bush narrowly took Ohio eight years ago over Vice President Al Gore, and his two point victory four years ago over Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) sealed the deal in his bid for re-election as president.

This time around both John McCain and Barack Obama are working overtime to win Ohio and its 20 electoral votes. Both candidates are making numerous swings through the state.

“I think that Ohio is going to be a battleground state. I have to campaign hard here. I have to work hard here,” said McCain while recently campaigning in the Buckeye State.

The most recent poll in the state shows it’s statistical dead heat between the candidates. The Quinnipiac survey, taken late last month, had Obama up by 2 points, well within the poll’s sampling error of 2.8 percent.

The CNN Election Express is on the road from DC to Denver, the site of the Democratic National Convention, making its way through some of the crucial battleground states that could decide the presidential election.


Filed under: Election Express • Ohio
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Peter

    ohio is obama territory

    August 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Mike

    LOL post#1 is an obvious McBush supporter.

    August 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Karen - Missouri

    Ohio voters need to wake up and vote for Obama and ALL Democrats up for election in their state or McCain will make things even WORSE than Bush...if that's possible...but it is.

    No one in their right mind would vote for Insane McCain

    August 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Raymond Duke

    I hope the people of ohio vote not so much for John McCain but for america. In good faith anybody that has listen to Obama , his wife ,his reverends , his domestic terriost friends and his campagin people like BOB BECKEL and others calling people RACIST, WHITEY AND CRACKER will vote this November against Obama.

    August 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Nobama in Ohio. We don't want an inexperience risky person of questionable religious beliefs to lead our country. Not here and not now.

    O'Boama's an idiot: He is like the green corn in the fields. not good today. Needs to age.

    c'est moi, moi et moi says Obama. Obama's worldview as expressed in Berlin is much closer to the whining, hand wringing critics of Truman, Kennedy and Reagan than it is to the views of these three stalwarts of freedom.

    Obama's response to evil in the world is not "We are staying in Berlin, period," "Ich bin ein Berliner" or "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

    His response is "everybody hold hands and sing Kumbaya, cuz golly gee if the world will only 'act as one,' all our troubles and all the bad guys will go away." Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Obama

    August 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Indiana Bob

    We don't need a President that is all talk. We need a President with some cahonas, but she isn't the nominee. Our only hope is McCain.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Barr '08

    Things younger than John McCain:
    Howdy Doody
    Area Codes
    FM Radio
    Peany Butter & Jelly sandwiches
    Automatic Car Transmissions
    40-Hour Work Week

    I'm leaning towards voting for the presidential candidate NOT endorsed by the worst president in American history.

    August 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    the people of ohio would be complete IDIOTS to vote for McOutsource! the repugs have decimated their employment figures, and they'd even CONSIDER voting for another repug-battered wives syndrome, with maybe a touch of stockholm syndrome thrown in the mix??!!?

    unless they're gluttons for punishment, OH, MI, MN, WV, PA should defintely go blue this election.

    August 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. SCOTT

    YOU JUST WONDER WHEN THE PEOPLE ON OHIO STATE ARE GOING TO SEE THAT THE REPUBLICAN RIGHT AND JOHN MCCAIN WILL BE MORE PROMISES AND NO JOBS. CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE – YES WE CAN!

    VOTE OBAMA 08

    August 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    C'mon Ohio, here's your chance to redeem yourselves.

    August 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. kayla

    you don't have strength to work hard. be careful, your'e no spring chicken. lol

    August 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. ran

    OHIO IS OK BUT FOLKS WE HAVE 49 OTHER STATES .WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE LAST 2 ELECTIONS SHOULD BE PROOF ENOUGH TO DO AWAY WITH THE (EC) ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    AND PEOPLE DON'T FORGET TO VOTE DEMOCRAT AND OBAMA

    August 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. ED FL

    It should be called THE BIAS BUS by the actions of CNN and MSNBC . It will more acurate then it's present name due to the favorit-ism that has now shifted towards John Mccain after you used your [so called intergrity ]to put the boots to Hillary and now your candidate appears to be Mccain over Obama. What disgrace you have brought to a once fair and honorable Institution. At least Fox expresses their favorite biases.

    August 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. mello doug New Mexico

    I don't know why it is a dead tie. Why aren't people asking themselves if they are better or worse on now than 8 years ago. Thats all.

    August 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Texas Trail Dog!

    OH BOY! THE FAIR AND EQUAL PRESS WAGON IS ON THE TRAIL SO THEY CAN CATCH EVERY MOVE THEIR BOY OBAMA MAKES TO PLAY HIM UP LIKE A MOVIE STAR. NOT!!!. HE LOOKS LIKE A MOVIE STAR ALRIGHT. A WALKING PRETZEL WITH LONG LEGS AND FLAPPING EARS, BUT HE DOES MATCH UP GOOD WITH THE BIG MOUTH GREMLIN WIFE MICHELLE OF HIS. BOY, SOMEONE SAID HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE WAS. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING THROUGH OR HAVE YOU HAD TOO MUCH LSD.

    August 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Ron Nebraska

    If voting in Ohio is conducted fairly I see no problem in an Obama victory. John McCain is really a poor choice as candidate and has clearly indicated his would be more of the same type politics as we've endured for far too many years already.

    August 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Seanm

    The only thing John McCain can offer Ohio is more lost jobs a la the DHL debacle. Vote for American jobs. Vote Obama.

    August 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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