August 13th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama up in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Obama is vacationing in Hawaii.

Obama is vacationing in Hawaii.

(CNN) - New polls out Wednesday show Barack Obama is leading in two Northeastern states - one of which will likely play a key role in deciding the next President of the United States.

A Franklin & Marshall poll out of Pennsylvania shows the Illinois senator leads McCain by eight points (44-36 percent) among registered voters, while a Quinnipiac poll of likely voters in New Jersey puts Obama up by 10 there. The Pennsylvania poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points, while the New Jersey poll's margin or error is plus or minus 2.6 points.

Pennsylvania is a perennial battleground state and will be heavily contested by both candidates this fall. In 2004, John Kerry carried it by less than 200,000 votes. New Jersey may be a safer bet for Obama - the state hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988.

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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Arkansas Undertaker

    Obama is up in Ohio as well!!!!

    Go Obama! YES WE CAN! and YES WE WILL!

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    August 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    What's news here? Any Democrat should be winning these two states. The bigger story is that Obama is leading by only 10 in NJ. It should be 15+ at this point.

    August 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The disgruntled Northeast will have a lot to say about "same ol' same ol'". My family in Pennsylvania have all done a complete about face regarding McCain and his competency.

    Johnny boy's ship is sinking fast.

    August 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |

    No surprise here. McBush has had this week in the spotlight and he just puts his foot in his mouth trying to look presidential. Keep it up McBush, you're goin' down.

    August 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Rhoda

    If Obama cannot win in New Jersey, he is toast. Frankly, I can't understand why he isn't up by at least 20 points in New Jersey. Democrat governor, two Democrat senators, legislature controlled by Democrats, Newark, Camden, Jersey City, etc.

    August 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Luis


    Vote McCain or join the insane................

    August 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Ex-Republican for Obama

    It's good to see this kind of news. But I urge all Obama supporters to NOT get complacent based on Poll numbers.

    It is a hard cold fact that Obama is DEPENDING on his young voters to turn out in force come November. We have ended up with Republican presidents many times due to one undeniable factor: They tend to be more active come voting day then do the demographically younger Democratic party.

    If Obama is to win, then the YOUNG must hit the polls in November. Do not take it for granted that we have this in the bag. Like it or not, there is a sizable older population that is simply racist and/or religious heretics that will not vote for Obama. That means YOU have to if you support him.

    August 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Pepou

    Great ! Let's beat that old fool McSame once and for all. Or send him to Georgia !

    August 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. charles

    granpa must be real pleased by his bitter comments since he has been roaming PA lately. job welldone Mcbush.

    August 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Harvey Steinberg


    August 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Peter

    hey will win them all

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |

    So let me get this right – he goes on vacation and McCain has a whole week to slander him, lie about his policies and flip/flop with immunity.

    This proves two things: One, the studies that show Obama receives more press but it is mostly more negative press than positive press and without all the negative press people can actually objectively consider his positions; and

    Two, McCain's negative attacks only invite people to take a closer look at Obama's policies to see if what McCain is saying is actually true, as a result Americans are finding out McCain is a liar and deceiver.

    End result – Obama's ratings increase.

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Joe Kiloz

    These polls are as accurate as those which had Hillary Clinton losing by 3 then 24 hours later she won the state after she gave the reasons why she was running along with a little emotion.

    This is nothing more than CNN and the media outlets pushing their aspirations on the rest of us.

    How will the mainstream media explain an Obama loss ? Will it be the "voters in the privacy of the booth" respond differently than when polled about their preferences ?

    Dare you to print it.

    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. WB, PSL




    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Informed Voter

    And this is News How??? .. These States are Blue States ... CNN, Polls about Swing States would be more pertinent . . than this Blue & red States

    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Sounds good to me! Let's keep it that way!

    Obamanation '08


    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. JOANN


    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Shari, NY

    I will be cautiously optimistic. Sen. McCain's obsession with Sen. Obama must be paying off. Don’t be surprised if he is asked what he envisages for America’s future and his answer is: OBAMA!!!

    August 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. voter

    Obama will win NJ. voter registration for democrats is up by 3% in NJ we all are working hard in NJ hosting many events every week to ensure an Obama victory.

    August 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Mccain=Bush=WARMONGERS

    Obama is the Future Mccain is the Past Choose your Future. I Guess all Them attack ads didn't work for Old Mccain Huh Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    YES WE CAN PA !!!!!!! I live in pa and I will tell you now THIS IS OBAMAS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Bendo

    Keep on wasting money in Pa and then going over to TAKE money in NJ while losing that stat also, you would think elmer would be spending some money in Fla, which at the present time, he doesnt think he has too. But wake up on Nov 5 and all the repugs will say..."what happened in FLA"? how could he have lost that state....its called ground game and GOTV which Obama team is light yrs ahead of the Mclame camp, Psst: Johhnie ole boy, er, if you lose Fla, you can plan the new pool and hot tub in your back yard!

    August 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. S. Boatman

    This Is Great News! Im Glad To See Mccain Is Down! People Are Starting To See Mccain For The Clown He Is! . . . . . Landslide . . . Obama!

    August 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. anyomous

    what president is in 1988

    August 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. ChicagoJosh

    Obama 08!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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