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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. ltd1974

    Go Obama. I'm so tired of this McCain and Hillary thread filled with hate. Hillary supporters remember this" Lack of contentment breeds resentment" This what we are seeing flooded in almost every thread.

    Obama '08 and 12

    August 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Going Down Hard!

    August 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. raheen PA


    August 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |


    August 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |

    Polls, polls, polls which one favors McWar?!

    August 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is this a surprise? Most pundits have been guessing that NJ leans towards Obama at this point. PA is still a toss up state. It is becoming more clear that McCain is going to have to do something to win PA.

    August 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. JP

    The trend is, on most important issues, McCain makes a firm stand, and Obama gradually catches up, be it Georgia, Offshore drilling, condition based withdrawal from Iraq, Surveillance vote and on many other issues.

    Does Obama have a firm foot any issue at all, except his adamant call to unduly tax successful enterprises?

    August 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Tired of W, OH

    Great news. Also, McCain will lose Ohio because of the DHL job losses. McCain pushed hard for having foreign-owned DHL corporation buy out an American company, Airborn Express, in Wilmington, OH. 5 years later, DHL is closing the Wilmington business and putting 8,000 workers out of a job. This is how McCain "supports" American companies. If you vote for McCain, this is just the tip of the iceburg.

    McCain + America = 3rd world country.

    August 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. nc raleigh republicane for obama

    good job obama

    August 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Justin Hussein - NC

    He's going to win. No weapon formed against him...Not McCain, Repugs smears, or phony Clinton groups that are run by Repugs (PUMA, Denver Group) will stop us.

    Yes We Can 08

    August 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. EDW

    Welcome Penn State from a Californian Obama supporter. Great Obama bumper stickers on

    August 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Irishspacemonk

    This is great news. And shows that a state by state focus is more important than a national focus for winning.

    August 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Ken

    My only comment on NJ's voting record is: what could they possibly have been thinking in 1988??!!! The boarder between us and Dumbf**kistan certainly has been a fluid one over the years.

    August 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Seth

    I'm tired of my comments not getting posted. Who does the moderating? Geez. Post an intelligent comment once in a while.

    August 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Terry

    Hillary for president.

    August 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. DR. YES

    "a change is a comin' "

    August 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. CT voter

    The situation with the kidnappings in mexico, please help! I haven't heard the campaigns talk about it, please please address this. I'm begging you guys if anyone take's notice please have Mr. Obama, or any politician for that matter address it. Please!

    August 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. BR

    Ahh, to be a kool-aid drinking lib. It must be nice to be oblivious to the world.

    August 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Don Colony14Author, Peruibe, Brasil

    Well, it's easy to be ahead in many polls when the media asks such tough questions as: "What's your favorite ice cream flavor?" How about some questions about how Obama's policies will destroy the American economy (

    August 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Steve

    I pray that Obama becomes the next President of the United States.

    America will be at war withing a year if McSurge is ever elected. He's now playing the part of a puppet for the President of Georgia by buying into his lies after he antagonized the Russians. And now the MORON in the White House is about to send aid in by air.

    Georgia wants the US to get into their mess. MISERY LOVES COMPANY. I bet BUSH has not given thoughts to an AMERICAN SUPPLE PLANLE BEING SHOT OUT OF THE SKY OVER GEORGIA by the Georgians, and the Georgian blaming it on the RUSSIANS. Just like the Georgian President claiming the Russian DROPPING BOMB WITH F AMERICA & F NATO written on them.


    Let the French and the European Union lead the way to a cease fire.

    Obama know this and it;s the reason why he's being careful with his words.

    August 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. anonymous

    Oh well, if Obama is elected we only have to listen to him for 4 years 8 at the most let the poor fellow try to be a leader.

    August 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Obama girl

    He looks pretty darn good for a 47 year old man- no fat on him whatsoever.

    Obama Ba-rocks my world.

    August 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |



    August 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. anonymous

    I'm sure he can get lots of help from Oprah

    August 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Sarah

    Oh, please. I'm an Obama supporter, but this is hardly worth the energy of whoever wrote it. Who didn't think Obama was going to take New Jersey, and likely Pennsylvania?

    Why don't you mention that the most recent polls show Obama is ahead in the Republican state of Alaska, and Pollster has moved Alaska into the "toss-up" category? Now THAT'S news.

    August 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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