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. Yawdie

    All the people who dare CNN to post their comments (thinking that it will get their comments posted) are just plain silly. The moderator must get a real kick out of it. I sure do.

    August 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    Give it up Hillary supporters. There will be approximately 13 percent of Democrats voting for McCain which will be offset by 13 percent of Republicans voting for Barack. Save your 80 million votes for 2012 so that you guys can become two time losers once Obama wins reelection.

    Change 08

    August 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Who is running the US military? Seems like the leadre of Georgia!

    John McCain's close friend, and fellow Georgian told his follow citizens (I guess that would include all American citizens in McCain's world) "that Georgian ports and airports will be taken under the control of the US defense.."

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Ryan - Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Georgians are getting killed and Obama is in Hawaii kicking back

    yeah...VERY PRESIDENTIAL you HACK!!!!

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. somoonesux

    People in PA are too smart to fall for McCain's negative ads. We are also values voters and don't believe a career adulterer deserves to hold the office.

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Sylvia

    I do not believe the polls, any polls. It's just a motivational tool for the other party to campaign harder. No matter what, Barrack Obama will win.

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |

    For people who love Obama. Tell me one thing Obama did good for America. One,please.I know it's going to take all day.

    August 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. aliou FL

    The media is driving these polls down for Obama. I have never seen media so biased.

    How can media (Loo dobb, Borgia, and the other white hair dude, the one who is often with Cafferty) have turned every positive of Obama into negative. given amunition to McSameOld to attack Obama, and actively seek , solicited ways and means to beat Obama, right from the primaries. You always here from these people what anyone can do to beat obama. Guests are frequently asked what they would do to beat Obama.

    The fact that Obama is leading in all polls is turned into negative:
    McCain is a 72 years "very old white hair dude" who spent 26 of them in Washington, elections after elections. He is used to running campaigns and therefore should be ahead in the polls.

    The failures in his party together with his own do nothing 26 yrs ddin't help put him ahead in this election, but his negative campaign is not helping either. What does the media do? Blame Obama for not "being ahead enough".

    This is a guy whom no one knew 10 years ago. He has brilliantly introduced himself to the american people and we adopted and now cherish the ideas he put forward.

    The guy is expert in managing people and the old school has seen only fire when confronted to his high tech, people oriented managment style.

    The guy has actually worked for people, with the people. The white hair dude, on the contrary, had his elections delivered by room service all expense paid by wife n# 2, after he calously ditched the handicaped 1st wife.

    How can you compare archaic McBush with the charismatic, brilliant and futuristic Obama? He has done what goliath alone couldn't do: Knock down Major League Dems power players and now is on his way to knocking down the Dynosaure Republican Quarter back in the major league

    August 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Seniors 78


    August 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Sweetie

    Obama is going to go down in history as the Liberal Left Puppet who lost the election in a year when the Democratic Party should have won!

    I can't help but believe if the Thugs hadn't stolen the Primary away from the candidate that won the popular vote, the numbers would be much higher and we would be looking forward to the end of a long Republican Whitehouse.

    Such a shame!

    McCain 08

    August 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Wiseman

    I am an Obama supporter but I am not too excited with these polls.
    Polls after the convention will make a lot of sense to me.

    However I am happy.

    OBAMA 08

    August 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Polls are not the answer and do not be lulled into a false sense of security. S–t happens. The Most important thing is that we (Obama Supporters) Vote! Let nothing stop you from casting your ballots!
    If we start thinking our votes aren't important because he is ahead in polls, we are in danger of losing. Repugs turn out because they don't have to work. Every vote counts! I would stand in line in a hurricane to vote for Obama. I am not kidding.

    August 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. TX for OBAMA

    Raymond Duke,
    Start beleiving it buddy – Idiots like you are a minority this year. Get a life!

    August 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    That's fine but lets not get complacent. We have much work to do to ensure Barack will be president.

    McCain is running his mouth off about "We are all Georgians" and now the Georgia's president is telling McCain to back up what he says (we know he can't). We don't need this single-minded warmonger near the red button.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 13, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Too many people are worrying about the national poll numbers which reflect how the popular vote would go. They are saying that Obama's lead of only 5 to 6 % is not enough and that he is in trouble now. It doesent matter how he polls on the national level it matters on the state level because the electorial college decides the presidential campaign. You don't have to win the most states, you just have to win the ones that matter most. Right now that lead belongs to Obama.

    August 13, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Cindy

    I'm curious to see the polls that include the reaction to McCain's rousing, "Let's rev up the war with the Russian Empire again!!" The guy sure looked in his element there, when talking about starting another war...

    I mean.. is that what America wants? Chest thumping/draw your weapons first, ask questions later? Senator McCain, exactly how much better than Putin are we trying to be? I can't believe that mentality still works these days... but, I guess we'll find out next week...

    August 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. TonyinKentucky

    McCain is running on less jobs and more wars. Why it surprises anyone that he is behind I'll never know.

    America would be better off with a monkey with a Ouija board than almost any Republican.

    We could care less about experience if it comes with more selling out America to foreign countries and big business. It's called corporate fascism and any of us that would like to preserve individual freedom and opportunity are going to run not walk from McCain.

    August 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. J.D.

    I wish I could vacation in Hawaii.

    August 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. DAVID




    August 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Walter Banks

    Where is Michelle in the vacation photo's

    August 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. linda from South Dakota

    woohoo,, they finally woke up and know whos really tryin to help america,, obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Erica, TX

    I am so tired of hearing all of this talk about "why is he not ahead by this many points, or that many points", these polls are so unreliable. The media is looking for any drama to fill their airtime. What they are leaving out is the fact that in this 21st century, more people use their cell phones, and not landlines as their primary source of communication. I can't wait to see the look on the media's face when the young people come out in droves to take the country back. This will be the year America was restored to it's standing in the world.

    Barack the Vote! OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. sherry for Obama



    August 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Mike, TX

    Hey CNN. Since this is so very important...did he go to the bathroom this morning? What deoderant is he using? etc.

    CNN has become the Obama Cheerleading Network alongside ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS.

    August 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Moderate for O

    Good good! On an unrelated note, the picture to this story is very cute. Though I wonder why CNN chose it for THIS particular story. Way to play to the family values voters. I'm all for O but as a former journalist I really would like to see a little less bias. Just saying.....

    August 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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