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. kevin from kc

    Obama all the way to White House

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

    interesting because just today another poll showed PA getting tight to 4% ( Keep up the fairy tail CNN

    August 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Jenna, CA

    Yes, I agree, don't get too complacent. We are 80 days away, so let's keep up the good work.

    I will be at the Denver Convention to volunteer any way I can. If others are thinking about it, just do it. We need everyone's help. Then we'll see each other in WASHINGTON, D.C. in January.

    Go big or go home, baby. Whooohoooooo!

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Wow a Person who hates America is winning over Americans?

    Do any of you people work or are you all collecting your welfare checks waiting for your savior to anointed King of the USA?

    Welfare Recipients 4 Obama

    August 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Judgement over experience

    Hey Democrat for John McCain – instead of spouting that empty repug rhetoric or sound like a shrill puma/pac chickie why don't you investigate for yourself and go to Obama's website and read the 1,000 or so pages of policies, etc that he has. He also has more 'experience' in office than shrillary he served 8 yrs as Illinois Senator and 3 as US senator besides being a Constitutional Law Scholar. Uninformed people would crack me up if you guys weren't so pathetic.

    August 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Chi4Obama

    Grandpy McSane and the rest of the GOP are a Joke.
    They have absolutely no platform to run on this election. Hence, the reason why they try to slander Obama every other second.
    If you don't believe me, then just try tuning into "FIX" (FOX) news on any given night.....

    The majority voters in NJ & PA, obviously have good sense. So this poll is no surprise.

    Obama's biggest challenge this election may not be against McSane and the rest of the GOP. Instead, it may be related to appeasing all of the hard core "PUMA" and Pro-Hillary pundits that will only vote for McCain out of jealousy (because Hillary didnt' win the nomination)...

    Unified Democrats '08

    August 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Richard

    Hillary supporter for McCain!!!!!!

    Hillary supporter for McCain!!!!!!

    Hillary supporter for McCain!!!!!!

    Hillary supporter for McCain!!!!!! A true American!

    August 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Mike from CA.

    I dare say that the totally ludicrous comments I read from the McCain supporters, only reinforces my opinion that a great majority of older folks still cling to their racist beliefs and simply will look for any excuse, no matter how stupid it may be, for their reasons not to vote for Obama. Obama's only hope is that the younger generation goes against their past practice, and this time really shows up at the polls. Maybe one day when my generation and my father's genaration is long dead and buried, racist will be a distinct minority in our land. Unfortunatelly we are still a long ways off from that day.

    August 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    I will tell you i have alot of family and friends all throughout NY that are obama supporters, And i can tell you now if hillary trys to steal the nomonation from him HILLARY CAN KISS HER SENATE SEAT IN NY BYE BYE!!!!!!! and if she should happen to become the nomoniee NO VOTES FOR HER FROM MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Jrzy

    The reason Obama isn't up by more in the blue state of NJ is that the Democratic Governor is not very popular Nor was the last one), most voters are registered Independents, there are a lot of rich Republicans that live there ... annnnnd .. Hillary won NJ!

    August 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Doug, New Jersey

    The libs in this state would vote for Osama if he had a little d next to his name ,so I would hope they would vote for Obama.

    The rest of the nation should know about New Jersey, go get the dvd's of the Soprano series, that is how the people here are. Ovbiously such people are lib Democrats, no republican could act that way and live with themself for it.

    August 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Jeff an Independent

    Who cares about polls right now?

    What I love is this photo – of our next president doing what fathers are meant to do, with his daughters.

    August 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Janet, New York

    President Obama, 2008!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. MD for Obama

    TO Ryan-Albuquerque, NM

    What is the point of your post? Obama is a nominee, not the President yet! This turmoil in Georgia should be addressed by the current administration and I bet if Obama did say anything now you would accuse him of thinking he was president already! You sound like those idiot PUMA's who criticize EVERYTHING he does. Obama needs all the vacation he can get since he will be very busy for the next 4 years.

    August 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Thank God he untucked his shirt from his shorts.

    I was reconsidering my support over that.

    August 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Sprayem [youtube name]

    Obama is actually up by more in every poll, because most of us minority supporters do not answer the phone unless we know who it is, and young folks do not even use landlines. On every poll, add 20 to make up for us minorities and young folks that are not polled.

    August 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. driheet

    Why do commentars persist in the myth that PA is a tossup. When was the last time it voted Rep? Gov, Philly and Pittsurgh mayors all Dems. No significant PA GOP umless you count Ridge who lives in Washington.

    August 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Chi4Obama

    Math lesson:


    August 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Geoz

    Bring America Back! Thanks Obama, end the right wing downward spiral.

    August 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Republican for change

    Looks like John may need to surge the polls

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Melanie Jones

    Good news for Obama. Go Obama '08. CNN, I guess all of your hard work sheilding McCain is not working. Stop trying to prop McCain and go back to your fair and objective roots. Please CNN.

    August 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Mike in MN

    And Obama is down in Florida and Virgina also two critical states.

    McCain rocks.

    August 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. McCain = War

    New Jersey and Pennsylvania welcome Obama with open arms!!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Mark

    Let's vote for the smart guy this time around!

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Obama Supporter VA

    You asked: 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.

    He is running for the Presidency and showing our country and the rest of the world that our leaders are not ignorant, self centered, unthoughtful and articulate

    He has provided inspiration to our nation, letting us know that FEAR is NOT how we should live.

    He has shown that it is ok to be different and not to be scared of people who are not like us!

    He has called out the Republican Machine on their lies and deceitful policies....

    He has challenge the average American to want to be educated and get facts for themselves.

    He has demonstrated thoughtfulness and not the same old COWBOY, GO it ALONE approach of BUSH and MCSAME oh , I mean MCCAIN

    He has shown the world that we are able to admit our mistakes and look for ways to amend and advance beyond those mistakes.

    Basically, he has shown Americans that we can be proud of our Best....... He has demonstrated how our children, when educated can achieve whatever goals they set!

    He will be the President of the United States.

    To be honest.... McCain and Bush have done nothing but gotten our country into wars, reduced educational support to the poor, reduced healthcare, improve the profits of the wealthy and most of all made us feel hopeless and vulnerable as a nation.

    BARACK OBAMA – President of the United States of America

    August 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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