August 13th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 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
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  1. YeahISaidIt

    You republicans & Hellary supporters obviously take pride in being ignorant.

    August 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. William, from Cali!

    You don't say! I bet they still "cling to their guns and religion"; ever thou, they are not as "bitter"....................................

    August 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Black and White yes we can

    American for CHANGE

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Interesting... McCain has had the entire week to himself and can't muster much support.

    August 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. TH - USA

    Do yourself a favor; see the movie "OBSESSION".
    Or go to obsessionthemovie.com

    It answered my questions as I sure it will yours!

    August 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Vig

    CNN is so biased in Obama's favor I don't believe any of the polls they use and neither should anyone else. If it were the other way around do you think they would be blaring McCain's leads? And some polls say McCain is leading Obama or neck-in-neck. Why isn't CNN publishing those polls?

    August 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. James in NJ

    Of course Obama is up in NJ, who could vote for four/eight more years of bumbling around with our country irresponsibly.
    Question: Did y'all see who helped calm down the Russians...The French President did, thanks dude!
    Who do think France would rather deal with McCain or Obama? I remember the Europe trip, I would say... Obama!

    August 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. ARB

    Why are you idiot Obama supporters so happy to hear this? Have you forgotten that the election is held in NOVEMBER, NOT AUGUST.

    August 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. ARB

    I HOPE ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS GET WANT YOU WANT AND HE GETS ELECTED....THEN YOU WILL REALLY SEE HOW BAD OFF WE CAN REALLY BE AND YOU'LL HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELF.....WAY TO GO OBAMA SUPPORTERS!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. GINA, OHIO

    GO OBAMA!!!!! POUND THAT OLD FART WARMONGER!! OBAMA YOU ARE "THE ONE" THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. demwit

    Wow! Obama is leading in states that Kerry won. Thanks for pointing that out CNN...

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. David Goldman for OBAMA

    AMERICANS DON'T QUIT THEIR WELL PAYING

    JOBS BECAUSE THE COMPETENT CEO OF

    THE COMPANY IS BLACK. WE WANT TO SUCCEED.

    THE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS OF THIS NATION

    WANT THEIR CHILDREN WELL, WELL EDUCATED &

    PROSPEROUS & WE CAN HAVE THAT IN ONE GENERATION,

    WITH GOOD POLICIES & IF WE PUT OUR MINDS TO IT.

    WE DON'T NEED ANY MORE BUSH EDUCATION POLICY.

    THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE BENEFITING BY IT IS THE BUSH

    BROTHER THAT IS MAKING MILLIONS SCAMMING THE SYSTEM.

    EVERY THING BUSH DID & MCBUSH WANTS TO DO IS JUST

    A HUGE SCAM FOR THE RICH TO GRAB OUR TAX DOLLARS.

    August 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. It Be Me

    I love the pic with the kids.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. TX for OBAMA

    The Old Man is again talking to the Clouds – as we speak (in Michigan).

    Actually I am glad that he speaks more. The more he speaks the more people he will scare off

    OBAMA ‘08

    August 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. paul

    McCain all the way

    John McCain 08

    August 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I AM NOT VOTING TO BENEFIT OBAMA, THIS NOVEMBER.

    I AM VOTING FOR OBAMA SO CHILDREN CAN HAVE MEDICAL

    INSURANCE, BETTER NUTRITION DUE TO A BETTER

    ECONOMY, BETTER EDUCATION & MOST OF ALL A BETTER

    COUNTRY & WORLD TO GROW & LIVE IN. MCSENILE IS JUST

    A DEMENTED OLD SHADY CHARACTER WAITING TO SELL

    US AGAIN RIGHT DOWN THE SAME CRAPPER GEORGE DID.

    August 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. matt

    Once the younger population following Obama goes back to school later this month, they will start forgetting and the numbers will drop.

    August 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. JD

    Would someone who supports Obama, actually works AND pays taxes please explain to me why? His programs all point to huge increases in socialist-style government spending that can only be supported by tremendous increases in tax revenue. And since democrats don't understand that lowering the tax rates actually increases revenue, then you know what's going to happen if BO wins.........

    August 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Houston, TX

    Yes we can!!! Please lets unite......McCain is not the answer we need we all know that!!!

    Obama 08/12!!!

    August 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    DADDYEXPERIENCE IN WAR should have no march not in Arizona.

    August 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Alice Brinkley

    The Pennsylvanians went for Kerry last time, but he did not win the Presidency. NJ has always been dem country – bunch of left wing liberals there.

    August 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Ryan Albequerque, NM
    What in the name of common sense does the Senator's vacation have to do with the Russian/Gorgian conflict. Hello, he's not president now....and by the way neither is McCain (he's the Gorgian guy). It's an issue that Bush should address and not by sabre rattling.

    Why don't you go put a cold pack on your head so your senses can be revived.

    August 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. s.b.

    Obama is actually down in these polls as it is likely voters that are reported. He is only up by 5 in Pennsylvania, the lowest poll in a long time. Nothing like reporting the real numbers and not just propaganda CNN? Oh right it's CNN.

    August 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Philip

    I too say that all American's should redouble there efforts to make sure that the country is headed in a new direction. Please donate to the Obama campaign–NOW!

    August 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Maggie from New Jersey

    New Jersey is for Obama

    August 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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