August 26th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Presidential race tight in battleground states

DENVER (CNN) - The race for the White House is as close in some of the key battleground states as it is nationally.

Quinnipiac University polls out today in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania are an indicator of just how tight the battle stands right now between John McCain and Barack Obama.

The survey suggests that the Arizona senator has a four point lead, 47 to 43 percent, over Obama in Florida. Last month Obama had a two point lead in the state that decided it all back in the 2000 election.

In Ohio, the Quinnipiac University poll puts Obama up by one point, 44 to 43 percent, over McCain, down from a two point lead in their last survey. That’s a statistical dead heat.

The Illinois senator has a 49 to 42 percent advantage in Pennsylvania. That seven point lead is unchanged from last month.

The surveys in the three states, which have a combined 68 electoral votes, were conducted from August 17 to 24, which was partially before and after Obama’s naming of Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.

The state surveys show what we are also seeing nationally, that the race between McCain and Obama and is basically all tied up. Our latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll out earlier this week had the race deadlocked at 47 percent. The CNN survey was taken entirely after the naming of Biden as Obama’s running mate.

“Given all of the obstacles facing the Republican Party this year, John McCain has to be pleased. The race for the White House up for grabs,” says CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Polls
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Denise

    Obama is going to acquire a major bounce after his speech Thursday night. I say between 6-15 points

    August 26, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    McCain is the the guy who sang into a live microphone "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" This is who you feel should lead the free-world? He will shoot first and ask questions later (actually he'll send your kids in to do the shooting). Ideologically he is as far apart from Hillary as anyone you could imagine. Obama sure takes a lot of heat from Hillary supporters and all he ever did was take the high road (no 3 AM ads from his camp). He played completely by the rules and "won" the nomination as much for his organization as for his message.

    Here's the reality, you've all seen the effect of a non-intellectual President (8 years and potentially counting). These are the types that are easily manipulated by their background supporters (see all the various lobbyists). Why would you want an anti-intellect to lead your country? You're better than that.

    Think of your greatest presidents of all time and all of them were intellectuals.

    John McCain does not have the intelligence or the temperment for this position. If you're so against Obama then just don't vote at all.

    August 26, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. TOT in WA

    Obamidiots true colors showing today. Already blaming everybody but their golden child for his inevitable loss this November. This was supposed to be the democrats year, but after the (anti-Clinton)DNC/Main Scheme Media successfully swiftboated Hillary out of the nomination...........NEWSFLASH............ As I am writing this I just heard on the real news station that the dem camps are STILL negotiating on the Nomination Vote, and that they may not have a floor vote. Instead the vote may take place in the Elected Delegates hotel rooms! The dog and pony show is trying to pin the tail on the donkey when it should be trying to pin an intelligible platform to their Selected One.

    August 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. BJ

    NO BOUNCE, NOBAMA!!!

    He is 2 points BELOW John McCain in the polls now!!!

    Obama is going to LOSE! No one believes him, and I don't blame them. Hillary is the only candidate that is qualified to be president.

    August 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    WE EAGERLY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM JOHN McCAIN ABOUT HIS UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT TO THE CORRUPT EX-PRESIDENT
    OF PAKISTAN, PARVEZ MUSHARRAF. ONCE AGAIN, JOHN McCAIN WAS WRONG. THIS SHOWS THAT JOHN McCAIN'S JUDGEMENT, AS USUAL, IS COMPLETELY WRONG WHEN THE ISSUE IS FOREIGN POLICY.
    PROBABLY JOHN McCAIN WOULD LIKE TO CONSULT HIS AIDS ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WHAT A OLD, VERY OLD POLITICIAN IS JOHNNY, HEY !

    August 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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