September 15th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN Electoral Map: Minnesota now a toss-up

CNN now considers Minnesota a tossup state.
CNN now considers Minnesota a tossup state.

(CNN) - As evidence of a tightening presidential race mounts, CNN is altering its Electoral Map, shifting Minnesota and its ten electoral votes from leaning towards Barack Obama to a toss up state.

With the shift of Minnesota, CNN now estimates that if the presidential election were held today, Obama would win 233 electoral votes and John McCain 189. There are 116 electoral votes up for grabs; 270 electoral votes are needed to win the White House.

A CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted two weeks ago had Obama up 12 points over McCain in Minnesota. But a Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune poll released Sunday suggests the race is tied, with each candidate getting the support of 45 percent of Minnesota voters questioned in the survey. The poll was conducted entirely after the end of the Republican National Convention, which was held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"Events are moving so quickly in the presidential race that polls taken before the Republican convention probably aren't accurate reflections of what is going on in swing states today," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The pace of the campaign means that we may see more shifts, in either direction, in states like Minnesota."

The CNN Electoral Map takes into account a number of factors, including the most recent state polls, voting trends, and campaign ad spending and events in the particular states.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Minnesota
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Chris from MPLS

    I am pretty sure they didn't poll people in Minnesota... if they had they would know Obama will win here in a landslide!

    September 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. JohnJon

    . CNN"Most Trusted Name In News. Now thats a laugh Hahahahahahahah. CNN has sold out to the GOP

    September 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. BILL COLLIN

    JOHN MCCAIN SUFFERS FROM SHELL SHOCK A WW11 WORD
    OLD SOLDIERS GET IT , [JOHN MADE HIS DURING KEATING 5
    LINCOLN SAVINGS FRAUD , WITH BRO. GLENN, AL CRANSTON, DENNY, DECONCINI, DON RIEGLE, THE GUYS,
    HE IS BUSH 44, COMBAT WOUNDED HERO, LIKE GEORGE W.
    BUSH YALE GRADUATE, JET PILOT LIKE BUSH , 2ND GENERATION
    AMERICAN HERO

    September 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. no fear

    maybe the majority of Americans are not so naive to believe in and vote for McCain in this election, but what are the powers that be willing to do to skew the vote to make it LOOK as if we are voting for a repeat of more of the same? let's start the dialogue that gets us to thinking how we are going to counter the potentially unscrupulous acts of corrupting the vote.

    September 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. OFFWALLST

    I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OTHER STATES WILL BE FOLLOWING THE LEAD WASHINGTON STATE.....NEW MEXICO.......PENN.....MICHIGAN

    YOU HEARD IT HEAR FIRST....

    LANDSLIDE IN THE MAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. MN, stay blue!

    DISGUSTING.

    Fellow Minnesotans, stand up against this liar of a ticket.

    STAY BLUE!!!

    September 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Bridgette-PA

    CNN, please with the changing from leaning to toss up every five minutes...we don't care right now. Do this once a month and we will be fine. Focus on John McCsame and the fake Tina Fey on the issues that they consistently are lieing to the American people about every day!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    September 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. mitchell

    the economy is strong , americans are just in a 'mental recession'. the ' nation of whiners' should hold their tongues.

    September 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. inga

    OK, Minnesota – Open your eyes. There are only 2 major investment banking firms left (and they are not left standing strong). Allen Greenspan says that our economy is in dire shape.

    McCain has said several times before that he doesn't really know anything about the economy.

    Don't waste your vote on McCain, who would push our country into a full blown Depression. Use your vote for the growth of your state, and the growth of our country.

    September 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Troubles? What Troubles?

    These last 8 years has been a breeze for John. What are those Americans whining about, life is fine.

    This man does not deserve our respect, or our vote.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Jorge Rey

    You would think that the 61 million Americans who voted for George Bush for two consecutive terms would have learned their lesson by now. The closeness of this election is appalling. If America elects John McCain, let them continue to reap what it sowed.

    September 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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