September 15th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll of polls: Dead heat in Ohio battleground

McCain and Obama are tied in Ohio.

McCain and Obama are tied in Ohio.

(CNN) - It all came down to Ohio in the last presidential election. 2008 could be a sequel.

A new CNN poll of polls of the latest surveys in Ohio suggest the race for the state and its crucial 20 electoral votes is a dead heat.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain is the choice of 46 percent of Ohio likely voters, one point ahead of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, according to the poll compiled Monday morning. Nine percent of those questioned are undecided.

The CNN poll of polls is an average of the most recent surveys in Ohio, using a Suffolk University poll conducted Sept. 10-13, a University of Cincinnati survey taken Sept. 5-10, and a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Sept. 5-9. All three surveys were taken after the completion of both party's political conventions.

Both campaigns are spending a lot of time and money campaigning in the Buckeye state. George W. Bush's victory in Ohio in 2004 clinched his re-election as president.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Gerald in Georgia

    Wow, CNN you had a CNN Special: Barack Obama Revealed and you interviewed Barack Obama. You had John McCain Revealed and you interviewed John McCain. You had Joe Biden Revealed and you interviewed Joe Biden. You had Sarah Palin Revealed and you interviewed her family and friends!!! Really CNN???

    How much is the media going to let this lady get away with???

    September 15, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. inga

    In Popular vs. Electoral votes , Obama is still in the lead. Also, polls don't include cell phone users or the tens of millions of new voter registrants and people that did not vote in the 2004 election. The polls are murky at best.

    September 15, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. LifeLongDemocrat

    I believe Obama is really ahead because the pollsters use landlines for their surveys but we need to perservere and send money to Obama to wage a proper ad campaign.

    I am disappointed that McCain is letting the lying continue. He is not the person I thought he was and will not get out of this campaign with his reputation intact.

    Obama is finally starting to answer the smears...too bad as he wanted to run a clean campaign.

    Palin: you're not qualified...get out of the race while you can!

    September 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. ZANE

    It looks as if Ohio, Florida, Virgina and possibly Missouri will decide the election. It will be interesting to see if the people in those states who are suffering stick with what got them there or will they step out and go a different direction.

    September 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. GARY


    September 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Terry from GA

    How can the polls be tied in Ohio when the only thing McCain/Palin did last week was tell lies?

    September 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Robert, New York, NY

    Great work America! Once again, no one matters but the white trash from Ohio.

    September 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. John from LA

    Once again-EXCELLENT NEWS!!!-Bye Bye BO-people are finally waking up and realizing that BO just doesn't cut it!!!


    and bots-you can no longer say-smolls polls-BO is off message and the voting public sees this novice can't handle attacks-

    DNC....Buyers remorse????

    September 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Sweetie

    McCain is Hot!

    Obama is NOT!

    McCain/Palin-08-In a Landslide victory for all Americans!

    September 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. advice

    When job lost is such an important issue , I can't believe John Mccain is ahead . Are people really voting on issue or they finally agree with the McCain campaign that it's not about issue?
    OH lala .

    September 15, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. demwit

    Palin for Queen!!

    September 15, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. demwit

    Queen Sarah!!

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. J from DC

    As the problems continue to build with the economy, I hope people use their brains, a little more than there heart, and vote for the man who championed for change over the last 3 years, and the VP who has been in DC long enough to see it happen without risk. I still like Biden, and don’t get to see enough of him.

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Jason, OH

    As an Ohioan, sorry to tell Obama supporters that I don't have great confidence of my fellow stately brethren.

    We'll see.

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Reject the slime

    If Obama wins Ohio it's over. Period. He can win many different ways without Florida or Ohio, but if he wins either one he's won the race.

    People – pay attention. This race shouldn't even be close. Look at why you're voting for McCain. Are you excited about embracing the Bush policies? Or are you just voting against Sen. Obama? Do you really want a hockey mom with a short, scandal-filled tenure thousands of miles from the mainland a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

    Use your heads. Reject bigotry, corruption and dirty politics as usual. Embrace change and save our nation from certain ruin.

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Candy West Virginia

    Wow, people are actually seeing through the farce of mccain/palin ticket who are proven pathological liars.

    September 15, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. CM

    OK Ohio, lets not screw this up again.

    September 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Terry

    Mc Cain / Palin will win!!!!!! The predominate voter will wake up throughout this country finally.
    Obama is way out of his league.
    DEMS made a big mistake by not picking Hillary.

    Now it over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. jfs Memhis, Tn

    How much longer will allow these uninformed voters control the mess that they have helped to make of this country ????

    September 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. Grace Needed

    PLEASE Ohio, recognize the truth from all the lies!!! Senator McCain is NO reformer. He isn't the person he once was. We supported him in 2000. He has fallen fast and far. He has flip-flopped on every major reform he once proposed of the last decade. He has lied about being bipartisan. Senator Obama has worked successfully across the aisle between partisan much more. He can make the changes need in Washington with Biden's help and ours! He will make government more transparent, as he already has. Don't be deceived – Palin was never vetted and like Agnew ('73) will have all kinds of investigations and end up resigning in office. She not ready. We can't afford all these distractions. Let's get our country back on track to be the leader we've been blessed to be. You will know a person by the fruit they bear!

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. John in PA

    Not to say "I told you so", but Hillary would have had no problem winning Ohio, and would have been able to spend her time and resources in other more critical states. Obama looks more and more like he is going to blow it.

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Sue, NY

    I'm listenig to McCain right now in Fla. and he is continuing to lie...he's been called on this by well as others and he continues to lie....Please do not put in office a LIER!

    He thinks that if he keeps repeating the same lies...that people will believe him even if every news outlet says different...even the sleaze bag of Karl Rove says he's not being truthful...

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. ct

    How much of a recession does there need to be, for people to want to change the Bush policies and tax system. Sure when your in a whole lets dig deeper, boy sometime's I think half of Ohio deserve's what they get with Mccain, I just feel sorry for the other half.

    September 15, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Silky Terrier K

    Palin is castrating McCain and making herself the laughing stock of America. Voters are finding out McCain is a liar and Palin is confortable lying to voters too. Voters will vote Obama/Biden in the end. THE REPUBLICANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE. vote DEMOCRAT..

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Obama WILL win FL

    Wake up America...... McCain/Palin is WORSE than Bush. McCain is running a "Karl Rove style campain" and Palin is trying to BLOCK subpoenas.... McCain thinks WOMEN are STUPID... he believed, if he put a women (he met ONCE) on his ticket... women would vote for him.... SHOW him you are NOT stupid.

    September 15, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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