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. Dave

    Michigan will fall in line with Ohio, economy there is much worst than most can imagine! It is result of having a LIB governor, see MI, OH, CA, that is where economy will head under LIB Obama!

    September 15, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Sandy

    Obama is finally coming out and hitting McLiar hard. Obama's latest ad called 'Honor' is the harshest yet.

    McCain has stepped over the line with his vile, dishonest ads and I am glad to see him being called out for it.

    Obama / Biden '08

    September 15, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Undecided

    It's just a poll, first of all. Not some conspiracy.

    I don't agree with McCain's politics. But Obama is an unabashed socialist who thinks government can fix our problems. I voted Obama in the primary, but have since read "The Audacity of Hope". The man is much farther left than his campaign lets on. He wants government programs to fix every thing and "a socially justified redistribution of wealth that would bring hope to many who seemingly have none."

    Socialism does not equal hope. Just read his book.

    Then again...McCain isn't much better.

    September 15, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Jesse


    We all remember what happened when we had elected another bold face liar as president 8 years ago. I, for one, will never vote for the 3rd bush term...... Wake up America, it's a matter of our lives....

    September 15, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Darryl

    Is Senator John McCain straight ourt lying?

    Palin's Project List Totals $453 Million Last week, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, hadn't sought earmarks or special-interest spending from Congress, presenting her as a fiscal conservative. But state records show Gov. Palin has asked U.S. taxpayers to fund $453 million in specific Alaska projects over the past two years.

    September 15, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Llarry

    A dead heat for Obama is AMAZING news, this is a state McCain NEEDS to win, as he cannot get enough electoral votes without it. Hard to see how McCain is not worried stiff about this, especially with Obama closing the gap in the daily trackers. Wonderful news!

    Obama '08!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    These polls are so fluid right now. If anyone remembers the Democratic Primary in New Hampshire, they had Obama winning by double digits. But it was Clinton winning by double digits. This year, the polls have shown how error laden they really are (don’t forget the exit polling in Florida in 2000), and the pundits are shocked when it happens. It is not a statistical anomaly when the data being used is flawed.

    September 15, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Josh

    We are easily fooled. We got fooled twice the past two elections. McCain will be more of the same.......maybe we have to be shown our mistakes. Bring it on, we deserve it!

    September 15, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. jon

    john mccain says 3million $ was spent for dna on crabs in montana and he will stop it when he is president. how about 4million$ that was spent in alaska on fishes by palin double talk

    September 15, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. ruben villa

    Sorry but we fell for 8 years. No more Bush style politics.

    September 15, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Kim, Georgia

    WOW, McCain thinks the Economy is OK!!!! Anymore questions???

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2009!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. CT from Chi-Town

    BoA, Lehman, WaMu... can we say the economy is in a recession now? And who put us there? McCain is trying to tout that he's the "change" agent? Here's what's the most frightening thing. Bush has pulled $500B + out of our economy with his tax break for the rich and the Iraq War. What our economy needs now is an FDR-like series of programs designed to update our infrastructure and create jobs. Who's going to propose that? McSame? It IS the Economy Stupid! Which candidate said he doesn't really understand the economy and which candidate surrounded himself with the best and brightest including Warren Buffet? If you don't understand that voting for McCain and his unprecedentedly unready VP candidate will result in continued support for the top 10% of this country to rake more money from the taxpayers of this country, then you deserve everything you get!

    September 15, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Matt

    Undecided, you are simply spreading lies. Nice try tho. The "socialism" buzz word does tend to upset the segment of the population that still wears a mullet.

    September 15, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. peter

    Yap, there you go again CNN! you are making persuading uninformed Americans to make the wrong choice. We understand the dramma helps your bottom line, but you must undertsnad that this greed is not making America a better place. Shame on you.

    Vote Obama-Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Danw

    Sue, NY...who checks fact check? The Demos? Certainly no one who cares about the truth!

    September 15, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. deeds

    Well Well Well..You Obamma supporters are starting to panic! The GOP will win and we will this country will get back on track after 2 horriable years of the democratics controling congress, being the odstructionist to the positive programs of the Republicans! GO GOP BEAT OBAMMA!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Jon

    Kerry states + IA + NM + CO = Obama wins. Obama is currently ahead in all of these states.

    McCain can have Ohio.

    September 15, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. TN for Obama

    Bush, I see in the news today your administration is ending on a high note. How many people have you helped put out of work??? Well, I guess we can always look toward the WAR as an employment opportunity even w/o WMDs being found.

    Worst Ever

    Worst Ever

    Worst Ever

    America, don't make Bush 2nd Worst ever.....

    Vote Obama ! ! ! !

    September 15, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Factories Closing

    McCain = same...time for a new direction.

    September 15, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. carolflowery

    Treason is the violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.

    September 15, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Listen UP Obamanation

    I think the constant negative put downs of other Americans and the vitriolic attacks from the so-called Obama supporters are losing him this race.

    The democrats used to be the champions of civil rights, women's rights, acceptance, tolerance, inclusion. They chmpioned equality and freedom. Now they rig elections, strong-arm at caucus, threaten and bully people into voting their way.

    They gut and tear at candidates of their OWN party- great leaders and warriors for the people- JUST look at what happened to Hillary Clinton.

    Now the democrats call everyone idiots, racists, and morons JUST for having a different point of view. They denigrate, deride and demean women and the elderly. They do nothing but spew insults and vitriol.

    And look at what is happening to Obama. Those tactics of division and intimidation are backfiring. You can't demoralize and debase people into voting your way.

    September 15, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    the repugs are posting under different names including my own. If there is a post supporting mcliar and that insipid inept Palin, it's not from me.

    Finally the American people are waking up to how truly disgusting the repugs are. They are all liars

    September 15, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. barbara

    CNN – Are you afraid of Sarah Palin? Ever since she appeared, you have nothing – NADA – (remember that) to say about the Obama/Biden ticket. For days you forgot that Joe Biden was even part of the race. We have heard everything we need to know about Sarah Palin to realize she is not ready to help lead (or lead) our nation. Maybe some people care more about pigs and lipstick but I think I speak for others when I say we want to hear about the issues. I wonder if we will see coverage of Obama's speech and Joe Biden's "Bush 44" speech. Oh, we may see one or two lines, but I bet Sarah Palin's repeat of the same words she has said for more than 2 weeks will be all over the nightly news. Why don't I expect to see my comments priinted. You have yet to print anything I write. For the record, CNN is not the only station to over-do the Palin coverage. I just heard that Fox News is
    airing a two-part documentary on Todd Palin. I hope they remember to ask about his involvement in troopergate.

    September 15, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Shirley-Ohio

    Ohio deserves to lose if McCain is elected to office, all the jobs here will go overseas. Ohio will have no one to blame for its high job loss if McCain wins this. You racist people put a clothes pin on your nose and vote for the right person.

    September 15, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. prairieguy

    Geee, every poll I have seen for Ohio has Obama ahead 3-5%..where the heck does CNN get its stuff?????????????????

    September 15, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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