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
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  1. RG

    Obama will be ok as long as the new registered voters come to the rescue. The polls do not take into consideration people who have never voted and the college students who back Obama by a large number. I know this because I am one of them! The youth has been mobilized by the reality of what's at stake in this election.

    The youth in its majority knows the difference between the old and the new mentality and they will side with Obama because he represents the future, not to mention the fact that he opposed the war which has caused so many lives and has weakened our economy and our image in the world. Please vote for your children and for the future!

    Go Obama!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Bryan

    Yeah, we need to send more money to Obama since he doesn't want to follow the system that is in place. So Obama shunned the presidential campaign fund, something that was already paid for by the American people, and is telling you to send you more of your hard earned money. Meanwhile, McCain uses the money that was already donated, something that doesn't even affect us in any way. If Obama is taking your money now, what is he going to do when he is in office? Raise more taxes and take even more of your money that you don't have!

    September 15, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. John

    It was a golden year for the democrats, but they picked the unelectable nominee Obama, and the problem became cancer when Obama ignored Senitor Clinton. I can't stop scatching my head. TOO LATE NOW

    McCain 2008 – Clinton 2012

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Michael

    If Obama loses this fall, it will be because racism is alive and well in America. Side by side there is no comparison. If you can't see McCain and Palin are pathological liars I pity you.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Ken in Dallas

    McCain counts on the American voter to be short-sighted and looking for easy answers to difficult issues, i.e., suicidally stupid.

    Are you a voter McCain can count on?

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Dave From Philly

    It amazes me that people think govnerment should not be an active partner in solving our problems, especially when they create most of the problems.

    Our economy is down because of who? Our bridges and highways are in need of repair because of who? The school buildings our kids go to every day are in need of repairs becasue of who?

    Corporation are not going to pay to fix our road ways. Corporations are not going to pay to fix our schools. And corporations are not going to fix our health care system. Here is the big one, corporations are not going to create jobs without govnerment help. But they will take tax pay money.

    I agree govnerment should not be the solution to every problem, but they should take lead in fixing the problems they created.

    The choice is easy, a person who will invest in people (Sen. Obama) or a person who will invest in corporations (Sen. McCain). Corporations do have a role to play, but our govnerment must take the lead.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. JC

    Hey all you McCain fan's how do you think we got here in the first place (The GOP), you are the same people who voted for bush, When your son's and daughters are still fighting wars, when your houses are foreclosed, when the energy crisis gets worse and when you lose your jobs and cannot afford health care, remember this is the road you choose. Its one thing to for McCain to have a better plan it's another when he has no plan other than he wants to drill, go to war and he was a war hero! I am sure that will get your job back and put food on the table and help you afford to send your kids to college?

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. lg

    anyone who is not wealthy ,or nuts and votes for the McCain/Palin
    smokes screen ...has been in a coma the last 8 years....

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Jack Carlson

    McCain is surging it appears all over the USA.
    ABC EDITED THE GOOD FOREIGN POLICY ANSWERS OF PALIN'S INTERVIEW. And, just saw that the Bush Doctrine has four definitions and Palin was right in asking "which one Charlie"? Actually the Bush Doctrine is an invention of the Media - there is a Monroe Doctrine that is legitimate however. Journalists are becoming jerks.
    Gibson interviewed Obama it was a soft and gentle interview – what's wrong w/the men are they whimps?
    The tricks that never end.
    I'm tired of Obama, and his cohorts and what they are pulling. We are going w/McCain now.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Sue

    What ppl need to realise is that they are not voting for a Beauty Paegent.... if after all what has happened over the last 8 years America elects another Republican govt then America deserves what it is going through and much more.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Samantha

    Bush bought the election, he never should've won in the first place. I feel sorry for all of you disillusioned Repugs out there who actually think electing McSame would beneft this country. You all must lead sad, sad lives to think things will change with him in office.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Scoreboard

    I'm not sure why the Republicans are cheering this news. McCain can't win the election without Ohio and at the peak of the Palin bounce it's tied. On the other hand Obama does have a path to victory even without Ohio. The national numbers are starting to move back toward Obama and he is still in a better position for electoral votes.

    And McCain just repeated that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" on the same morning that Lehman went belly up, Merrill was bought for pennies on the dollar and AIG and WaMu are headed for the same fate. Seriously, that's what he said!

    Is he trying to lose?

    September 15, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Smythe

    Funny how the "News" polls are even but the ones they trouted out when Nobama was winning (the independent ones Gallup etc) but now that the "independent" ones all show PALIN/McCain up by 3-5 points..... Don't get reported ....


    September 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. jboy6

    They are both liars! I can't believe that some of you out there thinks that one lies more than the other, because they both do it equally. It's called politics. When you get down to it, niether is bipartisan. McCain votes 90% republican, Obama 97% democrat. Get real people! Wake up! Do not vote based on who you think can get anything done, but vote on your moral core. Congress controls what reform, laws, dispositions the government will take, not the president. But the president controls the tone. Besides, we have two presidential debates, and one vp debate. Reserve your judgements until they actually speak together on the issues, then you will get a better look at who is going to be a better leader.

    September 15, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Chickens coming home to roost

    All of a sudden the votes of all the states Obama spit at and poo pood are becoming important to the race.

    Shows how poor Obama's judgement is – you should never ridicule, mock, jeer and demean the people whose votes you will later need to win. And you should not get nasty and vulgar and filthy with members of your own party for exercising their right to vote.

    Voters do not forget easily... wait until Fl and Mi weigh in- Obama hired big fancy lawyers to block a revote there- putting himself on the WRONG side of the people's right to vote.

    September 15, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. JD

    Obama can not win by himself, he is depending on the KING and QUEEN of lies. They lies to every american people, even lies to the american children.

    Guess who is the liar? Who depends on the KING & Queen of lies?

    September 15, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Hispanic Female Republican

    Polls are polls, they change daily and no one knows what the final outcome will be.

    I believe McCain/Palin is the ticket to ultimate change in the long run. Obama/Biden where they want to admit it or not represent the same old washingon.

    Besides, what has Obama done while he's been in Congress, I'll tell you, NOTHING, he's been campaigning for President since day one, he's not voted on anything, why do you think Clinton and Biden said, he's not the man for the job.

    Wake up people!

    September 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. White woman from Nevada

    John McCain, we believe in you ! You ve been thru tougher things than this campaign before. After all, this is just a bunch of babblers and losers. Not real stuff. Go get 'em John !

    September 15, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Jeff

    The dems should be ahead by double digits after the disastrous leadership the republicans have given us for the last 8 years. The media and the Democratic leadership foisted an inexperienced, egotistical empty suit on us and now we are looking at the possibility of 4 more years of the same bad leadership. What a shame; we had the opportunity of winning with a true mandate. All for the sake of being part a movement instead of using common sense and nominating the most qualified person. For the first time in my life I will be sitting home in November so I don’t have to be a part of what is sure to be a disastrous outcome, no matter who wins.

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Tony

    Florida and Texas have long had the reputation as being the most f'd states in the country. Peopel easily fooled and even more easily led.

    I would never have thought about Ohio that way, but it appears that Ohioans are drinking the Kool-Aid that the republicans are serving by the gallon!

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Abbey

    Ignorance is a serious problem in this world! America will be toast if they elect MCBush again! Vote your conscience, avoid racism, act as patriots.

    America should not fear the terrorists, but liers. Liers are more dangerous than terrorists. Terrorists attackt the nerve base of America (economy). Weak economy will make America less powerful to defent itself. Beware, liers (like McBush) have weakened America. They have acted worst than the terrorists they claimed to fight. Wake up America. Any stupidity will make America weak or go the point of no return. The people I pity most are the low/averge income people, who will suffer the consequences of bad judgement.

    The news media are not helping- they feed people with rubbish news about celebrity instead of issues. Shame on anyone who participate in recking America!

    May God touch the spirit of ordinary American to wake up and take their destinity into their own hands.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Mike

    Go McCain!! Beat that corrupt DNC!

    Hillary Democrat/

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. James

    proud army and navy mom:

    You are getting the idea that Obama is going to tax EVERYONE from wherE?

    Surely you haven't been listening to Obama's actual speeches, or looking at his plans. He's not going to tax everyone!
    He's going to lower taxes for about 95% of the PEOPLE. You need to quit taking Obama's plans from the Mccain campaign spin. The only tax Obama's going to raise, is by removing the Bush tax cut on people making over 250,000 a year. If that's you, go ahead vote Mccain, otherwise wake up and smell the coffee. Obama is for the People.(his donors), Mccain is for the same large wealthy interests as Bush.

    You might call it socialist, but being for the people is called DEMOCRATIC.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Denmark

    Dear Ohioans,
    The nation – indeed the world – will be counting on your state to get it right this time! The past eight years have brought disaster to the US economy, as well as its standing in the world. For all of his good points as a person, McCain can only offer more of the same. It's time to right the ship, and Ohio may have a lot to say about it. The clear choice this time around is Obama.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Doreen

    It has now been confirmed that when Obama met with Iraqi leader he requested that any US troop withdrawals be delayed, while in the US he was requesting immediate troop withdrawals. When are the American people going to be told the truth about this sleazy guy?

    September 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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