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. Plain Jane

    I was born in Ohio but now I live in a state where people have enough sense to vote for the man with true CHANGE visions and that man is Obama! Either wake up or stay in bed November 4th.

    September 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Richard

    With all due respect, that is how it is. News tend to report their own polls. CNN prefers to report its CNN polls and Fox prefers to reports its Fox polls. They only report Gallup or Rasmussen polls when they have to. It is nothing political, but rather business - if you don't report your own poll, who will?

    September 15, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Don

    Finally, people are begging to learn more about Obama and his socialism agenda!

    No way. No how. NO-bama.

    September 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. susan

    The good old boys cannot stand a new MIND in Washington. See them scurry.......its like Three Blind Mice.....and they will do all in their power to smear the new face on the scene.

    Obamas folks (if he wins) will be calling in Markers, then watch the money fly out of the Govt .

    We have no choice we have to put McCain in. Also the dems are looking so shabby, Obama really gets rattled doesn't he. He is in over his hear with NO Experience.

    September 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Cindy

    WOMEN!! Please don't vote for Palin just because she's a woman. She doesn't even come close to Hillary. McCain is counting on women to vote for them because he has a woman as a running mate. He stands on stage with a sly grin while she's doing all the talking and work for him because he knows he couldn't win on his own. She will send this country back to the dark ages...anti-abortion, pro-guns, etc. That pic of her and her daughter kneeling next to a moose THAT IS STILL ALIVE (his head is lifted up) totally disgusts me! This Republican is voting for REAL CHANGE...GO OBAMA/BIDEN!

    September 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Dude

    No Socialism!

    September 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. John in Ohio

    "chickens coming home to roost"
    In Michigan and Florida... both Clinton and Obama agreed to the primary restrictions. The Republican party also penalized Florida and Michigan for holding their primaries early.

    If a state decided to have election day on the day after everybody else's election day, should we coddle them because of their "right to vote", or should we tell them to play the game by the rules in place?

    September 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. francee

    What the polls are not saying is that they are sampling more repulicans than they did last month. They play with the numbers to make it a race. Obama will win and he will change the outlook of that red and blue map.

    September 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    COURT JESTER – obama

    September 15, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Tommy2

    Obama could of had a slam dunk with Clinton, but instead he went for the out side shot with Biden. May or may make it.

    September 15, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. jonnierae

    Obama was ahead in Ohio two days ago. I really do not believe these polls at all. Has something happened in the last two days? I wish CNN and all the MSM would stop playing this horse race aspect of the election, and reallly cover the issues that affect the American people. Your job is to break down, accurately, the differences for us, between the two candidates, on Iraq, foreign policy, economy, health care, taxes, education, energy, ethics, etc. Why is it you never do that????

    September 15, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Carolyn

    I can't believe that people in general are embacing McCain. The ones who are embacing him I have a question?

    1. What country do you live in?
    2. Have you been to the grocery stores lately?
    3. Do you have car or do you use gas?
    4. What about insurance?
    5. Do you know of anyone who's lot theri job lost?
    6. Do you know of anyone who's lost their home?

    Under the Bush/McCain administration we have experience all of these horrifiying thing...and do you really believe McCain is for Change ...get me a break!

    September 15, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Mike

    Poll of the day, so what

    September 15, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Bryan, Michigan

    It is ture that McCain votes 90% GOP and Obama 97% Dem but McCain was the 4th worst offender of not voting in the last congress.

    if you want change do you take the one that continually votes for change or more of the same?

    September 15, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Simon form the Netherlands

    Obama will be lost the elections in Ohio because he didn't chose for Hillary Clinton as VP. The next presedent shall be McCain.

    September 15, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |

    Dead head in Ohio.

    Dead head in Minnesota.

    Dead head in several other states where any real leader of the Democratic Party this year would be way ahead.

    Well, it's time for Barack Obama to prove that he's a good Democrat by setting aside his own failed ambitions and using his celebrity to get as many Democrats to Congress as he can.

    September 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Vic

    Ohio has always come through with their support of the presidential candidates who will do (not promise) the most for all people of their great state. There's no doubt they will continue this trend in 2008. McCain's brilliant choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate gave all of us the satisfaction that all of us need to exercise our right to the best government available. McCain/Palin is the ticket this time.

    September 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Bill Tampa

    Ohio has gone Reublican for the past three Presedential elections, Not this time. Good for Obama/Biden for bringing this thing to a tie. Awesome. BOJO will move ahead in Ohio and then it's on our way to a new and improved Whitehouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Lulu Pickles

    c'mon trailer people. fight that inner racism. vote with your brain – that thing between your ears you call a headache.

    September 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    proud army navy mom – I know they (the repuglicans) are using your name posting lies, they have no honor. But come on, if you were them and had no platform to run on and had to resort to lies what would you do? I mean they never can give facts or tell you mccains policies, they just smear Obama and lie. There is a poster Candy West Virginia and I am going to steal her saying 'mccain/palin = proven pathological liars.'

    September 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Randy

    Every empire has its down fall. For US it started in 2001. McCain will get elected in 2008 and Palin 2012 and probably republican rule will continue beyond. At that stage even teh most knowlegable economically expertized democart will not be able to recover this country. In 20 yrs from now this will be a third world country. American's decide their own wrong fate. Destiny canot be canaged!

    September 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Zacramento

    Silly me, I kind of thought the "Hope" thing was a forward looking positive slogan that would indicate a "Change" in the usual politics of blame and smear. Unfortunately, OB and his supporters are now 100% smear and negative. Look at the comments on this website !

    McCain,(heaven forbit) has tried to point the way to a new direction. Not focusing on OB negatives, but on his push toward a 'maverick' attitude that would clean up the Washington earmarks and other ethics issues. Predictably, it has been met by OB supporters with a vengence for the smear. OB supporters are spending all day and night trying to shout down McCain/Palin by calling them liars. The DNC website for lies is proof. OB is no longer focusing on "Hope". Now, OB wants to get elected by pushing fear. Fear of Bush, fear of McCain, fear of Palin. Politics of fear. Scare people.

    PS. Someone might tell the OB campaign that "Fear" does not = "Hope". Two different things. Which choice do the OB supporters choose ? Predictably, they choose fear over "hope". That is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. McCain/Palin are pushing a new direction, one that we need, to clean-up Washington !

    September 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. angie

    Don't belive the hype!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. amy

    Things will change in a few weeks. When the uninformed voters out there finally have time to let this Palin effect sink in with the repeative lies they are spreading, I believe that the tide will turn back to Obama. It will take a few weeks for the dust to settle but it will. McCain is no friend to the vast majority of the american people. I know he's not my friend. I don't believe most americans can stomach 4 more years of the mess this country is in and McCain is more of the same. I hope the american people are not that stupid.

    September 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Lisa M

    I never get polled, do you?

    September 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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