September 17th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: McCain, Obama virtually tied in battleground states

 A new poll out Wednesday shows a virtually tied race between Sens. McCain and Obama in key states.
A new poll out Wednesday shows a virtually tied race between Sens. McCain and Obama in key states.

Florida: Obama 48, McCain 48
Indiana: McCain 51, Obama 45
North Carolina: McCain 48, Obama 47
Ohio: Obama 49, McCain 47
Wisconsin: Obama 50, McCain 47

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New polls in five battleground states that could decide the presidency suggest the battle for the White House between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama remains a dead heat.

The CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. polls, out Wednesday, indicate that the race for Florida, and its 27 electoral votes, is tied up.

Florida ultimately decided the 2000 election between then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and then-Vice President Al Gore. Four years ago President Bush won the Sunshine State by 5 points over Sen. John Kerry.

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  1. Cyrus K.

    The question is not whether Obama is losing ground in red states, but why is McCain not winning overwhelmingly in these states with the agenda from the incumbent party?

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Joe Justice

    If you do not believe CNN is biased then just read the comments posted and look at the headline on the stories. They do not approve many comments in favor of McCain\Palin as I have been posting for days and like this one they are never approved. When are you gonna do a story on William Ayers and Obama's connection or his connection to Rezko. You won't, but anything you can post negative of McCain\Palin gets in the headlines. You had better wake up because like me a lot of people are turning you off Cnn for more accurate and unbiased news sources. I will not be watching your news or visiting your site.

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Alisha (Independent voter,) MN

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Polls truly mean nothing…Just wait until November 4th when all the 18-30 years old go to the voting booths! I am organizing a voters registration drive as we speak and I am excited about it!!!

    Don't under estimate the power of the younger vote. Come this november a vast majority of us will be BARACKING THE VOTE!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Ratgurl

    I really don't believe that so many Americans are being suckered by the McCain campaign. Based on commentary on MULTIPLE news sites, people are disturbed by the atrocious behavior Johnny boy is exhibiting. I seriously DOUBT he has that much support.

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Annette, Washington, DC

    Looks like the bounce, has landed...now comes the real race.

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Clendon J.

    Obama:
    Occidental College (Los Angeles) – 2 years studying Politics and Public Policy. Columbia University (New York) – B.A. Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. Harvard Law School – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude, Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law Review.
    Palin: Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester – Business Administration.North Idaho College – 2 semesters – General Studies.
    University of Idaho – 2 semesters – Journalism.Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester. University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in Journalism.
    WHO WOULD YOU HIRE FOR THE TOUGHEST JOB ON THE PLANET!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Ratgurl

    I really don't believe that so many Americans are being suckered by the McCain campaign. Based on commentary on MULTIPLE news sites, people are disturbed by the atrocious behavior Johnny boy is exhibiting. I seriously DOUBT he has that much support.

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Joe Justice

    If you do not believe CNN is biased then just read the comments posted and look at the headline on the stories. They do not approve many comments in favor of McCain\Palin as I have been posting for days and like this one they are never approved. When are you gonna do a story on William Ayers and Obama's connection or his connection to Rezko. You won't, but anything you can post negative of McCain\Palin gets in the headlines. You had better wake up because like me a lot of people are turning you off Cnn for more accurate and unbiased news sources. I will not be watching your news or visiting your site.

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Alisha (Independent voter,) MN

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Polls truly mean nothing…Just wait until November 4th when all the 18-30 years old go to the voting booths! I am organizing a voters registration drive as we speak and I am excited about it!!!

    Don't under estimate the power of the younger vote. Come this november a vast majority of us will be BARACKING THE VOTE!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Chris

    If you are still supporting McCain, then it is quite obvious that you believe that our economy is doing great. You believe that we have no immigration problem, and that our foreign policy is dead on. If you believe any of this to be wrong, then you disagree with the policies that McCain has been promoting for the last several years. He voted for the economic policies we currently have. McCain favors government bailouts and government ownership of private businesses. McCain has been a big part of shaping our current immigration policies. And McCain has trumpeted the war in Iraq from the very beginning. In other words, if you still support McCain, you have no right to complain about our country as it is now.

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. NORA, FLORIDA

    Yeah I see the polls but I have not been polled either JayInNewHampshire so I guess that is two of us. I guess as of right now we are a part of the few that actually have our heads attached to our bodies.

    I live in Florida and the only thing that can explain this in Florida is heat stroke of the minds in some of the Floridians. I sure hope people are voting for the right reasons!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Zion

    Hurricane palin, can you read? Obama is leading in most battleground states where as last week he was down almost 10 points. So much for Palin disrupting Obama's groove.

    We don't want 5 colleges in 6 years, we want educated people as president.
    Republicans for Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Joe in MN

    Catholics for Obama/Biden 08'.

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Ex-Republican for Obama

    The executive experience that Palin has is being seen for what it is:

    A track record of corruption, sending economies into economic disaster and adopting a stay at home employee status while fraudulently ripping off tax payers. I have executive experience, I've seen governors on my tv screen. Get a clue, she's a disaster and a failure, just like her papa john! The only thing either of these two have ever succeeded in, is ripping off the american people and telling lies with a straight face.

    Now she sues to stop the investigations. Her guild is obvious, innocent people do not need to hide anything.

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. jeff

    If it is tied then McCain is about 5-6 points ahead as in these states there are many whites who will not say in in public but they will not vote for a black man

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. John

    We don't need the repugs to rile us up. We the Dems have been taking the high road, we don't need to attack because we are stronger have more regestered voters. We feel good about our canidate and we are going to win fair and square, now how long has it been since an election was won fair and square, it's been awhile. Barack and Joe are going to right this ship.

    September 17, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. TVC

    It would be huge if Obama could win Florida. Lets go Blue FLA!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Duke

    McCain is getting tired as someone pointed out. I knew at the end Obama would beat the brakes of him.

    September 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Anyone who thinks Palin has more experience than Obama needs to have their head examined.

    September 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. undecided in ohio

    Neither McCain nor Obama will do anything to change abortion rights. Why do some "conservative" fools vote based on this one issue alone? Christian values require much greater consideration (the sick and poor, war, equal rights, neighborly negotiations, etc).

    September 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Perusing-Through

    IF McCAIN TAKES ON THE "REAL" ISSUES, HE WILL LOSE . . .

    So McCain must continue the "Slime & Sleaze" machine to have a chance against Obama & Biden.

    September 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Sylvia B

    Obama's campaign is doing a great job on discussing the issues at their rallies, ads, T.V., etc. All McLiar can discuss is fundraisers with celebs. His jealousy is showing. These numbers will keep going up and up and up and up, especially after the debates when Senator Obama will wipe the floor with Senator McLiar.

    September 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. sick and tired of blind sheep

    floridian here voting for barak obama, and each and every day, i am using the facts and lies to make people see that real change can only come from obama... mccain will not win florida

    side note: imo, republicans, the presidency is a big buisness dealwhere a few get richer at the cost of an overwhelming majority of americans (some of whom are supporting their own demise = idiots).. to democrats, the presidency is a way be make life better for all americans.

    September 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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