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. Bulldog

    "In my administration we're going to hold people on Wall Street responsible and we're going to enact and enforce reforms that make sure that these outrages — and they are outrages — never happen in the first place," McCain said

    But wait, this is completely opposite of what McCain has supported and stood for the last 20 plus years.

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 deregulated the financial system by opening up competition among banks, securities and insurance companies and allowed commercial and investment banks to merge.

    John McCain voted for this bill along with the entire Republican Senate. The Senate Democrats objected against it. Phil Gramm introduced this bill and was John McCain’s top economic advisor before he was forced to resign but still gives McCain economic advice to this day.

    John McCain has a direct responsibility in the financial crisis we are in today along with the banking lobbyists he is employing in his campaign. McCain has supported the very philosophy and mentality that has caused the economy we are facing today. Is that what you want? Another 4 years of this? Look it up, McCain has truly supported DEREGULATION throughout his career and now all of a sudden he is FOR regulation. He’s blowing smoke and just telling more lies.

    September 17, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. John in Ohio

    9/13:
    Obama 45, McCain 46
    9/14:
    Obama 45, McCain 45
    9/15:
    Obama 46, McCain 46
    9/16:
    Obama 46, McCain 45

    The shine is coming off of Palin, and the convention bounce is done. The more people hear Palin, the less will want to vote for her.

    September 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. KATHLEEN

    What will win this election for Obama, is the smart young people,
    who have some sense!!!! 18-35 get out and vote for Obama for
    a better country!!!! Your vote WILL count!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Melissa from NYC

    This is the best news I have heard all day!

    Yes we can and...we will!

    September 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. K

    NOT FOR LONG
    Obama will overcome. It's time for justice and not evil greed that the GOP stands for.

    September 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Foreign Observer

    Did anybody see the Daily Show? "McCain - the only POW who got brainwashed _after_ his release." Brilliant. And folks are catching on, too... that plus the youth vote, the black vote, the Latino vote - we're good. So far. Turnout, turnout, turnout!

    September 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Jennifer

    Obama will win. VIVA EL PRESIDENTE OBAMA!

    September 17, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Brina

    OMG he's doing great in NORTH CAROLINA. I have more phone banking to do this week. Stay focus Obama supporters.....ignore the liars and keep working.

    September 17, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Peter

    Great news for me as a McCain support!

    Go McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Reporting that Palin in trailing in the polls is SEXIST!

    September 17, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. KATHLEEN

    What about Missouri? I'd like Obama to win Missouri!!! Come on
    young people in Missouri! Get out and vote for Obama!

    September 17, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Tony

    THE FACT THAT MCCAIN IS WITHIN 10 POINTS OF OBAMA JUST GOES TO PROVE THAT AMERICANS ARE TRULY IGNORANT, APATHETIC, UNAWARE AND IRRESPONSIBLE.

    DO NOT SAY YOU PUT THE BEST INTERESTS OF YOUR FAMILY, YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR COUNTRY FIRST IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING VOTING FOR MCCAIN AND PALIN.

    MCCAIN HAS BROUGHT DISGRACE TO THE TERM "COUNTRY FIRST" HIS SLOGAN SHOULD BE "WIN AT ANY COST!"

    AMERICA IS QUICLKY BECOMING NO BETTER THAN ANY OTHER THIRD-WORLD COUNTRY.

    September 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Brian

    Come on people, are we really that stupid. Wake up and vote for change.

    September 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. FactCheck

    Give it a few days and the post convention bounce will fully wear off. By then, Britney or Lindsay or one of the Olsens will have done something ridiculous and Palin will be completely gone from the spotlight.

    September 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    It would seem McCain can win the spin. I think America is waiting for the debates. Let's hope we get questions on issues, not personalities. I was leaning McCain until he went dirty with outright lies. Obama seems to have been caught a bit flat-footed by the propaganda, which is not good for POTUS.

    It seems like this might come down to character and judgement instead of the issues. Let's hope it does not come down to another Supreme Court decision.

    September 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Sacto Joe

    Not for long. Senator McCain is like a deer in the headlights on the economy, while Senator Obama looks like a genius.

    BTW, what's the difference between Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin?

    Lipstick!

    GO BAMA!

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

    ok, to be honest, Indiana isnt as close as it would seem, i say Wisconsin will go blue, and I personally think NC will go red

    September 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. mitchell

    mccain's gonna take on the good ol' boys of washington. he calls a staff meeting. lmao!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Michael

    Not sure why America has not waken up to the fact that Bush has this country in a big fat mess. McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time. We can't have four more years of the McSame.

    September 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. ObamaSupporter In North Carolina

    COME ON NORTH CAROLINA WE CAN DO IT!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Matt from Iowa

    Obama now has a double digit lead here in Iowa. We have recognized that the past 8 years have been a Republican disaster and we can NOT afford to give McCain/Palin 4 more years to dig us deeper.

    Wake up people in Ohio and Florida ! How much worse do things have to get before you relinquish your love for the Republican party ?!

    September 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Linda from Prescott AZ

    THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE WILL PREVAIL ON NOVEMBER 04TH.
    We the people are hungry for a change, we need Obama/Biden to move us past this 8 years of division, dirty politics, reckless spending, and the hidious war.
    We need a healthy economy, health care, education, infrastructure and decency brought back to this great Nation.
    Our children and their children need a future and a healthy environment.

    Go OBAMA, GO!

    September 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. nerakami

    When a political analyst or commentator can come on... and point out just ONE policy that John McSame has differently to GW Bush's.... then it's worth a consideration but for the life of me... having painfully endured the past 8 years and to think of voting for a man whose agenda is so inline with Bush's, is a complete bafflement to my mind.

    The downside to democracy is that even stupidity gets to vote....
    and we all suffer

    September 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    gotta keep it close enough to steal it...

    (diebold)

    September 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. PT

    Take an internet poll...I vote Obama

    September 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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