September 17th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
3 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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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Sean

    Day after day poeple know Pinocchio Palin better and better!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. mitchell

    mccain's first and only lead is gone.obama is gonna bring it home for america.

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Alisha (Independent voter,) MN

    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!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. brian

    looks good to me! lets keep working to get our guy elected!!! obama / biden 08

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. John in Ohio

    "lotta negative thoughts will be coming out of the dems because their

    messiah aint leading"

    Except that he is leading.

    Ouch.

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Zee

    WHY do you ppl care about PALIN she is not running for President OBAMA is, So American's get your act together and vote for the person that is liked by everyone outside the United States!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Neutral

    CNN you take it from your OWN poll which is totally slanted, you've done so many polls, you haven't got anything right.

    Of course that makes Obambi cult followers licking their lips then act surprise why in GE their Messiah lose.......LMAO!

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Michael

    To all the "Senior" that may be tuning in.....

    Fact
    John McCain supports privitizatio of Social Secuirty

    Fact
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 504 + points on Monday
    Fact
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average Lost 449 points today
    Fact
    Since Aug 5th, the Dow has lost an a total of 674 + points

    FACT
    Under John McCain
    Your Social Security Savings, Shriveled up!

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Clendon J.

    One more thing NOAH.. I say let Palin speak!!!! I would love hear what she DOESN'T have to say.
    BTW here's Obama's resume.
    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.

    Here's Palin's
    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 GREATEST JOB ON THE PLANET!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Blue Collar Workers for Obama

    Palin and McCain are insane. We are going to have 4 more years of the same. I want to know what Palin's husband did to get that trooper fired. Don't be fooled, they will bully those when they get into power.

    Keep our jobs in America, stop shipping them overseas.

    Obama / Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Fed Up

    God help our country if McSame/Palin actually manage to somehow win in November. It will be what we deserve as a naive and gullible nation to fall for what Paul Begala referred to as the "shiny object."

    McSame's pick of Palin alone shows how he's sold out his integrity to win at any cost. This single act shows his lack of judgment and knee jerk reaction. This is NOT the guy we need running our country.

    Just say NO to Bush 44!!

    Go Obama!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Abby

    Look how fast Obama’s lead returned once we got back in real issues, granted forced by Wall St? The key is no distractions !!

    economy!!!
    economy!!!
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    Lets ahmmer it home!!! OBAMA 08!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. inga

    We Won't Get Fooled Again!

    September 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Paul from NYC

    We're in the midst of an economic crisis brought on by deregulation. We really can't afford another four years of a republican who has up until last week vocally favored financial dergulation.

    September 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. 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 04:40 pm at 4:40 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 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Alisha (Independent voter,) MN

    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 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. 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 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Frank

    It's sad that McLiar makes it even to a close race ... with every 4 years we as the American electorate get more and more stupid and we are so much easier to fool each year. Sad. Would be nice to have a media with a backbone though ...

    September 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. alvy singer

    Old out of touch guy + phony, lying religious zealot versus smart, seasoned worldly legislators...should be a slam dunk for Obama/Biden. Why is this even close?

    September 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. James

    In reference to Obama pressuring Clinton to drop out of that event-

    Anytime you find people using terms like "perhaps" or "could be" or "presumed", you know they are making stuff up or lying.

    Especially when they don't list sources.

    McP is pathetic. When will the lies stop and the issues of the people be addressed.

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. J Houston, TX

    "I can't understand this. McCain=Bush. The economy is collapsing. The cost of living is shooting through the roof. And McCain would only dig us deeper."

    Perhaps because your theory has some holes in it. Bush doesn't write the law. The laws that allow the country to become what it has in the past 2 years have been entirely laws written by the Democrats. Things always freeze up before elections as the opposition party doesn't want the current party in power to be percieved as solving the problem. If people were happy, there would be no cry for "change." So the Dems in control of Congress have no reason to push for any change for the last 2 years. Thus, Washington gridlock.

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    After weeks of McCain campaign lying and distraction, the country is lining up behind Barack Obama.

    You can only fling so much bull before people start smelling something rotten.

    Obama 08!

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

    This only reflects few pools. CNN wants this close so they can have something to talk about. They wants history to unfold so CNN can have another story to talk about. It is all good for the rating. How about this country?
    It is funny how CNN manipulate the story of Fiorina inorder to make some news for their Candidate, Barack Obama looks better. CNN needs to have their identity check. MSNBC are already the network for Barrack Obama and CNN want to kiss some behind so they can have the exclusives as history unfolds.

    Be fear!

    September 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. 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 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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