September 17th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
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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. Dixie Girl for Obama

    No Republicans this year. My money is running low and I just can't afford the morals card. I'm putting my hopes on change or else I'm gonna be broke in ten years.

    September 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. wycliffe, NJ

    the momentum is clearly switching back to obama.....after the sarah palin nomination effect.

    September 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Tom

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go get them Barack! Florida here we come. Let's vote the liars out of the white house.

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

    Very encouraging news!!!

    With the only person talking about Issue Number 1 being Obama, I am confident he can start makin real headway into these states now.

    But, if the focus of the campaign remains on all of these silly diversions, I am afraid the whole country will be lost.

    September 17, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. noah

    Funny..other polls show McCain with a larger lead in all these states...lets see how many negative comments Obama supporters can come up with in this story...

    September 17, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Steve

    Of course they are virtually tied. That is what makes them battleground states.

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

    McCain flushes his best qualities down the toilet each morning. People are starting to realize that once again.

    If he can't be honest and if his track record is in complete opposite of his promises, then he can't be the right choice for America. More of the same, and he is to blame.

    Obama/Biden '08

    ps: turn your states blue, Obama needs our help, he can do it, but he needs all of us...let's rock the vote!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    The polls are tied, yet McCain and Palin continue to lie to the American people everyday. Unreal!

    Only in America.....can you lie to the Amercian people, with fear and mortgage crises................and stil reamin at a dead heat!

    Please get out and vot on Nov. 4th , if not foryourself, but for your childredn, and ther children.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. tai

    I hate this stupid polls, lets have an election where ppl just vote and thats the only poll.

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Suspicious

    Folks, write this one down. If Obama can win two out of three in Mich, Ohio, Pa and take one of either NM or Colorado this race is over. I'm thinking he'll hit 300 electoral votes without getting Florida.

    With the economic disaster taking place, McCain's admitted ignorance of the subject will kill him. Throw in Palin's pathological lying and her Cheney-like secrecy and Americans are running away from them.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you president Obama.

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Ain't No Sunshine

    Florida will elect Obama, I'll bet on it. But we need some folks to convince the Ohio crowd.

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. WI guy

    Why no news of Palin's private email being hacked yet?

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. hgmma

    Keep the faith my fellow Obama supporters, we can win this thing. Call your neighbors, family members, coworkers and make sure they are registered and go vote on 11/4. Tell them how Barack's economic plan is good for them and great for America!!

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. JD in NC

    Don't forget that Obama has done an amazing job with voter turnout. My big fear is we will run into problems with insufficient ballots or and overflow of people at voting stations.

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Mike in PA

    McCain's bounce is over and now we should start seeing the real numbers.

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

    How a candidate manages and runs his campaign is a foreshadowing of how the candidate will manage and run their elected office.

    How would you describe McCain's campaign over the past 3 months?
    How would you describe Obama's campaign over the past 3 months?

    September 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Silence Dogood

    Why can't Obama pull well ahead when everyone thinks Bush has done a terrible job? Because people are not buying Obama's corporate, elite, lobby-driven, backdoor, lying character.

    Vote Green Party – feminism, anti-war, and 100% inclusion built right into the platform. Not just words or a race card.

    September 17, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. PALIN

    I can fix the economy, I can see Bank of Wasilla from my house!

    September 17, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Ben - Portland, Or

    Polls don't matter. Neither do the elections... remember Florida? 2000? Hanging Chads and Butterfly ballots? If you really want to do yourself a favor, ask your local papers to check out the polling places and the voting machines. Have they been tested? How did they perform during the primaries and local elections? Who's your Secretary of State? Republican or Democrat? Are there any volunteer groups in your area who will bus or drive people to the correct polling place? Do you even know where your polling place is?

    September 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Illinois Blue Dog

    Obama's taken McCain's best shot (the post-RNC/Palin bounce) and hopefully is on his way to victory in November. By the way, Caribou Barbie, when you tell your cronies in Alaska to ignore subpoenas, you sound more like Dick Cheney than an "original maverick." What are you hiding? We already had one vice-president who thought he was above the law, we don't need another.

    September 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. The Great One

    Baraks bounce is back!

    September 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    In what respect, Charlie?

    September 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. The J Miester

    OH GOD NOT FLORIDA AGAIN!

    September 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. TAYO, NY

    Ok.

    the race is getting more interesting?

    fire for fire.

    Obama 08

    September 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Tori in Florida

    I think things will change once we all see the first presidential debate.

    September 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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