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. Derek Y.

    The fundamentals of this election are strong.

    September 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. ct voter

    Never forget what the republicans did in Florida in 2000! Never forget that THEY are responsible for moving the date's to cause chaos among the democratic party, don't fall for the lies again, how can people be so blind as to keep repeating their past mistake's. Take it from me from ct, we made a huge mistake re-electing Lieberman, and his ratings are under 50% now, but lets not make the same mistake for the next 4 years and continue the SAME POLICIES THAT LED US INTO THIS MESS, HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO GET OUT OF A WHOLE BY DIGGING DEEPER AND DEEPER.

    September 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Darryl

    Why is it that Senator John McCain:

    Voted to give companies that ship jobs overseas a tax break.

    Voted against the New Veteran GI Bill.

    Vote for No oversight for Big Commpanied..

    Senator John McCain sold out the US worker......

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

    The Palin, and Wall-Street bubbles are bursting at the same time. The first is good for America, the second is not. Elect Obama/Biden. Let's erase the damage of the last 8 years, and never forget so it doesn't happen again.

    September 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Democrats must vote on November 4

    McCain looks like the droopy dog in this picture. He looks sad. Maybe he feels bad for running a disgraceful campaign.

    September 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Chris

    Johnny Mac is tanking in the latest polls. Mrs. Bridge to Nowhere can't save his pathetic campaign anymore.

    September 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Yetty for Obama 08!

    Hippie ya yo!

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Janet, Senior W/F

    Welcome to the Awakening of the American People and the Take Back America!
    After almost eight years of destruction of the economy, and all those so called Rights for All the American People have disappeared to the Elitists and Rich Billionaires, while 95% of the American People don't have a job, lost of homes, no health care, third world education, and so on.
    Why, oh why would the American People still believe a McBush and PalCheney Republican Party who have used the worst of lies, deception, secrecy, distractions and sexism to continue four more years of the same?

    Obama – Biden 2008-2012

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Liz

    I think you have the Florida figures wrong. McCain was ahead by 6 points. Check your sources again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. mb

    The momentum in Virginia, where i live, is definitely with Obama. After that SNL skit, no one takes Palin seriously!
    Go Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    Sorry to see that Wisconsin is still tight. I'm excited about the other ones. I think North Carolina won't happen but I would be happy if we got either Florida or Ohio.

    I think you guys are right...the Palin effect is wearing off as we learn more about her. She has way too much baggage.

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

    This is what you get when you nominate a "karaoke" candidate as Obama. "Change"...bla bla "Hope" bla bla.,,..
    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. paul

    Polls will shift as the election get closer to election day.
    Frankly, why do wage earners support republicans who vote against their own interest, Bush>McCain support a stupid war that is driving us to the poor house. We are losing jobs, value in what wages we earn and bailing out fat cats who careless about workers, but want tax payers money to have a good life.

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Alice Brinkley

    The American voters are not stupid enough to elect a person who has no background for anything anyone can see. Promises mean nothing when a candidate has no accomplishments to show he can deliver.

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Martin- Colorado

    "This is our moment, this is our time!!!!"

    Indepedent for OBAMA 08

    September 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Jolly Old Saint Barack

    These numbers do not bode well for the annointed child-god. With his rockstar aura and wild popularity among the text-messaging age-bracket, he should be light years ahead of McCain.

    September 17, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Tully

    note to self, never move to Ohio or Wisconsin!

    September 17, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Baze

    Close battle. This presidency will be determined by debate over taxation.

    ONE NATION

    September 17, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. when the economy is bad, the party in power loses

    McCain should be comfortably ahead in Florida, with all those senior citizens and Hillary fans.

    And North Carolina? The home state of Jesse Helms? you've gotta be kidding me.

    September 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Tom

    the more the truth comes out on palin and the false ads, the faster they will fall. why do these people lie? Talk about values.

    September 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Max Pargament

    Does anyone really trust these polls? I mean I really dont. Every week it says someones ahead or has gained ground on the other.
    And when you see the number of people surveyed (usually around 1000) can you really get a clear picture of whats going on?
    I dont buy it.
    How could Bush have a 30% approval rating, and a guy (Mccain) who is 90% like bush (based on his voting record) be tied with a guy completely different (Obama).
    Doesnt make sense. Either the media isn't surveying well enough, or someone is manipulating figures...again I DONT BUY IT.

    September 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Zee

    Why does the United States have the most complicated Political System?
    And why are American’s so blinded if you need to know how to vote listen to the rest of the WORLD who they rather see in the White House!!

    September 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. George Bush in a skirt!!!!!!!!!!

    Lies, intimidation, manipulation, and deception will not cut it this time.
    We've heard this before. Small time values.
    Obama will win in a landslide!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Open Your 3rd Eye

    WE ARE FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!

    KEEP GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT!

    WHETHER IT BE E-MAILS, DOOR KNOCKING, VOTER REGISTRATIONS, TALKING TO FRIENDS & FAMILY, OR DONATING TO THE CAMPAIGN!

    LET'S SHOW THESE SMALL MINDED, SELFISH, RACIST FOOLS WHAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH!!

    THE FUTURE IS HERE!!

    ONE!

    September 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Cam

    noah above: these CNN ones are more recent than the other polls, which is why people are saying the trend is going to Obama right now.

    September 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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