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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Republican supporting Obama

    I am hopeful that Americans will soon realize that Obama is the one to elect. I am a lifelong Republican who voted for Bush twice and who voted for McCain in the 2000 Tennessee Primary. If I am willing to vote for Obama because I believe in him, then all Americans should be. McCain is a fool and so is Palin. They will not be able to change anything.

    September 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Chris Banner

    Florida,
    Please don't screw up this tome around, we need your votes, and Obama will do the job

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

    This is pretty pathetic for Obama. In an election cycle where we Democrats should be ahead by double digits, it's a dead heat. Once again my party chose to follow a fairy tale instead of relying on common sense and pragmatism. I'll be sitting home in November. If Obama wins I hope he proves me wrong but I'm not holding my breath.

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

    funny,other polls show obama with a larger lead in all these states...lets see how many negative comments mccain supporters can come up with in this story...

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

    Noah
    build your Ark, you can't see the rain

    September 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Clendon J.

    Ya know? I would really like to see the makeup of exactly who is being asked these poll questions. Hmmm lets see, if I ask 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats that same questions I wonder what the result will likely be? Maybe...50% to 50%? Or should we look at something more real..like people putting their money where their poll question is. Can you say $66 million to how much did John McCain receive?

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

    These are actually pretty good numbers for Obama. Hopefully, with the economy being the front-and-center issue at the moment, obamas numbers will pick up a bit more. Today's Wall Street news should help Obama's numbers also.

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

    I would just love to know who they are polling. I've been a registered voter for 16 years and have never participated in a poll. I don't know of anyone that has been polled. These polls mean nothing to me. I don't care who they say is ahead/behind. We'll see the real story on Nov. 4th. Until then, they can poll all they want.

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

    I love how the Republicans talk so much trash when the polls come out in favor of their candidate, yet when they realize that the polls no longer favor their candidate, they expect trash talking from the other candidates supporters. The polls say it all, your candidate is running a sleezy campaign and it's starting to show. The lipstick is off the pig now, and the ham is in the oven

    September 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. 24 male independent from chicago

    noah shut up and stop instigating people to react. nobody is really going to care about polls till the debates happen. Mid october will be a good time to look at polls. and I don't care who's up in the polls right now since it's a matter of a couple points. It's anybodies game.

    September 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Doug R.

    McCain is looking old and tired. The old man has no new ideas, no visions, nothing new to offer the American people. He is part of the problem. He is not a reformer. He is a liar and a fraud and clueless. Just look at him. Dow down 455 today...504 yesterday. I wouldn't bet too much on polls. I've been voting since I was 18 and have never been polled. Not once.
    Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan will all be 'blue' on Nov. 4th.

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Matt

    It doesn't matter... McBama are both puppets on the right and left hand of the same beast. What I can't understand is how most of America can think otherwise.

    Make your vote count... VOTE 3RD PARTY!!!

    (Especially if you don't live in a "battleground state" and your vote "won't matter" anyway)

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Tony Z-MD

    The polls want to make it close. The media needs some news.

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Mike, FL

    Remeber these polls were taking before McBush claimed that the "Fundamentals of the Economy are very strong".

    Well, we'll would have felt that way if had a private jet and 7 luxery homes!

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Accountant Guy

    Palin is finally being exposed for the fraud she is and people are starting to see that!! THANKS, BUT NO THANKS ON MCCAIN AND BRIDGE TO NO WHERE PALIN!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. jon

    McCain is probably doing better in Florida than this poll indicates

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

    Yahoo news now has McCain ahead in electoral college votes and Fox news showed their Rasmussen polls last night with McCain ahead in Ohio and Florida. Looks like Obama is slippin'. Now, clear the way for all his supporters who will say polls are wrong and the American people can't be that stupid, and then there's the part about they don't poll the young set with the cell phones. Watch and weep, all you lemmings.

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Jason

    As the focus continues to fall from Palin to the economy, it'll be interesting to see how much Obama's numbers increase.

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. William

    Noah.... . Most of other polls in these states were done right after the rep. convention.. These polls were done in last few days.. These take into effect the economy down turn this week..

    September 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Michael

    Hey Noah, I could say a whole slewof negative things.....

    The only thing I am going to say is this: As "Scientific" as these organizations claim they are, they are almost never completely accurate.

    If anything, these polls may highlight the fact that Sen. McCain maybe in worse shape.

    All of these states have a large contingent of College students, who by the way, use cell phones almost exclusively. These polls have no way of including these people in there finding.

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. TINA

    THESE POLLS ARE A LIE AND ARE BEING PUT OUT BY BIASED CNN. THEY HAVE BEEN FOR OBAMA SINCE DAY ONE.

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Looks like a tight race.......... but there is a "wild card" that's the college age kids that Sen. Obama has inspired and energized!

    I think the press and the pollsters are in for a November-surprise!

    Perhaps the seniors in Florida are beginning to SEE that their grandchildren will not do as well as their parents...... and those seniors may be switching to Sen. Obama!

    $10 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT

    600,000 JOBS LOST THIS YEAR AND COUNTING

    $1.38 BILLION BEING SPENT EACH DAY IN IRAQ

    $490 BILLION DEFICIT FOR 2009

    MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOSING THEIR HOMES

    MILLIONS LOSING THE VALUE OF THEIR HOMES

    BANKS FAILING!

    THANKS A LOT..........BUSH, CHENEY, MCCAIN & GOP!

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. will

    It is getting hot out there. Will John McCain be able to stay in the heated up kitchen? All Obama has to do is keep the heat on and turn it up to high!

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. James PA

    Today's Prayer Topic:

    Dear Lord, Save Us From Another 4yrs of GWB. Lord, see, We need a change, not in the number of people gathering to see the VP pick, but the real change in governance, in style and good judgement.
    Save Us, from uncoordinated political Ads, and remember Lord, we're fed up of negative Ads mccain brings to us!
    Thank you Jesus,
    AMEN!!

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Obama supporter and a woman

    Noah, what other polls are you referring to?

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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