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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    BARACK>>>>WILL>>>>WIN>>>>THIS>>>>ELECTION
    MCCAIN>>>>IS>>>>OBVIOUSLY>>>>DESPERATE>>>>AND
    WILL>>>>SAY>>>>OR>>>>DO>>>>ANYTHING>>>>TO>>>>WIN
    BUT>>>IT>>>>WILL>>>>NOT>>>>WORK>>>>THIS>>>>TIME>>>>

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ENOUGH>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Barack Your Vote!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Hoosier For OBAMA!!!

    You can add myself, my entire family, my co workers and even my pitbull ( without lipstick of course) to those numbers in Indiana. Oh yeah, I forgot... no one has contacted me or any of the above to be polled.......hmmmmmmmmm

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Amy in Minneapolis

    Goodbye Moose hunter, hello Mr. President Obama!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Bobby from MS

    Nosh, you are 1000 percent correct. Obama also has only a 45-41% lead in NEW YORK!

    Also with Nobama attending a Hollywood fun raiser and now Hillary Clinton backing out of attening an event at the UN just because Sara Palin was going to be there I would say the McCain Campain has some new ammunician!

    GO MCCAIN/PALIN 08!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Looks to me like NC and IN are off the table. Hopefully, Obama can make them up somewhere else: CO, WI, NH, NM, perhaps.

    Like to see the momentum swing back to O, though.

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Morals and Values for sale!

    Ohio and Wisconsin for Obama means GAME OVER! Gotta hold on to both of them.

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. mr.truth

    the debates will make the difference.

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Jer

    Let's not forget about all the newly registered democrats not showing up in these polls......I'd be interested in seeing those figures broken down by each battleground state

    September 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. GOTV

    I have witnessed Obama get out the vote machine first hand and if it's really this close voter turnout will seal the deal and Obama wins hands down

    September 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Willy

    Obama the "Flash" in the pan is done.

    September 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. George James

    Palin induced popularity is receding fast.God help McCaine!

    September 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. HF from PA

    Noah:

    You are right other polls show McCain with a bigger lead but the momentum has shifted again, the DOW is down another 450 today...McCain can't talk to this and the Alaska Beauty Queen with the Communications degree sure can't. it will be close, very close but momentum is back on Obama's side.

    September 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Morals and Values for sale!

    Noah,

    What other polls? Everybody is saying that these numbers are pretty much correct.

    September 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. simple thought

    cnn where did you make these #s up from,
    why not add which poll's you cherrypicked through to get these #s.
    democrat for mccain.

    September 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Melanie

    Seriously, how can half of the Americans (who are registered to vote) be this naive? It wouldn't be a dead heat if the government encouraged more people to register to vote,. but it probably wouldn't be the same government in power then. Get at least 10 people you know who are unregistered, registered before October 6, 2008 (the cut off date)!!!
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. MyComment

    Are Americans finally starting to use what is between their ears, put prejudices aside and make a decision in the interest of the country and the world at large ... come on Obama!

    OB08!
    World Citizen

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. go away mongers-Ventura ca

    Can't wait for next week's polls- after McSAME-Palin showing their ignorance in the last two days, I can't see any thinking person voting for them.
    We have McSame saying our Economic Fundementals are still STRONG, and we have the Governor trying to end "Troopergate".
    Republicans have no clue! Look what they've done for the last 8 years!
    EIGHT IS ENOUGH!

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. victor,nj

    If Florida goes blue. McLame/Failin are toast.

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    With the economic crisis and fundamental issues, people are going to seriously come to their senses God gave them. As a woman, picking Palin wasn't a smart move. This proves how incompetent McCain really is. Now, I see why Cindy is following him more closely.

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Jessica

    Every vote will count this year!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. undecided in ohio

    Is McCain too rich and out of touch to understand a hard-working, economically pinched "whiner" like me???

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. larry in Chillicothe OH

    The polls dont take into account new voters very good news for Obama. Yes we can & yes we will!!!

    Teamsters for Obama

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Bob

    Noah, go cry me a river.

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Erik

    Senator McCain is starting to look tired. When will the American people realize he's simply too old to begin the job of President?

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. fredrick

    American should wake up now? the economy of world is in great danger and who wins this election got works to do. this election should not be for US alone. Think ammmeeerrrriiiikkkkaaaaaa. Macain shows how good he can handly the economy while Obama is not winning because he is not like other president before him. Hey guys wake up..................none of my biz anyway

    September 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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