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. Siman

    I can't wait for the debate time, when all the truth will come out...
    GO OBAMA/BIDEN !!!

    September 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Rico

    Those are great numbers for Obama. A dem being that close in North Carolina is unheard of.

    September 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Rudy NYC:
    How would you describe McCain's campaign over the past 3 months?
    Getting stronger and stronger. Finally hitting on all cylinders.

    How would you describe Obama's campaign over the past 3 months?
    Lost it's way. Meandering in message. Getting more desperate.

    Three months ago mcCain was down by 8, now he's tied. This tells me that when the going gets tough, McCain buckles down and fights his way through it, while Obama loses focus and gets lost. Maybe it's time for Obama to go back to Berlin. This time to stay.

    September 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Dmitriy

    FactCheck. Get back to reality. The convention bounce is over.

    September 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Todd

    Of course Palin's experience is being questioned! McCain is the least likely candidate to survive his first term of any presidential candidate in history. The man ain't gonna be a round to see the 2012 election people!

    September 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. mitchell

    let the harvard guy fix it!

    September 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    RIP Wall Street. RIP McSame and the Deregulatory Polices that have been in place since St. Ron Reagan and the Depository Institutions Act of 1982 that was supposed to "revitalize" the housing industry by freeing up the S&Ls to make more loans. Last time Neil Bush lost a billion bucks at the Silverado S&L. This time it's Andrew McCain, board member of the Silver State Bank . SEE ANY PATTERNS HERE, KIDS????

    September 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. 8 is Enough

    Almost 3 weeks since announced as running mate, and she took her first reporter question—way to go Sarah!!! The novelty is wearing off I'm afraid. McCain could have picked a tomato for his running mate and half this country would still vote for more of the same. But at least we'd know more about the tomato.

    September 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Sean

    I'm finding myself increasingly pessimistic about Ohio following the obvious voter fraud there in 2004. What measures are being taken so the GOP won't be given a chance to repeat the offense in 2008??

    September 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. John in Binghamton NY

    noah – Your comment is useless. What polls are you talking about?

    It depends on the when the polls were taken.

    FL – has been bouncing back and forth. Rasmussen had it tied last week, now I think McCain is up a bit. Probably will stay red.

    IN – has been getting tight, but probably will stay red.

    NC – I have seen this all over the map in polls, but I don't see this going blue unless VA goes blue.

    OH – again bouncing back and forth. Toss up, but probably stays red.

    WI – seen this blue most places.

    I see Obama's best bet as CO and NM or flipping VA. FL or OH could be flipped, but it would be tough.

    September 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Latinos for Obama

    Latinos in Florida, hope you know that many in the Republican party would like to see you all shipped back to Latin America. Do not be fooled by this Party. They have ruined our economy and wants 4 more years. No way. Change we NEED NOW

    vote Obama / Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. J J

    They are both full of it. They are both lying and giving half truths...hell they are politicians. McCain is more center right and Obama is left. That is what you are voting for...nothing else.

    September 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. salisbury

    This is modern democracy in action: a largely ignorant group of voters swayed by flash, not substance.

    September 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Right-is-Right

    All that matters is the outcome of the election in Nov. everything else is speculation. I do enjoy hearing the stories about all of the former Hillary supporters now voting McCain because of Palin. Obama you remember those folks don't you..oops that's right you left Hillary off the ticket didn't ya....not too smart my man! You did go to Harvard didn't you??

    September 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. jon

    September 17th, 2008 4:31 pm ET

    Wow, all of you still questioning the "experience" Palin has, need to take a good look at Obama, who, as I recall, is running for President. Get a clue.

    WOW all of you McCain supporters that constantly criticize Obama's experience, need to take a look at history and realize that ABE LINCOLN had less experience than BARACK OBAMA yet HE BECOME THE GREATEST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY, LET ALONE MANAGED TO UNITE THIS COUNTRY AND KEEP IT FROM FALLING APART

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Jeff in Dallas, TX

    It's nice to see NC up there that close as an Obama supporter, bur frankly, if NC goes blue, that means it's bedtime on election night, because Obama's got an EV landslide coming (because it also likely means he won VA as well). Same with Indiana.

    Expect Obama to take the Kerry states plus IA and NM, and a recount in CO keeping us all up to the wee hours of the morning to determine the winner.

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

    The mccain camp have got major problems right now,last week the mccain camp was in great shape,because he lead the white vote by 22%,but now that lead has evaporated to just 12%,that means obama is going to win in a landslide if mccain dont get that number back up to at least 21%,because he is getting killed with the minority vote,in i dont think he can rebound from that,mccains only hope is that a terriost attack happens before the election,because if the topic stays on the economy that means obama is going to win going away,by the numbers from all these new polls that came out today obama should win by 8%,which means 402 electoral votes,its over mccain,even lady sarah cant save you on this one because when people look at this economy, they looks at the republican party.who has destroyed americas wealth.

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. VIRGINIA will be blue

    I agree 100% with Jay in New Hampshire

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Sally a Proud Republican for Palin

    What about the Republicans that are either NOT voting and staying home, or voting Obama?

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Can't fool me

    Hopefully the voters in these states won't be fooled by the McCain/Palin strategy of gimmicks. When will it end? First we had the "gas tax holiday" – a gimmick that would fix exactly nothing. Then we had "offshore oil drilling," another gimmick that will solve nothing. Then we had the selection of a woman as a running mate – a thinly veiled gimmick intended to win over disgruntled Hillary supporters. And people are actually being fooled by this nonsense? Not me!! And if McCain brings up the POW thing one more time when he's asked about something completely unrelated I am going to lose my lunch. The old John McCain would not have behaved this way.

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. JayInNewHampshire

    Wow, all of you still questioning the "experience" Palin has, need to take a good look at Obama, who, as I recall, is running for President. Get a clue.

    I don't see anyone questioning anyones experience. You McCant supporters are as out of touch with americans and their issues as he is.

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Amy

    I hope these polls are an indication that the honeymoon is over for Palin. We need to discuss issues other than whether or not she's the pig or the lipstick!

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Annie

    Latina for Obama (nj): I second that. Yes We Can and God Bless America! And I've just made another contribution to the Obama team because I have faith in America and Americans. Thanks, Noah!

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. karen

    come on people barack should be way ahead of mcCain–think about , read what is at stake,please.

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. PMW

    I don't pay too much attention to the polls. They seem to poll land lines only, during the daytime. Most people are at work, and more and more people are just using cell phones and the likes, not land lines.

    September 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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