September 24th, 2008
09:08 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN gets ready to update the Electoral Map

Could CNN's electoral map shift Wednesday? Check back at 4 pm for the answer.

Could CNN's electoral map shift Wednesday? Check back at 4 pm for the answer.

(CNN) - Will the Democrats get Rocky Mountain high in Colorado?

The answer could determine who wins the race for the White House.

It's no coincidence Democrats decided to hold last month's presidential nominating convention in Denver. Colorado hasn't voted for the Democrats in a presidential election since 1992. But President Bush won the state by only 5 points over Senator John Kerry in 2004, the Democrats made major gains at the state level in the past two elections - and in this presidential election, the Obama campaign hopes to turn the state from red to blue.

Related: CNN's John King on Colorado's Latino voters - a key swing vote this fall

A state poll out earlier this week by Quinnipiac University put Barack Obama up four points over Republican rival John McCain. Today at 4 pm ET, we'll get a better sense of where the race in Colorado stands, as CNN, Time Magazine and the Opinion Research Corporation release brand new numbers on the race for the White House in the state - and CNN updates its Electoral Map.

Check out CNN's current electoral map

The poll will also include new state surveys on the battle for the presidency in Montana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Colorado • John McCain • Michigan • Montana • Pennsylvania • West Virginia
soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Ditto to cnn!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. Ron from Baltimore

    Colorado is not immune from the batterings wielded by Bush's policies, practices, and people. This should be a showcase state for the US, with its scenery, opportunities, and diversity. In many ways it represents what pioneers founded this country on. Instead of being allowed to continue flourishing, we now find it's instead the seat of oil and gas lease misdeeds for the Administration. We find high crime, high unemployment, and as tough a housing market as they have ever seen.

    Simply put, they had put their hope and faith in the giant Republican machine. When giants fall in the eyes of their supporters. they fall very, ver hard. Democrats 2008.

    September 24, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  3. Bulldog

    This race is too close for comfort. While Palin is taking photo ops in New York to build up her foreign policy perceptions Obama and Biden are out in battleground states working for there votes.

    We can see where the candidates priorities are. Two are taking photo ops and two are working hard on the campaign trail.

    September 24, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  4. Anonymous

    700 billion dollars TOO high for rent!

    September 24, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  5. Elaine

    In times of crisis it is important that the nominees present themselves as calm, collective, and presidental. So far in the past two weeks or so since the meltdown on Wall Street, in my opinion, only one candidate showed the American people who possesses the above qualities and it is now reflecting in the polls.

    September 24, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. People make no sense

    These people make me sick. All the back room deals and lack of truth.

    Come on people do we really want 4 more years of Bush and his junk. These are the people that are running McCain's campaign. Does anybody have any common sense anymore? If she was cooperating then why would he ask for confidentiality? So, she said that they would cooperate under the confidential umbrella. This is the way we are going to spin it. I see and live it everyday in executive America. She is guilty and everybody knows it. Now they listen to him but last week they were calling him partisian and tainted. Give me a break.

    "The governor waived confidentiality, and Mr. Petumenos has just stated as of this moment that he would like for things to remain confidential," Stapleton said. "So that is why we are telling you as of today, we are no longer going to be discussing aspects of this as directed by Mr. Petumenos."

    September 24, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  7. JDC // Ohio

    Get ready for four more years of Jimmy (Obama) Carter. Then, he will also get his butt kicked out when the American people see what a joke we've elected.

    September 24, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  8. IWASP!-Intellgent Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    The race shouldn't be close. "Only in Republican America would a black man with a law degree from Harvard, who spent 12 years teaching Constitutional Law, 12 years in politics (8 state senator, 4 us senator), 4 years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and manager of one of the most impressively flawless and forward thinking presidential campaigns ever not be ready for the presidency while a white female evangelical with 19 months in national politics and a bachelors in journalism is considered ‘ready on day one’. It's a disgrace and Americans should be ashamed of themselves.

    September 24, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. nate

    Its all slipping away for McCain. ABC has Obama up by 9 this morn and now Rick Davis, McCains campign mgr turns out to be in Fannie Mae's pocket and has been caught lying about it (front pg NYT). What do you say we start fresh America?

    September 24, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. Virginia Mike


    Go Obama/Biden/Warner/Kaine/Webb

    September 24, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. Spencer from VA

    Obama: 273
    McSame: 200

    September 24, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  12. R. Cooper

    Can't wait to see if the update of the map matches the polls which has Michigan, Missouri and Colorado leaning toward Obama.

    September 24, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  13. carol

    People are beginning to see what is really at stake here in this election. If you take a good look at your life style and see how things
    have gone down must see who has been in charge these past 8 years.
    Most Republicans want to blame the Democrats in congress......remember folks they've only been there the past 2 years and Bush and your man McCain have been there all the time!!!!
    You have to be honest with yourself and admit this country needs a change and quick.....your party cannot do it, they've had too long and really messed this country up in more ways than one.
    So when you vote, please think long and hard and make your vote count for the right reason......none of us can stand anymore of this nonsense.


    September 24, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  14. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Let's see, uh...Caribou Barbie meets her first world leader and the press gets to see it for 29 seconds...Rick Davis, McSame's campaign guy taking $15,000 a month as recently as last month from Freddie Mac...., Phil Gramm, McSame's probable choice for an economic cabinet position, the guy whose 1999 bill is responsible for the current banking crisis....

    Hmmm, to paraphrase the late Nikita Kruschev, "Yo Greedy Old Party! We will bury you!"

    September 24, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Everyone please get involved. Drive people to the polls, register voters, help out at the polls, go door to door, talk to your neighbors. This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime. We have a chance, with Obama and Biden, to begin to undo all the damage of the last 7 1/2 years, and to restore our standing in the world.

    The thought of McCain, and especially Palin, in the White House scares me more than Bush ever did. In McCain we have a man who is starting to exhibit the symptoms of Alzheimers, and his VP is completely unprepared to step into that role. Say what you will about "experience", but it's ridiculous that the McCain campaign continues to shield Palin from the press. What is it that they fear we'll learn about her? We already know her foreign policy experience is limited to the fact that she can see Russia from her house. Seriously?? We should all be running screaming away from that ticket.

    September 24, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  16. Paul

    See "mo" Palin, Hear no Palin, Speak no Palin...

    If this wasn't an election with possibly the most important issues of most our lives at stake, I would swear to you this has to be one of those hidden camera shows, where the guy comes out to Sarah Palin and says "you just got punk'ed".

    So to you Sarah Palin I am being told by the American people, here is what they say "Thanks but no thanks on your leading our country to nowhere"

    And you know tanning bed that you got for the Governor's mansion..."We are going to put it on e-bay"...

    Palin is a JOKE.

    September 24, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  17. Ilene


    Give them all to Obama!

    No Way, No How, No McCain/Palin

    This country needs leadership with brains now! We've had 8 years of "C" student leadership; now we need a team like Obama and Biden who have been highly educated and actually know the Constitution and believe in it!

    Go vote Obama / Biden on November 4th (or sooner if you can) and put an end to this Country's mediocrity disease!!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |




    September 24, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. beevee

    Slowly but surely americans appear to be realizing that McCain-Palin will take the country on the road to nowhere. That is not change we want.

    September 24, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. The Real Issues

    Senator Obama's voter and electoral state count will continually improve because Americans are starting to see the REAL ISSUES and they are: Bush Administration trickle down economic policies have not worked and will not work. These policies were voted on by Senator McCain 90-95%. This is a completely different global society and the trickle goes into the drain.

    September 24, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. Mary Steins

    With everything that is going on right now in our country, I cannot believe for one second that a Republican who is 72 years old, has a running mate, who cannot even face the media is going to get the votes this year.

    If our country elects John McCain this year, I will be absolutely dumb-struck!

    September 24, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  22. Dadedi

    please give us numbers that are not biased for once CNN. The right numbers should show Obama leading in most battleground states. It would be insane for McSane to be competitive due to the Republican induced meltdown of our economy. Go Bama!

    September 24, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  23. Dr. Sam

    We have so much to memorialize from Palin's UN début. Palin for sure might not have missed the opportunity of her meeting with Hamid Karzir to pitch for MOOSE BREEDING IN THE SHRUBS OF AFGHANISTAN! This might be the very essence of her foreign policy—a way to woo the world and restore good reputation for America abroad! Did Dude Palin seat in as well, given his habit of doing so in high profile and other important political meetings? If he did, he surely would not have missed the once in a life time opportunity to present a foreign leader with a fishing rod. Now that Palin's UN meetings are coming to an end—like a night-gone dream—we await expectantly for McCain's hastily-cobbled campaign ads announcing Palin's sumptuous experience with world leaders. It is almost like getting an honorary degree without the equivalent knowledge. Mission accomplished: Palin now has the much sought after (AND NEEDED) "foreign policy experience." How can anyone, especially Democrats ever have anything more to say about that. Case closed, indeed! Palin is ready to take the world–including the Putin monster–and he is best suited to do the job, being so close to the Russian border. Note, of course, that many other heads of state (except the Bush stooges) have said no thanks to being used as a prop for the McCain campaign whose desperation and use of gimmicks increase exponentially by the hour.

    September 24, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  24. Des,Toronto

    The way the economy is and what has transpired the past 8 years.Lies,deceit and a complete disregard of the Constitution, wavering on torture and the use of executive privelege to skirt the law(Like the Alaska Probe),the entire Bloddy country should turn blue and remove these war crimminals from office,end of story.No Way,No How,No McCain-Palin,No Bail-out,Enough!!!!!!!

    Obama-Biden 08,12

    September 24, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  25. lisalu

    When you look at everything going on in this country right now I do not understand why this election is not going to be a landslide for Obama. I speak for so many when I tell you that, just like in the movie many years ago,:We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more!" Barack said it cristal clear in his acceptance speech : ENOUGH!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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