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)

    Yep, the 2008 remake of the "The Beverly Hillbillies" is in the final episode, altho, my favorite was when Ellie Mae(updated with an updo) made a high school chum head the Department of Agriculture in Alaska, because the gal liked "cows"!

    I hope she knows the "cement pond" is not a watering hole.

    I understand for the final show, Ellie will be "speaking in tongues" AGAIN. So, stay tuned due to the twisted tongue, I understand there may be a spin off called Troopergate, or another '60's remake called "Gidget does Fairbanks"!

    September 24, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    must you all drag out the map every day?

    Where's the story that mccrook's campaign manager was collecting $15,000 a month from Freddie and Fannie.

    I used to believe mccain was just old and senile; now I know he is a cold-hearted crook who will use or lie on anybody to get what he wants.

    Mccain is the ringleader in Washington's greed and corruption

    September 24, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Doug R.

    Republicans will fall hard in November and they deserve to. You can thank Dubya Bush and his illegitimate administration for that. Just look at where we are. McCain/ Palin have zero to offer the American people. Democrats will pick up Senate seats and many House seats.

    September 24, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. lovable liberal

    Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

    McCain's going for three.

    September 24, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given how close some of the states are, this might not change all that much. I'd like to know how close or far apart the polls have to be for a state to be in either McCain or Obama.

    I would think that with the increacing problems with the credit and morgage scandals that Obama will get a boost. It doesn't help that McCain said that he isn't fully educated on economic issues. How are we to believe that he understands them now enough to solve the problem. He might have been on the committees that relate to commerce, but he only dealt with the law and not the economic isssues directly.

    September 24, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Lynn:60 yr old Obama supporter

    Obama's policies must be the right ones as the McCain camp tries to repackage them as their own. The most recent is a quiet turn to a new stimulus plan which Obama has been advocating for weeks.

    Trouble is Obama has the details, the advisors and the conviction behind the plans while McCain drifts in the wind trying whatever it takes to pander to voters while his campaign manager's lobbyist/consulting firm has been receiving 15 000 dollars a month From Freddoe Mac from 2005 until it was taken over. McCain denied any connection last Saturday.

    Either McCain is an out and out liar or he has no idea about what is going on in his campaign. Either way his "experience" is actually horrendous and should be viewed as a negative rather than a positive.

    September 24, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Marc Varin

    I hate to be such a skeptic, but I suspect that there will be certain people who will be getting RICH from this bailout. There are already those people out there looking at how they can "funnel" some of this $700 billion into there own greedy little pockets.....while the poor little taxpayer is paying for this slobs yacht!

    September 24, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Thomas

    This still illistrates something that I still strongly believe: This will be a very close race.

    I don't think that either party can afford to slacken off their campaigning.

    I think it will continue to be close up until the only poll that matters: The 4 November poll (Election).

    September 24, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. John Stevens

    As a Obama supporter, I'm deeply concerned that the publc backlash to the bailout could end up in Obama's lap

    September 24, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. If you love the country, you'll vote Obama.

    This map looks really good for Obama, thank goodness. All the states that Kerry won in 2004 are "likely Obama" or "lean Obama", 2 that Kerry lost are "lean Obama" (Iowa and New Mexico) and he's been consistently ahead in Colorado for almost the entire summer, and he's now pulling even further ahead. All that Obama has to do is win all the states that Kerry won plus those three states and he wins the election. And the fact that he's actually pulling ahead of McCain in Florida is just major icing on the cake. I said back in early summer that after spending a fair amount of time in both states, I actually thought that Obama actually had a better chance of winning Florida than Ohio. Florida has a lot of seniors but most of them are implants from the north east from my anectdotal observations, and Florida doesn't have the deeply entrenched racial problems that they have in the old south immediately to its north. Ohio on the other hand touches the heart of appalachia, and we all know about the deeply entrenched racism in that region by now. And Ohio seems to have little migration (most of the people grow up there and stay there for their entire lives) and it's also seems to rank pretty low in terms of education. Obama's obstacles in Florida are more Political and his obstacles in Ohio are more historical, social and cultural, and the Poltical obstacles it seems to me are actually easier to overcome.

    September 24, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Mike

    Attempt #22 (to get CNN censors to post a non obama loving post)

    I can play all day!

    This is an open letter to all the moderate democrats and independents out there. No, I am not talking to those of you (which is most of you on this board) who think Obama walks on water or is the next coming of the savior, but to those of you who are willing to inform yourselves and make a rational decision. The last two to three days have been very telling. No not words from Obama or Mccaine but words from Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Bill Clinton has gone out of his way to tell you that John Mccaine is very qualified to be President. This is unheard wasn't a solicitated answer it was Bill speaking himself and adding it in as a reporter tried to cut him off. Then, Joe Biden actually has the courage to say what bad judgment Sen. Obama had in running this ad against Mccaine, making fun of Mccaine's POW injuries. Since Obama is running simply on "his judgement" and not his experience this speaks volumes. Perhaps, Bill is just sore about Hilary and wants her to be able to run in 2012 again, perhaps Sen. Biden made a mistake....but to an independant moderate you just have to look at these comments and think "Do these two men really love their country enough that they are willing to buck partisan politics and endorse the right man?" Bill Clinton basically did endorse Sen. Mccaine...this is very telling. Perhaps these men love for their country is forbidding them from the USA making a big mistake in turning to a socialist government

    September 24, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  12. Sofa King Ray Todd Ed

    The repubs are going down, down, down and it is their own fault. They ran the country into the ground over the past 8 years. The only problem is Obama is going to inherit a mess and people will soon forget who caused the mess.

    September 24, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. Alaskan Republican

    I hate to say it but with the Palin Liar and McCain the Old, the republicans are headed for disaster this year. It's really sad to see that their focus is on pointing their fingers at the democratic party then letting us know about their plans. Obviously they don't know what they are going to do to help since it is their fault we are here in the first a born republican (conservative) I am ashamed....

    September 24, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |


    September 24, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  15. blaising

    How much more damage can the republik party do in the next 3-4 months?

    1. Steal our money
    2. Embroil us in another war
    3. Make hate acceptable

    McCreep-Pain '08 are LIARS!!

    The republik party has already lost this one...


    September 24, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. Greg

    It seems to me that most of the democrat leaning or safe states are pretty much all urban areas that are looking for government welfare. Instead of using the electoral college maybe we should use the number of states won. There seems to be a lot more common sense in that argument than letting a bunch of urban welfare recipients determine the outcome of the election.

    September 24, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. Tom in Delaware

    Well I guess this is the beginning of CNN's Full Court Press to announce the coronation of Barack Hussein Obama as the next President of the United States of America.

    What are you going to present to the public when all of your predalictions prove to be wrong.

    Pride is always greatest before the Fall.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 24, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Anonymous

    It's not enough we get several irrelevant polls every day; now we have announcements eight hours in advance of a poll being announced?

    September 24, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. DUANE

    Bush has nearly destroyed this country. McBush will finish it off.

    Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Steve

    Unless your pollsters call people with cell phones, your results will be totally inaccurate. More and more likely and registered voters have eliminated their landlines because the newer technology is cheaper and easier to get. Some colleges and universities have eliminated landline connections for dormitories and many businesses have done the same. The companies that undertake these inquiries must reevaluate their infromation gathering techniques to deal with these changes if they want to accurately gauge an ever-changing electorate. You also under-represent the potential youth voter impact and, as was demonstrated by the 42% turnout in 2004, they could be the swing demographic this time around.

    September 24, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. Barney

    WTG Colorado. NC is going DEM this year too. We have a senator (Dole) that has been "on the dole" for years with nothing in return for the people of the state. Hope a lot more states "clean house" one way or the other. New people all around. If they don't get something done, vote them out next time.

    September 24, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Obviously if both sides are working on bailing out these failed companies at our expense, neither side is working for us.

    Vote them all out!

    September 24, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  23. Dan

    The tide of republican misdeeds, just like a hurricane surge, damages everyone in its path, even storm chasers who think they "know"
    the perpetrator. Now its up to Americans to rescue themselves.

    Democrats 08.

    September 24, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  24. Bruce

    the only poll that matters is the one on 11/4

    September 24, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Repuke

    It is BEYOND disgusting that ANYONE or ANY GROUP uses the misfortune of others to twist their political fate. ANd this BU||SH|T bailout scam is nothing but using the misfortune of ALL the Americans to allow the 1% of Americans who actually OWN more than $50,000 worth of stock o be bailed out.
    FCUK THEM! Let them eat SH|T and D|E. They got into the risky position, now they need to get themselves out.

    September 24, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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