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
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  1. Best News of the DAY!

    I predict Obama will win Iowa, Colorada, Florida, NH, NC and Michigan which we all know will guarantee him the presidency. I suspect Ohio and Virginia will be close but won't really matter. GA might be the biggest surprise of all.

    September 24, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. no more Black eyes

    @ ROB we have seen that we can not trust the Repub talking points, Phil Gramm, John McCain's economic adviser is the one who is responsible for the deregulation that led us to this mess. John McCain also has his hands dirty in Fanny contributions, and Rick Davis, if you want to talk about money grabbers, took over 2 million, 30 thousand a month, from Fanny so he could get them access Rob, how dirty is that? Davis also made close to a Million lobbying for the country of Georgia....for access to...Mccain "we are all Georgians.
    1) Palin followed Obama's windfall tax give everyone in Alaska rebate checks. (the 1 thing she did right)
    2) 95% of the American people will get tax cuts stimulating the growth of the economy. plus we see what the Bush/McCain tax cuts for businesses have done so far Rob....unemployment at 6.1%.
    3) health care Rob should not bankrupt Americans, those who have it already will pay lower premiums under Obama, those who dont will be able to get the same coverage as those in the Senate.
    4) as far as National Security Rob...IF they had listened to Obama in the first place, WE WOULD NOT HAVE GONE INTO IRAQ!!!! Hundreds of Billions would not have been spent, 4,100 US soldiers would still be alive, hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraq people would not be wounded, the US would not be the laughing stock of the world, we would have been focusing on Afgahn, or Military would not be stretched to the point of inevitable draft, the money saved could have gone to building up America making us stronger....

    so Rob, a vote for McCain is a vote to Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran, further financial ruin, and the that the America YOU want?

    September 24, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Dave in Cali

    The GOP(Greedy Old People) have beaten America up for the last time with their policies, that favor the wealthy. America does not need the dumb redneck mentality anymore. We need people who can think, speak, reason, and understand. All MCCain/ Palin are is Bush/Cheney all over again. They have no clue how to fix America, all they know how to do is destroy America. America is like the Titanic with Bush steering America right into the iceberg for they last 8 years. Obama is the only one who is saying we need to move in another direction that will avoid hitting the iceburg

    September 24, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Independent FL voter


    If you're going to make such inflammatory argumetns, you should be able to support them. But you can't. John McCain's CAMPAIGN MANAGER, Rick Davis, took almost $2 million from Freddie Mac, witness this quote from an article by Andrew Sullivan on the

    "The two sources, who requested anonymity discussing sensitive information, told Newsweek that Davis himself approached Freddie Mac in 2006 and asked for a new consulting arrangement that would allow his firm to continue to be paid. The arrangement was approved by Hollis McLoughlin, Freddie Mac's vice president for external relations, because "he [Davis] was John McCain's campaign manager and it was felt you couldn't say no," said one of the sources. [McLoughlin did not return phone calls]."

    I'm hardly a Democrat, but I'll be checking as many boxes as I can with a (D) this year, because I have finally had it with the Republicans, their hypocrisy and their lies.

    September 24, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. matt

    gee? i wonder what the 'updated' Electoral map is going to look like?

    the fact that CNN put this article out as a teaser should tell everyone that the updated map will show Obama gaining some states. If that wasn't the case, there would've been no teaser article, and no updated map. bets?

    September 24, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Tired Elephant

    West Virginia will be interesting. Only poll I can find has McCain up by 6. If CNN's lead for McCain is less then 10 points then Schmidt had better start looking at Southeast Ohio. Same voting block, same background. Southern PA west of Harrisburg ditto.

    September 24, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. LIP

    Let's change the polls with some facts, courtesy of CNN
    Palin was not goverrnor when the bridge to nowhere was proposed.
    Palin was not governor when the road to nowhere was earmarked by Congress to be built.
    Palin legally had no choice as to whether or not the bridge would be built...the feds required it.
    Obama and Biden voted twice in favor of the bridge to nowhere and also voted against the same money going to help New Orleans after Katrina.
    Check it out

    September 24, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Paizley

    Bill, from N.M. I have that same concern. If this race is close on election day I can see the Repugs doing thier best to steal it away. That is why we need to get out there and vote so that they can't! Get registered and go vote!

    September 24, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Len in Washington

    I hope you also consider the ABC poll released this morning that shows Obama up by 9.

    September 24, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Candy West Virginia

    Rob – stop spreading lies. Obama received monies from the EMPLOYEES of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. So did your buddy mcclueless. BUT FREDDIE MAC PAID MCCAIN CAMPAIGN MANAGER'S FIRM THROUGH LAST MONTH. That is a fact. And Obama has been for regulation while your buddy mcclueless was for deregulation which as you know got us into this mess. Stop lying, you sound like a moron.

    September 24, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Just made more calls for the Obama campaign for change in Colorado last night. Obama supporters were double McCain supporters. We will deliver Colorado!!

    September 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Jeff

    CNN reader gets ready to comment about updated Electoral Map

    September 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. MikeH

    hey Sweetie, care to comment on McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis being on the payroll of Fannie May until last month?

    Sweetie, do you have anything to say about Rick Davis LYING about his ties to Fannie May.

    Sweetie, do you have anything to say about just what is was that Rick Davis was doing for Fannie May, since he won't say, and Fannie May hasn't disclosed the purpose of the $15K/month payments they were making to Rick Davis?

    I didn't think so. Your'e just another truth-challenged Republican who spews jibberish, ignorance, and racisim.

    September 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Elizabeth

    The last thing our country needs are McCain (put his own interest in place of what is good for the American people by choosing "hicky" Palin and that hicky dude – poor judgement. Giving Palin a crash course is :asinine". The Republican blunders get worse each day – one mess after another. McCain is a time bomb ready to go off – look at his eyes. ) and Palin (a shrill, bossy and whiny woman)! The Republicans are running a "tabloid" campaign! What scares me is that there may be too many "hick" voters!

    September 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. John McShame

    More of the same from John McShame

    John McLame says, “I don’t know much about the economy, I still need to be educated”

    “It would be acceptable if we had to stay in Iraq for another 100 years.”

    We need to “bomb, bomb, and bomb Iran”

    “I have voted with Bush 90% of the time because he has been right 90% of the time”

    Sarah Failin says,

    “I have foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from Alaska and I went to Mexico on vacation once.”

    “I welcome any investigation into my past because I have nothing to hide, oh never mind I will not meet with any investigators for any reason ever.”

    She believes the Bush Doctrine is a “World View” hahaha

    She says she said “No Thanks” for the Bridge to nowhere when she was actually the one who got it approved

    She says we may have to go to war WITH RUSSIA

    She decreased her own responsibilities when she was the mayor of a town small enough to be run by a fifth grader

    September 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Get Real

    to: Election Watcher

    Another McCain Lie ... Obama was on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on European Affairs Not Afghanistan

    September 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. J. Sully, New York

    First of all learn to spell. Also it was nice if you could learn some sentence structure. I have no idea what you wrote or what point you were trying to make. I think it's anti-Obama.

    Well Rob, your in for a huge surprise in November because we NO LONGER WANT these crooked republicans in power. Check Rick Davis' connection to Fannie May/Freddie Mac. He's McShame's campaign advisor and he's a crook. $30,000 per month from Fannie and Freddie for doing nothing.

    Also watch how the Bush administration is now following Barack Obama's suggestions. And Palin is a fraud. She claims she'll put the government's check book on line. SURPRISE. OBAMA ALREADY DID THAT THREE YEARS AGO.

    Get informed and learn some grammar you loser.

    September 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Vincent, Great Lakes IL

    JDC // Ohio September 24th, 2008 8:12 am ET

    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.

    And you know this how??? Please enlighten me. I don't know if Obama would be better but, I am not going to chance another four years of an administration that I had issues with for eight.

    So you voted good ole G.W. in for a second term and what did it get you and your children. Can anyone honestly say that they like what has happened and are looking forward to more of the same for their children?

    The other night on CNN, actually Lou Dobbs, it was stated that it was Clinton's fault for what lead up to the proposed bail out because he signed a bill in 1998 or 1998 to allow this to happen.

    Who was in charge of the ship during these last almost eight years? And of those eight years, who held both Houses?

    Now, it would seem to me that the powers that be either were asleep at the switch (incompetent) because they didn't reverse it or they didn't care (incompetent).

    I want change and that is not the new slogan of the McCain/Palin camp.

    September 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Mac

    I don't get the "Hitler gave great speeches too" argument. There's no excuse for it. Reagan gave great speeches. I guess he was America's Hitler then?

    September 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. iowan

    Polls are changing in swing states because people are considering their own economic interests, not personally or the cultural issues the Republicans want to play on. The McCain/Bush policy of making the rich richer and having economic security trickle down has worked if you live in a village in China where the jobs have gone. Not so much here.

    September 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Mike - Texas

    The thing that really scares me is that if Nobama is elected and the democrats have control of both the house AND the senate then this country is heading for DISASTER!!!!!

    Think about it for a moment America.

    This countRy went to pot AFTER the democrats took of both houses of congress. The do nothing democratically led congress has an approval rating on ONLY 9%.

    The banking committee is led by the democrats.
    The SEC is led by the democrats.
    2 of Nobamas finacial advisors came from 2 of those FAILED banking institutions, and they made MILLIONs.

    **** WAKE UP AMERICA ****

    September 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Michelle

    Pennsylvania is a toss-up and should not be in Obama's column.

    September 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. FL4OB

    Election "Watcher"
    Have you been paying any attention? Afghanistan was addressed at the FULL committee level by the chairman, Senator Biden. Obama/Biden understand the real fight on terror exists in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |

    What the media is reporting and what is reality are two different things. McCain/Palin will win in a landslide and you can thank the liberal media and the hatemonger liberals for that. They showed their true uncompromising one side and it is making people actually think about what could happen if they do not get out and vote. The McCain/Palin supporters just are not trying to yell over the liberals.

    September 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. John B. From New Hampshire

    where'd my comment go CNN? Rick Davis Mccain's campaign manager, was receiving $15,000/mo from fannie mae and freddie mac. John McCain lied about this!! add to the list people! the public deserves to know!!

    September 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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