October 7th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Double-digit Obama edge in Minnesota

Sen. McCain is trailing in Minnesota despite the fact that the Republican convention was held in St. Paul.

Sen. McCain is trailing in Minnesota despite the fact that the Republican convention was held in St. Paul.

(CNN) – With less than a month to go until Election Day, CNN’s latest Minnesota poll of polls shows a major advantage for Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama now leads Sen. John McCain by 14 percentage points – with support from 54 percent of likely voters in the state, compared to 40 percent for McCain. Six percent of likely Minnesota voters are unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Minnesota poll of polls, Obama was ahead of McCain by a single point – 47 percent to 46 percent.

“The meltdown on Wall Street has significantly strengthened Obama’s hand in Minnesota,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “The crisis has reinforced the state’s traditional embrace of economic populism, which almost always benefits the Democrats. At the same time, any local bounce McCain might have received from holding his party’s convention in St. Paul has now worn off. It’s worth remembering that no Republican candidate has carried Minnesota since Richard Nixon in 1972; it’s tough to imagine any GOP candidate seriously contesting the state when he’s trailing nationally by five or six points.”

Tuesday’s CNN Minnesota poll of polls is made up of the following three surveys: Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute (October 3-5), Star Tribune (September 30-October 2) and CNN/Time/ORC (September 28-30).

The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

Minnesota is the latest in a number of states that have seen growing advantages for Obama since the financial crisis began.

soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Roger Johnson

    Who told Obama he knew anything about the economy anyway? What has he done in the past that proves he knows what he is talking about? The junior senator one time Obama is criticizing McCain for siding with Bush, then doing the exact thing with Bush, as we saw last week during the outrageous bailout. Talk about being a HYPO. As it happened in the past, Obama voted for the package without reading the details. I cannot vote for a person like him this election. Let us watch Obama prove himself the next 12 years. NOW is not the time.

    October 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would vote for OBAMA!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Tony D

    I think tonites Debate will Make or Break John McCain. As For Myself I believe that everything that Obama Has Used in his Campain McCain has tried to Do The Same. Looks to me as Monkey say Monkey Do. McCain Being the Monkey.

    October 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. ohio

    is palin alive??????????? where is the PIT mccain

    October 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Ugh!

    To T Harris (7:17)

    If you notice, the SAME people blog all day, why?

    ...because they are at home ALL DAY waiting for their welfare checks!

    Obama supporters have no depth, insight or common sense, simply followers...

    NEVER say anything negative about the "Almighty Obama," for it will not get posted.

    October 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. newsnut

    Propaganda hogwash. They forget how they swore at the begining of the Campaigns how their Polls showed America voting for B.H.Obama over H.Clinton in overall count. Now its J.McCains turn to be ostersized, or shall we say, Obamanized. Let us not put up with this shamfull way the democrats are dragging America through the dirt. Remember that Movie, Saving Private Ryan where the German sang the song, America.

    October 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Annoyed

    HAHAHAHA McCain you old goat, go take your blow up doll Palin and take her for a spin in the bedroom. At least you should get your money's worth now that you're gonna have to choke on your tears.

    October 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Vladimir Puti would vote for OBAMA!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. randy

    please voters, forget about the polls bring a friend to the voting center on election day. please dont fill that with this polls coming out that obama will just win ,well let me remind you all about what happen in new england during the primary season he was leading hillary by 10 point but he lost.for obama to win we all have to vote come november 4.

    October 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Gail

    Oh My – just look at all these shiny little Republicans!!!. They are so happy!!!! Soooooo glad to be discussing something, ANYTHING, other than the issues facing Americans today – like the Economy, ending the Iraq War, Health Care, etc., etc., etc., because they know they have no issues to discuss.

    Bringing up Ayers and Rev. Wright – so old news, so yesterday. Do you think that if Hillary – the Hillster and her attack machine – couldn't find anything on Obama that these [really shiny and happy] Republicans will? LOL!!!

    and McCain still drops in the polls-another point today.....But Obama keeps rising... Humm....wonder how this is all working out for you slimey, oops – Shiney – Little Republicans!


    oh yea....Obama/Biden 'till 2024!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. J-STIZLE ( Oakland, Calif. )

    The party's over for the ReThuglicans. I can't wait to see the look on Sean Hannity's face after all the votes have been counted on Nov. 4th. Only then will Sean , Karl Rove, Billy Krystal , and all of the other ( vast majority) of Fox News Network Republican surrogates realize just how "out of touch" they are with the American people. I've been trying to tell these fools that the more THEY talk negatively about Obama , the HIGHER his poll ratings go. At the rate FOX is going ...... Obama will LANDSLIDE into victory. FOX NEWS NETWORK just does not GET IT !!!!

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    October 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. lyn

    Political Ticker , why is my comments always awaiting moderation, this is the second comment I have send you and you did not print it, I am confuse as to why is this.You have my email let me know so I can correct if I am doing something wrong.____ Way to go Obama & Biden great job. I live in Canada and I am voting for Obama & Biden.

    October 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Kim Jong-il would vote for OBAMA!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Country First?

    John McCain chose a "COUNTRY FIRST" motto, and then
    selects a totally unqualified woman to be possible president of the
    country. This woman is a threat to our national security. How is SHE going to protect us? The foreign enemy will know that we are a weak target if Sara Palin is ever allowed to command. John McCain may even be captured AGAIN while he is asleep in the White House. His "judgement" after all allowed him to crash five planes and get captured. Americans Had better think twice before helping the republican party fool this country again. WE THE PEOPLE are the country

    October 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Well, my respiratory infection is better this evening, so I will go back to work tomorrow... ready or not. Reading these comments and adding my own has been a nice break from the pain and discomfort of "sick". Thank you, CNN, for allowing this forum. I will check with you after work tomorrow to get the word on the debate, which I shall, of course, be glued to the TV for... though prone on the couch. And of course, I will be watching the best news team on Television! *grin*

    October 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Laszlo in L.A.

    Too bad that Texas is not near an ocean or great lake. Obama would be up fifteen points there as well.

    I hope these polls do not encourage voters on either side from staying home on Election Night. This is the probably the most important presidential election in anyone's lifetime and nothing is a done deal yet.

    I'll be looking to see where Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida fall on November 4. If Obama wins those states, the writing will be on the wall.

    October 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Abe

    Shsh! Kim-Fla,
    We don't want use words like "educate" as it'll make us seem like elites. We don't like plans either as it is so nerdy and out fashion. All you need to be POTUS and VPOTUS is war experience and moose hunting.

    October 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. 'Good Will' Acorn voter

    Hey, I remember this part! It's just like the Democratic primary where the Obama campaign and the media get together and make the public think that it's all over for Obama's opponent.

    October 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. Marge

    If the MSM would only do their job, print all the crookedness of obama his poll numbers would drop. Do they know he is not even a natural born citizen. Do they know 1/3 of his donation money has come from overseas. McCain returned his, obama didn't, Do they know that obama's campaign is also accepting money over the limit from people like Good Will, Dooda Man, Loving You. Now anybody with sense knows that is laundering and he is accepting it. So WHY IN THE DEVIL ISN'T THE PRESS REPORTING ALL THIS STUFF.

    October 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Dennis, Amarillo Texas

    NO suprise. Minnesota voted in a has been professional wrestler as a Governor, and have an idiot comedian running for Senator, so why wouldn't they vote for a 3 1/2 year do nothing Obama.

    October 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Christine

    VOTING is just like driving...
    If you want to backward, choose "R".
    If you want to go forward, choose "D".

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    Why nothing on CNN about the "terrorist", "traitor calls at the Palin and McCain rallies? Why nothing on the Secret Service investigation of the Palin supporter who yelled "kill him" during one of Palin's rants about Obama?

    Surely voters should know about what is happening in these rallies rather than constantly showing these speeches containing many comments you have fact checked as FALSE??

    October 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. ben

    My prayer is that the party known for hooks and crooks (republican party) is not allowed to steal this election through fraud,etc.

    October 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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