October 7th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
6 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. John, Austin, Texas

    Minnesota, great job you guys!!
    Let's send McCain to the looney bin!!

    October 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Shawn - ga

    Yawn... polls mean nothing. Gore was up Kerry was up....

    October 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    McCain is doomed.

    October 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. EBC, Boyds, MD

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS SEN. OBAMA!!!

    October 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    YES WE CAN!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12

    October 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. patriot

    I don't get it. How can ANYONE be undecided at this point? The choices are so stark and clearly defined.

    October 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Michael

    I have heard this all before and have watched as the actual results told a different story.

    I will believe it when I see it (November 4th).

    Good job, CNN, for keeping up your pro-Obama campaign 24/7.

    October 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. LaJuan

    GOD BLESS YOU AND MICHELLE!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Wooooooo Hooooooo

    NC going blue too – early voting starts next week. 7 adults in my family will be voting early for Barack Obama.

    October 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. indy chris

    whaddya call it when land slides?

    October 7, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Susan

    The fat lady is starting to sing.

    October 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. bill

    go get them obama you not only have double digit in minnesota but TRUTH BE KNOWN DOUBLE DIGIT IN MANY MANY STATES THIS GREAT COUNTRY HAS SUFFERED ENOUGH UNDER BUSHES EIGHT YEARS WE CAINT AND WONT STAND FOUR MORE

    October 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. morefromLA

    Didn't McCain wave the white flag of surrender in Michigan to redeploy his troops to Minnesota and Wisconsin? That worked out well.

    October 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Quiet Conservative

    It amazes me that people are lacking the facts that the Democrats are equally at fault on our ecomony, if not more so because of their insistance of giving loans to people who couldn't afford them. I hope they all remember if Obama wins, it's their fault.

    October 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Chi4Obama

    To my fellow Democrats, and Obama Republicans:

    Although these poll #'s are encouraging, please DO NOT get comfortable. There is still much work to be done between now and the General election. We need to ensure that all of our friends/family members are registered to vote. In fact, today is actually the registration deadline in many states across the country. And even more we need to ensure that everyone who is registered, actually turns out to vote.

    This is critical for the future of our nation.

    America Unified 2008.

    October 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Chi4Obama

    This is good news for Barack.

    However,
    Why do I get the eery feeling that the Repbublicans will "find" a way to somehow manipulate the outcome of this election.

    October 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Sally from Cali

    Obama has been presidential all along. His personal story is one of courage, sacrifice, and determination, all qualities of a great leader.

    It's ironic that he turned down the opportunity for a highly paid job on Wall Street to do community service work. And now look who needs the community organizer's help.

    October 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Amy

    Go Minnesota go!

    October 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Shay

    Everyone vote early vote now for Obama. Voting early is the sureest way to make sure Obama is in the house.

    October 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Ron L

    This lead will spread to other states if Senator McCain continues to send Governor Palin around the country attempting to trash Senator Obama's character. Senator McCain seems to forget that he said he was not going to run this kind of campaign ( I did not believe it then..he's a Republican and it is on of their favorite sports). The fact that he is and the person doing it ( Gov. Palin ) is AFRAID to come on the MAJOR Sunday talk shows on CNN, CBS, NBC, or ABC gives her and her message a lot less crediblity. It is really rather pathetic and a MAJOR turnoff to most independent voters!!

    October 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Chris from STL

    Considering the economic mess we are in, and the mess that McCain's campaign is in, I'm surprised why Obama is not leading 100 to zero everywhere!

    October 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Obamalism

    Funny how states like Michigan, after being under Democrat rule forever still think that a democrat will help them.

    Democrats promise handouts instead of fixing the problem. People come to rely on those handouts and are duped into voting for dems time and time again. It's a viscious cycle. Dems are basically buying votes and riding the backs of the poor.

    The problem is NOT that you don't have money. The problem is that you can't earn money.

    Dems promote govt welfare programs. Republicans promote education and self reliance. This is the fundamental difference between the two parties. Everything else is just pandering...

    October 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Theogracias

    Hate only attracts a fringe that is growing smaller and smaller. This is a ticket for 1965 when McCain was in his prime. Pailin is the ugliest thing we have to offer. Americans will have their say.

    October 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Maury of Colorado

    The McCain/Palin ticket lost me when Sarah Palin opened her big mouth and showed what an empty head she really did have. She is downright over-stepping!!!

    October 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. katiec

    Although I despise dirty politicing it seems the more
    Mccain/palin lie and attack the better Barack Obamas
    numbers get.
    Still would like to see them show some integrity and
    talk about the issues.
    They may have to look that word up in the dictionary
    as is obvious they have forgotten what it means.

    October 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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