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. Chi4Obama

    President Obama.

    Get used to it.

    October 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Mack

    The thought of President Sarah Palin was enough to make this Republican vote for Obama. What a stupid political stunt.

    October 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Jill

    What a mess the Republican ticket has become.

    October 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Republican Base Voting OBAMA

    God Bless you all in Minnesota and the rest of the country is behind you with this one. We have to get a handle on our economy before Bush get us to the black hole.

    October 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Chi4Obama

    This is good news for Barack.

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

    October 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Beverly, NYC

    Thank you Minnesota. For the democrats John McCain and Sarah Palin are the gifts that keep on giving . Keep up the negativity guys, as Christians you should recall that the pit you dig for someone else you may fall in.

    October 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Luke Brown

    McCain first went wrong when he let Rove and others push Palin on him. He wanted Lieberman and he should have stuck to his guns.

    These are the same people who knifed him eight years ago in the SC GOP primary.

    Now they've killed him twice.

    October 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Jeff

    HOw much money did that road to nowhere cost?
    How much pork was in the bill justed signed by McCain?
    When did McCain get his wedding license to wed Cindy?
    What was Cindy's medication issue?
    Where did Cindy get the medications?
    When did Palin cooperate with her own state?
    What happened to choosing a running mate ready to step in, because that was the most important requirement for selection?
    100% truthful? ("i wasn't aware the media was giving sarah a hard time")
    WOW - need I go on?

    October 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Griff

    If this guy doesn.t win the election America is finished....
    You will go down-hill fast...

    October 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    Minnesota voters are SMART...... thank you !!!!
    McCain is ERRATIC, he will DESTROY our great Country.

    October 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. values

    Good job Obama. Kick his butt. Palin is a moron.

    October 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. JB

    Shawn,

    Polls do mean something. Gore and Kerry had many leads that were statistically insignificant, Obama's lead in Minnesota is too large to be an error. It is clear that Obama is winning the state, and that McCain won't win it unless something very dramatic happens in the next month.

    October 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. J, MN

    Finally! Not that polls mean everything. We will keep the work up here, but come on guys, MN needs to stay blue, last time we went red we got Nixon.

    October 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. California Gold

    John McCain will lose and retire from politics after this election. Palin will return to Alaska, go hunting and never be heard from again. We live happily ever after.

    October 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. hometowndemocrat

    YAAA YA BETCHA!

    I'm so glad this happened don't ya know!!!

    October 7, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Duluth Girl

    First Michigan, now Minnesota...can Wisconsin be far behind???

    October 7, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I wish that Undecideds would make up their minds already. To any human with a brain and a wallet (or purse) and who has been casually keeping up with this election, the choice should be obvious-VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN!

    October 7, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. cevans, tx

    God bless my fellow Americans....We are about to experience much needed change....Thank you so much for the hope you have given our GREAT COUNTRY!! I am so proud of you all, who put your country first, unlike those repubs who have just about destroyed it...Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't thank you enough...There is only one race, the HUMAN RACE!!!!

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Becky

    I love how this is about Obama up in the polls and the picture of McCain and Palin giving thumbs-up.

    I give thumbs-down to McCain and Palin...

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Northern Exposure

    Great news for Minnesota. I just wish the people in my state, ND, would wake up and smell the stink coming from the McCain campaign.

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Ok, another poll showing Barack up... I'd say good, but I've seen this picture before. A Democratic candidate is up in the polls and come voting day in November... you know the rest; we're living it.

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. mitch

    GO CNN TRUTH SQUAD!!!! YOU ROCK! OBAMA SPEAKS TRUTH! MCCAIN DOES NOT!

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. The Other Campaign Strategist from 115th & Amsterdam

    Team Obama -

    This is a fight to the finish. We must obliterate the enemy.

    Governor Palin will be diminished as the American public trains it's attention on the abuse of power investigation later this week.

    Let us prepare for the one trump card that would help John McCain while he is against the ropes ... a terrorist attack.

    I'd like to commision Wes Clark, Senator Webb and Chuck Hagel to conduct an analysis of our top 5 threats and pre-determine action plans so that we are ready to take action if necessary.

    No Mercy For This Dispicable Republicans. We've put up with them and their cowardly, backstabbing, dishonorable campaign tatics for 12 years. ENOUGH

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Joe in MN

    Why would troops be deployed to the longest running blue state in the union? Keep wasting your money if you want to McCain...We're an educated state, and we're not buying it.

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. Billy

    I like the news but Polls mean nothing.

    Get out and vote, do it now or do it Nov 4 but be sure to vote!

    The ONLY way Obama loses is because of low voter turnout.

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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