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. RedHades

    John McLosser claims to be a 'bailer' but he can't even bail himself from loosing in this race. And Palin, just a cosmetic! Is it too late for the GOP to change these 2 nominees so that we can have more rational and substantive politics without smears and lies?

    October 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Debby

    Okay CNN so where is the number of people that were polled. I see you are leaving that out lately in your poll of polls.

    October 7, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Alexia

    All that is left is for the voting machines to malfunction and Florida's "chads" to fall McCains way. Don't laugh, they could make it happen!

    October 7, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Jason, minot, north dakota

    I smile a little bit inside everytime i read an article like this. it would be nothing but a travesty if mccain and palin were allowed into the white house. she is dangerous incompetent. he is Bush III .. how scary is that

    October 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Union man

    A cheer will go through the land when McCain's political career comes to an end just like one of the planes he crashed.

    Palin's disappearance from the public scene is just icing on the cake.

    Let us not forget to bring Bush/Cheney/Rove and Rice up on charges of crimes against humanity!

    October 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Jack

    Gee did you wonder why after looking at your retirement account today and that is the economic policy of John McCain and George Bush.

    Would you vote for John for 4 more years so that he can totally take all of your money?

    October 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Joe-sixpack in St. Paul

    I never doubted our smarts, minnesota, don't ya know.....

    October 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Wise White Guy

    The guys saying that they won't believe it until November 4th are correct and thank you for your posts. It is a reminder to all of us that we cannot rely on someone else to get this job done and we cannot let up until it is over. Too many times the Republican smear and fear machine along with a healthy dose of underhanded voter fraud has resulted in a crook getting elected. If you want the change to happen you need to get off your keyboards and get out and volunteer especially as we get down to the wire. These boards are fine to vent but the real difference is made at the Obama campaign offices. Do not sit back and let this one slip away because i am not sure our country will survive another 4 years of these horrible policies that McCain will continue.

    October 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. I Toldyouso

    Anybody that votes for a Republican this year deserves a Depression. These let-the-market-rule a–holes have destroyed America and deserve no pity. As a mater of fact, the only thing that will satisfy me is the total demise of the Republican party. What a bunch of TRAITORS!!

    October 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. NB

    Happy to say that I am from Minnesota.

    October 7, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Gayle

    Go Minnesota.

    The polls are good but remember we have to GET OUT THE VOTE ON NOV 4th.

    I really wish we could turn TEXAS BLUE

    October 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. karen-phoenix

    God Bless Obama/Biden–its the only hope for the survival of America!!

    October 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. MNBluess

    I knew I wasn't seeing all those Obama Lawn signs for nothing. Sooo many–yippee!

    Less than a month to hold onto the lead–come on Nov 4th:-)

    October 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Give up McShame. No one will listen to you. You're out of step and out of time.

    October 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Vince in Dallas

    Sigh, if only Texas would go blue. However, I will say this: I know Austin is deep blue, and Dallas seems to be trending blue, and if Houston and San Antonio are anything like Dallas, then Texas may be closer than some people think.

    I really think Obama could have benefited from holding some events down here in "Bush Country"

    Oh well, one can dream

    October 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. kayla


    October 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Told you guys, Minnesota has always been Obama's. And we showed the nation how serious we are about putting the country on the right track!

    Minnesota 😀

    October 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Katie

    The thought of President Sarah Palin – OMG!

    October 7, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Sheko, Kansas City MO

    This race is over for McCrap and Seeya Pain. Its time to restore America's reputation before the rest of the world. The republicans still don't get it and they never will. Even after 8 painful years of Bush the dictator, people still haven't learned. Its time for a change and that change is HERE!!

    Obama/Biden for President/VP for the next 8 years!!!

    October 7, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. Mike, Texas


    Gore and Kerry did not have the lead that Obama is having. That is the difference. Gore and Kerry were always within the margin of error.

    I hope Texas will turn blue. Someday.

    October 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. Jackie

    Was wondering where McCains flag pin was in his last debate??
    Did anyone else notice?

    October 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Dandelion.

    Eh. I'm wary of polls. I'm trying not to get excited about Barack gaining so much momentum lately. We'll see what happens on November 4th. I pray he gets elected, though.

    October 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. George w. McCain

    Ouch!!! That one will leave a mark.

    October 7, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Economy

    It's the economy, stupid.

    October 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. Winnie in Montana

    Just make sure, Obama supporters, to get out and vote. Don't do as in past years and decide that since Obama is up in the polls you don't actually have to go vote. Do not get complacent. This election could end us closer than we think!

    October 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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