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. kendall

    wait til Nov. 4, there is going to be double digit in several states

    October 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Terry, Dallas Texas

    And the GOP faithful keep telling themselves not to panic. That somehow, some way McCain will not only erase this huge lead of Obama's but also suddenly become the front runner in some of the solid blue states. Keep talking people. Keep one eye on the polls and one eye on the calender. One is going up and one is running out. I will let you figure out between the two.

    October 7, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Greed is not good

    MN and MI and lost causes for the Republicans at this point. Too many unions, blue collar workers and traditional Democrat voters for McCain to deceieve with his lies.

    October 7, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Mr.shine

    I can't wait for jan 20th we can put the old buddy lee doll away and send the alaskan barbie back home. Then put captian crunch on marine one and send him to Texas to spend the rest of his days in the hall of shame and finally put change in the white house. T-minus 28 days and counting

    October 7, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. angel M.

    go obama! keep picking off these crucial states. Keep the mud slinging to the desperados. Thats why McCain cant look obama in the eyes, people arent stupid

    October 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Robert in CT

    Yay! Fear mongering and tapping into racial animus is not working for McCain! I hope this disgusting strategy gets repudiated for the history books, and McCain leaves the stage in shame if he does not change his tactics soon.

    October 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. P K3

    A vote for McCain means that you like the way things are right now, if your future does not matter to you vote McCain, and watch your money slip away!

    October 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Texas can go blue if we would just G.O.T.V.!!!! Make it happen Texas!!!

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    Make America TRUE BLUE on election day, not ROYAL and REGAL RED.

    October 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Linda

    The tide is changing...to blue...let's keep it going...C'mon Ohio and Virginia, join in the sunami!

    October 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Randy

    The negative attacks, lies, distortions, hypocricy and double standards have come full circle. People have finally wisened up to the Republican smear machine and the Palin factor (who's very existence on the ticket is an insult to our intelligence – mere regurgitation of facts and generic cutesy responses with a smile and wink are not gonna cut it anymore).
    The country has serious problems needing bold, imaginative and creative solutions. McCain with outdated, antiquated and rejected ideas of the past century is simply not going to cut it and Palin is out of her league. Its 2008 and the country needs a bold, new direction.
    My 401K is down 48% and I'm voting Dem.

    October 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Obama Biden Blue

    Obama Blue Baby–Keep up the good work Minnesota.

    Obama/Biden Blue 08

    October 7, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Tyree,LV-Independent

    Good, Now Put Flordia,Ohio,Nevada,Missouri,Indiania,North Carolina,Virginia and Colorado up by that margin Too.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 7, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Glenn

    Isn't it just amazing and truly wonderful that the more mud, lies and crap that the GOP, McShame and Palin sling, the more Obama gains in the polls with the voters? So, I say"John and Sarah keep slinging and keep going down big time!"

    October 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Thomas

    The Great State of Ten Thousand BLUE Lakes.

    October 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    I feel, those who claim McCain/Palin's negative tactics are not working, may have spoken too soon. Give it a few days, & you will see McCain gain some momentum as a result of smear attacks. Poll of polls just changed from 49%-43% to 49%-44%.

    Please don't take things for granted. Obama needs every vote. Let's see this through till the end.

    October 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Proof that Americans don't want to be "Swift Boated" again. If these two candidates can run such a sleezy, tasteless campaign, how would they treat the American people or allies? Me first?

    October 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Kate

    Don't become complacent, Obama supporters! Get out there and volunteer, donate and VOTE. Yes we can!

    October 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    And the lead keeps on building for Obama across the nation. Let McCain continue with his full blown character attacks and watch as the undecided voters begin to decide in Obama's favor. I swear this man, McCain, is having a mental breakdown right before our eyes. It may all come to full light in a couple of ours. I will be watching.

    Go Obama!

    October 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Elle

    Yes, I do think it's time to poll MANY states individually – I think we'll see much different numbers than we have seen in recent months. Glad to see so many people are ready for something different in Washington.

    October 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |

    The Repubtiles are out and they are vicious. Let's show them what we've got because Democrats have the additional task of THINKING. The Repubs just act and react.

    I'm seeing bonnie blue skies all over America.

    America 08

    October 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Go Minnesota

    Blue skies over Minnesota.


    October 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. KenB, MI

    When the obvious dictates change you must be about change and not more of the same...the same attack tactics will not work...the same economic talk when the nation is in an economic struggle will not work. If there ever was a time for change it is now. We cannot fear the future, our present dictates that we change right now.

    October 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Shannon

    I feel so sad for America, that this man is the best we could do., I don't doubt he will win, he lies, he distorts and he doesn't do anything to help Americans. Where was he while George Bush was destroying the country, he was a sitting Senator wasn't he. I guess he was to busy putting his own interests first, rather than looking out for the people who elected him. Obama is a fraud, I just don't know if this country can stand another president who doesn't have a clue what they are doing. I'll be voting third party, I don't want any party of this empty suit, that is representing the party I belonged to for 30 years.

    October 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. BM

    People in other parts of the country want Obama and they don't know him at all. What does that say about you Americans?

    October 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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