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. nk

    I've never been more proud of my state. Go Obama!

    October 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Mountain Man

    Sorry! Anything McCain says now besides lies will make him look like a FLIP-FLOPPER! Too late McCain. Palin is trying to run your ticket instead of you and theres too many people wondering where the McCain of 2004 went.

    October 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Elizabeth Is A Papoose

    Elizabeth Hucksterhoff from The View, had the nerve to tell Sherrie to calm down today, when she has temper tantrums every week. She's a joke and so is The View as long as they keep pampering that papoose.

    October 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Canadian for America

    Fact: Republican voters are the least educated Americans.

    Fact: Democratic voters and voters for OBAMA are the most educated.

    Stupid ones listen to the educated ones this time, DUH!

    October 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. miker

    I hope Barack gets us the free health care soon, so I can quit my job and get the free healthcare.

    October 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    Hours, that is not 'ours'

    October 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. mitch

    things dont look good for mcmaverick. he would have done better if he'd been honest and honorable. instead he gave us lies and baseless attacks.

    October 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. KenB, MI

    We are encouraged, empowered and enlightened to change.

    October 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Roberto

    Send Bush-in-a-skirt packin back to moose town.

    Obama-Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Kim-Fla

    Obviously all who support Obama do not take the time to educate themselves. Remember when You stand for nothing...You fall for everything!!

    October 7, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Claire, SD

    Newt Gingrich is a big baby. Remember how he shut down the government because he couldn't ride up front with Clinton in Air Force One.

    Well Newt is going to run for the presidency in 2012, so get ready for some temper tantrums.

    The Repugs shouldn't step foot in the White House for years to come, they don't deserve it after the disastrous Bush Administration.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    I cant believe we are so stupid. It takes a complete lost of control of our economy to semi-declare policies of the Elephants, bad?

    October 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. zemmanie, New York

    It's time for McCain to also bail out of this state like he did Michigan so he can fight in states like New Jersey and Maine!

    October 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Nancy in Minneapolis

    Proud to be a MInnesotan! Go Obama– yes we can!!!

    CNN- would you please post this?

    Please tell Jack Cafferty that he is missed. I realize that his dreadful family tragedy has taken him away from the Situation Room and his blog. But this Minnesotan wants him to know that it just isn't the same without my favorite curmudgeon. Nobody can cut through the BS like you, Jack. Looking forward to having you back. Nancy in Minneapolis

    October 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Shannelle Marshall in DC

    Thank Goodness!!

    I am so tired of McCain and his negativity and Palin and her "folksy" ways. She is the absolute worst!!! America will have gone from Bush's ignorant ramblings to Palin's (who is starting remind me a lot of the mother from the cartoon "Bobby's World") "You betcha!"s and "Gosh Darn-it!"s.

    We can do better. If McCain is getting angry and pulling out all the stops on Obama...what will he do when talks w/ foreign leaders don't go in his favor??? We can't fight everyone!!

    CNN Please POST!!!

    October 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Independent, CA

    Wow. How sad and pathetic.

    The Straight Talk express has become Hate Talk Express.
    Didn't Gov Palin say something about "our opponent looks to the
    past to find blame, but we look to the future to find solutions."

    Yet most of what I read and see the last week from McCain/Palin is a desperate attempt to dredge up stuff FROM the past and offer smears and accusations? This is what you offer the american people in this
    time of CRISIS.

    The greatest financial disaster in my lifetime and McCain/Palin offer
    us propaganda hate speeches. People are losing their homes,
    their jobs, their lives and this is what you have to offer us?

    This Independent is voting for Obama/Biden.
    Only fools remain in a burning house.

    October 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Jack in Phoenix

    Next up: Arizona. The home of a hugely popular democrat Governor and whose largest city, Phoenix, has a hugely popular democrat Mayor. Even in rural areas of Arizona, I see more support for Obama than for McCain. The worst thing about McCain losing will be that he will return to Arizona. Maybe he and Cindy should move to Alaska to be with the Palin clan. Whaddya think "Joe Six-Pack"?

    October 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. P K3

    Way to go Michigan you are trending for Obama, you rock too!

    October 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. gobo, austin, tx

    This election should be a referendum over the path the republicans have taken this country. A land slide win for Obama would be a good verdict.

    October 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. P K3

    McCain made 32 videos against his own country to save his own life, tell me who stand for nothing?

    October 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. America

    Sarah Palin-Iran tie.
    The founder of Alaska Independence Party Joe Vogler, the raging anti-American and Todd-Sarah's political godfather, said, "My government is my worst enemy. I'm going to fight them with any means at hand."

    "Vogler's greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States "tyranny" before the entire world and to demand Alaska's freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.

    That's right ... Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran."
    Palin's friend and AIP chairwoman Lynette Clark : "[Sarah] is Alaskan to the bone ... she sounds just like Joe Vogler."

    October 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. blue coastr

    Another Republican mess, another Democrat has to clean it up. And yes Shawn, it will be Obama. After showing they couldn't manage a lemonade stand without supervision, the GOP should be limited to state-level politics so the rest of us don't have to deal with their outdated, greedy, failed policies.

    October 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. mitch

    cnn! please get rid of lou dobbs' show. everyday i have to change the channel to msnbc when lou comes on because i cant stand his tirades.

    October 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Lucy

    Soon, all of the states will be blue. Get outta town, McShameful-Losers. Make room for the new President Obama. You would do well to learn from such integrity that he has displayed. Go on, McGrampa and McBushMeatKiller, don't forget your lipstick. Don't you have somewhere to be??

    October 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |

    GO DEMS!

    October 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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