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. Mountain Man

    McCain=LIP-FLOP, FLIP-FLOP Summers over. Time to put away the flip-floppers. No debate/debate. Strong economy/economy in crisis. I think THEY called Kerry that in 2004 did they not? Not a pretty picture and I can see wht America is finally waking up. It's a shame that it took 8 years though.

    October 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. How's That Working For Ya?

    Let's see torture, sanctioned by the White House, over 4,000 soldiers dead, the world hates us, Iraq has an 80 billion dollar surplus, foreclosures up to the ying yang, the entire city of New Orleans drowned, food and gas prices high, Oh and our 401Ks are getting soaked. Are we having fun yet?

    NO MORE BUSH OR MCBUSHE'S. SEND THE CLOWNS HOME.

    Obama/Biden

    October 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. ron

    why is the economy always cited as the only reason Obama is kicking moose butt. What about the fact that he has run a brilliant campaign. He has forever changed the way any political campaign will be run. He is a true Maverick.

    October 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. North Carolina

    This is not Kerry...and this is not Gore... there is no stopping this.

    OBAMA '08

    October 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. McCain!

    Polls don't mean squat!

    Obama accuses McCain of neglecting to discuss the economy, why?

    ...Obama does not want any negative people/ads attatched to him...

    Obama is NOT what he appears!!

    October 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. mitch

    lol! @ griff. u should get new job,ur not very good @ this one.lol!

    October 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. proud american

    thank you Minnesota!

    October 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Janine

    It's over for McCain. As long as him and Palin keep pushing hate and fear, the numbers will keep growing.

    October 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. South Dakota Democrat

    Being a neighbor to Minnesota, I know those voters won't let us down.

    October 7, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Kim

    I believe that Sara Palin crashed McCain's plane. AGAIN.

    Democrats 08.

    October 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Kevin,FL

    This is not a surprise MN is a Blue state. McCain will pull of a victory on election night.

    October 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Schneider (I) - CA

    Glad to see the good folks of Minnesota are seeing through the GOP slime-machine tactics. As my grammy always used to say, Johnny Mac: If you've got nothing good to say, don't say anything!

    October 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Michael watching from Canada

    I wonder if Americans really care about their image in the world.....

    Given all of the twisted lies, smears and outright prejudice from the McCain campaign and Republican.....

    how can the world have a favorable view of America?

    I guess its because winning is everything.....

    and see where it took America over the past 8 years.

    October 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Joseph, Los Angeles

    As long as Obama continues doing the right thing, we the American people will send him to the Whitehouse. This time around, we know a good thing when we see it. The riot mentality of the Palin McCain rallies are too scarey to allow that party to have power over this country.

    October 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 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 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Karen Sullivan

    That's it; WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!
    From the rich thugs who were selling us down the river! NEVER AGAIN!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Amy from Michigan

    I love Minnesota!

    October 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Jim, Minnesota

    Good. The qualifications for Vice-President are the same as the
    qualifications for President. I would be horrified if it were Sara Palin,
    since she is not qualified for either position.

    Democrats 08.

    October 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. Velma Miller

    I would like to know how McCain's health care plan would work for low income people who pay no income tax.

    Also I would like to hear Susie Orman's advice on what a person 78 years old with income from Civil Service retirement and an IRA which is invested in bonds.

    Thank you.

    October 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Joseph, Los Angeles

    As long as Obama continues doing the right thing, we the American people will send him to the White House. This time around, we know a good thing when we see it. The riot mentality of the Palin McCain rallies are too scarey to allow that party to have power over this country.

    October 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Kim-Fl;
    We stand for change, hope, honesty, integrity, good judgement and sound policies which is exactly why we cannot vote McCain/Palin!!!
    However, I understand that those are difficult concepts for the likes of you to understand after being brainwashed by Bush, McCain, Rove, Gingrich, Limbaugh and others to believe that anger, war-mongering, hate and bad policies are good qualities in a leader and that intellect, hope, change, good judgement are bad and "elitist".

    Turning Florida Blue!!!
    Lisa T.

    October 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. Ork

    Time for a Win!!

    October 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. ShirleyY - Seattle

    CNN, IN APRIL 16TH OBAMA RESPONDED TO THE QUESTION ABOUT BILL AYERS, SINCE YOU ARE SHOWING WHAT SARAH IS SAYING ABOUT TERRORIST, ED SCHULTZ HAS A CLIPPING WHEN GEORGE ON ABC ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT AYERS AND OBAMA EXPLAINED IT. FIND THE CLIP CNN AND SHOW IT.

    I DONT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO CNN, BUT YOU GUYS ARE SO CAUGHT UP IN PALIN AND SHE WONT EVEN GIVE YOU AN INTERVIEW.

    October 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Viet Vet

    Good job MN! Now we need the rest of the states to go OBAMA
    This country needs to get back to ONE NATION.
    When the smoke clears we need to send bush, cheney, rice, rummy,
    rove and powell off to prison for a LONG time. Crimes against humanity, treason, tampering with the vote.
    Lets see- – - federal crimes=Leavenworth

    October 7, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Joel-Minnesota

    McCain made a huge gamble with Palain and now it has backfired. Every time she has been asked a question and had to respond from her own brain she has looked like a fool. Good job Mcstupid.

    October 7, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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