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. CTSadler

    Thank god. If the old man and the bimbo win I'm moving abroad.

    October 7, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. ben

    Poor people like me cannot afford to stand by and just watch my 401k going down the tube and even remotely consider voting for John mcSame with his lack of judgement in so many areas and most notably his selection as a VICE PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES. You have got to be kidding me.

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

    They're in panic mode because they can see the edge of the cliff, with hungry flesh eating bunnies at the bottom.

    October 7, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Actually, the people who are uneduated are the McCain voters.

    October 7, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. P K3

    As long as the American people stop acting as if they are a women who has a husband or boyfriend who beats on them we will be ok. Guys who beat on women tell them that they are nothing without them, that they are nothing, or worthless, then they tell tem that they love them to gain forgiveness from the women. But if the American people reject this bad behavior from the Repulicains they will be able to stand tall, and face anything that come their way.

    October 7, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Jack, Minneapolis

    . . . It doesn't matter what McCain says tonight. America has made
    up its mind. We do not want to become a fascist country. So just
    let Sara Palin keep "talking".

    Democrats 08.

    October 7, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    McCain is a real chauvinist who hides behind his brainless and clueless female attack dog and gets her to do his dirty work!

    McCain is a chauvinist!

    October 7, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. barbara campbell

    Looks like the more the neocons trash Senator Obama, the better he does in the polls. Rove's gutter tactics are backfiring this time around.

    October 7, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. elinor

    I'm so proud of Minnesota-my birth state. Minnesota has always been a solid progressive state, with a common sense attitude. Clearly those great traditions are continuing.

    October 7, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Jennifer

    Way to go Minnesota!!! Despite the GOP smear and fear tactics, people don't care about that stuff!!

    October 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    I was just in Minnesota last week - Glad to see that my observations were confirmed, that Minnesota is strong for Obama. Bless you guys - Now get out there and make it happen on Nov. 4.

    October 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Robert from MN

    Anyone who seriously regarded Minnesota as a "swing state" doesn't know Minnesota. Any Republican holding out even the smallest bit of hope for Minnesota to go red is delusional. MN hasn't gone Republican since '72, and it certainly won't this election, after eight years of the Bush administration and all the horror that has wrought.
    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Debra

    Besides the economy, could having Palin as a VP, his so called suspension of his campaign to work on the bailout, etc. etc. have a little to do with the polls???

    October 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Empire, CO

    Ironic, isn't it that they had the RNC there. Guess that's a distant memory. Must be Minnesota cares about the Economy and Jobs, unlike Tennessee and Kentucky. Minnesota Blue, baby! And Carolina too!

    October 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Rodger

    The American people are waking up! It will be the same where ever people listen to solutions and not negative adds.

    October 7, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Joe

    I am sick and tired of the Democrats AND the Republicans. They are the 2 sides of the same coin of partisan politics. It is time the world grew up and moved beyond the divisive partisanship!

    October 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Arizona

    Now, the American people are beginning to realize that by electing Senator Obama, will enlighten the opportunity of restoring the country's downfall, especially during crisis like the economy and such. Go Minnesota, Let's all rock..... Obama/Baiden 08

    October 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Chris, Michigan

    Vote on Nov 4.... better yet, Vote Early!!!!

    Nothing is taken for granted. We must help Obama/ Biden win!!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Nina

    First let me say that I am an Independent voter and up until yesterday hadn't decided who I was going to vote for. I was still on the fence. However after listenting to Governor Palin and Sen. McCain stoop so low as to accuse Sen. Obama of being a terrorist I must say my decision is made now in favor or Sen. Obama. I really wish that the Republican candidates would stick to what's really important instead of trying to discredit the Democrats. I bet most people feel the same way.

    October 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. P K3

    The American People are far stronger then the Republican party who only talks about hate, fear, who is really a patriot, and who only values money above the people of America!

    It is time we all had Healthcare, and Education free to all Americans, like they have in most of the developed countries of the world. So that their will be no reason that anyone does not have a path to a awesome future in front of them, as long as thay are willing to take it by the hand their hands!

    October 7, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. George

    The begining of the end for McCain!!

    October 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Shame, Shame, Shame McCain

    It would be a shame if McCain knew his campaign was tanking, but I don't think he gets it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Darrell

    Watching all of the election coverage then doing research and fact finding this tells me one thing.Minnesota has done their homework and are making educated decisions.When you look for the real proof and substance Obama stands tall, and McCain falls incredibly short, and Palin,well there is not much you can say, as there is nothing but controversary and extremely overstated experience to go by.Not sure why anyone would want a winky wink VP with a disaterous record.

    October 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. T Harris - Alpharetta

    Voting for Obama and his incompitent tax raising plans will doom your families. Proud Americans whith family values and morals will vote for McCain as he is the only candidate who can turn this country around. All Obama will do is create more Government control. The Government is not going to control how and what I spend my hard earned money on. People need to work for a living and stop accepting Government handouts. Everyone who complains about job loss doesn't really want to work. I view these job/career sites daily and I can't tell you the amount of jobs available to people who want to work.

    October 7, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Listen to Obama, read his book, "The Audacity of Hope", and you will learn what an intelligent rational human being sounds like, one who truly cares about his fellow man instead of mouthing what he thinks people want to hear!

    Obama is the man for President! And there is no question that Biden is much more prepared to be the VP that McCain's girl, Palin.

    October 7, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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