October 9th, 2008
05:18 PM ET
6 years ago

New polls show Obama in control

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New polls show Obama with leads nationally and in several key battleground states. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - Barack Obama continues to hold significant leads over John McCain, a fresh round of state and national polls out Thursday suggest, in what is unwelcome news for the Republican presidential nominee as Election Day inches closer and closer.

The Illinois senator now holds a 6 point lead over McCain nationwide, a new CNN poll of polls consisting of five recently released surveys show, while 8 percent remain undecided.

A string of new state polls also show Obama holding significant leads in several key battleground states, including Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. McCain is holding onto leads in Montana and Missouri.

In Minnesota, CNN's latest poll of polls shows Obama up 11 points, 52-41 percent, while he holds a 9 point lead in CNN's latest New Hampshire poll of polls, 51-42 percent. Obama is also holding onto a 4 point lead in Ohio, 50-46 percent in CNN's latest poll of polls there.

In West Virginia, Obama holds an 8 point lead in a new American Research Group poll, though CNN's Sept. 21-23 poll of West Virginia showed McCain leading there by 4 points. In Wisconsin, a new Research 2000 poll shows Obama with a 10 point lead, 51-41 percent. CNN's Wisconsin poll earlier this month showed Obama with a 5 point lead.

In Missouri, a new CNN poll of polls shows McCain hanging onto a 1 point lead, while the Arizona senator has a 5 point lead in Montana according to a new American Research Group poll.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (630 Responses)
  1. Buffalo, NY

    Something needs to be done to stop the awfull disgusting remarks being made from the McCain supporters and talking heads. How can a crowd of people applaud "kill him" refering to a man with two little girls?????? Sick, sick, sick.... Completely unhumane and disgusting.

    I'm ashamed to be an American today.

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. ATHEIST FOR OBAMA

    the mud slinging continues the true religious right is showing their faith. talk about all men are created equal.

    October 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. GLORIA

    "That One" is not only intelligent but sincer in what he beleives in and hope for. Mccain/Palin has missed the mark. An indepentant voted for "that One". Please all true friends join me.

    October 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. jimmy

    1929 TO 1932 WHEN THE GREAT DEPRESSION HIT OUR COUNTRY WITH GREATEST FINANCIAL CRISIS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. AMERICANS CHOSE THE MAN WITH EXPERIENCE AND JUDGEMENT TO GET OUR COUNTRY OUT OF THE CRISIS.
    FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT WAS THAT MAN AND WITH MATURE EXPERIENCE FORESIGHT , GREAT DETERMINATION
    LED AND GOVERNED OUR COUNTRY OUT OF THE DEPRESSION
    CREATED MILLIONS OF JOBS , FED THE HUNGRY WITH SOUP KITCHENS, LODGING FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMESLESS AND HUNGRY CHILDREN. AND LAUNCHED OUR COUNTRY OUT OF THE CRISIS INTO PROSPERITY . IT IS NO WONDER HE WAS ELECTED TO 4 TERMS AS PRESIDENT. THE ONLY ONE IN ELECTED TO MORE THAN 2 TERMS AS PRESIDENT.

    October 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Realize these real lies.

    This is just the different between History and The Truth. History seems to repeat itself but the truth will always set you free. Every one knows this Country needs a major change and Barack Obama has that plan.This is a plan that most of America lone for.NOT THE OLD FASHION MOVEMENT NOR THE OLD IDEA. But give us the Beacon Of Hope, Only then will the people will come together in the form of Peace and Unity.I AM SURE WE COULD MOVE AHEAD TO MAKE A BETTER TOMORROW!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Liz

    I'm glad he's ahead, because this economic crisis is just a result of failed policies that John McBush wants to continue.

    October 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. B

    It really seems like our national nightmare might be over. The liars and hypocrites, the mean spirited and vicious have had their day. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise be to God!

    October 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Jack

    Our country is being torn apart by years of republican corruption and all we get from them is a pig in lipstick and a geezer who seems to be losing it mentally.

    This is 1929 all over again and the sooner we get a super majority of democrats in Washington, the sooner we will be on the road to recovery.

    October 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. ERIC

    Here is to The Next President of the United States, President Barack Obama !!!!!! Martin Lurther King is smiling.....I`m so proud to see this nation come so far in my lifetime.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Brain in DC

    I'm an independent who supported Bush in 2000. But:
    Reasons I'm not voting for McCain:
    1) The layer of Bush political appointees in Washington need to be cleansed.
    2) Lacking the courage (or judgment) to admit that invading Iraq was a mistake and violation of international law. That the US was deceived into it.
    3) The Republican party needs a shock to come back clean and strong in a few years. It shouldn’t continue the way it is now. They don’t own it.
    4) The campaign is reusing all the dirty tricks the Bush campaign used in 2004 to deceive voters.
    5) The hype about Christian values: Gay marriage and similar issues can only be regulated at the State and local level. All the federal government can do is use the issues as political stunts.

    Reasons I’m voting for Obama:
    1) The campaign has been very smart and consistent. That’s the way to run a big organization. Also never attempted to twist principles.
    2) The democrats after the deserved defeat of 2000 came back years later as a stronger and clearer party. Trusted leaders such as Kennedy saw the future in Obama and endorsed him.
    3) The hype about Obama being unpatriotic: If we suspect the patriotism of our Senators, then we have a much bigger problem. Also all the efforts of the Republican dirt unraveling machinery couldn’t come up with anything significant to taint him.

    October 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. ryrock58

    GOD BLESS AMERCIA AND OUR NEW DIRECTION!!

    October 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. scott s

    Take them to the bridge OBAMA, and drop CINDY, PALIN, AND McCAIN, into some FUNK....

    October 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Nancy, CA

    Good News!! Clearly, the voters are seeing right through the McCain/Palin tactics of lies, smears, and negativity. I often wonder how either one of them are able to look themselves in the mirror at the end of the day. Shame on them both for engaging in such gutter politics lately. There is no level of honor in what they are doing!!

    October 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Ken in NC

    Obama in control? Maybe someone should let Senator McCain know because right now I think he just doesn't get it.

    October 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Michael

    West Virginia?

    October 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. The Republican Conscience

    Here comes the landslide.

    Grumpy McBush/Bible Spice 2012

    October 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Deb, Allentown,PA

    Look out Obama supporters, the GOP is now going to bring up BO's admitted drug use. However, they're saying that he's hiding it.

    Of course, they're lying. He admitted it in his memoir. Let's see if McCain will bother to admit how much he cheated on his first wife, not just with Cindy Lou, but with countless other women. I'm guessing the answer is no. He and his running mate are ethically and morally bankrupt.

    October 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. shom

    president OBAMA!!!!!!!!!1 2008 and 2012!!!!!!!!!!!
    ILOVE YOU!

    October 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Obama's Rockin the Houuuuuuuse

    ooooooo that's got to sting! WEST VIRGINIA in the hoouuuse! WOW! McWacko is gonnna blow... he's loosing West Virginia!!!!

    I can barely believe my eyes.

    Go Obama '08/ '12

    October 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Mark NY

    Look out.......LANDSLIDE!

    October 9, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Allen

    It seems the polls are consistent with the issues. Nothing against politics but when I vote and I look at my 401k and see it plummet to the ends of the earth and then you an entire campaign focused on a faulty tie to a Ayers when in fact he has stronger ties to Keading, cannot blame the numbers..

    wonder if Louisiana is next to jump ship or weaken, that would be horrible as they always vote republican, no matter how good or bad.

    October 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. mitch

    BARACK OBAMA IS GAINING IN ARKANSAS ,TOO!

    October 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)

    West Virigina??
    That is shocking if it is true (and I hope it is).

    Serves them right....run an ugly campaign and the real Americans in this country will abandon you. Good for the voters to see through the smoke.

    October 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Kate

    GO GO GO!!!! Yes we can and yes we ARE!

    October 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Deb in Vegas

    Polls can be manipulated to reflect whatever the heck the pollster wants them to reflect either by the way the question is worded, by who is polled, or just be the location of the poll.

    My concern is that news agencies are reporting electoral votes for both candidates. I checked my calendar and it's only October 9th. We haven't had an election so how can we be counitng electoral votes? Jumping the gun a bit, aren't we?

    October 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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