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

New polls show Obama in control


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. BK101

    We (Democrats) need to do something on election day that we have never done. we have to ban together and make sure that everyone eligible to vote..votes! ... there is a ton of new voters out there ... and we need to make sure they get to the pollings and cast there vote.

    I urge all of you to consider that day the most important day of our lives ... get out there and elect Obama as president!

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Andy Waao

    I was there, and I could not believe my ears, I heard a McCain activist shouting that democratic party word "change" stands for: "Come-Help-A-Brother-Get-Elected, Wow, the nerve of him.. and the others were cheering him on! I am outraged!

    Andy W.

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. John

    People believe in Barrack. Why not, he's educated, elegant, and extremely intellegent. I have been a (WHITE) supporter of Obama's scince the primaries, but I voted for Bush in '04. I know, stupid me! i WILL NOT MAKE THAT MMISTAKE TWICE! I am so proud of America right now. The racial barrier is broken and I love this country for it. Obama represents both Black and White people. He's 50% of both so Id like to remind people he really is our future and it looks so bright!

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. minerva2005

    Go Obama. We don't need a desperate person in the white house like mcSame and McPain. What they're doing to Obama shows that they're capable of doing "anything", no holds barred!! They need help!

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Christine

    Goes to show how well MaCain/Palin camp's negative campaiging is working against them. They need to get over themselves.

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. IC

    To Whom It May Concern,
    It appears to me that those supposed " angry Republicans " shown
    on CNN today at a McCain rally are nothing more than " plants " to stir
    up the republican base. Watch McCain's body language and he does
    not seem to be surprised at the outburst. He even " hugs " one of the
    disenchanted as if it was staged. It appears to me to be nothing more
    than a phoney setup. Any chance CNN can look into this?

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. conny

    Iam sooooooooooo happy, keep the train moving yes!

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. JWheeler

    Watch out! You can be sure that Republican operatives are working hard to figure out ways to steal the election in states that are close. They did it in Florida in '00 and in Ohio in '04. Where will they turn up in '08? Where is Karl Rove these days? Whatever state he's in could be the next one to fall.

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Mack

    yes, this is long overdue. My god bless this country as we strive to move forward and bring credibility and stability to this country.

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. balthus

    Good news! The politics of fear, race-baiting and distraction currently being hawked by McCranky and his team of slime-merchants and half-wits is not going to deter Americans from voting in their best interest.

    When is McSlime going to have guts enough to look Obama in the eye and spew his lies, instead of running scared in debates and then talking tough on tv?

    Country first? Each day he continues on this un-American course of ignoring our problems and trying to scare voters, McAngrypants shows just how little he loves this country.

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. nate

    N.S. of Huntsville,
    why do you think the Repubs are not worried, they know how to steal the election and are starting the wheels to turn in doing so.

    I know, moderators are not going to post this. They have only certain people that they let post.

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. reggie

    every one need to make sure they are registered to vote the repub are going to do every thing in there power to win

    October 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Amazed

    I am loving this! Finally people are starting to come around and see Obama for the real leader that he is! I know I am one person who will vote for Obama, and I won't have to go to bed at night wondering if I did the right thing, because Obama/Biden is the right choice for America!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Dem for Unity

    Its a beautiful thing!

    October 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. leapfrog

    Democrats: Want to make sure the McCain/Palin nightmare goes away? Vote. Make sure you go to the polls or vote absentee. But vote. Registered Democrats by far outnumber registered Republicans. So make sure you vote, and make sure you get your friends to vote. If they haven't registered, and there's still time, then get them to register and then get them to vote. Offer to drive them. Hold an election day party and bring a crowd of friends to the polls with you. This is especially true for you high school and college Democrats. Don't blow this off. Your future is at stake...

    October 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    N.S. - don't worry about the voter suppression being attempted. Obama's campaign has dispatched attorneys in those areas to straighten out these issues and make sure that all eligible voters will be allowed to vote.

    West Virginia and Montana are Republican strongholds and shouldn't even be in play. Last I heard, North Carolina – another Republican stronghold – was tied!! Go Obama/Biden! Yes we can!!

    October 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Obama/Michelle Joe /Jill

    The public is so tired of their low road nonsence Mclooney /Phknlooney with their Phucker Bounds lies .
    We have problems in this country isnt rthat enoughdo we also have listen to t eir pack of unending lies /Throw Palin under the bus and McWar to an arizona rest home.

    October 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. phil .c

    i wonder what is going on in this recent news about votting fraud. we are watching.

    October 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Remus

    I agree that we have to watch the republicans (where there are governorships) closely to make sure voters aren't being disqualified indiscriminately like in 2000. But something tells me that Obama's team is aware of this. Still you can never be too careful with them.

    October 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Davis

    Woo hoo!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Tim

    Obama leading in West Virginia..proof that voting your with your wallet doesn't mean voting Republican any more.

    October 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |

    What is CNN and John McCain up to?

    October 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Obama/Michelle Joe /Jill

    Cnn wont post items

    October 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Sara

    On 11-4 we will take our country back and finally say NO to the personal smear fear based politics

    October 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Annette, Long Beach, California

    Wtg OBAMA !!!!! Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin lets make it happen we need CHANGE GO OBAMA!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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