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
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  1. Jay


    This is getting ugly!!!! No wonder the McSenile/Failin Palin camp is making all this DESPERATE/DISTORTED charges!

    U know its bad when the GOPIGS are having a tough time keeping WV. Keep it up Barack!

    October 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Jessica

    We don't have to ask anymore "Who's Barrack Obama?" He's the Man!!! The next president of the United States!!! We will be asking months from now....."Whatever happened to that "Old has been" and his "Moose Munchkin"????

    October 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. tulsa

    All of us could learn something from Senator and Mrs Obama. Be cool, ask questions and discuss differences rationally. We are going to need each other. We all love this country.

    October 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. maria


    October 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Mary Boyer

    I have an opinion but it has never been registered in any "poll." How does one get their name in the pot to be polled?

    October 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. S. Boatman

    As Long As Mccain And Palin Keep Holding Have Filled Rallies Obama Will Keep Rising In The Polls! I Keep Waiting For Palin To Come Out In I White Robe And Introduce Mccain As The Imperial Grand Dragon!

    October 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. cecil

    Sen. McCain And Gov. Palin, How Many Times Have You Look Into The Camera And Lied, Smear, Distorted, And Spinned The Truth!

    By The Way Gov. Palin, We Haven't Forgotten About Your Ties To "AIP"!

    Where Just Waiting For The Right Moment To Release iT!

    Remember How Fast, The Keating Five 10 Minute Video Showed Up!

    October 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. JamesBRO

    i so happy those rich republicans lost all that money in the stock market cause we need to get obama in there

    OBAMA 08

    October 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Obama for me

    American @c 6:17
    You are right and it is a very sad thing. McCain has no honor anymore and he and Pailin are using everything they can to divide this great country.
    Please American, we have a once in a life time chance for a better World. Please don't blow it.
    Vote on November 4th for a better America.
    Vote Obama/Biden No more hating!

    October 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. David in Wisconsin


    A-men! I surely hope that Obama lives up to his promise.

    October 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Dan in Akron, Ohio

    I'm voting THAT ONE as well. Mccain's campaign is in it's death throws. Hopefully Barack Hussein Obama will be the one to bury it!

    October 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Wow, those Sean Hannity/Rush Limbaugh induced attacks against "The Media", "Bill Ayers" and "He's a Terrorist, Let's Kill Him", are really heaping Sieg Heil Sarah and her sidekick McNasty in the polls.

    By the way, how's your 401 K, America?

    October 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. A Woman In California For Obama:

    To Obama Supporters:

    This year we have a lot of republican support. Each day I see many of you are calling the republicans lots of names. This is NOT smart. I understand your feelings but I think you should scale back on the name calling. To call McCain and Palin names are one thing-but calling everyone in the republican party names including, those who are actually voting WITH us this year is another. Please think about it. WE want and appreciate their support. Please let's keep it only about the McCain's and the Palin's. There is sure plenty to say about these criminals.

    October 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. yen

    As long as the Mccain camp continues to tear down Obama, they will turn away voters to Obama.

    October 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. AP

    WEST VIRGINIA!! WEST VIRGINIA??? Obama's leading in WV?? No, that can't be right. Don't trust the polls, people. Don't let up for one second!! Make sure you and everyone you know EARLY votes.

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. A Khan

    I think the lead should be more than what it suggests here. I am a new voter & never got a call for this kind of poll. I will vote for "That One" & that is the most patriotic act you needs to do now.

    The good character & intellect should prevail.

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. JamesBRO

    steal votes with acorn and make the stock market bad so we can get obama in there i like it

    obama 08

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. jm from sc

    Jeff, That is an excellent point. People would rather see our troops die over oil than see a well qualified black man with an excellent VP choice as president. Any one who can back Palin, a candidate who has lied constantly on televison, I feel sorry for them. This is really a sad day in America.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. tuff Col. Oh

    AS AN OHIOAN i voted for THAT ONE and i'm proud of it

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Roland

    These polls don't really mean anything. The one which counts is taken on election day in November. Everyone of us should show up and vote – either for the winner (Obama) or one of the losing tickets. ALL of us are going to be impacted by this election, we should all take part in the process.

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Why isn't anyone talking about the mob atmosphere at McCain/Palin campaign rallys? After being incited by McCain and Palin, the mobs surrounding them appear ready to get a rope and lynch Obama!

    This has to be the nastiest, most unAmerican campaign I've ever seen. Aren't there laws against inciting riots? These two and their supporters are threatening to destroy this country, and the media seems happy to urge them on.

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Steve/Houston,TX

    It's time that Barack puts his team together to start putting his cabinet together. Time to start working on the next step because the election is pretty much over. November 04,2008, Barack Obama announced as landslide winner!

    October 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Vince V

    Bush and his gang walked in we were at peace, working, and solvent. Now, eight years later we are wars without end, out of work, and broke. And now McCain wants his turn? What is there left to do to us? And McCains' gang is saying its the news media's fault? They think this is bad, wait till election day! They haven't seen it yet!

    October 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Tom

    And so it appears the 'undecided' are starting to decide....

    October 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Chut Pata

    Bob: Obama up = Dow down. Investors, Business people run and hide your money Obama is up in the polls.

    Haha. Look at it more clearly!

    DOW down = Obama up and McBush down.

    Bush has robbed white people of their houses, jobs, 401k, but some people would still vote McBush because of the color of the skin of the Obama. What morons.

    October 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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