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.

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soundoff (630 Responses)
  1. jonny

    It was quite recently that I thought this world and the human race were doomed. I look around and see nothing but selfishness.

    Obama has given me hope. If he can be elected and start to change the evil way the US (and most of the WORLD) is run, then there is hope for us.

    This is not just about who will be the next president, it is about right and wrong, and the ability of good to prevail over evil.

    October 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. NB

    When there is crisis we stand united. I don't think McCain can understsand this. He is a dangerous man who is trying spread hatred.
    That is the only thing we are lacking. He shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the white house.

    October 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. texas

    That's what he and the Media thinks, dont count your chickens before they are hatched!

    October 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. liz for hillary clinton

    REMEMBER this- if NOBAMA does NOT WIN-people are going to say BUT WAIT the polls said XYZ what happened...well people woke up on election day and voted against him...that is what happened...AND all those NOBAMA lovers will say RACIST nation...NOPE we are just waiting for HILLARY 2012 🙂 VOTES FOR WOMEN....I wonder if all this NEW voter registeration is LEGIT...some NOBAMA supporters make stuff up

    October 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. JamesBRO

    acorn only try to get obama in there. i dont see no problem to steal republican votes cause like rev right say america is run by rich white folk

    OBAMA 08

    October 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Focus on what matters to the American People

    Based on the current plans presented by Barack OBAMA and John McCain, the choice is clearer than never before.

    For anyone making less than $250,000, it is a disasters under the McCain plan.
    1) tax cut is too low in comparison to tax cut provided to the top 1%
    2) McCain will tax the healthcare benefits and this will impact the lower income badly.

    in contrast under the OBAMA plan:
    1) Tax cut for all under 250,000 / year
    2) Healthcare premium reduction by 2500 per family (no taxation)
    3) College fee of up to $4,000 per student in exchange of public service.

    October 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Alan

    This is going to be huge. The only thing that could help McCain now would be if he came out and actually listed at least 3 or 4 things he's going to do DIFFERENTLY from Bush.

    Otherwise, his "maverick" claim is just so much hot air and he might as well pack it in and go home now.

    We're on to him.

    October 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Tony




    October 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. cecil

    Palin She's Melting, Time For Her To Head Back To Her "AIP" Pals!

    They Have A Flag Burning, Coming Up Very Soon!

    October 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    That picture is worth all the thousands of words we bloggers have posted on the ticker for these many months. The pic says it all!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    October 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. Buster

    Hopefully, this will hold up and as others have suggested, is an indication voters realize what idiots we were to re-elect dubb-ya.

    Vote fo Obama/Biden, keep McSame/SheBush (thanks John Stewart for that incredibly appropriate nickname) out.

    October 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Paul from Minnesota

    Throughout this campaign, I have puzzled over the labeling of Minnesota as a "toss-up" state. We are the home of progressive Wellstone values. We have been reliably BLUE for thirty years. We are educated, active, and tolerant. Why did the pundits think Minnesota would take a step backward to support right-wing nut jobs? I'm shaking my head at that, but grinning from ear to ear. Oh yes. The democrats will take the Presidency. And the House. And finally get the veto-proof majority in the Senate. gObama!

    October 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. Steve

    Has anyone noticed that McCain and Bush have that same snicker when they think they just made a funny???

    October 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Laidetea

    It's for Obama to bring it on Home stretch now. He going to win.

    No way, No how, No McCain/Palin

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. bill pike

    let mcbush continue to show a loser's hand--be negative. and then let the women do the negative part. we will see 15 points at election time with mcbush's help.

    October 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Drew

    It seems that Americans like "that one"...finally the country is waking up and its glorious. President Obama and Vice President Biden sounds awfully realistic at this point.

    October 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Real American

    I purpose a nationwide party on November 5th when Obama wins, if you agree just type yes we can.

    October 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Daniel

    Hey Bob, I bet they said the same thing before Clinton got
    elected. Clinton help make Investors and Business people a lot of money in his term

    October 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. NJ

    Of course the Polls show Obama ahead, VOTER FRAUD-Yeah, That's the Ticket!

    October 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    OLD McCAIN and BARBIE have had it!

    October 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Cheryl

    I can say this and am very sorry Michele Obama couldn't, without being politically eviscerated on the national stage: for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country. I have hope for America for the first time in over 20 years, yet I am still afraid – afraid that the mud slinging, backstabbing, thinly-veiled insulting, etc. ad infinitum from McCain's campaign will win over the mob mentality (and oh Yes it exists, don't you dare tell me otherwise), and we'll see another 8 years of having everything inexorably taken from us.
    Maybe it's time for another American revolution. What else is going to restore our country to being governed by people, not government?

    October 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Sue

    We can steal all the votes we need because we don't need no republican in there. If it takes acorn to do it no problem. 4 more years is too much! No bush 3rd term!

    October 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. California Gold

    I'm waiting for McCain's explosive temper to blow. I believe that's why he couldn't –wouldn't– look at Barack Obama at the first debate and why McCain behaved so badly with his "that one" remark at the second debate. I'm sure his handlers are doing their best to keep the lid on his temper. Lord have mercy if he can't maintain before November 4th.

    October 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |

    McCain is ERRATIC AND UNSTABLE, and Palin.....is full of HATE, and NONSENSE.... these two are perfect for each other, but will TOTALLY DESTROY our great Country , if they win.

    October 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Debby

    Yeah they polled 10 people in each state. LOL

    October 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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