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.


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  1. FormerAlaskanFemale

    "Slow and steady!" We know the rest of the tag.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Ken amundsen

    To the commentaries, to the news anchors, to the people of America, some of you ask, some of you speculate, some of you try to guess why? Why are Barack Obama and Joe Biden gaining ground in the polls? Folks its simple, just do as I have done and watch these campaign events for a day or two. Back to back, start to finish. The Obama campaign is firmly connected. They are a positive force, an uplifting force, a make you feel good force. The McCain group is dramatized , doom and gloom. They spread a negative layer so thick, so blue it feels heavy on the soul. Just from the motivational spirit alone with out the issues the McCain camp loses. Then you add this crises to it and the drama that John and Sarah add and even if they had the magic answers they could never really be heard to their full potential. The sarcasm, the doom and gloom and the feel of panic instability and confusion are cringe points that make the polls what they are today and guess what? I'm no pro but its gonna get much much much worse for them because all in all people just want to feel good and the Mcain/Palin ticket cant deliver on that and that my friend is why the polls have shifted and the trend will only get stronger and stronger every single day and guess what? I am a white republican 54 yrs old and I to will vote for Barack because he just to say it simply. makes me feel good about me, my country and he gives me hope. I have gotten to know him and love him with all my heart, I fully predict a landslide, and this man whom came from nowhere has truly earned the place he and his family have in my heart, YES WE CAN! Ken from Calif

    October 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Mccain is a liar

    The scary thing is Mccain camp is trying to have him killed by insinuating he is a terrorist, it is unbelievable the rallies Palin is holding, as people are shouting "kill him" or "terrorist" and all she can do is smile. The most vile disgusting campaign on earth and they are probably still scratching their hate mongering heads as to why they keep slipping away in the polls...

    October 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. NO McCain, NO Palin, NO CINDY

    GO Obama....Unite Americans to save this country!

    Support him people! Lets get this country back on course!

    October 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. D-Texas

    I time to put McShame and failin Palin to bed send her back to alaska and send McShame to an old folks home.His days of lying to the American people are over and done with.Alot of women I know are
    very angry because McShame has used Palin as his attack dog in which no women she be used he is the man at the top of the ticket
    all attacking should come from him.She should focus on positive politics.

    October 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. GARY

    THERE IS ONLY TWO THINGS QUARENTEED IN LIFE AND THAT IS PAYING TAXES AND DYING. SO KEEP ON BELIEVING YOUR PUPPET MASTER. YOU ARE ALL IN A FANTASY WORLD AND LOST THEMEANING OF REALITY ALONG TIME AGO. MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE REALITY. COUNTRY FIRST SHOULD BE FIRST ISSUE. WITHOUT THAT THERE ISN'T ANY REASON FOR ECONOMY TO BE FIXED. WE WILL BE FIGHTING THE ENEMY IN OUR BACKYARDS. THAT IS THE FACTS. YOU NAIVE MORONS ARE ONLY LOOKING FOR GLITTER FROM YOUR SHOWBOAT OBAMA. THERE IS A SAYING. EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS ISN'T ALWAYS GOLD. THINK ABOUT IT YOU MORONS. ANOTHER SAYING THAT FITS OBAMA. WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. TELLS YOU ONLY WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR. THINK ABOUT THAT.

    October 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. California for Obama

    I am so delighted to see that U.S.A has guts to say we are ready for a change. I also want to say there is no racist when it comes to our country .
    Obama was born to be president. The young and old know it.
    "Smart people rule"

    October 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Anita in Portland

    Music to my ears...Sounds like a fat lady warming up her vocal chords!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12

    October 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. pc

    Obama/Biden are the only candidates who are ready to lead. McCain has been all over the place, he has not shown that he is credible or a leader. He's done anything and everything to gain a vote. Palin is pathetic. She doesn't understand that all those lies she told against Obama is getting ready to backfire. Palin is a loser! McCain really screwed up in picking her. Who picks a VP based on one visit? McCain is NOT COUNTRY FIRST. HE IS MCCAIN FIRST.

    AMERICA FOR OBAMA/BIDEN – CHANGE WE NEED AND CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Theogracias

    So??? Let's see...You have a completely eratic sick old man in his mid-seventies running around saying anything that pops into his head (my fellow prisoners) and a woman who whips up crowds into some sort off kkk fourth of July celebration...and people are running to Obama and Biden who are well educated, steady and are talking about the issues that effect Americans.

    This is supposed to be a surprise or news?

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. r sisk, nevada

    We need to keep this momentum going. Yahooooooo.

    Obama needs to be far ahead to avoid so the GOP can't manipulate and steal the election.

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Linda Schatzer

    All I know is I want the repubs out of the White House. They have completely tore down this country in the eight years they have had control. When Clinton served eight years he had to change the damage the previous repub administration made. Just look at history...the repubs have always put this country in peril....Im not about to let that happen again. And I dont give a darn what Klondike Barbie does or says...she needs to hightail it back to Alaska..where she most likely will not be reelected governor. Now her fellow Alaskans have learned a lot more about her and her popularity in Alaska is dropping also. Well Alaska you can have her and I hope she loses her political career..she has no place in politics...she is vicious...immature..and just a plain liar.

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Taking a bigger lead.

    Obama is taking a bigger lead in this election because he's running a brilliant campaign focused on the issues facing America and the world. While the McCain campaign is focused on who had tea with who.

    The dow dropped 679 points today, we are headed for a depression and the McCain camp wants you to divert your attention away from the economy and focus on Ayers and Wright. Sorry I cannot when in a week I've lost $10,000 dollars from my 401k.

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Shay

    McCain keep bashing Obama with lies and other things you can dig out of the closet. We have heard that before so move on and give us some real answers such as economy, health care and education.

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Sly in Seattle

    That's how we do it Barack.. keep it going. We're proud of you! Change the country, change the world!

    OBAMA '08

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. You Betcha He's in Control

    The other side is rapidly completing its total descent to the dark side:

    If that's the world you want and the direction you wish to follow, vote for McCain/Palin. If not, vote for

    OBAMA/BIDEN November 4th, 2008 Aina??

    You Betcha We Can!! I'm thinkin' the tippin' point has been gotten to, also. :)

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Mark

    Most politicians want more air time...McCain-Palin should actually want less.

    The more the McCain-Palin show is on air, the more the country sees how scary these two will be... I say more McCain-Palin time on television...it shows them for who they are and why Obama should be the candidate of choice.

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Travis

    Champagne ready...party planned...starting to get that feeling like I might somehow have some HOPE for America's direction again...

    One more month...one more month...

    YES WE CAN!

    October 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. HouseDiva

    Missouri for Obama!

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. NetteNAZ

    Wahoo!!!! We just need the numbers to stay the way the are and everyone to get out there and vote.

    Obama/Bidern '08

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. mitch

    obama should have a clear victory after the way the republicans have dropped our nation into a cesspool of greed and war. they should be held accountable at the polls and in the halls of justice.

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Jeffer65

    Only Nov. 4 counts. None of the candidates, including the 3rd party (yes they are out there) are perfect, but when all is said and done, McCain just does not have good ideas, has made too many mistakes, and is past his prime. I'm not completely in Obama's camp, and am still considering a 3rd party. Wish we could have a "none of the above" vote.

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Lori from MO

    ugh. Come on Missouri! We've picked the Pres in all but one election for the last 50 years. We don't want to break our record! We are the Show Me state, not the "tell me anything and I'll believe you state". Look at the policies, look at the vision for our future. Look at the ACTIONS of the candidates this election season.

    On Fannie/Freddie: The New York Times has published a list looking at contributions from "directors, officers, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" for the 2008 campaign cycle. That list — using figures from the Federal Election Commission — shows McCain receiving $169,000, while Obama received only $16,000.

    On leading our country out of this economic mess, Obama is being guided by Warren Buffet (whom McCain called out in debate #2 as someone who would be good at fixing our economy) while McCain has Phil Gramm. Back in the '80s, Gramm smiled upon the abrupt deregulation of the savings-and-loan industry. He used his political clout to protect the Texas operators whose crooked machinations eventually helped to bankrupt the S&L industry. In fact, the S&L debacle cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. PHIL GRAMM IS MCCAIN'S CURRENT CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISOR.

    WAKE UP MISSOURIANS!
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Jason, Omaha, NE

    It's the economy. No one cares about Ayers, Trooper-gate, Wright, or Keating-5. As long as the economy is the #1 issue Obama will continue to pull ahead. I don't see how this won't stay the #1 until November 4th. McCain can't win on the issues and is going negative. 33% of Obama's ads are negative and 100% of McCain's ads are negative accoring to a new poll out of Wisconsin. It is starting to look good for Obama, but 4 weeks is an eternity in an election. Lets up these numbers can hold.

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Lala

    Obama 08 God's in Charge

    October 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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