October 12th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Ohio Poll of polls: McCain, Obama in tight race

McCain is keeping the race close in Ohio.

McCain is keeping the race close in Ohio.

(CNN) - Pennsylvania may be slipping from John McCain’s grasp, but the Republican nominee is keeping the race close in the neighboring battleground state of Ohio – a state that no successful GOP presidential contender has failed to win.

CNN's new Ohio poll of polls shows Barack Obama leading McCain by three points, 49 to 46 percent. Five percent of the state’s voters were unsure about their presidential pick.

The network’s last Ohio poll of polls, released October 9, showed Obama leading McCain by four points, 50 to 46 percent. In the September 21 poll of polls, Obama led McCain by a single point, 47 to 46 percent.

Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin is slated to stop in Ohio Sunday - the third time on the past week week the GOP ticket has visited the state.

Map the candidates' path through the swing states with CNN's Election Tracker

The Ohio general election "poll of polls" consists of four surveys: Ohio Newspaper Poll/University of Cincinnati (October 4-8), ARG (October 4-7), CNN/Time/ORC (October 3-6) and ABC/Washington Post (October 3-5). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Ohio • Poll of polls
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  1. sharonwatts

    I can't believe the American people are not in the slightest concerned with Obama's background. Yes, he finally admitted that he knows Ayers. Even if Obama was a child when the bombings took place Ayers to this day doesn't regret doing them. Ayers and his wife stated that they wished they would've done more. Come on Folks!! Obama's has also represented ACORN in criminal proceedings in the past so why in the world would he pay them $800,000.00 to get voters registered. Also, there's the Rev. Wright issue again if you sit in a church and listen to Hate and Anti-America sermons for 20 yrs don't you think you would been in line with what the Rev believes and preaches. Obama has also done motivational speaking for ACORN and bascially shows them a techique in how to get what you what. ACORN went in and demanded quidelines for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be loosened so people that can't afford or qualify for homes can. I don't have enough time to talk about Tony Rezko or Father Pfedger. Instead of taking Obama for his word you need to actually do some research on your on. The media coverage hasn't been completely fair throughout the election. It is apparent who they support!! Sen Mccain was cleared from the Keating 5 deal. Also has anyone seen the interview where Obama says his Muslim faith and the interviewer corrects him and says your Christian faith.? I didn't think so. The lesser of the two evils is John McCain!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. MeKu, WA

    LOL---Gain one point when running out of time and substance and have no connection with the people and no game plan? ....Priceless!

    That ONE for AMERICA
    Go Obama/ Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Sandra

    each of the four polls that make up the poll of polls has an end date before the abuse of power finding came out. Try it again in a few days and see what we get.

    Palin was booed at the hockey game. She's become a huge liability for McCain.

    October 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Kris K in CA

    McCain is unable to run his campaign, deliver a coherent message or formulate a workable plan.It tires easily and looses his temper. Not traits or qualities we need to guide our country.
    We need steady, sound,patient,diplomatic leader.
    We need calm temperment, ideas out side of the norm, creative,plans that can be implemented.That is Barack Obama. He can succeed in bringing us out of this mess.

    October 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Anonymous



    No, idiots like you, who can't see the forest for the trees are directing hate and bias. Obama/Biden speak of the issues. McShame and Pitiful Palin are the ones who avoid the issues and focus on spreading lies about Obama. Have you heard Obama calling McShame or Pitiful speaking racist comments about them? NO. Final word: Get a Clue!!

    October 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Mike

    I'm from Ohio, and I can tell you Obama will win Ohio, and this is why: These tightening polls were taken before Obama ever came here. Two days ago, Obama first arrived in Ohio and set out on a vigorous whirlwind tour of the state. For the next four days, Obama will be in my area in northwest Ohio doing his debate prep. I had a feeling he would save Ohio for close to the end of the race to put the State away for himself. Now I believe Hillary and Bill will follow up in the rural southeast part of the State, along with Appalachia. At that time, Obama will probably go to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and then back to Nevada and New Mexico. Overall, I predict an Obama victory, with a popular vote of about 52 percent to McCain's 44 percent, unless something drastic happens.

    October 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Blacks vote Democrat for a reason, not just because, they understand who is looking out for their best interest. Blacks use to occupy the Republican Party, but after the vehement racist in the Democratic Party left the party in 1949 to form the Dixiecrats with Strum Thurmond as their Presidential Candidate because the then Democratic Party was making too many concessions toward civil rights for blacks. When the Dixiecrat Party failed, most the the racist relocated to the Republican Party and that's why you saw a shift of blacks leaving the party and voting with the Democrats and you saw Republicans dominate the south.

    October 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Samuel

    McCain gains ground in tight race???
    Are you kidding? I do not see any difference from last week?
    Obama have a sizeable lead but still insufficient in light of the Swift-boat attacks now underway by the demonic McCain/Palin pair.

    October 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Joy Remson-Johnson

    It is normal in election for polls to go back and forth. It is also normal that at this stage of an election that the polls remain close. The polling system is not an exact concise science that actually reflects who will win what really counts is that everyone registered actually goes out and votes. Hopefully those who want a better nation and a better world will get it together and vote for the OBAMA/BIDEN ticket. I encourage people to early vote if possible. McCain lost his way and his ability to be a revered leader when he chose Palin a woman who seems more intent on dividing America's on basis of hate and ignorance.

    October 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Observer

    I totally agree with Nick Shaw's comments.

    I am neither black nor white, neither I am American. I however follow American and worldwide politice very closely. Up to last night Campbell Brown Of CNN was hosting a program Oct 11 p.m. about white, seniors etc not voting for a black person . Why does CNN not do a similar program to show why blacks would not vote for MCCain because he is white.?The argument can be that before Obama they voted for a white person, say Clinton who is a democrat. Well that was politics,you voted for the politics of the man not the colour of the skin.
    Unfortunately I am living proof coming from a country where the main party leaders have been black and east Indian( brown skin). At election time the issues were the same. The majority of blacks voted for blacks and indians for indian, causing frightful problems, much of it also stirred up by the politicians. I am reliving this experience and its not a pleasant feeeling to see America heading this way.
    Clinton was belittled by the media for playing the race card in North Carolina. What became of that argument? Did he suddenly change?

    October 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Andy

    Nick didn't say that it was racist, he just said he wondered, as do I. Yes, blacks typically vote Democrat, but not 97%................. looks like Nick may have a point.

    October 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Denise Bolin

    We don't need an attack dog who abuses her power and is unethical in the white house. We have already had that for 8 years, haven't we? Shame on John McCain for allowing Palin to spew lies and hatred and incite the base. Don't tell me you don't know exactly what you're doing. You say one thing and your ACTIONS say another. Go out with dignity and honor and stop this hateful campaign from reflecting on an otherwise honorable war hero.

    October 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Rick

    It disturbs me that some Americans and news agencies can not distinguish between negative advertising and bringing up valid points about a candidates resume. Senator Obama could stop it all if he would only be truthful and present facts, not more lies, about his past. Lets see an official birth certificate so that the law suit by Mr. Berg goes away. Lets see facts about the money given to Senator Obama by Ayers to use for educational funds and how they were used, even if it was use in ACORN and how. Facts with documents. Not just talk.

    Senator Obama is creating all of this by not being open and truthful about his past. Lets see documents to support the past use of educational funds and his past. Not just more rhetoric from his mouth.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Samuel

    McCain gains ground in tight race???
    Are you kidding? I do not see any difference from last week?
    Obama has a sizeable lead but still insufficient in light of the Swift-boat attacks now underway by the demonic McCain/Palin pair.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. hugh

    you won't post it but all i can say is God Save Us All.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Lisa

    Nick Shaw....... nothing being said about all the whites voting for McCain... I have always voted Democrat...... I am black.... I am not voting for Obama because he is black... I am voting for him

    1: because he is a democrat
    2. because McCain does not have a clue about whats going on in the world: we do not need a erratic... panicky ..... poor judgement.. misleading incumbent in the white house... BUSH has done enough
    3. McCain is for corporate America

    I am one who will always fight for the people... but I need leadership to help along the way... McCain does not have that leadership!

    Enough said.......................

    October 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Denise Bolin

    Take into consideration Senator Obama's safety, also. He does not deserve to be attacked physically or verbally through the McCain/Palin lies and half-truths. He has already answered all the claims that are being thrown once more at him out of desperation. PLEASE STOP THE HATE AND STICK WITH THE ISSUES. It is no time in our history to take a step back on civil issues.

    October 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Judy from PA

    I wouldn't give PA to Obama just yet. Alot of Democrats are tired of the way this whole campaign has gone and are either not voting at all or voting for McCain. Lots of McCain signs around this all Democrat town.

    October 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. cheez wiz

    McHilter, add a one inch square black mustache and black hair and Mc Shame word look like a psychotic, bipolar, schizphrenic leader of the 1930's and 1940's. and his girl sara braun. I am scared. I am afraid one of the candidates may not make it through the election. That really scares, so McCain please stop the hateful, devisive rhetoric.

    October 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT


    October 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Obama for Us

    John we're paying now under Republicans and have been for almost 8 years.. Obama/Biden will be a nice change from so much of the same..

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Julian Etim

    If Congress had allowed Bush to Dump Social Security into the Stock Market what will have happen now?

    You go figure out Conservative Capitalist, Why did you drive the economy into the far right of the economic scale? you complain of being scared OBAMA is a Socialist who will swing the economy towards socialist left, but I thought U.S economy was a Mixed Market/Economy.

    All we need is bring it back the economy to the center. At least the poor and ordinary person will be release from you extreme capitalist greed.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Tayo

    I am not sure if this should be reported as gain in Polls for McCain. I guess this difference of 1% is statistical error.
    Please feed us with something substantial not things that falls within approximation error!

    October 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. New Day

    Nick – African americans have voted democrats at a clip of about 90% for decades. Are more african americans going to vote for Obama? Yeah, of course but, there is a huge difference between voting for the first african american ever to reach this point, and people who openly say that they would never vote for ANY african american candidates.

    October 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Robin

    Statistically speaking at this point McCain has almost no chance of a win even if he wins Ohio. Obama has run a much better campaign and the political climate favors Democrats this election ... especially in light of the current economic crisis we are in these days.

    October 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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