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
soundoff (1,327 Responses)
  1. Chris, Antioch, CA

    Really, Ohio is just one of eight states that Obama can win to clinch it; McCain would need all eight. I still think Obama will win OH, and VA, CO, NV, FL, and maybe now MO, NC, IN. Heck, with Bob Barr on the ballot, and impressive early voting numbers out already, Obama might even win GA! If he gets that, his EV's might be in the 380's or 390's; he could exceed Clinton in '96.

    Stressing over one state, people, is not the issue this time. Obama has such huge ground games all over the country that he's out-flanked and out-mapped McCain. This is not Kerry's campaign, as he painted himself in a corner to win or lose one state. Obama is a far superior leader, politician, strategist.

    There's your best proof why he should be our next President.

    Obama / Biden 08 and 12

    October 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. rm

    Nick Shaw:

    African Americans traditionally vote Democrat. And if you also have noticed, African Americans have always voted for a non-African American(white male) for president. Your analysis has no meat in it.

    October 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. allen nova

    we heard 4 years ago no child left behind and still we are hearing so we need real change ......

    October 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Republican Alternative

    I supported John McCain in 2000, I know McCain at one time in 2000 was a man of his word and he had credibility then, but the same Rovain Bush/Chaney goup that is running his campaign now where the same group that smeared him then.

    It is a big disappointment that he choose this path and I only saw a glimpse of the old McCain when he made an effort to correct and calm the fearful mob that thought Obama was some Arab Terrorists and not an decent American candidate whose policies he has some disagreements with.

    Palin gave us all excitement when she came on the scene, but she turned out to be a vacuous politician who the NeoCons exploited (with her permission) and she failed miserably to promote McCain during the debate as she continues to fail him now, with her per diems, troopergate, Todd Palins involvement in AIP and Gov. work and meetings, those awful interviews and the vanity of fuming over a flawless photograph on Newsweek when America is suffering over their 401Ks. One can go on and on about the skeletons in ALL the candidates running and scream hypocracy until we are sore.

    The truth is, one cannot deny that it is this team that voted for Bush/Cheney twice. And that McCain went against his independent streak when you see him endorsing GW Bush time after time and voting with his policies, time after time. Dispite how much we would like folks fail to base their vote on FACT CHECK.ORG there is an undercurrent of fear fed by the lowly Rovian advisors in the McCain camp. It is McCain that failed America when he chose Palin as VP and when he chose to hire these guys to run his campaign . Compound that with the policies and issues, is it no wonder many people want to go with a focused, reasonable and cohesive team like Obama and Biden.

    October 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Michael, Tx

    I am an independent voter and not a party loyalist. I have voted for republicans most of my voting years, including John McCain (I was raised in southern Az). I served with the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer with two tours in Iraq. I SHOULD be voting for John McCain...but I'm not. He has shown poor leadership and lack of integrity as can be seen by most of the posts here on the ticker, but that's not the reason I'm not voting for him. HE VOTED AGAINST US when he refused to support Sen. Webb's (Vietnam war era Marine infantry officer) GI Bill, a bill that Sen. Obama/Sen. Biden were co-sponsors of. He caved to anti-immigrant groups, when anyone who has served in a combat unit can tell you that immigrants fight for us with more ferocity than any hate-spewing conservative coward. No, I am not conservative, I am not liberal, I am an AMERICAN PATRIOT, and like so many of my fellow veterans, I support Sen. Obama. Not because he is the anti-Bush, but because he is a leader with vision, vision for healtcare, vision for intelligent foreign policy, vision for domestic economic strength, and vision for strengthening our military, something the GOP does not.

    October 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Mia

    I can't see why the people in OH would want a racist president and his vice president. Has anyone checked with the pollers to see just who they were asking? I get the imprsesion that every poll is biased towards Republicans.

    October 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Concerned Voter

    But the truth is, Obama is still leading...how about this headline, "McCain gains some ground in Ohio, Obama still leads"

    October 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Penelope

    It is such a shame that Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin can't even discuss the issues. So, they throw rocks. Yet don't wish to dignifiy questions about their ethics with a response. But they want to run the country. Who in their right mind would vote for these people? I am so afraid for the Obama family based on what has happened at their rallies. My gosh, how can people who want to run this country treat another citizen that way, and incite people to yell indiginities at their opponent. But 'kill him' and 'off with his head' My Gosh, what have we come to. You have nothing to offer so you use emotionalism to incite a mob mentality among your followers. God knows that is what they are, b/c they can't even think for themselves. I think this will cause one of these McCain disciples to direct violence at Sen Obama or his family. And what a shame. Because it that happens, there will be civil unrest unlike this country has known. Don't they see what they are doing? They are bullies. Both Mr.McCain and Ms. Palin. That's all. I have had enough of bullies in the whitehouse. Shame of them. Shame on their supporters.

    October 12, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Lisa

    I hope you people in Ohio wake up!! Four years ago you put Bush back in the White House! It is time for change and the Obama/Biden ticket is it, not more padding the pockets of the big oil companies as the Rep. have done! See past all the negative ads McCain has throw out in the last few weeks. We need someone who is going to straighten out this mess we call our country and it won't be easy!! VOTE FOR CHANGE!! not for the straight talk express of lies!!!!

    October 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Bev

    I agree with Sherry for Obama. Palin is just a puppet the republican's are using to fool the American people. Unfortunately they have underestimated us all. We are not stupid.

    October 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. i.s

    Thank you Vicky for pointing that out. Some Americans really need to check their facts and get informed before stating facts they don't know. As a Canadian i'll tell you that i'm very happy to be living her and no where else. Our health care system may not be perfect but there is nothing like universal health care system and i am very appreciative for it as most canadians are. So please if that makes Canada a Socialist Country then we are proud of that label.

    October 12, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Bill in NC

    Ohio will remain red, as will NC. I get a feeling that the tide will slowly begin to swing McCain's way as more and more people realize Nobama is simply an empty suit.

    October 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Thelma

    I am voting for McCain/Palin–NOT because they are Republican but because they are standing for what is right–not wrong. Because they are not "owned" by terrorists nor criminal money. Because they are pro-life. Because McCain has lived through what happens when wars are fought and freedom is recognized for it's true importance!
    May God bless America with true honest leadership–not change just to change.

    October 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Ohio Independent

    The Palin / McCain ticket is using race in this election. I so sick at what I am seeing. Joe Biden should be going after Palin and her abuse of power. Once all the students in Ohio have voted, Obama will come out on top...

    October 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Faith

    Please just tell the truth why MaCain is in this position. No real smart GOP Leader is willing to come behind Bush Mess. Is MaCain the best they can bring. We have a very smart person capable of during a great job and bring all people together and they wish to put a Man like MaCain in office. Just Tell The Truth. Oh, you don't know how to tell the Truth.

    October 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. JB

    I think Obama can still win without Ohio. And Obama is even in the lead there! Wow.

    October 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. pam Eugene OR

    CNN Why are you closing to comments so soon?
    Palin booed at hockey game 4 comments
    McCain wants divided government 9 comments
    ACORN is all about lies and rumors and you know it.
    Let the American people speak. You have plenty of open comments on negative Obama topics but if anything is dais that does not support a positive position for McCain you close comment after less than 15 people have a say.
    What's up with that?????

    October 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. JB, CA


    Obama has presented those documents. You can go to factcheck to see them.

    "You can turn on a light and turn a person toward the light, but you can't make them open their eyes to see the light. Some people will forever argue there is no sun matter how many people try to take off their blinders."

    October 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Hopefully this isn't a trend. Ohio put George Bush over the top and see what it got us. Ohio needs to be smarter this time and put America first. We need Barack Obama.

    October 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Mike D.

    What kind of human being puts another human beings life in danger by labeling him as a terrorist and then has the nerve to be shocked when he gets called out on it???

    October 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Go Obama

    October 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. room4aview

    McCain can have Ohio if that's what happens (I don't think it will). Of the six toss up states, he needs to win all of them and Obama doesn't have to win any of them to take the election. Who do you think has the best shot?

    October 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Single Mom

    Geezer go home to Maverick Country!

    October 12, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Ron

    Matt, because some Ohioans still have some sense.

    October 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Bev

    Jerry wynn – if you are worried about Social Security, your retirement and the economy, you are voting for the wrong person. It doesn't seem you've been paying enough attention to the candidates proposals or opinions on the matter.

    October 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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