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. Martin


    I don't know when the democratic party became socialist, but the republican party certainly did when they attempted to nationalize the banking system. Add that to the huge amount of federal money invested into private industry and a war fought on "humanitarian principles," and George W. Bush is the closest this country has come to a socialist since FDR. Welcome to neoconservatism.

    October 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Roger

    If you want Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson appointed as cabinet members then by all means vote for obamanation. CNN is so freakin left I probly won't even get this posted. They push obama obama obama 24/7 down American throats.and I am so sick of it. Obama's father helped kill white people in South Africa but you never hear about that do you? Google it if you don't belive it. He will talk a good game about everyone is equal but mark my word once he is in, he will have white people paying taxes out the wazoo for reperations.He will also kill freedom of speech for anything viewed by blacks that sounds racist. So get ready. If you vote him in you deserve everything you get.

    October 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Clinton/McCain

    Republican Woman For Obama,

    With 90%+ African Americans voting for Obama then this says that they are not considering issues and many are voting for Obama just because of his race.

    October 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Hottopics

    I am from Ohio and cannot for life of me understand why anyone here in this state would vote for McCain – maybe if had a chosen a competent VP candidate I could understand that but Palin – come on Ohio we are better than this.

    October 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. jm from sc

    sitting senator rather, sorry.

    October 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Bev

    H is stuck in lala land. I still can't see how anyone can support McCain and Palin after everything that has been revealed in the campaign so far. She says we (Obama Supporters) don't know the truth, but I think her perception of the truth is warped and she needs to get her brain checked. There is anger from both sides, but for the McCain/Palin supporters, it seems the anger is coming from a place that has more to do with skin color and less to do with the well-being of the American People. Obama supporters seem to be the only people listening in this Presidential Race.

    October 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Jeff - Tulsa, OK

    I hope Sarah spends LOTS of time in Ohio. In fact I hope she spends lots of time in every key swing state. The more she opens her mouth, the better for Obama.

    Keep talking Sarah, keep talking!!

    October 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. inat

    lol – here we go, when McCain is ahead – "the pollsters dont call people with cell phones!"

    when obama is ahead – "Finally, people are coming to their senses!"

    These paid bloggers crack me up!

    October 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Kathy

    To answer Nick Shaw.....

    I'm white and so is my registered Republican husband. We're both voting for Obama.

    We're voting for the PERSON we feel would do the best for this country as President of the USA.

    October 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Tucker Bounds is an IDIOT

    McCain continues to lose ground across the nation. I have a renewed faith in the collective wisdom of ordinary Americans despite the apparent fact that at least 40% of us are xenophobic morons...

    October 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. J in CA

    Republicans, please stop acting like you are converted democrats. Any real democrat would not vote republican after 8 years of failed leadership from the GOP. At least CNN believes you.

    October 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Lina

    With the economy going down the drain and if Obama wins with his brand of socialism it will surely be the end of the US as a superpower status. Might be a good thing though.

    October 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Ohio voter

    I am an Ohio voter. I am a Democrat. I have zero confidence in my home state. They voted for Bush twice, and I'm hoping they don't make the same mistake again.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. America for Justice

    Ohio residents need to remember what party let the people of Ohio down in the past eight years on jobs (Republicans). The Republicans have said one thing and done something else leaving thousands of residents without jobs. Now another key plant closes leaving more out of jobs.

    The Democrats will build green jobs and stop companies from sending our jobs overseas by providing taxes for those that stay or come back to American. This will account for several million new high paying jobs.


    OBAMA 08

    October 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Beazy

    How many of you Obama dummies knew he was a trial attorney for ACORN. Wright, Ayers, Rezko, ACORN, etc. I'll take McCain over that anti-American, racist any day.

    October 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |

    Mia., there is no validity to your ridiculous comment, typical uninformed, sheep like Liberal.

    McCain- Palin 08

    October 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Lost in Texas

    this is where I get confused with polls and why I don't trust them. I've read where Obama was leading in Ohio in one poll and then where McCain was leading in Ohio. One called it even. Not sure how many polls are out there or who they are polling but the only thing that matters is the final count on Nov 5th

    October 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. brenda from charleston sc

    It absolutely defies logic why Ohioans continue to support McCain and Palin. No job, house in foreclosure, 401K lost 50 % of it's value in the last week. Oh, but Sarah Palin sure is spunky ! and i say:
    if your house is in foreclosure then thats your fault for being too greedy and/or too stupid to sign the contract. if you lost money in your 401k then YOU gambled and lost. if you have no job then , again, your fault. why? because there are jobs out there, there always are,YOU just dont want that particular job and feel that you want or deserve better. the fact is when you are hurting for money, YOU ARE SMART to take what ever comes along until you can get better. heres a thought: get a higher eductaion, it increases your chances of getting a dream job. its not the governements fault. its yours because you placed too much trust in the governement in the first place and then didnt have enough confidence in yourself.

    October 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. oscar

    Pastor arnold Conrad said non- christians are praying for obama to win. I want him to know that he is very far from God and NOT a christian. And for people of his kind, they should kneel down in fervent prayers and talk to God. Sincere and honest christians pray for God's intervantion and i doubt whether he knows how to pray and the power of prayers. if i may ask him what are the characteristics of a christian and amongst the candidates who possess those Characteristics. I'm a christian who doesn't support abortion. Nevertheless abotion is not the only sin God abhors. what of lies, being temperamental,hate, descrimination, greed, enviousness, slander, inordinate ambitions, suppressing the less privilage,killing and making children orphan in an unnecessary war etc. if you belief in the power of prayer please PRAY.

    October 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Registerered Voter 2008


    I am half white and half black. To insinuate that I would vote for Al Sharpton or someone else with no idea how to run this country on the basis of being black is very ignorant on your part. Could this be a telling sign that you are absolutely biased and voting against Barack for personal reasons that are challenging for you to overcome? Probably so. I voted Clinton/Bush/Gore. None of them are black. You Sir should be deeply ashamed of your post.

    October 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Chris Nebraska

    Since when does a single point qualify as gaining ground? If that is gaining ground, then Obama is running away with this thing.

    October 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. People need to take a deeper look!

    Does America really beleive that Obama is the agent of cgange just because he says so?
    With out any record or proof that he has changed anything, when has Obama gone against what is popular and done or voted what could hurt him politically because it's the right thing to do ? NEVER
    Guess where Obama was whent he senate voted on more funding for the troops? He was in the senate coat room. AFRAID to come out and vote either way. How disgusting!
    And this is supposed to be a leader???

    October 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Voting for abuse of power

    Voting for republican ticket is choosing "abuse of power".
    Voting for republican ticket is for chooing out of touch beliefs like "economy is fundamentally stonrg"
    I recently heard that some said in McCain campaign that he is scared of Obama's presidency – what an irony – perhaps he is choosing McCain because he is not scared to send his near and dear to a futile war in Iraq..

    October 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Medical Student

    It sickens me that becuase I am an African American and I vote for Obama you think I am only voting for him because of the color of his skin. Wake up! Look at the campaign McCain/Palin are running; they are dividing this country! McCain supporters are wondering how Obama is leading McCain, the American people can see through the facade that is John McCain. He is truly an angry man, who will stoop to any level to no get beat by Obama. That is not the kind of man I want to represent America. Obama can bring this country back together and begin to fix what the last 8 years has torn down.
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. jojodancer1119

    Nick Shaw – You clearly show your ignorance in how African-Americans typically vote. You probably don't know much at all about African-Americans nor have you taken the time to learn about them as well. Typically, African-Americans vote Democratic no matter the candidate which in this case happens to be an African-Americans. You mean to tell me after African-Americans were enslaved in this country for years they can't be proud to finally see someone who looks like them reaching for the highest office in this country. Your thoughts just go to show that America is still as racist as ever. Hopefully the young people will people to turn it around.....that is if they haven't learned the racist and hatrid behaviors from their parents.

    October 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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