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. Cindy Nelson

    Swing States are what they are, and for any of us getting comfortable with the Obama lead should re-think it.
    I live in PA and I am watching more and more McCain Signs bloom up. This is still going to be a close election and we all have to get out there, and vote this time around.
    Let's hope the message of change will resonate.
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Ryan

    I have only a cell phone, vote in Cincy, and there is no way i am supporting Obama. Just because you only have a cell phone does not mean you are willing to vote for a socialist.

    October 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Republican Woman For Obama

    nick shaw--it is WELL KNOWN that African Americans & Black people vote overwhelmingly for DEMOCRATS! Get informed please! Also, black people vote for WHITE presidents all the time! give me a break already!

    October 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Lilly

    Rick Shaw you've must have missed the memo that goes as follows. When black Americans vote for Senator Obama, it is because of the content of his character. Whereas white Americans do not vote for him, it is because of the color of his skin.

    October 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. carol

    If Ohio is a state McCain must win and he's sending in that Sarah Palin she better start talking issues and stop making vile incitement speeches.....so far that is all she has done.
    The McPalin ticket so far have shown how low they will go to get elected and neither of them can come away from their campaign with any kind of dignity or self respect!!!!!
    Ohio might be a tight race or so they say...but Sen Obama at least does talk about the issues and concerns of the American people......and he has done that without personal vicious attacks from HIS SUPPORTERS toward John McCain!!!!
    Sen Obama has shown nothing but grace, self restraint against the most vile attacks on him and that MY FRIENDS is the mark of a GREAT LEADER and one we badly need in this country.


    October 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Jeremy

    Oh boy its up to Ohio vote again. Hopefully this time Ohio has some common sense this time around. Ive lived in Bucyrus Ohio all life just so you know. Things are not good here right now hell where are they good? Ohio are you tired of losing jobs? Tired of being um employed? I know I sure the hell am!! So get out and vote for change because thats what we need!! All you have to do is remember what the last 8 years have been like and ask Ourselves do we really want another 4 years of the same?

    October 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Chris B

    Nick Shaw – Think of it like this: White Americans have had 43 presidents to vote for. African Americans finally have someone that looks like them on the ballot. Yes it's racial, but it's a positive.

    By the way, why would I vote for a man who voted against MLK day?

    October 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Dan

    Get ready Ohio. Here come's Palin. Watch for her supporters to continue to scream "Terrorist", "Treason", "Kill him". Watch for her supporters to continue bringing monkeys to the rallies.

    All this occurs in front of Palin. Instead of showing leadership and saying this is wrong, Palin will continue to stoke the embers of hate.

    October 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Doug in New Mexico

    I just do not understand it. McCain is using the most negative, nasty kind or rhetoric and campaigning; and he is making headway? His and Palin's rallies are catering to anger and emotionality that is dangerous. Yes, they do have that element of George Wallace. After watching some footage from both Palin and McCain campaigns I am reminded of Hitler and the Nazi movement in the 1930s that were filled with hate and chanting and an unchecked emotionality. We all know where that ended up. Since they are preaching this extreme right wing hate mongering at these rallies and someone tries to, or succeeds in killing Obama, should not Palin and McCain be tried for inciting people to do their work? What McCain and Palin are doing is wrong. People who say they are Christian should not be doing this and Christians should not be supporting it.

    October 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. John in VA

    Ohio is pretty much a non-issue at the point (no offense to anyone from Ohio, since their vote is just as important as mine in Virginia), but the story of the day is the fact Obama is leading in the polls in West Virginia – quite possibly the reddest of the red states. This is going to be the biggest one-sided victory since 1992.

    "That One" '08

    October 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Beverlee (WI)

    Coming up by 1% in a poll in not news worthy...whom was polled???
    When he overcomes Obama, then that'll be worth stating!

    October 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Paula

    Come on Ohio-do you really want Sarah Palin near that button? Economic woes we are facing now would be nothing compared to the devestation of WW111.

    October 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Wow, a point, McCain gained a point. Yes, maybe CNN can make this a close election, so their ratings stay high.

    Vote for a Boring Blowout.


    October 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. concerned ohioan

    Leave it to Ohioans to ruin the election. They voted for Bush twice, and chances are they will vote for McCain.

    October 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Bumfuzzled

    Americans are beginning to see the corruption behind Obama's campaign. He has manipulated this whole process so that an unqualified man can circumvent the rules and win against all odds. It's called CHEATING.

    October 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Des,Toronto

    This is in response to Nick above:
    I find it strange that you did not mention that Clinton and Kerry received the black vote in the 90% range also. Correct me if I'm wrong, hasn't blacks always supported the democrats....Oh I get it, it's only good if the candidate for president is white. Shut up already!!!!

    October 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. J.C.

    Although being a maverick is not necessarily the best leadership we seek, McCain has been a successful comeback kid several times in this election. I am not surprised. Obama needs to do more such as announcing his cabinet if elected.

    October 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Jerry wynn

    Oh by the way, retired airforce since 2005. The way Obama is running his campaign is just ,to me, stupid. Anything he thinks you want to here just to get him elected. that's about what I think of it. You can't have change in a lot of this stuff he talks about without the house , or the senate, or the judicial systems approval. So where does he think he's going with this? Boy I sure do hope that the rest of america wakes up before the election.

    October 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. robin

    keep praying and watching John and Sarah supporters . it is not over

    October 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Independent for McCain

    As I have always said the US government needs a check and balance, if one party control the White House and Congress, it will be a blank check for that party, that is bad for the Country. White House should go to REPUBLICAN and Congress to DEMOCRATS

    October 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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    October 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. ooouch!

    to all of you in Ohio....if you have lost your home, your job, your health insurance, your 401 k, your savings, or your mind...i would ask you to think back to 2000 and ask yourself, if you knew then what you know now would you still vote for Bush? well here we are again, do you want to look back in 4 years and say gee i wish i didnt vote for McCain.

    October 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    This makes me angry. I wish that citizens in Ohio would wake up and see that Obama is the best choice for them. Obama has spent a lot of time Ohio, and though I think he should continue to have a presence in the state, he probably needs to spend more time in other states at this point.

    October 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Michael in NC

    I heard there are foreign governments offering to monitor this election to make sure nothing crooked goes on. They're probably worried that America is going to screw up yet again, elect another "Bush", and endanger the world as a whole. If we learn nothing from our past mistakes and elect John McCain, then that will be "strike 3", and the rest of the world will wash their hands of us. I would sure love to be a citizen in a progressive nation. That's why I'm voting for Obama for President. C'mon, Ohio. Please, please, please think about the future.

    October 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |

    I already voted and it is OBAMA for OHIO.

    Please OHIO, don´t dissapoint me.


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