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. mike

    Amazing CNN would post the headline from their homepage as "McCain Edges Closer in Key State" – I have to wonder, closer to what – perhaps less than Total Humiliation on Nov 4th?

    October 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    who said barak obama is black. hes white. just look at his mother.

    October 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Peter

    McCain is qualified, but he has a mental issue and could die any minute from skin cancer, that doesnt make me feel safe knowing we got a dumb lady as the vp

    October 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Pro Gun Pro Ohio

    Living in Ohio I can say we are Pro Military and Pro Gun. Obama has voted against both of these and that is why McCain has my vote. Semper Fi!

    October 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Mack

    I would say I am amazed that most of the reaction from Obama supporters is to label the people in Ohio as racist because McCain is closing in. Obama's color has nothing to do with why many will not vote for him and the more his supporters use this as an excuse the more racist you sound. Racism is not the answer to everything. Obama has a weak record and questionable ties, and this has nothing to do with his skin color.

    October 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. A McCain/Palin administration will never happen, thank God

    How about the headline "Obama gains in 99% of all polls" instead of making a big deal out of the fact that McCain picks up a single point in a poll with a 3%+ margin of error... hmmm

    October 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. ruty

    I really think the people of Ohio are smart enough NOT to support McCain. Lets wait and see, but if I'm wrong I'll buy you a steak dinner.

    October 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Dem in Ohio

    If the unemployed and working poor vote Republican in this election, again, I have no sympathy for them. Promises are made by the Republicans every election to help the economy in Ohio and the economically disadvantaged drink the Kool Aid. With the racist and hatefilled campaign of the Republican ticket this year, I pity the poor in this state. They are lying about many facts about Obama now, what makes you think they are not lying about helping Ohio. Bush never did.

    October 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. The Lady

    23 days left.........

    Obama\Biden 08

    a vote for McCain\Palin = 8 more years of Bush

    a vote for Obama\Biden = 3 more months of Bush.

    October 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Transplanted NYer in Ohio

    I do not trust Ohio to decide another election. This state has no identity as half think they are in the good ol' boy, Confederate flag-flying south. Not sure if Northeast and Southeast Ohio will be enough for Obama to pick up the 20 votes here. I am VERY happy that Obama may be able to win without winning Ohio. Seems to me that most people here complain about the manure they are eating, but for some reason want more of it to eat instead of ordering something else.

    October 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. fadedutopia

    CNN needed a news story bad- 1 Vote – Polls have errors....

    Everyone I know that early voted went for OBAMA/BIDEN in OHIO!

    October 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Jam One

    African-Americans are voting for Sen. Obama because of his message, his vision, and the kind of future this country can have with someone with his "heart" and "mind" can lead us.
    He is not supported primarily because of his race, may I remind you that Alan Keyes is also an African-American and he is also running for POTUS, but because of his message, he is not attracting much of the African-American vote.

    October 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. julia alexander

    If it takes apologies and toning down of negative comments about Obama from McCain to gain any lead then folks better pay close attention to McCain's from the 'real' gut comments. To back track as he is doing just to win Ohio is sad. He has always and will continue to make blunders but the blunders are his 'real' thoughts. The same with his running mate Palin. She is just now learning about what this country really is. It's a sad combo to say the least.

    October 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Shay

    Please Ohio don't be fooled. Look at what the Bush Administration has done to you. You are one of the main states that have been hit and what makes you think that this Republican will be any different? 90% should be playing over and over in your minds!!

    October 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Scott L

    Why is Obama putting out an "I am an American" ad?

    What is he hiding?

    October 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Loyal Democrat

    Here we go!! Sarah's lying again!! That woman is dirty. McCain has gone crazy & the American people are not fooled this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Mstran: My brother-in-law has a PhD in Economics, and you are 180 degrees off.

    Nice try.

    October 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. brenda from charleston sc

    why cant we read obamas thesis on russia and nuclear weapons. i know he wrote it while at Columbia but i cant find it to read it. this is exactly what scares me. if obama doesnt want the amercan people to know anything about him then all he has to do is make it so by hiding everything that will enlighten us to who he really is. can someone please find the thesis for me?

    October 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Andrew

    This is corporate America attempting to keep this thing close. They do not want an Obama administration. Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper are so obviously for McCain it's sickening to watch. The media pundits are edging ever closer to lawyer status. An entity almost every working American hates.

    October 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. wannabeobamagirl

    one percentage point is news? isn't there more important info to report on today...palin's lies, mccain's dangerous followers, palin's lies, oh and how about all the lying????

    October 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Antoinette Hall

    I am tired of hear Palin voice its annoy and it sound like she whining all the time . she doesnot know what she talking and she wasting time time . how can Mc Cain pick her as his running mate for the vice president election , but on the on other hand . I am so glad that so one like Obama is the first black man that maybe in the White House and understand the people , and what the issue are

    October 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. SAB

    I just read an article which stated that the Archway Cookie Comapany had closed in Ohio because the current economic crisis. The Archway Cookie Company was located in a Republican area of Ohio. Some employes stated that they would not vote for Barack because he is an African American. We still have a long way to go in this country when it comes to race relations. This person has neither a job nor health care insurance but will not vote for the candidate that could perhaps give him and his family a better chance of getting health care insurance and the possibility of getting some of the 200,000 jobs that have lost in Ohio. That is really stupid.

    October 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    i have been watching coverage of all the political rallies for both parties and it very wrong that the amount of time that cnn spends on covering
    the speeches for SP or JM is longer then the time given to
    BO and his team.

    i would like to see exactly equal time for the coverage
    of speeches from both parties.

    I have timed the coverage and is not equal.

    October 12, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Overseas Obama supporter

    mstran, r u KIDDING ME??

    McC and his incompetent running-mom are BOTH convicted by a bipartisan panel of brealing Ethic rules. And THAT"S what you want to be our next presiden?
    That you think will regain our respect all over the world? That will make us the world leader again in economics? make no mistake, and I know from living abroad. The world doesn't look at us for leadership anymore, nor do they think our dollar is worth squat! They all go to the US for cheap shopping! We did this to ourselves, now let's right the wrong and find ethical and economical responsibility!

    Don't forget who is running the MOST economically effective caimpaign EVER! Not dependent on any lobbyist or big company! No strings attached when he enters the white house! THAT's what we want. Cause you see Mr Johnson of Johnson & Johnson is already McC's capaign treasurer. What does he expect in return? Think about THAT Americans!
    Think about the single mom that just got laid off with a chronically sick child. How can she ever bounce back under Bush3? That is what is at stake now!! THINK!!!! For Petes sake people don't be dim!

    October 12, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. welches, oregon

    BOTH McCain and Palin have ethics violations. This means they cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

    October 12, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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