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. Barbara L. Giles

    I listened to Palin, and I have concluded that she is a bubble head. She knows nothing. She talks, but it is of no substance. She says what I am capable of saying, and I know nothing about politics. Have you ever heard, "Just talkin loud and sayin nothin?" And why does she talk about the same old stuff-stuff that is yesterday's news? Doesn't she always talk about not going back to the past? Please people, do not vote for these two candidates. McCain is something within himself, but Sarah is another problem. I cannot phatom her being our president. She scares the heck out of me. People, we are in trouble if these two people come into power. Vote for Obama/Biden 08!

    October 12, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. brian

    It looks like McCain is adopting the Bush Economic Stategy for dealing with the Palin Guilty of Abuse of Power and Ethic Charges report: Ignore it and maybe it will go away.

    But just like Bush, he's going to find it won't go away but fester and explode.

    Almost 48 hours since the report and still no acknowledgement by McCain – not even "I've said all I plan to say". This is leadership we can believe in?

    No, it isn't.

    October 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Vote Obama

    And for those who keep talking about Black Americans voting for Obama just because he's black, please get real. I'm a Black American myself and my entire family and friends always votes DEMOCRAT whether it is someone white, gray, black, brown, WHOEVER! So please don't pull that card like you've been doing. It will not work, being that there are FACTS that you should get into before you state the incorrect.

    October 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Kurt


    I'm from Ohio and no way is Ohio going to vote for McCain.

    We have been bamboozled twice by the Republicans and it won't happen again.

    October 12, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. That One! for President

    America how has the last eight years been for you and your family? Do you think finances trickel down? Well we all have witness Reagonomics (Republican) ecconomics does not work. Voted for the Republicans one time .... shame on them. Vote for Republicans twice ... shame on you.... Vote for McBush/Republicans a third time .... are you crazy? Have you check your 401 K lately? ..... look America I do not make over 250K a year so.... Obama is talking to me .... and 95% of you. Do the right thing as America can not Sustain another 4 years under the Republicans for us and the world.....

    Vote Obama and Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. joy

    It's wrong to think that Black People are only voting for Obama because he is black. Black people have supported Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore and every Democrat in that same manner. As another blogger wrote, many Black people are just excited that a Black Man was nominated, that's it! Most Black people are Democrats, it doesn't matter who the candidate is. And remember this people, Black people only make up 11% of America. With that said, the majority of people who are voting for Obama are white people. I'm sure the reason people are voting for him is- they believe in the policies he intented to carry out. Also, people know that he is the better guy for the job, and this transend race.

    October 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Donald in CA

    Why would anyone be surprised that Blacks are voting for Obama. They are voting Democrat as they always have. Ask Bill Clinton how he
    got elected. McCain has gained some ground in Ohio because the Yahoo's are surfacing.

    October 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. v.ananthan

    Foreign campaign money, voter frauds, winning the democratic nomination through undemocratic caucus system,.....


    McCain /Palin 08.

    October 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Ex Republican

    At first I felt like we should base our decision strictly on who is the most intelligent candidate. Here, Obama wins big time. Ideology is out the window anyway, since Republicans, by their mismanagement of the economy, are forced to use Democratic principles to rescue themselves from their blundering. But now, with the sick turn the McCain campaign's rabid, insane followers have taken, I think we just need Obama in office because he is the conservative, safe, sane choice.

    October 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. supporter

    Palin is an albatros around McCain's neck. He showed bad judgement. He failed in his first big choice as President.

    His economic plans are all stoolen from Obama. When McCain gives a speach it is like a repeat of a speach made by Obama from a week ago. McCain has no new ideas only slogans and one liners.l Palin is now officially found to be in violation of Alaska State Law but she refuses to admit it.

    October 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Chief

    Wow, CNN found a picture of a smiling John McCain to go along with a story retailing marginal improvement of his campaign's fortunes in a few of the polls in Ohio. Or is that of shot of him holding it in as he looks to exit stage left and hit the head. He is tanking in Ohio, a state where he should be up by double digits.

    October 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. jim in boston

    i used to be for obama until i found out that he likes blacks more than whites.

    October 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Rob indetroit

    Am i the only one who is scared after witnessing the crazy people who come out for MCcain/Palin Rallys,the Garbage i was hearing ,made me think it was the 50's or 60's again, no rational person should vote for MCcain/Palin ticket.

    October 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)


    Do you get paid by the RNC or directly by McCain?

    American companies do not leave due to taxes. They leave because why should they pay an American a living wage when they can pay a Vietnamese, a Chinese, or a Thai a small percentage of that?

    American companies are still here and they still get taxed. They have just moved their manufacturing overseas because it's no longer about the worker making the product, it's all about the shareholder in the company. It's all about the board of directors wanting to get more and more of the profit. Check out the history of the companies who have moved overseas and see what steps they have taken to control costs.

    I will say this is a bipartisan fraud. Democrats have unfortunately yielded to the idea of a "global economy" also but see which companies are taking jobs out of America and see where their directors are sending their campaign contributions.

    October 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Steven

    I see the media is dying to keep this a horse race...

    October 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Pete

    Ohio, consider this your chance for redemption. Your state is the main reason we had a second Bush term and the mess that came along with it. Thankfully a few other states (Virginia, Iowa, etc) have started to see the light. While it should not come down to Ohio, you could sure end the suspense by getting this one correct.
    The logic behind a blue collar town with high unemployment not taking a tax break 3 times greater and voting for a man who said the fundamentals of the economy is/was strong a few weeks ago, boggles the mind.

    October 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    At Obama rallies all you hear is "Obama, Obama, Obama," whereas in McCain rallies you hear only "USA, USA, USA". Very telling. One people believe in the messianic qualities of one person whereas the other believe in the goodness of America

    October 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Brian

    I have yet to read a response from a McCain supporter that can give one, just one valid reason why he should be president. Why is this race close?

    October 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. supporter

    Palin wants to keep Government out of business but she wants to turn womens rights to decide about reproduction to the GOVERNMENT. ABORTION is a private choice and must be made by the person involved NOT BY THE GOVERNMENT.

    October 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. tyme4chaing

    I am not voting for McCain nor any republicans for that matter. GOP's tactics are tasteless and radical. As most people knew, the GOP's/Republicans scare for voters. They've preyed upon people with no educational background, low wage jobs, and areas of poverty to dominate control while feeding their pockets american citizens money and living in great comfort of wealth. It's time for a change all american citizens should not suffer or sit by and watch the fat cats of Washington do what ever the want. McCain/Palin are not focusing on the issues because the GOP's told them not too. GOP's are dividing our country and we (DEM's) are going to fight back.

    Please vote for truth and justice. Vote for Obama/Biden. We must not,

    October 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Larry

    CNN are you so desparate to find something positive to say about John McCain you post an article about a one point flucuation in the polls? At least try not to show your bias.

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

    To "mstran" please stop being so gullible and learn all the facts before believing everything you hear or read. Use your own brain. Don't allow other people to do your thinking for you.

    October 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Bobby

    Hopefully the -educated- people in Ohio will wake up and get out and vote so Obama wins.

    October 12, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Dave in Hawaii

    C'mon OHIO! You guys are SMARTER than to fall for the Republican Trap. Don't let Insane McCain/Failin' Palin fool you!

    Obama/Biden '08!


    October 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. McCain/Palin = Shameful, hateful behaviour

    Is it possible that Sarah's commenting as 'mstran'? Sounds about the same when it comes to logic and clear language (i.e. lack thereof).

    I hope this 'major news' scares the Dems in Ohio to get the Democratic vote out in record numbers so the Republicans will have to eat it bigtime.

    Nevertheless, if all Obama's safe and lean states vote him in, nobody needs Ohio. Virginia will put him over just fine.

    October 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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