October 12th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 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
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  1. Stephanie

    America seems to have forgotton that as so-called leader of the free worlds it is expected that issue of race in the 21st century would have been a thing of the past. It is primitive to contemplate that Americans will use race as an issue to determine their future. Have Americans been hiding behind a facade – letting the whole world believe how democratic, civilized and free they are? Using Barak's middle name to denigrate him brings out the petty and narrow minded nature of Many Americans – who have probably never travelled otuside of the US – just like Palin herself until recently. Even my 18 year old daughter is much more exposed and tolerant of other cultures than a good number of Americans. Just ask some of us who have travelled the world.

    October 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Ronnie

    Seriously – I would be very interested in a new poll:

    Ques: If you voted for Bush in 2004 who are you voting for in 2008? If you voted for Kerry in 2004 who are you voting for in 2008? Choices: (a) Obama (b) McCain (c) Other (d) Undecided

    And a note to all you McCain supporters...in the highly unlikely event he and Barbie were to win, when they drag us deeper into an economic abyss while we continue counting body bags you will have lost your right to complain about anything. And you will owe everyone of us who clearly saw the handwriting on the wall an apology.

    When those of you who voted for Bush the first time, to be kind, let's just say it was an honest mistake. When you did it again in 2004 what on earth were you thinking?

    I don't envy Obama inheriting this mess but one thing he will not give you is more of the same.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. sylvia

    The power to win the election is not by Obama or McCain. The power is with us, the American people. We need to vote for Obama and send Mr. McCain to a retirement home. That power is in our hands and attainable. We could either ignore the state of affairs our country is in or do something about it. Change is good. Vote Obama/Biden.

    October 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. David in CA

    Chicken Little Republicans! That's what I see here. If you really believe that Democrats are socialists then you've been smoking too much Limbaugh weed. Democrats are left of Republicans, but they are far from being socialists. No, they won't take away your land, or your gun. They're not going to raise your taxes unless you make more than $250k/year. And if you're making that much, it probably won't hurt that much (maybe a little less timeshare on your personal jet) And yes, they will regulate business. If our energy and banking sectors had been regulated, we would not be in the mess we're in now!! So stop compaining. The sky is NOT falling.

    Obama/Biden '08!!

    October 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Kristy

    "All I can say is atleast McCain's record realy has been in the best intrest of the working people over his career, Obama has not."

    Oh really? What about all the "working people" Charles Keating ripped off?

    October 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    To those of you who say McCain plan will create more jobs..........Maybe you should check with those hundreds of employee's that were let go by his wife company about his promise to create ALL these jobs. His wife company LET go of HUNDREDS of workers these past 18 months to save her millions to take home. Don't you think if McCain knew how to create jobs he would have started at home first, so those who had worked for his wife company for YEARS would still be EMPLOYED?

    Just ASKING............................

    October 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. rob

    By concentrating on Ohio, McCain may be abandoning Minnesota and Wisconsin, just like he abandoned Michigan, even though he concentrated effort there in the last couple of weeks, it may have been in vain.

    McCain might have to win Ohio, Penn, AND Florida to win, because it looks like Nevada, Colorado, and maybe Virginia are going Obama.

    I'm pretty confident he can't pull it off, after all Palin is becoming a serious liability.

    October 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Tubby The Tuba

    Here is a man who supported President Bush's requests 95% of the time, and OHIO wants MORE? Wowzers! Brains for mush? Go ahead and lose the rest of your jobs, bank accounts, retirement funds and etc. and see if McCain gives a care!! Wake up people of Ohio...what you see now has been supported by John McCain. McCain has been in a Senator for TWENTY-SIX years and this is what happened under his watch. Obama has been a Senator for only a few years...sees what is happening in Washington and decided to do something about it...so he is running for the Presidency. It may cost him his life....he is "the one" to vote for now. He is the comtemporary, new, fresh, and full of youth and strength. It's out with the old and in with the new. Fresh ideas healthful for America...worldwide we need his change.

    October 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Alan Boyer

    The headline makes no sense. How is McCain gaining ground if Obama has widened his lead since the last poll?

    October 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. anyonmous

    « Back to mainNext article:
    Obama did not ask to delay security agreement, Iraqi FM says

    October 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Kathy

    Do you really think that McCain understands your so-called 'pain' MY FRIENDS, considering he is married to such a rich woman, has seven homes (at last count)? He can say anything he wants to but his prime interest is becoming President – something he feels he is entitled to. He would never have been able to fly and crash more than five planes during his maverick years had it not been for his grandfather's name and a field named after grandpa. Obama worked hard for what he has – let's see what a fresh new name and family has to offer.

    October 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. McCain Palin 2008!!!!

    McCain Is The Only One in this election That Has Done something for the american people and Obama voted 94 times to raise taxes on working americans and he is not ready to lead.

    October 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. OHIO FOR OBAMA

    Obama WILL take Ohio this year – mark my words!!!

    October 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. martinet

    I'm glad to see that many American people are not xenophobes. Sadly it doesn't seem to be the case of McCain and Palin.
    Have they ever read or been taught about other civilizations and cultures? Have they ever had the curiosity to travel abroad to acquire some general culture and see by themselves that all the people of the world are made of flesh and blood and share the same qualities and shortcomings? Are they aware that education, culture, honour, good and ethics are not limilted to the sole Americans? Don't they know that Arabs and Muslims descend from an advanced civilisation and share a history that outweighs the American's? Don't they know that being a Muslim, an Arab, or both has never been a flaw? That a Muslim or an Arab is not a terrorist? That terrorists or extremists are from all countries and creeds?
    So not to be ridiculed in front of the world (as it was the case in the past 8 years) you, the American people, should send these two back to school and choose for your own benefit and pride an educated team to help you evolve and regain international respectability.

    October 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. anyonmous

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    October 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. RapidRay

    Consider this....what are the odds that ONLY the battleground states have this ACORN problem? Why are we not hearing of a nationwide glut of invalid voter applications?

    Simple...if you're leading, why start rocking the boat? Obama has nothing to gain through voter fraud and everything to lose. Certainly not worth the risk.

    As it is most cases, the person who gains the most is the one who instigates the fraud itself. Despite all of the conjecture (voiced loudest by Faux news all this week), Obama's donations, made months ago to ACORN, are on his public record. What better way to hit him where it hurts than to turn his connection into a liability. Hey, it's being done with Wright and Ayers...seems to be working...let's try this.

    McCain's cronies slips a few of the faithful into the ranks of ACORN, they start stuffing the boxes with bogus registrations and drop a dime to let Fuax in on the fun. Faux, in yet another feeble attempt to be "fair and balanced" takes this tip and runs plays it like a cracked 45, repeating the allegations and connections to Obama.
    ACORN takes the hit, whatever good they have done becomes a moot point and the McCain troopers slip by as the media and investigators keep their eyes on the upper management.

    Conspiracy theory? Maybe, but not outside the realm of possibility. Again, who has the most to gain with the ACORN flap?...The guy who's success hinges on EXACTLY THESE STATES.

    October 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Stephanie

    America seems to have forgotton that as so-called leader of the free world it is expected that the issue of race in the 21st century would have been a thing of the past. It is primitive to contemplate that Americans will use race as an issue to determine their future. Have Americans been hiding behind a facade – letting the whole world believe how democratic, civilized and free they are? Using Barak's middle name to denigrate him brings out the petty and narrow minded nature of Many Americans – who have probably never travelled otuside of the US – just like Palin herself until recently. Even my 18 year old daughter is much more exposed and tolerant of other cultures than a good number of Americans. Just ask some of us who have travelled the world.

    October 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Sophie T.

    Well put, mstran. As for the rest of you, you would believe everything Obama says, and everything the media promotes him to be. Rather a lemming mentality I would say. What do you think you know about this man, and what does his record really show. If you listen closely, then you cannot ignore the mounting evidence that he is a demogogue and a talented orator but an empty promise nonetheless. Acorn ties as their lawyer, lobbyist and community organizer; no vote or action only speeches on Iraq; questionable backing and promotion throughout his career – Rezko, Ayers, Wright and so on. Running slick campaigns are the only real accomplishment. If his candidacy achieves success off the back of a now nationalized economy, then we as a country are in trouble. This election is still close and too raucous to call.

    October 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. moses

    Why are Hon. McCain and Palin making the Irag war as their political case? During the primary season, Hon. McCain clearly stated our soldiers had gone to Irag for oil. I watched this story on CNN.

    During the same primary season, he also said that the mortgage crisis should be solved by the lenders and the homeowners because it was the result of responsibility.

    I believe the Americans have not forgotten those strong statements from Hon. McCain.

    For the McCain camp to use the Irag war and the mortgage crisis as political cases are, to me, policatical deceit, mockery and fanaticism.

    October 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Glenn in California

    How stupid can we be as a country? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. OK, "we," or least some of us, were fooled into voting for Bush twice. Let's not make the same mistake 3 times and vote for more of the same with McCain.

    The woman at McCain's rally on Friday is so typical of how dumb we are. First, she called Obama an Arab. Then, after McCain actually showed some decency, she called Obama a Muslim. This woman shows how dumb we really are.

    If McSame wins the election, we'll deserve the misery we get. After all, this is the country that re-elected Bush. It's shameful.

    October 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    It is unfortunate that Barack Obama does not talk more of his HALF WHITE heritage.

    There are many Americans who won't vote for him because of his race–CNN is talking about it just now.

    But Obama is NOT only Black! He is half White!

    Either way, he will make a great president. His color isn't important to me, but it is to too many voters who will go with McCain.

    October 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Adam Powell, Northern Ireland

    The Alaska governor's various religious affiliations needs some questioning too. There was report that her pastor at the nondenominational Wasilla Bible Church was connected to “Jews for Jesus”, does Sarah Palin also believes that Jews must be converted? Can she answer that since she is questioning Barack Obama’s past how comes McCain campaign website makes no mention of her religious affiliation. Please American people remember your vote impacts the whole world not only Americans

    October 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Francheska Georgia

    I wonder what the THEME OF THE WEEK will be with the McCain/Palin campaign this week since they do not stick to any one message, they just flip around on several messages. ;-).

    October 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Big Vic from Reagan Country -Part II

    This is not all that relevant.

    McCain will still need to devote scarce resources and further stir up the crowds in Ohio to make the state go red. No slam dunk.

    This will come at the sacrifice of PA and Fl, which means Obama will handily win.

    Also, the Florida Jewish base will turn away from McCain/Palin in droves, since it will remind them of Nazi Germany and what that brought to them and the rest of the world.

    October 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Joe Ohio

    We dont need more of the same Come on Ohio look at the facts. Quit with the dems and the republican games and just look at the facts Please

    October 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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