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. Meg

    Hello Ohio. I hope you're reading some of these comments and I hope you'll read mine. John McCain, in three weeks, has managed to undermine better race relations that took over 40 years of evolvement and a lot of bloodshed to accomplish. He has stirred up the fear and loathing of our parent's generation and spread it to those among us who most vulnerable. He has, once again, incited hatred and violence over the color of a man's skin, all the while ignoring ALL of the issues that are so important to everyone in this country. Please look now at who he truly is – actions really do speak louder than words, and do the right thing for your state as well as the other 48. Vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

    October 12, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Teach/Preach

    When is America the Beautiful going to wake up and smell the coffee?
    Go Ahead vote 4 McCain!
    Dont you realize Bush/McCain love 4
    $4.00 gas
    4 thousand plus troops dead in Iraq

    As for Palin, are we voting for a beauty pagent or someone who will be capable to intelligently and skillfully run this country?Please don't be simple minded like her. Please don't be fooled by a person with qualities of a high school prep/cheerleader who can only fire up a crowd. Has she even told you at these rallies what she wants to do for you when she arrives in the white house? If that is all you want for your 2nd in line leader of the free-world -then shame on you. My nine year old son ran for shool vice-president and had more substance than her. At least he did offer his student body longer recesses and pizza every Tuesday !!

    October 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. former gop

    I do not believe Ohio-ans are stupid enough to vote for McCain. I just don't believe it.

    October 12, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. worriedmom

    It aint over yet!!!

    October 12, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Neither Obama nor McCain have demonstrated the capacity to be President of this country. Obama's a socialist, a characteristic that runs counter to the the founding philosophies of this country, and McCain seems determined to ignore the advice of the country's founders regarding foreign entanglements.

    I urge you all to vote for someone else! Any third party–Libertarian (my choice), Green, Constitution, or whatever.

    October 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. mstran

    part 1
    Sorry about the mistypes before and no spell checks, this computer works better.

    I have posted in the past to both McCain and Obama in June. I wrote them about this, here’s a quick recap.

    1. We all what not just more jobs but better paying jobs.
    2. We all want energy independence.
    3. We need to fix our Medicare, medical and social security.
    all in a one shot plan for both sides.

    Dems and Reps agree to open and drill for more oil with a revote to continue drilling in 10years.
    We built warships in record months and oil rigs can be done as well.

    The US oil & gas is the taxpayers, don't let the energy companies take full profits. Put a 2, 7 or 9% profit per barrel force to go towards alternate energy projects, and I mean the ones that work all ready.

    Building Energy Infrastructures’** High speed rails to over lay or next to existing RR tracks for close metro to metro cities, most the airports and sea ports are already have tracks in place.

    Let the RR & Airline companies invests in them also with the Government project. This creates good paying jobs. This also declines trucking goods from sea ports to close metro areas. Declines airline fuels Example: Atlanta to Augusta [air 3hrs, check in to check out] [car 2.5hrs] but high speed rail projects can take about 1 hr.

    October 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Fredric, Las Vegas

    Pallin is the most corrupt politician in the United States today.
    CNN please post my comment for a change. thanls

    October 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. Menukj

    Oh OHIO!

    Color of the skin is not important right now, we all know that Obama is more than capable of running the country. The leader of USA has a great responsibility, look what's happening now. After electing a total moron for eight years, the world is heading for a recession. This is serious, better get it right. Why are there people who are still undecided? We all know if Obama had white skin, he wouldn't have any competition.
    It's funny when McCAin told the people "not to get scared if Obama was ever elected". What to be scared of? you guys had the dumbest man on the planet as the president for the last eight years.

    October 12, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Denali King

    It is really time for change. The Democrats have controlled Congress and are responsible for this economic mess. We don't need the same ole' policies that have reaped the hardship of this economy. We need McCain for real change. Congress has had it's chance. We need a President that will stand up for us. I've seen my 401K hit hard this last week. I'm mad as h*** and I'm not going to take it anymore. The Democrats in Congress have no idea what to do except to throw money at it. Please Vote for real change. Don't go along with the same ole' Democratic ideology. Vote for your future. Vote for McCain Please.

    October 12, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. decided

    I am a true independent Ohioan, who has split fiarly evenly between Democrats and Republicans in the past.

    I am not a big fan of McCain, and think that the selection of Palin was a poor choice.

    However, I have been continuing to rationalize Obama's connections with Wright, Rezko, and Ayres. Now I see that the Obama campiaign contributed over $800,000 to ACORN, an organization of continued fraud.

    I have decided that I will be voting for McCain, and encouraging others to do the same. I have realized that Obama does not represent the change that I want to see.

    October 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Linda

    all i have read is obama this mccain that ,when will you all wake up! we all bleed the same color, so think about the world we are in, full of hatered ,evil, some good,some bad,when 911 happen we all wanted to pull together regardless of the color of our skin. , its not about color its about trying to change the world we live in, we have come to far by faith and we was all leaning on bush ,and look where its has take this country, this election isnt and shouldnt be about race its should be about change............

    Which one are you ready for???
    im ready for change "obama "

    October 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Richard A. Spomer

    This is just a note to John McCain:

    To the Honorable Senator of Arizona and future President john McCain,

    Please reconsider and reistating opperations in the Commonwealth of Michigan because that is where the "Great White Buffalo"; hunting maniac Ted Nugent is there and he does live.

    This is coming from a gentlemen and scholar in the Commonwealth of Virginia where his spirit is still alive, I seen him seven times from WY Damm Yankies, CO, & VA. The Rock & Roll is true. He should run for Governor of Michigan.

    October 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. him

    come on people.
    obama isnt this "beacon of hope" u think him to be..
    he just takes peoples ideas..he is NOT ready to lead

    Obama= Clinton+McCain+Bush

    October 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Gambi

    Ohio if you vote for McCain and put Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency you deserve to RUST.
    Former Ohio Resident

    October 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. georgia

    Why is a growing number of Alaskans calling for Palin's impeachment as govenor ???
    Smells like "I am not a crook "....we can't forget "that one". It's the same legacy of feeling bigger than the elected office ! We can't ignore what citizen's of Alaska are telling us .
    Obama / Biden '08

    October 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Lyndon,CA

    Ohio voters are ready to pull a Tom Bradley come elction day!

    October 12, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. David

    I am not sure when McCain / Palin decided to resort to mob mentality tactics, and if their intended goal is to get some nutcase to resort to a horrific act of violence, but they sure seem comfortable with that result. I am sickened by the both of them. Country First?! they could not think of a more hypocritcal slogan.

    October 12, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. BM

    It is almost laughable that Michelle Obama was literraly lynched for making the staement about being proud to be an American for the frist time in her adult life when we as black are not considered AMERICANS!

    October 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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    October 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. Laszlo In L.A.

    What does it say about the Electoral College when it essentially comes down to the people of one state – Ohio – to decide who our president will be?

    Ohio, while many of you voted for Gore and Kerry, your neighbors stuck us with Bush two terms running. After Iraq, Katrina and Wall Street, I hope you have had enough and will do the right thing in '08.

    October 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Zach

    Reading a lot of your comments I am surprised at how foolish most of you people are. No one is spreading hate and violence. This is ridiculous.

    October 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. Dewey

    In the land where they cling to their religion and guns....

    You people coming on here begging for votes are pathetically entertaining.

    October 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. Jeff - Tulsa, OK

    I hope Sarah Failin keeps holding rally after rally. I hope she steps up her rhetoric, spews more and more of her hateful garbage. I hope more and more of her devotees prove themselves to be bigoted pigs. I hope she visits every swing state multiple times. This is the biggest favor she can possibly do for the Democratic ticket.

    Keep talking Sarah, keep talking!!!

    October 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. dallas4Obama

    It is really sad that we are in such a bad situation, and yet the only thing we can find time to do is ignore that we are in trouble, and the trouble came from the republican party, It is time for a change and McCain does not have the answer,America is in trouble and with the help of God and Obama we can get threw this disaster. So don't think to long because you just might think wrong no McCain/Palin. Obama/Biden 08

    October 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. tuff Col. Oh

    WISHFUL THINKING, they can't really think they will win with a pitbull who wears lipstick as a running mate, after hearing hillary's speech today, she sounded like a 2nd grader reading her school report, PATHETIC, OHIO is going blue this time

    October 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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