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. xargaw

    Wherever Palin goes is good for Obama. Her brand continues to dive. She may rally the fundamentalist base and the racist crazies, but she is toxic to the Independents and people in the middle. At this point, Palin is helping Obama. She is shrill, insulting and her rhetoric incites the most vile among the human race. A hate mongering women is any ugly off-putting thing to watch.

    October 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    I HATE JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN. Crooks, theives, and liars
    to run our country again! Please!!!!!

    Obama Biden 2008

    October 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Godson

    Obama will not have to win OHIO, if he wins COlorado, or Virginia.

    October 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. roger, colorado

    Unless CNN has discovered some new way of adding and subtracting, I don't see McCain gaining ground in Ohio as the headline screams. In fact he is at the same 46% he was in the last poll. Obama has lost one pt to undecided not to McCain. The fact that McCain is running behind in this red state is still the headline, pretend as you may that it is not!

    October 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. zach

    Being from Ohio I can tell you that this comes as no surprise. I would bet my life that McCain wins my state in November – unfortunately. The Bradley effect will me immense here...One example of it already occurring: after the last presidential debate, the number of CNNs undecided voters in Columbus Ohio who thought Barack Obama was GOING to win was a landslide majority...however the number of people who said they planned on voting for Obama after the debate was minute, and the crowd actually was in favor of McCain by a slight majority. This reflects the thought in the minds of Ohioans that for all intents and purposes Barack Obama SHOULD win the November election, however not many people here actually plan on voting for him...

    ...I pray I'm wrong.

    October 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Doug Bostick/ Rural South Florida


    October 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Charlie

    I live in northeast Ohio. Southern Ohioans are some of the most prejudiced hillbillies you can meet. They will vote for color over thier best interest.

    October 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    Would McCain win Ohio and Florida, which will win the race for the
    RATS, based on Bigotism and Racism?

    I hope to God our country is smarter that that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. JC

    As others have stated, McCain's number remains the same; this is "gaining ground"? More like running in place.....

    October 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Lou R

    I am amazed how persons in Ohio and a few other Sates consistency tend to vote against their better interests. Wake-up people and see what the Republican Party is offering, mainly more of the same Bush Administration failed economic policies and greater loss of civil rights due to fear based willingness to concede those rights. This is not to mention the ultra- unqualified Sarah Pailn and the unstable John McCain.

    October 12, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. susan

    Right. McCain gained a poll point so the hate machine Palin is sent to consolidate his gain.

    October 12, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. davit

    Only in America would the ticket that was found to have abused power be gaining ground after that finding.

    October 12, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Dave

    Ohio voters must be more stupid than trees if McCain is gaining ground. Have they ever heard of the Economic crisis? or are they all simply living with their heads in the sand?

    October 12, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Ada

    Come On people, wake up!!
    I don’t understand why Obama wants increase tax on small business and now Obama says small business can take loan from feds. So he wants people pay higher tax and charge taxpayer interest???!!! And he wants employers to cover for full health coverage which will cost them more. How do small business can buy their supplies or give their employees raise in this kind of “economics crisis” ???? WHO IS THE PERSON HERE “OUT OF TOUCH”??????????
    I think they want Sen. Obama win because they can spending “taxpayers money” whatever they want in Washington , D.C.
    One more thing, Sen. Obama says “govement will find your employers to cover your health care” ?? What do you think govement can find you or your employers and to help you??? I prefer Sen. Obama “stop promising ” to people.

    October 12, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Dave

    He's Gaining Ground!!! One point!!! At this rate, McCain will barely lose. Good for him.

    October 12, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Obama Supporter

    Again, this is NOT A GAIN!!

    I am viewer of CNN, but this title of the topic is WRONG! Please change it! or remove the topic, this is NOT true! McCain didn't gain any ground!

    Please, don't be like FOX, I had to email them cause they wrote a misleading title!

    October 12, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    That is a silly argument when the one point is far within the margin of error.

    Tomorrow you may poll more Obama supporters that will show a two point gain. Ohio is just too close to call.

    October 12, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Desmond Sequeira

    Hi O Ohio,

    Obama/Biden = INTEGRITY, INTELLIGENCE, HIGH COMPETENCE, HOPE ALL THE WAY. The USA and the world needs this ticket to govern from the White House. The alternative is unmitigated dishonest, nasty disaster. CLEAR AS CRYSTAL. Please be ruled by the facts and not by the fear. Thank you.

    October 12, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Piero

    It's apparent that then news organizations are trying to keep this one close. It's sad really. That's what happens when the citizenry act like mice to the Media's Pied Piper.

    October 12, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. JayInNewHampshire

    H at 12:58

    The only hate that's being conveyed is by your candidates! It sucks to be on the losing end don't it? Your party caused these issues now it's time to pay the piper.

    October 12, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Voting is simple when you know that with the Democratic Party there will be a Surplus and Peace in the World However, with the republicans we will continue to have WARS and talks of wars as well as POVERTY.
    The choice is yours AMERICA

    Mcain and Palin claim to be for life, but how can they be when they send young men off to die in wars that don't make since and cannot be won as in the War with Viet Nam. As I said America the choice is yours.

    October 12, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Blake

    America, I know you are not dumb like dumb(McCain)&dumber(Palin). Obama will be the best President . We in Canada can only dream about having someone like Obama running for Prime Minister in our country.
    He is genuine, full of fresh ideas and if you want a health care system like we in Canada have where everyone gets health care with a small monthly premium and where low income families get subsidized health care, then you need Obama for President.
    Obama has America's best interest at heart.
    I am white .
    Go Obama and God Bless America.

    October 12, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Ronda

    It is no longer about being black, white, male or female! What Obama lacks in experience, Biden makes up for it! What does Palin bring to the table? How does she compliment McCain?

    October 12, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. payback

    Black people for the most part, have voted for the white candidate. Running for president. Granted, we vote for the democract. Now, that the Democratic nominee happens to be a person of color. Now it's an issue. That says, most blacks are voting for him, because his a person of color. Can you say, double standard. This is not said when whites vote for white candidate such as mccain/palin........

    October 12, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Cecilia Florida Voter

    Most of you have drunk the Obama kool-aid. You are all out of your minds and desperate. McCain will win. He is the only that has accompllished anything. He has at least tried to make changes in his career. He has work very hard his whole life. If you democrats have selective amnesia, you guys have always liked McCain. He has been the most liked republican by democrats. Obama has accomplished nothing. The world knows Obama will be a flop that is why they want Obama to win. The world wants to bring America down. God save us from Obama.

    October 12, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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