October 15th, 2008
12:03 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN POLL: Obama making gains in red states

Obama is making gains in several states President Bush won twice.
Obama is making gains in several states President Bush won twice.

HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) – As the two major party presidential candidates get ready to face off in person one last time, new polls in some crucial states that could decide the race for the White House suggest John McCain is having to defend himself in areas that once were reliably Republican.

A new CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation survey in Virginia released Wednesday indicates that Barack Obama holds a 10 point lead over McCain, 53 percent to 43 percent among likely voters. President Bush won Virginia by 9 points over Senator John Kerry in 2004 and the state hasn't voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964.

"Obama is winning men and women in Virginia, and is doing well across the state east of the Blue Ridge Mountains," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

It's a similar story in Colorado, a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat in the race for the White House in 16 years. The new poll indicates Senator Obama, D-Illinois, holds a 4 point edge over McCain, 51 percent to 47 percent.

And in Georgia, a state that President Bush won by 17 points over Kerry 4 years ago and that hasn't voted for the Democrats in a presidential contest in 16 years, the poll suggests a much narrower single digit lead for Senator McCain, R-Arizona, 53 percent to 45 percent.

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soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Say NO to John McAilin and Sarah Pain

    Sarah Palin was put on the ticket to be that mouth-popping firecracker to energize their base, but when asked to REALLY show herself, her ideas, and answer the questions Americans want to know, she's like a little bunny rabbit caught in a bear trap.

    America is tired of being treated like small children. The winks, the "betcha's", the Joe 6-packs; seriously, we don't need nursery rhymes or bedtime stories to understand what's going on in our country. Give it to us straight, give it to real, and answer the questions we want to know. She's all sweets and spices and no substance; pretty soon, America's gonna get a tooth ache and a tummy ache and after a while, we're gonna push away from the cupcakes and spicy food and start craving vegetables and laxatives...

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Bruce

    It is a FACT that Palin was not a member of the AIP, but her husband was until 2002, and it is a fact that she spoke at their convention and praised them for there work. The AIP is a hate organization! They hate all Americans, and they HATE JEWS. Palin "PALS around with these people. And Palin said that you have to look at the people that you hang around with to understand what they think. WELL I THINK AIP is not the kind of people I want in the white house.

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Darrell

    This would be because he works on issues and ideas.McCain and Palin work on dividing, and telling America about what someone else other then Obama said or did.Obama wants to win for the people.McCain just wants to win at any cost to the public.It is pretty hard to watch and listen to a whole McCain or Palin speech because they are horrible in every way.Obama makes sense and lokks 100 times more Presidential and sounds 200 times more Presidential then McCain and Palin just looks like a grade nine student speaking to fans that would beleive her if she said the world was flat.I won't even go into what she sounds like.

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. floydfix69

    well isn't this a new look at what comes around when mccain is stealing idea from the the other one lol. just a fact where ,where you 26 years ago ,mccain when are country need a leader, I thought so 40 years ago and 20 ,rock the vote people. I'am 40 and I approve this message.

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. James

    I hope Obama wins and I am going to vote Democrat accross the board. Then we will spend the next four years tearring him and the congress down for everything. Just as you Dems did to Bush. Heck maybe we can make a mock movie of Obama in four years! Ha!

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. LIP

    I would like to weigh in on the George movie. Everyone keeps saying that Obama does no negative campaigning. Why should he when he has all of "Bolllywood" doing it for him. Josh Brolin, starring as George and Josh is son of James Brolin, married to Barbara Streisland, to George haters. I could cite numerous more of these Negative examples were the space and the CNN censors not watching, but will not and just wanted to make a point. Look at the timing too...incredible, isn't it folks? The Democrats have pulled off all the gloves and are busy pointing their crooked little fingers.

    October 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. the other jd

    I still have hopes that GA and IN will go blue. I pray that Republicans in both states will see that the current "Republican" party is not the historic Republican party. The historic Republican party stood for things, like state's rights and keeping government out of our personal lives. Not spying on us and socializing the banking system.

    October 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Sean from Orlando

    Even CNN reporter Campbell Brown pointed out today that Obama really does not have a solid economic plan, Obama's plan sucks. She said that McCain's is better. But since Obama has no experience this is really not too shocking!

    October 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Tony

    WAKE UP MISSOURI AND VOTE WITH THE WINNING TEAM!

    OBAMA / BIDEN !

    October 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Filipina - GA

    I am in in GA I already voted for Obama.......You people start voting for Obama,,,let's do this in landslide.

    Obama/Biden

    P.S.............................Where is Jack Cafferty he is been gone for 3 weeks. I want him back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Alicia

    Oh if you become VP
    oh its canada for me

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Laura

    FL Voter79 October 15th, 2008 12:21 pm ET

    VOTE McCain/Palin!!!!!! The only sure thing running. Obama is just words, just speeches!! TOO MUCH RISK— TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY in a time of great needed stability….!!!!

    Are you spending to much on the sun??? What has Palin done other then give speech after speech where she shows how much she hates Blacks and any other person that is not WHITE?

    She did say ' Obama does not see America the way YOU AND I see it ' ...... oh you mean the way the whites see it?

    October 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    Land has begun to slide!

    Atlanta is 80% Blue. C'mon rest of Georgia!

    October 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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