October 19th, 2008
09:33 AM ET
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Candidates target key states Sunday

McCain campaigns in Ohio Sunday.

McCain campaigns in Ohio Sunday.

(CNN) - John McCain campaigns in Ohio Sunday. The state put President Bush over the top in his re-election bid four years ago, and it could all come down to Ohio and its 20 electoral votes this time around. John McCain holds rallies today in Westerville and Toledo, Ohio. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio suggests that 48 percent of voters there are backing Barack Obama and 46 percent support McCain, with six percent undecided.

Obama campaigns in North Carolina Sunday, a once reliably Republican state in presidential contests that is now up for grabs. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win North Carolina was Jimmy Carter in 1976. But the most recent CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll in the state has the contest deadlocked at 49 percent.

As for the running mates, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin holds a rally in New Mexico Sunday. The state narrowly went for President Bush four years ago, but Obama is up by five points in the state according to Albuquerque Journal survey of New Mexico voters conducted at the beginning of the month.

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a campaign rally in Tacoma, Washington Sunday. Recent polls in that state suggest Obama has a ten point lead there.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. alvino

    Ohio can do so much for the country by rejecting the failed Bush Policies and go for Obama. Come on Ohio, it would be great for you to be a blue state like your neighbors.

    October 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I hope he doesn't continue with his divisive tactics.

    We must hang together as citizens of a United Country – or we will hang separately.

    October 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. king

    it's over.just want people to be realistic

    October 19, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Laura, Akron, Ohio

    Please, fellow Ohioans, if you are not SURE, don't vote. If you have doubts about Palin, do your country the grace of not voting. Or bite the bullet and vote Obama/Biden, as I am. I voted for McCain in 2000. The situation is much different now. This is the most important election we Ohioans have decided since, well, since back in Civil War times, I suppose. I really believe our state can put the Union over and bring us, as Winston Churchill said, "once again to sunlit uplands."

    October 19, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. David

    While McCain is bailing water in one part of his sinking campaign, Obama is drilling a hole somewhere else.

    October 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    It is a close race. But I really believe that more and more people are becoming engaged and paying attention. It is simply impossible to forget Obama explaining his Tax plan in the last debate, and McCain continuing to look right in the camera and lying to people as though he never heard a word Obama said.

    Again, I am so tired of this Republican song, "Who are you going to believe? ME? Or your crazy old eyes and ears?" I know who I believe!

    And we are experiencing more and more republicans who are deciding to believe their crazy old eyes and ears instead of McCain and Palin!

    October 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Allen

    Are these Sarah Palins "Pro American" States??

    October 19, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Richard the non plumber

    Maybe once people do research about the real Obama and not the talking head Obama, McCain will finally be in the lead. It is amazing to me that people are backing someone with so little experience and what experience he has is pretty shaky. People are lazy and will not research him and just listen to this talking head and all his promises, which go against his record. Quit being so lazy independents, and find out who the real Obama is. Nice to see Colin Powell showing his true color, and it is not red, white or blue.

    October 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. S. Boatman

    Mccain Has Finally Realized That He Cant Take The Weekend Off! . . . But Now Its Too Late!

    October 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Bill

    All these polls are meaningless. It still is up to the voters and people are beginning to see what Senator Obama is really up to. I have no desire to pay taxes so others may simply stay home and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

    October 19, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. the Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Colin Powell said today that he was strongly for the war as well as the congress and the top people in America. So the question comes to mind, why did Obama oppose the war. What was his source of information.

    He is dangerous and I don't trust him

    McCain will protect our values and our country

    October 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. A Canadian

    No matter who gets elected President they have a tremendous amount of work to do, the mess. the USA is in may never be corrected it could very well be a lost cause and the end of a once great superpower

    October 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I hope John McCain and Palin took out enough time to "hear and understand" General Colin Powell's message on Meet the Press. General Powell didn't smear McCain he just pointed out McCain's military record compared to his message to Americans and his judgement on picking Palin like many of us have.

    October 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. xargaw

    Vile robo-calls, smearing mailers, lies out on the stump. Not a single positive policy message. A pathetic hollow campaign inciting hate and division. Thanks Senator McCain. The world is watching and this is what you are giving them as an example of American democracy.

    October 19, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Cynthia; Bham

    McCain has chosen to go negative in a wrong way and will pay the cost for it.

    October 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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