October 19th, 2008
09:33 AM ET
10 years ago

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. KJL

    I got a letter from McCain to "my friends" in which he asked for an "emergency membership contribution" to fight against things like "surrender in Iraq." Frankly, I think it's about time we got our soldiers out of a dangerous situation that they shouldn't have been in in the first place, and I wouldn't call it surrender. They've done their job.

    Not only am I not a Republican, nor a Democrat for that matter, I found it insulting that McCain would veil his personal ego trip in such a way that it sounds like he'll be doing me a favor if he wins. I don't want an angry, bitter man with an incompetent side-kick running this country.

    October 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Justin

    Ignore the polls, folks. Get out and VOTE!

    October 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    My Oregon ballot arrived in the mail Friday. It has been marked for Obama/Biden and will be placed in the official drop box tomorrow.

    Vote early! Make sure your vote counts!

    October 19, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Susan, Columbus

    . . . . I wonder, will John McCain only visit the "Real" , "Pro-America",
    parts of Ohio?

    October 19, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. McWho??

    So John is going to see Joe. Maybe Joe should accept the gig so he can make some money to pay his taxes. The Senator should actually consider giving Joe the lucrative contract he joked about at the dinner to re-do his eight houses...

    October 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    mccain, you need to take you and your pathological liar running mate and go anywhere, far from here.

    October 19, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Joe Regis

    Ohio will turn BLUE on NOV. 4th in less than 2 weeks time.

    Ohio rocks!

    Go Obama go!

    October 19, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. former republican

    McCain is going to lose. I feel sorry for him. He should be enjoying his retirement on a nice golf course instead of running around the country wasting his time.

    October 19, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Dawn

    I am in a Battleground state of PA, and I am voting for Obama/Biden ticket. I think that the Republican Party is really out of touch, so why don't they just hang up the hockey skates and call it a night! Sarah Palin go back to Alaska. McCain go to any of your seven houses, where alot of Americans don't have even one!
    Looks like McCain is going to find Joe the non-plumber and make a lucrative deal with him to be a house boy and to repair his failing politics,

    Vote for Obama/Biden08

    October 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Frank G in IL.

    Senator McCain emphasizes he has served our Nation since he was age 17. He has served our Country for 54-55 years. We should thank and tell him it is time to retire, not due to his age, but rather his aged concepts and unbecoming campaign behavior.

    October 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. MLH

    Oh boy. John, keep what is left of the popular perception of your honor and dignity intact and insist that your campaign people run an honorable campaign. They are turning off everyone except the fringe (base).

    October 19, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Janice

    Now remember Senator McCain, that flag represents the State of Ohio; it is NOT Senator Obama's newly designed flag for the United States of America!! LOL

    October 19, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Jeff Brown

    What a sad, desperate man...

    October 19, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Joan

    Give it up McCain, Colin Powell just endorsed Obama

    October 19, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Ken

    Arizona will turn BLUE in a week.

    October 19, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. JIM HAWK

    the buckeye state will get it right this time..however penn state 31
    buckeyes 17

    October 19, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. proud american

    I am so pleased and proud of this choice!!!!!!!
    I am a middle income female republican voting
    for Obama!!!!! It is a good day in the USA!

    October 19, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Lina

    Looks like the race is getting tighter. Obama's answer to spread the wealth around was a major mistake and reveals the real Obama. The irony of Obama's wealth spreading statement is that he's the candidate that gave the least to charity. Hillary gave 10% of her incom,John McCain gave over 20% of his income to charity while Obama gave 1% and some years less than that. It makes Obama's answer about spreading the wealth around, disingenuous.

    October 19, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Global J

    The difference is McCain is struggling to shore up his base. Obama is moving closer to sealing the deal in the swing states that he needs to reclaim the White House back for the Democrats.
    Hopefully Colin Powell's endorsement will add further weight to the argument that the Obama/Biden ticket is pulling away to a well deserved victory in November..

    October 19, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Sarah Palin Always Wins

    What a winner-Mayor, Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S., Member Alaskan Energy and Conservation Board-all by the age of 44 and all while raising 5 kids.

    Her opponents always underestimate her-and she almost always wins.

    Sarah Palin for president 2012 & 2016

    October 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Bobby

    American people it's not to late to save america. Vote McCain/Palin!

    October 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. bill for barack

    John McCain could MOVE to Ohio until Election Day and never pick up another vote here.
    Obama today picked up two more key Ohio endorsements – the Akron and Cleveland newspapers.
    Maybe Johnny Boy can find another Joe the Plumber who:
    1. isn't really a plumber
    2. has a tax lein for failure to pay
    3. isn't even a Joe – his name is Samuel.
    Ohioans are sick of the fear-mongering, the devisiveness, the innuendo.
    NO MORE McCAIN !!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. mitch

    mccain is losing it. he should have chosen a better running mate, and better campaign advisors.

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Patricia from Germany

    Washington will definitely go Obama. That is a state of intelligent, tolerant, open minded voters who are desperately looking for a positive change.

    October 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Independent

    the robocalls, the cd's, the flyers are shameful. What happened to John McCain?

    October 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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