October 19th, 2008
07:08 PM ET
5 years ago

State polls show Obama with advantage in key battlegrounds

Obama holds an advantage in several key battlegrounds.
Obama holds an advantage in several key battlegrounds.

(CNN) - A string of new state polls suggests Barack Obama still holds an advantage in several key battleground states, and is within single digits in a state that has voted Republican in the last two presidential elections.

New CNN poll of polls in three swing states - Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota - show the Illinois senator with a lead, while a new poll in West Virginia puts John McCain ahead.

In Ohio, the latest CNN poll of polls shows Obama with a 1 point lead over McCain, 47 to 46 percent while the Illinois senator has a 13 point lead in a Wisconsin poll of polls and a 8 point lead in a Minnesota poll of polls.

Both Minnesota and Wisconsin voted for John Kerry in 2004 while Ohio has gone to the Republicans in the last two elections.

Meanwhile, a new NBC/Mason Dixon survey of West Virginia voters has John McCain with a 6 point lead there, 47-41 percent. It's a considerably smaller gap than the 13-point margin of victory President Bush garnered there in 2004.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said in a taped-message to supporters Sunday that the campaign will be pouring resources into West Virginia during the final two weeks of the presidential race in hopes of turning it blue.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (936 Responses)
  1. Lando

    Let us show the whole world that we are in revolt against the
    current and past Republican rule....PEOPLE REVOLUTION FOR AMERICA....

    October 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Marion

    By themselves, polls mean nothing. They are simply what people say they will do when they vote. Without the votes to back them up, they will not win an election. So remember to get out there and vote on Nov. 4 or earlier if your state offers early voting. If you know of other Obama supporters at work, agree to all go vote immediately after leaving work. If you vote at the same precinct, form a caravan. Call or text your family and friends if you think they need reminding. Post a message on your social networking profile if you have one. Do whatever it takes to get every single person you know to get out and vote.

    Don't gloat...VOTE!

    October 20, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. OHIO WOMAN FOR OBAMA

    YESTERDAY – i DONATED MONEY TO OBAMA CAMPAGIN.

    TODAY – I SIGNED UP TO DO VOLUNTEER WORK FOR OBAMA .

    NOV 5TH – I WILL CELEBRATE OBAMA'S VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!

    voted for W but doing the right thing this time.

    October 20, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  4. James

    For Such a great nation it is very disturbing to note that the so called youth wing of the republican party 18 to 29 yrs would have the audacity to stake the claim that young democrats are voting for Obama for the sake of voting for him rather than the issues he epitomizes . The war in Iraq, the financial crisis, all these and you wonder why they would still vote republican its a shame on them plus to those blue collar white voters if your happy with what happening now wait until you vote in John McCain your head will inflate wit joy. To democrats whether Hillary supporters should you vote for McCain and the country goes to the dogs at least we know who to blame for republicans i would understand but for democrats the future is in your hands History will JUDGE YOU HARSHLY

    October 20, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  5. Nicholas Odhiambo

    Go Obama go!

    October 20, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  6. Sebastian

    Its the time to change things coz its within our capacity go Obama go

    October 20, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  7. Jp

    Young people vote for real change. Remember you hold your nations future. Americans let us come together at least for a good cause. Vote for change as no one has ever stopped wheels of change from turning. America if we don't change. Change will change us vote obama real change..Voting for mccain is just as voting for bush but in this case bush has disguised himself as mccain. Vote obama, future disguised as obama.

    October 20, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  8. Platoon

    M"McCain was a war hero, who got caught !" ..Chris Rock
    But did you know why he got caught? Because he was shooting blanks at the enemy. History repeats itself. Fast forward to 2008. McCain is shooting his mouth off with blanks again. 'nuff said.

    Hey McCain, live bullets are on top right shelf :)

    October 20, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. BM

    McCain needs to stop whining about Obama raising money.He blames Obama for everything. He is a sore loser. You got your celeb when you chose Palin, now shut up!

    October 20, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. BM

    Kissinger's endorsement for McCain? He probably forgot who he endorsed.

    October 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. obijieze

    At the last debate McCain blamed Obama for the negative ads. Insisting that if Obama had agreed to the town hall meeting style of campaign he suggetsed the situation would have been different. McCain whining again.Is McCain sugggetsting that only Americans attend town hall meetins and Asians attend rallies? Obama had rallies and spoke to Americans at those rallies not Asians. don't limit others reach simply 'cos you can't attract huge crowd

    October 20, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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