October 19th, 2008
07:08 PM ET
10 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.

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soundoff (936 Responses)
  1. Kimberly in Azizona

    Why is mccain still in this race? He needs to start repairing the damage he has caused in this country with his ignorant hate and fear baiting tactics. He needs to say look, this campaign has gotten out of control and we need to start standing behind Obama, and stop this bush policy of divide and conquer. Americans are tired of this and shame on mccain for doing exactly what he said he would never do, take the low dirty road.

    October 19, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. trying to be reasonable in West Virginia

    The Republicans have cynically betrayed the economic interests of the vast majority of hard-working West Virginians by feeding them a lot of social issues baloney. F'rinstance, in 2000 Gore lost my state when the NRA started an intensive and misleading campaign against him in October. Had Gore won WV, he would have been president! In 2004 Kerry was dismissed because he is an "elitist liberal." Never mind that Kerry's ECONOMIC policies would have been far better for us mountaineers than Dubya's–but Dubya looked and sounded more like one of us than the wind-surfing Easterner Kerry. And in this VERY patriotic state, the swift-boating of Kerry more than negated his advantage of having had military experience.

    Now in 2008, there are still just enough Neanderthal (read: racist) West Virginians who may well prevent Obama from winning here. What a shame, given that McCain really DOES represent more of the same. I love this state and my neighbors, and I do still have hope that they'll wake up. For decades West Virginia was loyally Democratic because of the strong pro-labor slant of its politics. But the Repubs have won on unrealized and unrealizable promises on social issues. Maybe we'll change the tune this time.

    October 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Mary

    It is really true, we need Obama in. I know there are bigots out there who won't vote for him. By the way bigorty is a sin.

    We need a true leader and Obama is our man.

    We do not need McCain in. He is not with the program, and God Forbid we do not need that moron that is his running mate in. Can you imagne how much power she would abuse. Again I say, Why isn't she in JAIL where she belongs. Also, she is a disgrace to motherhood.

    October 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. TS from PA

    well put Oregonian. the main split in the election is that ironically, mccain and the republicans are putting themselves first.

    October 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. David

    This election is on his final stage as obama rightly said that we all his supporter should hold on till November 4th don’t give up as long as we all need change so let us all fight for change in other for obama/binden to be in the white house come January 20th take example from Colin Powel who endorse obama for change my fellow country men if you are for good vote obama /Binden

    October 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Richard the non plumber

    What a joke. No Colin Powell shows America he is a racist and sexist at the same time. His reasons for backing someone with no experience, who is going to tax businesses and send us into a depression, and the Republicans? are negative. Oh, and the Republicans are heading to far right by putting a candidate that works both sides of the isle verse one that is as far left as you can go, even further into socialism. Give me a break. It is because the guy is half black and no other reason.

    October 19, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. vince

    i think mcinsane and falin are singing the blues this is beging to look like a landside but please still vote my daughter just turned 18 she is voting for obama .didnt take her long to figure out whats best for america. she also asked me who are those idiots (hannity,dobbs,beck and rush limboob)

    October 19, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Realistic

    Vote against the party that (1) caused the biggest financial crisis in world history, and (2) recently did the biggest socialistic act in the world by nationalizing the largest banks.

    Chavez in Venezuela is red with envy at the Bush/McCain socialist economic plans! What will the Bush/McCain party socialize next?

    October 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Celenia Pendygraft

    Did that new math change things that much? When did a 46-45 difference become six points?

    October 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Republican for a better Country

    Nope, don't turn your head, no telling what the republicans will do. You know, McCain will make this Country a better. Bring it to where it should be. But hey, Oregan, you will have to work for there will be no freebees. If you and the the rest of the dems had any common sense then you'd realize thet this Country started on a down hill spiral when democrats took over congress. And you want the White House?

    October 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Washington Women for Obama

    The country needs a thoughtful, measured leader.

    McCain is an out-of-touch cynical man whose poor judgment was shown with his irresponsible choice of running mate. Obviously he has little regard and respect to women.

    McCain is a man of the last century... McCain is the past.

    Obama has proved he willl unite the country, and represents our hopeful future.

    October 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. David

    Thank you for voting Obama/Binden

    October 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Ben

    Vote as the greatest American General – Colin Powell in modern history says..Support Obama!

    October 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Joe the voter

    Good to see Obama gaining some foothold in these key states. McShame/Palein will ruin this country with their lies, negativity and erratic plan of the future of this great country. Repeatedly Obama and his campaign have demonstrated consistency and positive message about CHANGE that is so much needed to get back on track

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. jane battle ground CO

    Let's ROCK out West – Battleground Colorado – has got to be BLUE !

    October 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Michigan Voter

    This is going to be a very, very close race.

    Don't bet on the polls, they are often, if not usually, wrong. Polls said Kerry would win in 2004.

    My gut feeling is that McCain will sow enough uncertainty and mistrust of Obama that McCain will win Nov. 4. People won't particularly like McCain but will see him as a safer bet.

    October 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Anthony from California

    Its great that we are up but as we get closer to the end Obama/Biden supporters and supporters of real change, need to stick together like "Oregonian for Obama/Biden" said. Everyone who is supporting the democratic ticket needs to vote no matter how far ahead the polls say we are winning. Every vote counts, every vote helps, and every vote is needed.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Joan

    My great concern is that as conservative leaders with intelligence and integrity turn away from the Republican train wreck, toward a more centrist and pragmatic path, that the extreme right will splinter off and become a political force in its own right, guided only by racists, rabblerousers, religious fanatics and xenophobes. I don't worry about such a group attaining significant political power, but I am concerned that such a group could influence our political system with such antics as hanging candidates in effigy, threatening mayhem and physically intimidating supporters of the opposing party, news reporters and peaceful protesters. Free speech is one thing, but this is just hateful.

    October 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Anea

    Of course. This country wants change.

    October 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. VN

    it would surely be a surprise. if joe the plumber says he don't like obama policies but he wont tell whom he will vote for.... cnn will have a surprise on election night for sure....:)

    October 19, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. D. Green

    Doesn't it scare anyone that Obama seems to be too good to be true?
    His choice of radical friends, his "spread the wealth" comment, his buying the election, the media not reporting but some of the truth, his wife that hasn't been proud of the US until her husband was running ahead in the primaries. Doesn't this make you wonder? I am a democrat, but his far left ideas have scared me to vote republican.

    October 19, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. DSW

    The is so much disinformation and liesout there right now, and so much negativity going on from the Repugs – we need to start to pull together as a country (I am saddened by some of the Repugs supporters attitudes, but to me its the campaign and surrogates who are exploiting peoples fear & igornance to their own ends) – it is also a sad testement to McCain's campaign that he is starting to say that this election isn't going to "stolen". Considering what has gone on in the past 2 elections, and the Repug party is now activily going out and trying to stop certain voters from being allowed to cast their votes.
    It's amazing to me how they get away with this time and time again.
    The issue with ACORN is a red herring – how many times have the Repugs "stolen" local and national elections!?
    Also, this claim by McCain that Obama is going to "nationalize" the country – what has just happened with all our tax dollars – who has just stumped up $700B to bail out our government mistakes???
    So it's ok to spend our tax dollars to bail out banks/mortgage companies, but it's not ok to help people who don't have jobs/homes/healthcoverage??

    October 19, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Cynthia Nelms-Byrne

    We were able to vote September 25th here in Iowa, and practically every Democrat I know has already cast his/her vote for Obama. But I too, put nothing past the Republicans. They have used such dirty, divisive tactics and there's no reason to think they would stop at any point. For the sake of the country, every eligible voter needs to be able to cast his or her vote. Every single one, no matter where they live.

    October 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. cecil

    GET OUT AND VOTE America!


    October 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. James in NJ

    I am very much looking forward to casting my vote for the smartest and most inspirational person to come out of Washington in a long long time!
    President Obama will rewrite history in more ways than one and even great Americans like Warren Buffet and Colin Powell agree.
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    October 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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