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.

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

    As we progress into the waning days of this campaign, I wonder what price the GOP is willing to pay for victory? I am deeply disturbed by the language that is being employed by the McCain camp at every level. These are people who are well aware of the implications of race tainted speech and yet their motto is 'Country First'. If John McCain and his thugs go on to win, his election will have set back any progress that America has made in the last 100 years along racial lines.

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

    Very well said Oregonian...its our coountry..we need to stay involved. Don't let them LABEL us once again..all they can do is lie and call names..we can turn out and elect OBAMA

    October 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I am appaled at the mud slinging 19th Century FOX network is doing on OBama. This is making my resolve to vote for him even stronger. Media should always be neutral. Way to go CNN. "No bias, no Bull" you guys are the best.!!!

    October 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Brad

    Well this could be a close election if the liberal press doesn't continue to promote Osama Obama and his socialist views. Of course CNN is going to print this because it is against the bum Obama who has done nothing since he has been elected and nothing before he was elected and will do nothing if elected, now that's a campaign promise he WILL keep!

    October 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Independent for USA only

    You cannot take Ohio for granted. I still believe that Obama might lose Ohio. West Virginia is gone for McCain already. Obama should campaign hard in Florida and Virginia to secure his marginal lead.

    October 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. judy

    I cannot understand how the people in Ohio and West Virginia can vote for four more years of the same policies, maybe the stories about the job losses and the bad economy are just MSN lies!

    October 19, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. SP

    If Obama wins it will be a disaster for the economy. He is going to raise taxes on corporations and small businesses that are the employers. It will cause higher prices for goods and services and further job cuts at basically the worst time. He is going to dramatically increase govt spending, and overtime it will cost America its position as the leading economy in the world. This election is about us, but we need to be careful to understand the ramifications of the Obama policies, before just casting a vote based on false promises and flawed policies that will have dramatic unintended consequences (job loss, rampant inflation, etc.)...

    October 19, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. bob

    Sigh. This "poll of polls" stuff has NO mathematical validity. Anyone can add numbers from 3 separate polls and divide by 3. The result is meaningless. What is the margin of error in your poll of polls? But of course, ignore this comment and keep on truckin'.

    October 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. alvin

    Good to hear Obama is closing up in West Virginia but I think it will be hard for him to win there. However I think Obama has proven he understands the problemms of the common American and has also proven to be a better leader than McCain.

    Obama will win. there is no coming back for John McCain.

    October 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. wazntme

    This race is over, and John Mccain has himself to blame with all the negative campaigning he has done. I was leaning towards him until this negative campaign and Sara Palin. She is not qualified to be president and I am not so sure that mccain is either! Especially with all the lies about Obama, how can we trust him to tell us the truth and run a country on trust of the American people. He scares me now, not obama like he is trying to scare people on the campaign trail. I am tired of this election and can't wait for it to be over.

    October 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Sal P NJ

    when you see a poll look whos thaking the poll...CNN is biased, we all already know that. This is just another sad attempt at convincing the public that the election is over. Fact is that Zogby has the national poll at 2.7% nationally...CNN won't publish that

    October 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. WV born and raised

    I just hope all my fellow West Virginians will get out there and vote, and show this nation that one of the poor states is finally sick and tired of being exploited or forgotten by the Republican party.

    Stand up and vote Obama!

    October 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Ohioan

    Although John McCain is speaking to a full house at the Seagate center in Toledo, it took three days to get rid of the tickets. When Obama spoke last Monday at the Seagate center – tickets were gone in two hours.
    As of this morning McCain still had tickets available.
    I think that Ohio will go blue, but it will be close.
    Get out and vote Ohioans!

    October 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Jone

    I cant wait to go vote for obama, I am a registered republican and I have decided to vote blue this yr!

    Our country cant survive on the failed policies of te last 8 yrs, sorry my fellow republicans.

    October 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. crazyaide

    Not everyone votes in those polls..I don't know about everyone else, but I am voting for the canidate that can say the pledge, puts his hand on the Bible and over his heart during the national anthem!! God Bless America!!!!

    October 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. indy chris

    I saw Oliver Stone's "W." last night. Horrifying. And now I hear that Stone is endorsing McCain....so he can do the sequel: WII....then, if Palin replaces him, we can all watch WWIII.

    But seriously, if that movie had a POW scene, it would be McCains life; the two are quite similar in their coddled, privileged, frat boy underachievement. While McCain is no doubt more intelligent than Bush the moron, his incredible lack of character and blind ambition cancels that out.

    October 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. TMac

    Any More Questions? Sarah?

    i guess The Joint Cheifs of Staff Chairman General Powell is Now "Pallin around with Terrorists."


    October 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Anita of georgia

    Go Obama, the time has come for the change that we need. We're coming to the finish line, All we have to do is get out and vote to cross that line. All Obama supporters ROCK THE VOTE. LET'S WIN THIS ELECTION TO BRING ABOUT THE CHANGE WE ALL NEED TO CHANGE THE COUNTRY AND WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

    October 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Nguyen Tien Bang

    One obliged to support whatever brings wealth & peace to the people, people of America or all over the world, discard it is Capitalist or Socialist, Democratic or Republic, Black or White...

    Collin is great to elevate himself above selfish protection as a Repuplicant Leader. He is the true HERO in deed.


    May God Bless America and The World!

    October 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. irony

    is it a one point lead in West Va or six point? I hope Obama wins so we can all prosper instead of the very rich. Why has nobody questioned Joe about the fact he makes $40,000 a year and his employer makes $250,000-$280,000? Joe is the only employee and his boss is getting rich while he does all the work and not much trickling down. No new employees hired even though the employer has had all the tax breaks.

    October 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. charles

    i recieved the republicans phone messege. I tried to call the phone number they left as a contact number. I wanted to ask questions, make a comment and or rebut their messege. When i call the number i found it had been disconnected, that shows a lack of commentment and a lack of courage by the RNC.

    October 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Shelley in Oregon

    And btw..... you hate monger republicans need to start acting in the manner you PREACH. We tried 6 years of rupublicans in charge, and um...... what did it get us? An economy in the tank, 2 wars with no end in sight....... and headed to a divided country? We here in Oregon LOVE this country as much as ANY.... and ALL.

    I've never heard so much hatred being spewed from these Palin rallies. Think it's time for HER to head back home and face those "ETHICS" violations?

    What a pair.......

    United we will be

    October 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. william

    Which is it - 6 points or 46-47?

    I, for one, worry about Repub attempts to suppress votes and steal again.

    If Obama has crowds of 110,000 and 75,000 on a single day - doesn't it seem likely that the real spread is greater than the media suggest in their poll reports???

    October 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Knightingale sings in Berkley Square

    Obama all the way

    October 19, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. crazyaide

    I'm casting my vote for the ticket of Sponge Bob/Patrick , I think we are safer that way!!

    October 19, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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