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.


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  1. rich

    I will finally get to vote tomorrow in Florida. And my vote along with my entire family, mother included , will go to Obama! Florida will go blue on Nov 4th. Bet on it.

    October 19, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Bea

    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. I have already voted for Obama/Biden and continue to contribute to their campaign. The job is not finished until Barack and Joe are in the White House.

    October 19, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Jane

    Don't forget Obama's now famous statement about "spreading the wealth." American workers know what that statement means. If Obama is elected, those who have been financially responsible will be contributing more for those who have not been responsible.

    October 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. BJGT

    Since the economic downturn began in December 2007, the United States has lost over 600,000 jobs, and the national unemployment rate has risen to a five-year high of 6.1%. States most affected are concentrated largely in the Pacific West, Midwest, and South Atlantic regions, and are led by Michigan (8.9%), Rhode Island (8.5%), California (7.7%), and Mississippi (7.7%)..

    October 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Martin (England)

    There is considerable nervousness here in Europe that the "idiot vote" will prevail at the last minute and McCain/Palin will somehow steal this election. An Obama win will go a long way to repairing the U.S's relationship with the rest of the world, not because of Obama himself is the perfect man for foreign relations but because it would be seen as Americans rejecting the Bush regime (and in so doing rejecting the most hated US president in European history). Most Europeans will celebrate the end of the Bush leadership (many of us feel he deserves much worse than just losing his job for his crimes against human rights and the environment) but McCain getting in would not be enough of a change to restore faith in America.

    Whilst obviously Americans should decide their own countries fate it would be wise to remember the feelings of their allies and friends when choosing their leader.

    As someone who has lived in America and loves America I would hate to see the bond between Europe and America destroyed by the Republican party.

    October 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Ms. Kowal

    My fear is the choice some people will make when they vote. Will they choose a skin color over their country?

    October 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. We the People!!

    This is proof that the American people will not go unheard. For years we had to live through the complete hypocrisy of Republican control.

    John McCain to this day, continues to lie to everyone about Obama's tax plan and patriotism. He has become everything that he was once against.

    'Nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change."

    Obama/Biden
    Warner for Virginia Senate

    October 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. kathy

    Yes, Obama will do great things.
    1. He will take the war from Iraq to Afganistan. Still a war to you anti-war people out there.
    2. He will redistribute the wealth so any of you making over 200,000 combined income or business (maybe less if Obama wants) will be robbed and given to the poor. That is incentive to make America better and foster the American dream.
    3. Obama will raise your taxes in a recession. That will definitely foster new job growth. So lets hope we get higher unemployment insurance.
    Good luck people.
    Vote for McCain and we will be on the right path out of this mess.

    October 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. ChicagoJim

    As a former southerner, I would never underestimate the regretable power of racism in this election. I am praying that Obama wins, not just by a squeak, but by a landslide. I agree with General Powell, John McCain is a decent candidate, much better than, say, the current occupant of the White House, but his choice of a running mate and the tone of his campaign lead me to think that Obama is the only choice for me. The United States needs a landslide this time, not a squeaker.

    October 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Rick L.

    Note to all the pundits: Start making a distinction between negative campaign ads and those attacks that undermine a candidate's character. Sure, Obama is outspending McCain on "negative ads," but none of these have questioned McCain's patriotism or implied any "terrorist connections." Obama's ads and speeches focus on his differences with McCain on the issues, not his character. This is healthy American political fighting and not "negative" in the same sense McCain's ads and speeches are. You don't hear people in Obama's crowds yelling "Kill him" or "traitor."

    Obama loves this country, and this is evidenced in his ethical campaigning, despite attacking his opponent on issues.

    October 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Fred G

    You should proof read your articles better. it states John McCain leads in W, VA. by 6 points 47-46. one of these facts must be wrong.

    Don't you agree!

    October 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. williefloyd

    CNN. I made the first post of the a.m. today and it was not entered. Please post this.
    The endorsement of Colin Powell is a real tribute to the authenticity of Obama. I believe he answered many questions which might have remained in the minds of some undecideds.

    As an independent, i supported McCain in 2000, but he is not the same person. His campaign of such divisive and negative messages have caused me to lose all respect for him. At such a critical time in our nation we need a UNITER, not a divider.

    His selection of Gov. Palin totally disspelled his statement of "country first"

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    BTW. I'm white and an over 60 grandmother, who hopes we will not see racism in this election as we have seen it here in the South in past years. I pray we have overcome that.

    October 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. joseph from Georgia

    Colin Powel,
    An American Heroe and Statesman, endorses Obama "The Socialist/Terrorist" Can't wait to hear how Rush and Haniity will Spin this one! I guess they'll say because Colin Powel is Black!

    October 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. DAVE

    Meanwhile, a new NBC/Mason Dixon survey of West Virginia voters has John McCain with a 6 point lead there, 47-46 percent.

    PROOFREADING??? MATH?? THAT WOULD BE A 1% not 6% LEAD SO WHICH IS IT??

    October 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Guru X

    This is without the Powell effect on independents still to come. Colin Powell says Sarah Palin simply is not leadership material, the McCain campaign not inclusive enough, and the bigoted targeting of Muslims is un-American – what else can be said for McCain’s misguided efforts? Importantly, neutrals and independents would tend to agree. Is Powell racist – highly unlikely for a man of his nature to mislead his countrymen. A man who took the fall for his country without complaint when he was required to lie to the world? I would argue that such a man is not about race.
    The issue for Powell appears to be a republican agenda out of sync with the new order anticipated for the world.
    .

    October 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Ron , West Coast

    I`m proud to be an American ..... I`m proud of the way the American people are reacting to this presidential election .
    As much as some pundents try to make this election about race , I can see that the American people are not so narrow minde as the pundents think ....... America has come a long way towards unity , and we will not be hoodwinked into the side shows and devisive antics of the Rush Limbaughs , the Sean Hannity`s , The Rudy Guiliani`s and such .
    I say BRAVO AMERICA !!!!

    October 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Something is wrong with the statement about the WV poll. It says 6 point lead (47-46). Should it be 47-41?

    October 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    My Oregon ballot arrived in the mail Friday, and I'm happy to say that it has now been marked for Obama/Biden and will be placed in a ballot drop box tomorrow.

    YES - vote early if you can, but if you don't have that option, VOTE on the 4th. Let's not just win this election by a hair - let's win it with a landslide, a mandate that will leave no doubt which way most of us want to see this country move forward. Break down the red/blue state barriers once and for all, send Limbaugh and his minions back into obscurity and let this country once again become the UNITED States of America.

    Let's take back our country - and VOTE! Let your voice be heard.

    October 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Elliot in Colorado

    I'm pretty sure those West Virginia numbers are wrong. Must have been a typo because they match the Ohio numbers you mentioned–but with the candidates flipped.

    October 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. MBB

    There is something fishy about the amount of money Obama has to purchase his win. I think there should be a limit to $$ used in a campaign. To bad Obama didn't think about all the children in the US that go to sleep each night hungry. Money, BS and a smile seems to be all you need to possibly win a campaign.

    October 19, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Arizonan for Obama/Biden

    We are in this for the long haul! Obama winning the election IS just the beginning and we need to continue to be FIRED UP and READY TO GO!

    October 19, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. MJ in Wash.

    So, I guess it's a typo, but how is 47-46 a "6 point lead"? LOL. Go Obama! Let's not get smug, and I agree... Don't gloat... VOTE~

    October 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Ann Romero

    I am a Texan count me out for Obama. I will vote for the underdog, who cares what about the polls. It is all media doing anyhow, so what neither party will make this a better america. We are to far gone, the government has is bankrupting the American dream, they are buying up the land, the houses and banking to control us and Obama is going to make us a socialist party. Lets run away from this type of idea, it will take away our freedom, allow us to become a nation of aliens controlled by big government and big brother. We need a leader who will give us our freedom. Vote for McCain and Palin, they are the real change.

    October 19, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Independent voice

    It is not over till it over!

    McCain will not hesitate in back stabbing, raising shallow issues, that play to the fear of an electorate of nation in ruin. Terrorism, socialism, character issues, choice, Hussain, Ayers, Acorn, race and religion etc. are all part of the desperate Republican strategy. Four more years of the same – will not get McCain to the WH. But the bogus attacks will appeal to a significant number of people that live on sound bites!

    These poll really don't matter. Impulse voting might decide who wins on the 4th. How far has McCain fallen form the idealism he strived for – thats another story!

    October 19, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. BM

    There are women who you may like and admire,but won't bring them home to Momma. Need I say more about why people come out to see the pitbull with lipstick.

    October 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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