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. Mike

    i have a question, if you are a major share holder in an international corporation, would you support pormoting an intry level manager to the position of the CEO?

    October 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Republican For Obama

    It's about time some of these states started buiding a consensus around Obama. At this point, the only people who could possibly be supporting McCain are those who could care less what damage McCain will do to America but would rather vote for him than for Obama for a number of reasons not related so much to policy. These are the same folks who voted for Bush the second time.

    The haters and narrow minded will get to sit out the next 8 years in the same fashion we have had to sit through the last 8. Justice will be served.

    October 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. David

    Obama signs have been springing up in North Dallas (Tx). In fact, McCain/Palin signs have been taken down. Unheard of! Texas is not a battleground state and will undoubtably stay Red. But this does bode well for Obama, and demonstrates his ability to cross lines and reach out to all voters, not just his base.

    I have read that the Country is Right Center, and while that may be the case in good economic times, it is not currently. It is solidly centrist and
    Obama is more than capable of governing from the center. That is why he is leading in these usually Conservative states, and why he has garnered the support of prominent Republicans like Colin Powell.

    October 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. JC in Michigan

    Well said Oregonian!

    We're not across that finish line yet, but we have the momentum to finish this on our terms. We, the people of this movement, supporters of a man who can change the face of American politics both at home and abroad.

    Give what you can, help Barrack make it to the White House and then the world will see that America truly can be the shining start of freedom.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. No wahala for Obama

    I am proud to be voting for Obama, the last two Presidential elections took a page from 3rd world countries where power and thirst for office is put above citizens. Joe the plumber should not worry about taxes with Obama, he should instead worry about the big corporations that award huge bonuses to their CEO and tell employees like you and that there will be no raise, due to company losses when they know they will get fat checks when they are told to leave this companies.


    October 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Texas by way of Pennsylvania for Obama/Biden

    I agree, Oregonian! Finally we have someone who truly wants to work for the People! We need to support him in everyway we can!

    All McCain and his Barbie want to talk about is Joe the NOT REALLY a Plumber! And of course, voter fraud, and now campaign money raising practices. Tell you what, they will stoop to anything. So, all we can do is stay the course..... AND VOTE!

    October 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Republican Supporters in the Dark

    Let's hope that voters will turn out in great numbers and not be complacent. We need to show Republicans that the swiftboating politics will not work this time (this from a reformed Republican supporter – ME). The 3rd time will not be the charm in this case. ENOUGH!! This country has been turned upside down by the politics of fearmongering, lies and bad policies for the past 7 years and the behaviour of John McCain is telling us that he is basically cut from the same Republican cloth. I have lost all respect for this man in just a few weeks. I can't really believe that someone's character/personality could change in such a short span of time. It simply means that what we are observing is the REAL McCAIN. That is why he continued to align himself with the GOP even after he was smeared by them in 2000 (the same people he is using to try and smear Sen. Obama). A leopard cannot change its spots. John McCain is a reflection of the republican party (under-handed) at it's worst.

    October 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Peggy

    He deserves to be ahead. He has managed himself and his campaign admirably.

    October 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. moveon.org member

    let keep sprinting to finish line people it time for change
    Obama/Binden 08

    October 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. uh.

    a 47-46 percent poll has a margin of 1 percent.

    October 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Dr. WAH

    I totally agree Oregonian. However, there is another step: register, vote and serve. We are going to be called upon to serve each other. Senator Obama cannot do it all. We need each other, and all people of our great country. It is of the utmost importance that we put the pedal to the metal and do not ease up until President Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. After that, we roll up are sleeves and make this a better place for "all" the citizens of our country. May God continue to bless our country, our presidental candidates and the world!

    Go Senators Obama & Biden: 08/12

    October 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Paralegal in NC

    I just returned from an Obama's Rally in Fayetteville. This will be my second rally. His message was/is positive and I look forward to casting my vote for him in the Morning.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. MikeH

    So CNN moderator, are you a Republican operative plant working at CNN to slant the ticker posts pro-Republican?

    I have five comments submitted (this one makes six) and all are in moderation limbo.

    I demand that your supervisor be informed of your efforts to censor opinion that is acceptable to CNN policy, but not to your propagand guidelines.

    October 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. guudboi

    with just few days to bringing real change to America, we need to put all hands on deck, its not over untik its finally over on Nov. 4 we will get to the promise land and Sen. Obama will be crowned as the great president of this country.

    October 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. New York Mom

    My comment, first line, should read "time for us Obama supporters." I tried to correct the error, but hit "submit comment" by mistake!

    October 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. joe the plumber

    The Tide is Turning.

    This new backlash against the Bush Administration is almost enough to make up for 8 years of going backwards.

    All we need now is george and dick charged with war crimes.

    October 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Iraq veteran for Obama

    I doubt the polls are that close. I believe Obama's lead is much higher..but they just dont want to say cause it'll make McCain look too bad.

    OBAMA 08' 12'

    October 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Kate Fergus

    Obama will win if people vote. That means the young must follow through on their votes. Nothing is more important to democracy than exercising your right to vote. If you don't vote, you have no right to complaint about the government in power.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. RonM

    To paraphrase the late Tim Russert. Three words – Virginia, Virginia, Virginia.

    If I were Obama this is where I'd spend most of my time. Why waste time or money in West Virginia or North Carolina. The election probably won't turn there (although time spent in North Carolina might help the Democratic senate candidate). Victory on Nov 4 comes down to Florida, Ohio and Virginia. Florida will be difficult because there is some bigotry and has been a vicious email smear campaign among the traditionally Democratic older Jewish vote in south Florida, and a strong conservative bent in the rest of the state. The Republican vote suppression apparatus in Ohio makes a victory there problematic, as well as the number of older white blue collar voters.
    With a Democratic governor and senator recently elected, and a strong Democratic senate candidate, Virginia is where any close election will turn, and according to the polls, Obama's strongest lead in a swing state. If Obama focuses in the next two weeks on holding his lead in Pennsylvania and winning Virginia, he will win the election. The rest is just icing on the cake.

    October 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Jonathan

    You state that McCain has a six point lead in West Virginia, but then cite the poll numbers as "47-46 percent", which must be an error.

    October 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. David


    October 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Lu

    Oregonian for O/B – "FOR the people and BY the people" baloney. Obama has a plan for redistribution of wealth. Steal from the rich, give to the poor. It will be distributed the way the government wants NOT the people! There's a name for that. It's been tried in various places around the world such as the U.S.S.R. Study some history before you vote. It's no wonder McCain is frustrated at times. He has spent his whole life fighting for the freedom we enjoy and now faces someone who wants to destroy that freedom. The more government control the less freedom. Too bad so many are being hoodwinked by Obama.

    CNN could you prove you're not totally biased and post this instead of holding it in moderation?

    October 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Nothing to Fear In Cape Fear

    Bravo to Obama for having a discussion with the crazy "socialist" screamer in Cape Fear, NC.
    Probably the first time she ever met a erudite black man in her life (well, half black).

    October 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Mi Ho

    Its so simple.
    McCain is Bush.
    Obama is Change.

    Obama/Binden 2008!

    October 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. BIGG PLAY 84

    Its seems like every time I talk to a person that is supporting McCain they have a buch of nasty things to say about Senator Obama and when I asked them to tell me something with substance about what McCain/Palin will do to improve things for this country they keep going back to bashing Senator Obama. This is starting to sound like a broken record and if we were still using broken records what would we do with them? Throw them out the same way we need to throw John McCain and Palin out.

    P.S. Palin keep your day job and continue to work part time for Saturday Night Live because that is as close as you will get to being an average Joe because alot of average Joe's have second jobs.

    October 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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