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. Neal

    Small individual donors; smart disciplined campaign; strong well directed ground game; simple message that also contains necessary specifics; honest non-negative ads; and an overall sense of a candidate and campaign with good judgment.
    A republican candidate who is tied to current and perhaps most unpopular president of all time; a GOP campaign that is undisciplined; whose VP pick and key tactical and strategic decisions show questionable/erratic judgment; a candidate whose personal image has deteriorated from a likable individualist to a hostile bitterness that is unlikable; a campaign with an undefinable message, except in characterization, which supports and demonstrates few specifics.
    All this equals victory in November for Barack Obama.

    October 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. johnt

    Way to spin these polls. A 1 point lead is an "advantage"?

    October 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Karie

    I live in west virginia, and you couldn't pay me to vote for John McCain. There are Obama lovers here as well, it's just that the majority of the poulation of my state is elderly, or aging so I think they unfortunately can relate to McCain. I pray Obama wins my State and the Nation!! We NEED change!

    October 19, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Nevada Mike

    Oregonian (and everybody else): Read "Steal back your vote" (check Google). Then think again about voting early. Never, never, never vote absentee (one way to vote early) unless you are really absent. You DO NOT KNOW where that envelope will end up.

    If you vote with everybody else and someone challenges your registration there _will_ be Obama/DNC lawyers around to help you (otherwise call them). If you vote early it might be much tougher for you. Take the day off, queue early, stay in the queue, don't let them discourage you, bring good ID(s) and a cellphone, know the phone-number of your local DNC outlet, withstand all challenges with their help and VOTE.

    October 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. David Somuah

    That's teach him to cancel on Letterman

    October 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Barb

    Please everyone get out and vote. Let's show McCain/Palin that their sleeze campaign will not work!

    (66 year old white woman from Texas)

    October 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. DenverGirl

    VOTE VOTE VOTE! Please stop McCain/Palin from even coming close! I am more afraid of Palin than even McCain! Let her go back to Alaska and do what she does best...Hunt moose! McCain nor her belong anywhere near the whilte house! Please make sure you go vote!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. NO REDS IN 08

    Collin Powell's endorsement of Obama says to me that McCain has crossed a very dangerous line. Choosing a VP that is only pretty and that do her thing on SNL does McCain an injustice of his own fault.

    This endorsement tells America that McCain has lost his dignity and integrity because of the way his campaign has allowed racism, bigotry hate and prejudice to rule his campaign. The respect that many republicans have once had for him is now dwindling on a rapid pace.

    Palin is not only inexperience but unqualified no matter how much McCain says no, at this point it is the only thing he can say because he kept her, he could have change VP once he saw that this Palin was a lost cause. People come out to see her because she feeds to their prejudice and bigotry brought with her from Alaska.

    McCain has dragged himself down with this VP. The republicans are also a disgrace because they should have step in and talked to McCain.

    These people that come to the rallies need positive role models, they need a positive vision, they need constructive criticism all of these especially in the state that the nation is in.

    Limbaugh answers to Powell’s endorsement have proven the point of the kind of folks McCain has in his corner that has had a backlash on his campaign. With so much hate in a painful economy it is seen where McCain cannot and will not see through the smoke.

    McCain campaign has had a boomerang effect. McCain is also deserving of everything he is getting, because he is also a very hateful man and that is very much portrayed in our homes on the TV screen, this is something he cannot hide.

    At this point no matter what McCain does or says is falling on deaf ears. GOOD FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    like the man said don't gloat , VOTE!

    October 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Thomas from Missouri

    We are on the verge of being a socialist country. The stage is set.

    October 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Hispanic Family.

    In the beggining my family and I , which includes 9 registered voters, where on McCains side. Decideing we would all vote for him because of his Immgration bill. But now he's changed all his positions and he is a diffrent man than that who first came to the senate. Obama is a definate change. He defenitly shows thet charachter of change and the new America this century needs. So all of you obama supporters go out and vote for him. Just because he has 5 or 6 point lead dosent mean everyone will vote. You need to go out and VOTE!!!

    October 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Stan

    Let's see..Obama has the major networks and newspapers in the tank in favor of him, 98% of African Americans and Americans who give him millions so he can spend $35 million a week on ads. 6 points ahead…wow.

    By the way...General Powell planned to vote for him all along. He has the gall to jab at McCain.

    October 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. some guy in New Hampshire

    I hope that Obama isn't concentrating too much on West Virginia and North Carolina at the expense of Missouri, Florida, and Ohio. If McCain is denied any one of those states, Obama wins easily. All three are close; now isn't the time to be distracted by red fruit that's farther away.

    October 19, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Bram

    I could not agree more with Oregonian!

    Still wonder why McCain/Palin keep on suggesting all the wrong information on Obama and that the get the chance.
    Apperently nobody stop them.

    Anyway: VOTE !!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Lisa Vilen

    Oregonian, I could not agree with you more! Signed a Minnesotan. Obama Biden 2008.

    October 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Evelyn

    I agree, we need to make sure everyone who supports Obama gets out and votes. Also, can someone please tell McCain to stop calling me "my friends"? That is the most annoying phrase I have ever heard. It is too presumptuous for him to think that everyone who comes to see his rally's is his friend. Our true friend is Obama who will cut taxes for us hardworking people.

    October 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Sue in MI

    I am heartened by these numbers after the horrific attacks on him this weekend. Will they never come to the realization that Americans (1) don't believe a quarter of the things McCain says, and (2) were looking forward to the "clean" campaign he promised. We're still waiting to see that side of you, Senator. You can be charming and funny, but you can also be the angriest, most bitter, hateful man in the country., and when you aren't preaching hate, Sarah Palin is more than capable.These people do not deserve the Presidency.

    October 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. walter

    Complacency is dangerous, but not just for Obama.

    There are down-ballot Democrats whose chances depend even more on large turnout that do Obama's. The Obama campaign appears to know this and seems ready to push hard through the very last day of the campaign.

    The rest of us need to do the same thing. Talk up Democrats in general every time you have the chance. Let's not wake up 17days from now wondering if we could have done more.

    Our country needs each of us even more than it needs Obama.

    October 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Another Republican gone independent

    I cannot understand why McCain and Palin continue to lie when only their base believes or supports thier lies and gross misrepresentation of the truth. I beleive the Honorable Colin Powell's endorsement will have a dramatic affect on the outcome. Obama supports should not give up now, but I'm confident he will blow McCain/Palin away with a landslide victory. Praise God for the sake of our country!

    October 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Teresa, Georgia

    Extracted from the article:

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

    Can someone explain the numbers to me?

    October 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I am so glad that Gen. Powell said what he said as background to his endorsement of Obama. Someone had to say it.

    October 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Bridget

    Ms. Fanning is an example of the kind of voter McCain cherishes –someone who can't think for themselves, research on their own where the candidates stand on issues and make an educated decision. Rather, they just blabber out extremist remarks like those of McCarthyist Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. This is the start to a shameful week for America.

    October 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Who cares about polls?! Obama supporters, you need to go out and vote! Obama will need every single vote in order to win this election. Don't gloat about polls! GO OUT AND VOTE!!!

    October 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Texas by way of Pennsylvania for Obama/Biden

    I am stunned as I listen to McCain talking about Joe the NOT Really a Plumber like he is for real! This is unbelievable. And the crowd of jombies in the audience are cheering those lies! McCain wants to give corporate welfare... instead of letting the little man have a break.

    Obama, spread the wealth around.... which sane people know to mean opportunity and tax breaks! Let McCain and the Republicans support the wealthy. Obama is going to support the REST of us!

    October 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Susana

    Everytime somebody makes an ignorant statement, Obama moves up in the polls. Obama is a pefect candidate and I am happy for my kids future with somebody that just gets it.

    October 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Tiff of lithia springs

    You dont say. And I am proud of Colin Powell he had some valid reason for his endorsement. NONE IT HAD TO DO WITH POLITICS IN MY OPINION IT HAD TO DO WITH REBUILDING AMERICA.

    Now that folks is a RESPECTABLE REPUBLICAN.

    October 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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