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. SA in OO

    Just a question:

    Do any of these polls pick up people who only use cell phones and don't often answer, or even have a "land line?"

    October 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Homayun Nadjem

    I belive in Obama In view of politic, financial, new ideas, knowledge, to help the high percentage of American people, and his planning and knowledge will help him to succeed as a president of USA for the next 8 years.
    I belive Obama is the man to poll out the sinking boat from bottom of the see that Bush, McCain and some of the Bush firend damaged the USA and the wolrd.
    McCain is just like Bush with diferent face (Like movie called Face off).
    McCain is a very close friend of Bush in Politic or persona lsite,.The US peaple will not accept in million years Bush copy Man such as McCain.
    We failed in Iraq, lost, damage in millions, we could not find waht we were looking for. I think there was only one person to take him out President Saddam, not the majority Irqi inocent people including over 4000 US lost. NOw is a good time McCain should withdraw from Race with his nonsence running mate. Sara just want to show off and she is very prijedist and ugly in Polictics and negative compain.

    All we should vote for Obama to clean up the miss that Bush -McCain left behind them.

    Thank You

    Homayun Nadjem

    October 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Clinton Democrat for Obama

    West Va would be a nice symbolic win, but focusing on North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia would be more meaningful and rewarding because of the tight Senate races in those states

    October 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Jeffer65

    Its not over yet. I'm still waiting for the October surprise from McCain and the Republicans. Charges of voter fraud, rumors of another terrorist attack, who knows what they will try.
    Obama and his supporters can't get lazy. Keep pushin' on until the 4th.

    October 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. American_Destiny

    It is American destiny, president Barrack Obama, in the tradition of our founding-fathers such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as Ronald Reagan. I miss Hillary Clinton, and expect Michelle Obama to follow her footstep and run for president someday, it will be the first female African-American president in the history. We are heading for a socialist society, well-fare for all who do not work, punishment for all who are successful, higher taxes to finance big spending and big government-control, more regulations, and less and less freedom. Gob bless America.

    October 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Billiam

    The redder state, the lower the literacy. Places like WV have no idea what is at stake and who can best serve them

    October 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Dave

    Remember folks,the only poll that counts is November 4th.Make sure you get out and vote.It will make you feel good to take part in the change so desperately needed.

    October 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Texas by way of Pennsylvania for Obama/Biden

    I'm off and out of here.... Vote, People, Vote! Early voting starts tomorrow in Texas!!! I will be there along with my 80 year old mother! She lived through the Great Depression! And She says she sees us going the same way again. Only the Democrats look after the little man. She says repulbicans have always been for the wealty unless it's election time, then they are all about the little man.... until they GET elected! Then they forget all about us!

    October 19, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Chris, San Diego

    I'm absolutely amazed that the Mc Cain/Palin ticket is garnishing any interest. Even though their candidates blatantly lie, state they intend to go negative, are clearly inadequate for the mission at hand, have flip flopped and waffled on numerous statements and horribly mismanaged their own campaign – STILL they have supporters. These must be the same people who voted for "W" twice!!

    We need to have an IQ test in this country in order for people to vote! It's like some Americans are so brain washed by the GOP that they will vote against their own self interests – AMAZING!

    To see the McCain supporters interviewed by bloggers at his events it's clear they fall into two categories: 1) completely ignorant (in which case God help them) or 2) they are full of hatred/anger.

    If you hate Obama because you don't like his name and skin color you're simply an ignorant, racist, pea brain. If you hate him because he's an educated, well spoken man – well, you're just dumber than dirt. If you dont like him because you think he's an "elitist" than you got to ask yourself why we as a society want elite soldiers, elite doctors, elite astronauts, elite lawyers but prefer our politicians runnign the country to be non-educated, non-sophisticated cowboys and soccer moms who drink beer.

    Sorry, but the truth is, we are still a young country full of ill informed, small minded idiots who think patriotism is about guns and God.

    October 19, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. James

    I saw Barack Obama in a rally yesterday in Kansas City. He urged supporters to keep working. Don't believe the polls. Don't take anything for granted. He said we cannot give up until November 5. Yes we can!

    October 19, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Hal

    vote Obama!!! I have been listening to rallys today and McCain has gone from rude or not nice to right down nasty!!! that is not the American way!!! And certainly not what i want for a president.. the reason he keeps harping on taxes is because he is afraid he'll have to pay a little more on his millions. He would rather those of us that have very little, have even less. And Palin missed her calling- she would be a better comedian than a politian.

    October 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Frank



    October 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Brin

    47-46 is a six-point lead? Could someone explain this?

    October 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    I live in Oregon and I was able to vote for Bakack Obama last Friday. Now I can sit back and enjoy the fun. It will be Obama/Biden in a landslide!

    October 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Jim

    Two events happened this weekend that should favor Obama: 1. Colin Powell endorsed Obama's candidacy. 2. Oliver Stone's movie "W." showed how foolish we were to elect an ignorant, arrogant and manipulative candidate like GW Bush. Let's not make that mistake again!

    October 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. No More Smoke And Mirrors

    McCain is toast! Obama/Biden all the way.

    October 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Mark

    Agreed, Don't Gloat-Vote!

    October 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. William

    McCain considers himself as being the underdog, that's true because more than half the country doesn’t know were he stands on many of the important issues. McCain tactic to avoid answering questions on issues, is by talking about Obama, answering questions with a question or changing the topic. That'sw why Obama is winning in some red states

    October 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    I wonder if the fine young man in the Boy Scout unifrom realizes Obama's House Speaker Allie wanted to remove the Boy Scouts National Charter over the Supreme Court decision that said the Scouts had the right to chose the character of the adult leaders that guide the program.

    October 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Tayo, NY

    Just where we want McCain to be.

    At least he will be forced to spend some campaign money in W Virginia..

    October 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. West Virginians For Obama

    I would be so proud of my state turning blue and having Obama carry West Virginia. There are signs and bumper stickers for Obama everywhere and I've sent in contributions and campaigned for him myself. I am convinced he is the leader to prepare the country for the benefit of my children's future.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. hockey democrat mama without liptick

    skate calm and steady!!!!!!!! pretty is as pretty does

    October 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Homayun Nadjem

    Bush and McCain policy faild in IrAQ and AFGHANISTAN. I born in Afghanistan, I know Karzi follow Bush instruction in any minor issue to include advantag of Drug selling profit. Karzi did not do good or correct the istuation in Afghanistan and left millions homeless and hunger.
    Bush-MaCain policy did not work for Iraq or Afghanistan. they arr failure.

    Here is only one Man can correct and safe America and the workd " Barack Obama". Obama with his knowledge and his gifted ability can help the people in US and world. His financial planning, poiltica, his character and his hard work will make him the most good president.
    He will pull out the sinking Ship from the bottom of See, which Bus-McCain sink it in the last 8 years.
    McCain has plan with his nonsence running made to do again same as Bush. Bush and McCain are the same with diference faces.

    All should vote to Obama to bring peace in USA and Global and stabilize the Financial Crisis in USA.

    I pray for Obama to suceed as a President in the next 8 years.


    October 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Just Me From Kentucky

    If Obama is so close to McCain in West Virginia, then the game is over.

    October 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. pam

    WV can be a little tricky. There have already been voting irregularities reported in Ripley, WV which is Jackson County. It seems that the touch screen in the County Clerk's Office malfunctioned yesterday, Oct. 18. 400 votes were cast in early voting but there is not guarantee that they went to the right candidate!!! One voter reported that he cast his vote for Obama but it recorded for McCain!!

    October 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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