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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (936 Responses)
  1. Jayson in San Diego

    Good!

    October 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. JFK

    At least some people are coming to their senses in these states. For those who havent made up their mind, dont listen to the fear and hatred from the right about Obama. Thats all the right can do is generate hate and fear to swing elections. Get the facts and read for yourself.

    October 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Think Blue

    My husband & I have already voted in Indiana, may Barack turn Indiana Blue............

    Obama/Biden 08

    We can't count the chickens before they hatch or something like that, but Colin's endorsement was great this morning (after being snowed by the Bush team, way to come back with a bang Mr Powell)

    October 19, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. obama4president

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!

    October 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Iyapo Kontar

    American people have come a long way and even if we have aways to go
    we will make it.

    October 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Ms. G

    Like Obama said don't get cocky. Don't listen to the polls. Now we are to bid together and go to the poll and vote. Now we are at the threshold to being really 'ONE NATION, UNDIVIDED" WITH OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT, THAT WILL BE OUR REALITY. No more lying to our children that such a dream here is not reachable. IT WILL BE IF YOU GO AND VOTE.

    October 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    Well said "Oregonian for Obama/Biden". Let's all work together to take back the White House and clean it up. Obama/Biden!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. barbara

    YES WE CAN!! OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Hanky

    I believe that although the polls show the race tightening on the national level, I believe that the state by state polling is much more important. Because of the electoral college system, each state is vital to this election.
    I hope that the hate mongering that the McCain campaign has unleashed would totally backfire on them. The country does not need this nonsense. A Barack election would surely change the face of the nation for the better. We democrats have to fight this smearing, robocalling, and incredibly wrong public statements that we are hearing.
    We can defeat this hatred at the polls.

    October 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Ms. G

    I MEAN: WE ARE TO BIND TOGETHER

    October 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. al

    I hope that in the 2 weeks remaining in the presidential race that the American people look at all the facts and if you still feel compelled to vote for Obama then do so But if your only reason for voting Obama is because you dislike Bush. Ask your self is this the type of Man you want to lead our sons and daughters into the heat of Battle. Obama will not give our vets the respect that they Deserve and have giving thier lives for.

    Look at the facts and vote for the one man who will represent AMERICA with PRIDE a true American Hero and man who will put the American people first John McCain is not George Bush . He is is own Man and Deserves our Support and Votes GOD BLESS AMERICA

    October 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. zoe

    LOVE OBAMA

    October 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Sylvia Schildt

    Attention Obama supporters - Obama has another less-acknowledged edge. If you remember the primaries, Democratic registration for all candidates in the primaries were often almost double that of republicans. This is a natural base - the missing ingredient is simply TURNOUT TURNOUT TURNOUT. Identify registered voters you know and help get them to the polls. Support them if there are irregularities at the polling place.

    Can't you just taste HISTORY?

    demote republicans - vote democrat!

    sylvia schildt

    October 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Patrick Era

    The Key word for Senator Baraack Obama supporters is "NO ONE SHOULD BE COMPLACENT UNTIL THE LAST VOTE IS COUNTED IN OOBAMA"S COLUMN."

    October 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Pro-American Citizen

    Republicans are notorious for stealing close elections... There is only way to keep this from being close... VOTE!!!

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. francheska ;-)

    Oregonian for Obama/Biden–> So very true!! We all need to make sure we vote and not just EXPECT that Obama will win without all of us. ;-)

    October 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Patrick Era

    The Key word for Senator Baraack Obama supporters is "NO ONE SHOULD BE COMPLACENT UNTIL THE LAST VOTE IS COUNTED IN OBAMA"S COLUMN."

    October 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Christian Democrat from Florida

    I cannot wait to vote tomorrow!!!
    Vote early Florida!
    We cannot allow McCain/Palin to steal this away with their negative ads and campaigning– appealing to the fears of narrow-minded people....

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Vickie

    ..............GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. annie - never again a dem.

    After paying acorn $832,000 obama should be 30 pts ahead!
    pelosi, reid, frank, hussein – GOODBYE AMERCICAN – HELLO SOCIALISM OR WORSE!!

    October 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Betty the Beautician

    I don't think the polls are reflecting the increased number of young Americans who will vote this year. Many for the first time.

    October 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. John in AZ

    Too true. Obama himself said that Democrats have a history of "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory" in elections.

    There is no room for gloating here, we are lucky to have so many Americans receptive to our candidate's message, and should work even harder these remaining days to take the message to other places.

    Let's not count our chickens before they hatch.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. La Raza

    Just vote people. The chips will fall where the will.

    October 19, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Perusing-Through

    DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE 'ROBO-PHONE LIES'

    The robo-phone lies destroyed John McCain in 2000 Republican Primaries. Just after McCain shocked the nation with his early primary wins in 2000, surrogates for George W. Bush hit South Carolina hard with 'rob-phone lies' falsely accusing McCain of fathering an illegitimate Black child.

    The Bush surrogates knew the Appalachian states were easy marks for racist lies and could be easily be bamboozled into believing the lie by voting against Senator McCain. The Bush surrogates guessed correctly that South Carolina was easy prey to racism, and Bush went on to win the Presidency, and the rest is history.

    October 19, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. dino27

    It is scary the bradley or the lazy effect would happen. Obama will change the world . McCain is just like usual. Obama will be respected and america will be respected . god with you Barack. If god wants to put you in the white House nobody will take you out of it. I mean nobody!!!! thats called your destiny!!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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