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. Wayne in CA

    As a track coach..i have always taught my athletes to run through the finish line...i hope Americans for Obama use this good advice...and VOTE..

    October 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. patrick

    Oregonian, i agree with you 100%...

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Republican for Obama

    Many Republican families like ours are jumping ship and voting for Obama. McCain and his failed Bush Policies don't stand a chance this year with so many Republicans voting for Obama.

    -Republican family for Obama

    October 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Elbee

    Agreed! Make sure you DO vote, no matter what state you live in!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. gc

    The trends to Sen. Obama in battle grounds is likely to continue to grow in the wake of Sec. Power, a highly respected voice of the Republican center. This will surely depend upon voter turn-out. Republicans always bank on low turn-out. As always, every eligible voter should excersize that right.

    GC in Lubbock
    .

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Angela, San Francisco

    All the Joe the Plumbers (and I include painters, mechanics, etc:) are going to have their taxes raised and the money will be distributed to coke heads in Harlem.

    "Share the wealth" as Obama says so the coke heads never have to work.

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Robin

    Polls don't mean anything if people don't vote. Vote. Make sure that you voted for who you wanted. Double check. In NC, make sure you voted for president (that's separate from a straight party vote). Report problems. Don't blame yourself if there are problems, report it.

    Go Obama/Biden!

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Jim in Bisbee

    Please correct the West Virginia numbers. A 6 point lead for John McCain is stated as well as him leading 47 to 46 percent – in the same sentence. Which is it?

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. America think for you

    We the pepole are hurt here in USA; GM will layoff 400 employees in one state, Invista will layoff 400 employees in one state, Agilent technologies will go for a complete shutdown during the holiday season and the banking industry will layoff 10,000 more employees and we need help. We do not care about that nonsense Joe the Plumber we are worry about our future and our kids' future. We have bill government please help. We are screw by the republicans. George Bush mess us up. America remember that you can start voting now to avoid long line. If you have your mind made up by now so why wait; go out and cast that ballot to avoid waiting in long line in November 4. Remember to vote for America's future and the economy our issues that we care about. The gas is going down for one reason America because of the election then it will go back up. Vote for energy independence, equal pay for equal work .
    People are hurt and angry nationwide.

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. auntieang69

    I seriously wish that people would take a step back, and ask themselves. Would they Really Want to Take The Chance of SARAH PALIN being THE PRESIDENT! I would surely HOPE NOT. I am a female, and I can't Stand That female. Half the time she doesn't even know What she is talking about. Now, I ask again, would you want her for your President, if something were to happen to McCain, and I hope nothing does, but People really really need to consider this fact, and I don't think they really are.

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. I'm looking for answers

    I'll ask again!

    CNN PLEASE POST! I'm looking for answers to make a real decision!

    WHO ARE THESE "Over 200 Retired Generals and Admirals" who endorsed McCain's 2008 Presidential Campaign?

    I cannot find them on his website. Maybe one of his supporters can list them here. My vote depends on this answer!

    Thank you!

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Rolly

    As they say in Texas "Vote early and often."

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Jimmie G

    Florida was stolen in 2000, and Ohio in 2004.
    It CAN'T be close. Obama needs a double digit lead. Vote, people.
    Don't let it be stolen again.

    October 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    all McCain and boob Palin have are negative ads that don't talk about the ISSUES...

    OBAMA '08

    October 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. SC

    Another problem I have is that CNN is so devoted to the democrats. They only support those in crime and promote copy cat crimes by continuing to show all the crimes on CNN News. Where is the justice in America. It seems that we see corruption in everything. But God is still in control. One day he will judge us and say enought is enough of killing unborn babies to satisfy selfish women. He will judge those who deny medical treatment of those babies brave enought to survive that awful procedure and inhuman procedure, partial abortion. How can we look down on other nations who kill their woan people when we are doing it to the lease protected ones by abortion. Folks, God's word says life begins at conception. I would be afraid to call Him a liar. Be careful the devil deciecs the very elect.

    October 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Gatsby

    "a 6 point lead there, 47-46 percent"

    Mathematical error there.

    October 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Mike

    I just dont under stand in these tough economic times how people can support a canidate that says he is going to raise taxes on businesses. I dont know about all of you but I work for a large corporatation and they pay my salary so I can do my part in supporting my family and if their taxes are raised a few things are likely to happen:

    1) The rise of the cost of our product...hence the consumer(us) will be paying that tax.

    2) Employers are going to look at ways to decrease cost and the quickest and fastest way to cut cost is by cutting jobs

    3) Maybe they will just move there business to another country where they have lower taxes...wait more job loss.

    Look I am an independent so I dont have a party affliation but when it comes to economics and the economy we dont have any choice but to vote for McCain. With his cuts on taxes for companies he is giving a struggling economy a chance to grow and that means more jobs for us.

    Please see reason vote McCain!

    October 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    It only takes one state at a time. Keep pushing.

    October 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Sensible Woman for Obama

    Please everyone go out and VOTE. It's not over until the fat lady sings.
    We can't enjoy the party until we take care of business on November 4th. Don't think your sole vote will not make a difference. Rain or shine!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. GF

    VOTE!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN08

    October 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Amy

    I'm looking at the race as even until I see the results on Election Day.

    Everyone needs to make sure they vote. If you have the option of voting early please do so, and then help others get to the polls.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Nobama No Way No How

    His going back on his word to accept public financing so that he could buy this election may just work.

    October 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    "Meanwhile, a new NBC/Mason Dixon survey of West Virginia voters has John McCain with a 6 point lead there, 47-46 percent. It's a considerably smaller gap than the 13-point margin of victory President Bush garnered there in 2004."

    What's with the fuzzy math, CNN?

    October 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Lynda Ridgefield, CT.

    I am hopefull that my sanity/ depression will be a thing of the past, with Obama/ Biden being elected!

    Since Bush came to office, it's been 'ONE THING OR ANOTHER', and its been sickening, to watch our beloved country fall into dispair!

    They will certainly have their work cut out for them, but, with the help, of qualified, intellectually stimulated, educated, and caring Americans, there's a great chance that we will be better and healed again!
    WE WILL HAVE A GOVERNMENT, FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE, again!

    October 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Willy Brown

    All democrat leaning polls. no surprise here.

    October 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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