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. Roland

    This race is going to tighten up in the final sprint to the finish. It will not be as big a blowout as we are seeing now. I am still confident that Obama will win IF everyone will get out and vote for him. We've put our money where out mouth is, now let's put our vote where the future is! Obama/Biden 08/12!

    October 19, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. patrick

    I went from being a disenfranchised Hillary supporter, happy to see the fresh face of Palin, to realizing there is corruption in both parties. However, Obama and Biden will be my choice because they are better for our country, better for the supreme court, for the economy, for health care, for education, for ending this ridiculous money sopping war, and improving our world standing. I don't like Obama, I think he is "slick", but would much rather slick in the white house, than complete incompetence. Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. kathy

    We must all vote and be there for Barack Obama. If we let this
    walking cadavar McCain get voted in we will only have 4 more years
    of the same and it would truly be catastrophic. If we vote red
    we'll all end up dead.


    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 19, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |

    This Miami Lakes family supports Obama/Biden but I will say this one thing,

    I'm S--n E-–z and I approve this message

    October 19, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    DID Palin REALLy use her baby pamper story to appease some voters in PA??????

    "She's real," said Gilbert, a vehicle damage appraiser. "I mean, the other day she had to stop at Wal-Mart and buy diapers."

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

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08.

    October 19, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Joe

    Good news for Obama/biden ticket

    October 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Brian

    I can't vote in this election; I'm Canadian. But this election you Americans are going through is the most important in the last 50 years. As such, it has huge effects on us.
    You have a wonderful country with a wonderful dream of fairness and opportunity. You need to regain the respect of the world, the strength to make a difference, the ethics to justify your position. You need to succeed to prove the benefits and merits of democracy. You have not fallen very far from these ideals, but from the outside, only 'that one' can bring you back where you belong to be.
    That one to solve your health care.
    That one to solve your economy.
    That one to solve your race history.
    That one to re-establish your hegemony, your respect and your foreign policy.
    If you people don;t elect Obama, Canada will just shake its head and wonder who you are, sigh, and hope that sometime in the next fifty years you will get a chance as good as this to truly vault into the next phase of the American dream.
    Vote Obama. Please.

    October 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Seanie

    Thank You Gen. Powell for the heartful and truthful endorsement of Senator Obama. A true honest leader. This make my heart fill with so much joy. He is truly putting this country first.

    Everyone please get out a VOTE on Nov. 4.

    October 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. jimmy

    Having viewed all the three debates on tv...like the millions of other non americans around the glo

    October 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. New Mexico voter

    I voted already. I don't imagine much will change these last two weeks. Several people I know have already cast their ballot. Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. KCBob

    Be a part of history! VOTE!

    October 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. david miranda

    whats"'? this 10 states with voting machines problems and also voters registration problems.,.here we go again" please republicans no a third time.,enough its enough no more stealing please"

    October 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Sandy


    October 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Emily Frost

    I agree, totally, with the previous comments, It is crucial that nobody becomes complacent, and even where Mr. Obama appears to have a substantial lead, his supporters must turn out in full force to provide a mandate.

    Clearly, the McCain campaign is turning to "every trick in the book," to attract attention and votes; the American people must not be fooled, but should keep their eyes open to issues and to the need for new leadership. We just don't need another Florida, 2000.

    This country is so ready for change!

    October 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. New Day

    Oregonian for Obama/Biden – I'm gonna be there at 6:45 waiting for the polls to open. I would strongly suggest to all to take the a couple hours off, if you have the vacation time, and going down to vote before the crowds get there. I have normally gone down before the polls open and I have been in and out once the polls opened.

    October 19, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Concerned Teen, Ga

    I'm so excited! This election is going to be the vote heard around the world!

    October 19, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Pennsylvania Voter

    I was encouraged to see Obama/Biden signs in places like Lancaster,York and Gettysburg. He will get my state. All he needs in PA is 70% of the vote in Philly. McCain/Palin are banking on the fact that there has been a significant exodus from Philadelphia. Yeah, that may be, but there's a heck of a lot of people voting for Sen Obama left. Obama also needs Montgomery, Bucks and Chester county too. He'll get that. He'll also get Chester the section of PA as well. Finally, he get a place where I laid my head a night or two – that's Erie , Pa b/c of it's college campuses and State College. The young people will come out for Barack Obama this year.


    Please endure the long lines and stay and vote!!!! Please, everyone stay the course and vote. Do not believe that you cannot make a difference. You can and you will with your vote.

    Obama / Biden 2008/2016
    Ye, We Can !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Joseph

    That Obama's lead in the polls isn't doubt digits across the board is testimony to the effectiveness of the neo-McCarthyite scare & smear tactics of the McCain-Palin machine. While Rev. Wright & Ayers have been mainstream media fodder for months, Keating 5, G. Gordon Liddy, the Palin half-million dollar home built by "contractor friends," & Alaska Independence Party secessionist movement have all been relegated to blogs or sidebars. McCain still has a lot of friends even at CNN: Candy Crowley, Campbell Brown, Bill "The Gambler & Masochist" Bennett, the Castellanos cipher, Leslie "RNC" Sanchez, Dana Bash, and, good God, the illiterate Glenn Beck. If Obama pulls it off Nov. 4 it will truly be an Olympian victory, against all the odds and powers that be.

    October 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. democrats /PA

    well i guess acron will make sure obama gets want they want

    October 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. donna/59 yrs. old/white woman

    Couldn't agree more!
    Don't gloat...VOTE!!!!!!!
    Remember 2000? We learned then that every vote does indeed count!

    We must all get behind Obama, vote early and work work work to get the vote out! Each one of us owns a part of this campaign and we will need every single one of you who wants hope to come alive in our country! This is our moment to truly make a differnce for all who follow us.Our future hangs in the balance in a way I have never seen it in all my 59 years!

    Believe it ...we CAN do it!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. jon

    Let's get real on the Powell endorsement today! Powell sold the Iraq war to the American people and was one of the architects of the most horrible debacle in the history of this country. Now he wants to endorse a Democrat. As a Democrat I am offended this man who is as responsible for taking this country into Iraq as anyone and did not have the courage to resign if he felt differently now wants Obama. Powell is a total joke and not worthy of the word statesman.

    October 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Obama All The Way

    Let's not get cocky! We still have a way to the finish line. We have to help each other and make sure we all get out and vote. Victory is great but a LANDSLIDE would definitely send a message. Obama '08!

    October 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Jacob

    I'm so tired of polls......I'm tired of Obama too!

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. NC for OBAMA/BIDEN

    There is still time for the other swing states to get on board. Another 4 years of the same will be too much for the country.

    October 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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