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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (936 Responses)
  1. Michael, MS

    Oregonian I agree with you all the way.

    October 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Kim J

    For all those beaming about Colin Powell's endorsement, let's remember he's the one who told the U.N. Iraq had WMDs and they should support us in a war effort. Not sure he got that one right. And, he was at Bush's side for years. Are we suppose to think he was seen the light now after all those years? Not sure I trust his judgment.

    October 19, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. MrHapiGuy

    Colin Powell's endorsement make sense for many reasons. However, I think the most important (which is being completely ignored) is the fact that, I believe, Mr. Powell simply could not stomach even the possibility that Sarah Palin would ever become commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces. Think about that for a second ...

    October 19, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. nate

    We're military, we're patriots and we're taking our country back from hate. Obama 08!

    October 19, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. California Gold

    Keep up the momentum! Vote Obama/Biden!

    October 19, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. bk

    CNN are you patting yourselves on the back yet? You have given Obama a free ride since the primary. CNN is a joke. I can't believe anything you say anymore.

    You may as well quit doing fact check everyone has noticed you always find Obama to be true.

    October 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Kris

    I look at it this way. Put the "Bradley Effect" aside for the moment. Put McCain's last minute smear campaign aside as well. Most liberal and independents have at least a lingering suspicion that there were voting irregularities on the 2000 and 2004 elections. We have already seen the Republican Party attempt to suppress votes in several states this cycle (of which Ohio has received the most attention). We have also seen them villianize ACORN, even though, when pressed, everyone, on both sides, admits that it was ACORN themselves who brought the suspect voter registration forms to the attention of state regulators. Both of these strategies point to the likelihood that anything less than a sweeping win for Obama will allow the Republicans to drag this November 4th into the same gutter not seen since 2000. He needs a big margin on election day to keep this election honest and clean, I am saddened to say.

    October 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Hoku


    October 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. the Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    whoa Obama is trying to tax Joe the Plumber. If he taxes Joe then he will tax you so that he can redistribute the wealth.

    I hope you readers don't get buyer's remorse after the election.

    October 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Bulldog

    PRINCETON, NJ - Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain in the presidential race has again widened to 10 percentage points among registered voters, 52% to 42%, in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 16-18.

    Go to Gallup.com to see for yourself. Gallup now has 3 different polls but this poll includes all registered voters. The others have their own internal formula based on past elections but we all know this is a new type of election season.

    October 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    It's time to restore America to the world stage with honor, dignity, and renewed confidence.

    Beware the slime eminating from the McCain/Palin campaign.


    Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Elephant in Room

    "Don't gloat ... VOTE!" I couldn't agree more, and will be phone banking for Obama this week in Missouri! And voting early in Dallas TX this Saturday – not taking any chances!

    October 19, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. xcusme

    The only way to secure the win is to VOTE. Let nothing stand in your way. Let's prove the the entire America who we want to lead us. No one believes the polls. All the mouth pieces talk about the Bradley Affect and there is a constant negative vibe from the McShame side. Prove them wrong. Let's have a turnout like no other. Let's show them that the Dems are together and really want change.

    VOTE 08AMA

    October 19, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. cheryl garrett

    I agree! Everybody go and vote!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. BC

    ...Amen and praise God!

    October 19, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. bk

    Obama is all about Obama, not all of us. He has no experience and the pork barrell spending will go wild. Pelosi and Reid will be running this country. Obama does not have a clue. He has been micro managed from the start. Notice when he speaks off the teleprompter he always makes gaffes, like Joe the plumber. When a citizen can't even ask a simple question without Obama attacking them, its bad. Obama is one sick presidential candidate.

    October 19, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Crazy liberal in WA

    Well said, Oregonian for Obama/Biden!! I agree, we all need to get in the mode of rolling up our sleeves and staying involved after Obama wins the election. Dang, I wish there was a big fast-forward button we could push to take us forward a couple of weeks, we're ready to move forward now!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Erika, KS

    Who cares? The media is so slanted for Obama that the American public might as well just allow the press to vote for President and nobody else.

    The whole process, starting with how the mighty Obama turned mean and nasty on Hillary Clinton, makes me sick. People, vote for whomever you want; don't let the media lead you down that slippery slope of it just doesn't matter because he's already ahead. That's a lie. Wait and see. It won't be a landslide for Obama as predicted.

    October 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Justin

    I don't see how in the world anyone in there right frame of mind can vote for a Mcsame-Palin ticket! If the average working American did the research on the facts of how Mcsame has voted in the senate, there is know way they could vote for him. Or could they? Maybe there are people out there that don't give a darn about this great country! Wake up! Lets give this great nation back to the people and VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Independent, Ohio

    There is no way this trend can be stopped. It is over. Mr. Obama deserves to the president of the United States of America. On the other hand, I waited and waited to see if Mr.McCain can turn his message better as he was a hero of this country and deserve some recognition. I noticed that his campaign had no substance and it focussed more on personal attacks on Mr. Obama. It is not at all helpful for anyone in this country.

    October 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Christine

    These polls where some say Obama is leading take the opinion of just a few hundred people, maybe a few thousand at a time. They are in no way a reflection of the actual election, no way a reflection of an entire counry of voters. With some of these polls one had to subscribe and pay money to the newspaper,ect to take the poll. Also, since these are not official polls,one can get different e-mail addresses, make up different names, and vote for their favorite candidate over and over, And while I am writing this letter, I want to sway that Colin Powell leaving the republican party and supporting Obama is nothing but a racist stunt, The man is sipporting his own race since Obama is half black. This is obvious. Sarah Palin and other excuses are just that, excuses. other excuses on the part of Powell are just that, excuses.

    October 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    obama roks!

    October 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Mn voter

    It would be interesting to know where big ears obama's money is coming from. How much is coming from the mid-east.

    October 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Scot

    I have always had a great deal of respect for Colin Powell, and with what he said on Meet The Press about why he's endorsing Obama, I feel more positive about Obama now. A former Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, a former Secretary of State, and served two presidents. His reasons for endorsing Obama make good sense and I think Obama will win all of the swing states.

    October 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. EMJ

    I found my polling place location today so I'll be ready to vote.

    October 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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