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. Ann

    I agree with the other comment. We must vote on Nov 4. Nothing else we say or do before or after will effect our future as much.

    October 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Mickey Ray

    Obama is going to be the must important action, I am going to make in this decade, it is time that we go forward with the american dream, and that include all americans. Obama is the representation of the real american dream and all for it.we must demostrate not only to us that we are a real democratic country so we can become world leaders again. Obama has that leadership.

    October 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. The Lady

    I second that emotion Oregonian for Obama/Biden, we all must get our country back on track not just the President.

    October 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. KJL

    We must convince people that just because someone says something, it doesn't mean it's true. John McCain has Sarah Palin doing his dirty work because if he loses this election he doesn't want his reputation to be soiled by their lies. Don't fall for it, America. Read the news, listen to the experts, study the facts. And vote for Obama.

    October 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. KLEE

    Oregonian is right! Listen to the "Facts" and VOTE! – go OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 19, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Karl Os

    Obama maybe close to the finish line but he has to cross the finish line, first to win the election. He has done his best as far as presentation is concerned. It is left with voters to get out there and vote.
    This is the only way and only chance to get things fixed and get back on track after going astray for the past 8 years. We must remember that the otherside is trying hard and negatively doing everything possible to push him off the race track. We can only restore the Glory and the respect the country deserve by voting for him and voting early for that matter. Then you conscience can be clear and you sit back and say yes I did the right thing to help my Great Country when I was called upon to do so. God Bless America.

    October 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. MLH

    Imagine all the people.....choosing someone who doesn't use a rally for a hatefest. However, Oregonian is right – we can't let down our guard. Vote, vote early if possible, and encourage others to vote.

    Voted for Obama '08

    October 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. linda from South Dakota

    i agree,, get out there and vote,, help your elderly neighbor,, start a car pool to vote,,,, we need everyones support here,,,, we need obama.biden to win,, yes we can,, and we will,, the republican party has made a mess and it will take awhile to get on the right track ,, but i do believe obama and biden have what it takes ,,,,,, mccain/palin are a joke,,, even colin powell has said that palin doesnt have near what it takes to be a vp,,, sooo,, make your VOTE COUNT< VOTE EARLY!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. easy rider - gun toting in Tennessee - OBAMA

    Let's just hope these WV people vote for what is best for them, instead of clinging to PREJUDICE....Obama will do MORE for them than what McCain't ever thought about. Get over it, the Civil War ended a century and a half ago. Here is a 1/2 black man willing to stand up and you thumb your noses at him because of his color.

    Their lack of support for him just tells me they are uneducated people willing to be satisfied living in a single-wide trailer with NOTHING to hope for but their next welfare check.

    October 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. ken

    im worried about the next 2 weeks , and what desperate thing mc cain will do, i know that joe the plumer will most likely no show up on the tour , it seems that he would of been better off to not get involved ,since he was already in trouble and had a lot of troubles that he was hideing like his name was sam , not joe and the fact he walked up to obama and asked the question , yet knowing that for his 15 min of being famouse would fire back on him. he was not a plun\mber but working as one with out a lic.which now puts the skids on his employer who was letting him work as a plumber without a lic. but hias employer might of been lied to, if so how long did he work for him ,this means all the work he ,will have to be inspected by the state now, then we learn he asked the wrong questions, he should of asked can you help me with my back taxes instead,oh also it turns out that sam is related to charles keating, yes the charles keating , the keating 5 fame who stoled million from thousands and tryed to get protection from 5 senetors mc cain being one of them , almost cost him his senate job, and keating found guilty of fraud a felony and prison time, yet why is keating 's name keep comeing up , i know why he is the co chairman of the mc cain for president ial campain, a felon in charge and one who stoled millions from thousands of inocent poeple , just like it is now yet mc cain has him as co chairman talk about the company tou keep. ken

    October 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. don

    Vote Obama / Biden

    October 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Linda Flayton

    Florida, Florida Florida! If Obama can seal the deal in Florida, he can really measure the drapes in the White House. He needs to focus on the elderly , Jewish vote in Florida because they can really make a difference. Obama must try to counteract some of the racial fear this population has expressed.

    October 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Former Republican

    I am so tired of all republican lies and half truths. I applaud General Powel for putting country before party affliation. I can say that some of my republican friends are very nervous right now at losing both the Presidency and congress.

    October 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. jason

    Collin Powell endorsed Obama? Now that is a real endorsement!

    October 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Dixie

    I am absolutely ecstatic that Obama is where he is today and I believe it is because he is a decent, honest human being, unlike many others that we have witnessed both in the past and the present. I believe that if people can put certain biases and racial differences aside and realize that we NEED to come together as a country and to re-build our former good standing in the word, then we need to have a leader in place who can and will fulfill those requirements. I sincerely believe that we are very blessed to have this opportunity in our lifetime.

    October 19, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. Canadian POV

    Just want to comment on the photo. I cannot ever remember seeing such expressions on the faces of children meeting a politician. Very moving.

    October 19, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. sacto joe

    McCain/Palin are practicing the politics of hate and division. Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind....

    October 19, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Alex

    Obama said it best – Democrats shouldn't get cocky. As he and others have pointed out, we've seen this movie before and often the ending still ended up with the other guy winning the race. There's still a lot of work to do in the next 2 weeks, but the finish line is in sight and McCain for now is still a few furlongs behind. But Obama needs to be careful not to trip or have his jockey fall off otherwise McCain could still pull in front.

    October 19, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Lilarose in Bandon-by-the-Sea, Oregon

    If you support Obama, don't get complacent thinking because he is ahead in the polls that he is going to win the election.


    AND YOUNG PEOPLE–you are the culprits most of the time–lots of talk and no do!

    I have never missed an election since JFK–not a local, state, or national election. I worked on Robert Kennedy's campaign until the moment he was murdered.

    Obama is a special man like JFK and RFK. I was there then and I know it now!

    Do your duty and you will elect the best candidates! OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 19, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |

    Why don't you call it what it is...


    October 19, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Pamela in N. Ga.

    You're preaching to the proverbial choir here Oregonian. I sincerely hope Obama not only wins but that he gets a clear mandate. This will help him rise above all those who would question the integrity of the win, etc. It will also make the message more clear that our country is ready for the change it truly needs to be great again!

    October 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. boye

    Well said; wish U S A and the entire world a peaceful era; world-wide people want peace and say enough of "fight" or war.

    The economic crisis rocking the world now is as a result of "badly-thought-through" policies of government in America and that explains why everyone is interested in America's social and economic wellbeing. When America sneezes, the world coughs.

    While the policy direction been embarked on by the American administration may not be intended to inflict injuries to the world, injuries (in all ramifications) have been caused to millions all around the globe.

    It is time for change in the policy direction in America. I pray that God will give the mantle of leadership of America to whoever will be able to steer the world in the right direction. Take or leave it, America rules the world.

    October 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. John Smith

    If majority of people in this nation are not making $250,000 a year, although that defines the actual workforce, what is so wrong with spreading the wealth to these folks?

    The Republicans would like to spread moral virtues or shove them down everyone's throat. But they are NOT willing to go with the golden moral rules:
    -feed the poor; cloth the homeless; give shelter to those who are left in the cold; and "give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

    October 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Bob

    Since the blacks are now clearly in the "know", and they are the new vanguard of intelligence and leadership. We need to follow their example. Here is what we learn from the black nation. 98% of blacks are voting for a black man. I am white so I will learn this lesson of solidarity and loyalty from the blacks. I will vote for a white man simply because he is white. I would have voted for Obama, but I must humbly accept the lessons of the black people who clearly are such a success at everything and they know best. After all they have spent hundreds of years fighting racism and we white people must accept the lessons they teach us. Good Americans, please be politically correct – don't be racist – and just do as the black nation does. VOTE for your OWN race just like the wonderful superior, intelligent, kind, open minded blacks do. If we just follow their example no doubt they will lead us to a better life.

    October 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Courtney in Vegas

    Please Americans this is the time to stand up and get out to vote. We NEED CHANGE! the time is NOW. There a reason why we change our underwear; there a reason why you must vote to change the path that our country has been on for far too long! Obama is that change we have been waiting for and the change we need.

    October 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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