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. Ohio loves Obama

    Let's go for a landslide, so BO will have the strongest mandate possible.
    And let's take nothing for granted: vote early and help get others to the polls on Nov. 4th.

    October 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Hannah Stevens

    I voted early for Obama and am looking forward to his presidency. However I am still concerned that even once he is sitting in the WH, he will be besieged and plagued by the ultra right wing of the republican party who will want to undermine his work as president and bring him down for their religious right and special interests agendas that have taken this country down a disastrous path. We will have to stay vigilant and support Obama and Biden at every turn to make this country whole again.

    October 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Ron

    John McCain is stupid and clueless.

    October 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. JL

    Keep going after is everyone...let's not get cocky!

    Obama-Biden 2008!!!!


    October 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. jgdalton

    Dobbs report keeps saying voter froad, which it is not, it is voter registration froad.

    October 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Well said, please vote early! The American people from all walks off need a new direction - vote for Obama/Biden!

    October 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Dave Toledo,OH

    Obama is clearly starting to loose ground.
    Today was a TERRIBLE day for the Democrats.
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    It’s all coming full circle now, there’s now way the Democrats are losing this election. The republicans and there unqualified ticket, via Palin and Mc Bush are so out of touch with middle America and the country as a whole. General Powell has finally seen the light and endorsed the best ticket for the job. Obama’s up in key states he’s turning traditional red states blue, the objective is just in reach of the democrats. Oval office get ready, Obama-Biden will be there soon.

    God Bless America

    October 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. jcm from Tampa FL

    Barack Obama is the best hope this country and the world have. What I don't understand is why somebody might be pro-life and pro-war at the same time. War is wrong, where thousands of people die and more hate develops. Another thing I don't understand is how John McCain will balance the budget if like President Bush doesn't include in the budget the 10 Billion dollars spent in Iraq every month.

    October 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Gil

    I can sleep a little better knowing that Colin Powell is as disturbed about Sarah Palin as I'm. A parttime mayor of a dinky Alaskan town and a governopr who worked 319 days out of her house gives her ZERO experience to me! However, the republican October Surprise hasn't come yet!

    October 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Steve

    We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
    With Powell now endorsing Obama and good poll numbers, it would seem like we have the cat in the bag. But just remember....Karl Rove got one of the biggest scumbags in politics elected to the Oval Office not once.....but twice. Don't think Americans can't be fooled into lies and misdirection. Rove is, quite possibly, the best in history at this and he DOES have an interest in McCain winning. Get the vote out Nov 4th.

    October 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Ken

    I still don't see whats up with ohio.
    They have lost between half a million to a million jobs under a republican president and a house dominated by republican for six out of the eight years. Does a feaking house have to fall on this state for them not to turn away from republicans in record numbers! Shouldn't even be c lose in this state!

    October 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Brando

    It doesn’t matter. Barack ain’t gettin’ 270 EV come Nov. It’s all about the Electoral College, stupid. Leave it to the democrats to snatch defeat! from the jaws of victory! for the third time in a row. (00', 04', 08'). When will they (finally) learn? Hopefully by 2012. You got 4 yrs, DNC. You’ve! been! warned!.

    October 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. marricatt


    October 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Another Oregonian for Obama/Biden

    That's two of us, Oregonian #1 If you can't vote, convince people what we need is CHANGE, not the McSame of the last eight years! I've converted 7 people from unsure to Obama. Underage Americans, do your share and help us in our bid to change America for the better!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Annette

    If the resources are there, Obama should campaign in every state from this point on-ward, if it may yield some fruit.

    October 19, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Gireesh

    These last 2 weeks are critical. We need to all get out and vote and make this a record turnout for Obama and get him elected. I can't wait. In just 14 days, history will be made.

    October 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Irena from New York

    Oregonian thanks! That is a great email. I agree and you made me really think about early voting which I might do. What do you think we should do after the election to support Obama if he wins? How can people get involved? I have this dream that "President Obama" will ask us Americans for help and really put someone good in charge of a public outreach program so that even with my busy schedule, I can sign up once in a while some kind of support for fellow Americans. Maybe he will help us all cut spending if regular folks like you and I know we can go to a local community center to donate feeding homeless people or volunteering to organize natural disaster victims, to avoid more Red Cross salaries. Anything like that – and things I have not thought of here would be great for our new president to actually implement so all Americans can help each other and cut government salaries and spending. Thanks for your great comment.

    October 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. Washingtonian for Obama

    Well put my fellow Northwest comrade! It's not about how many people the Democrats have gotten to register to vote, it's about getting those registered to actually DO IT. This race is far from over. This needs to be a landslide victory, not a narrow win. Leave nothing to chance this time around and don't think your voice does not matter...it matters more now than any time in history and our nation's future is riding on this one.

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. DB - Colorado

    The American people are finally waking up from the 8-year nightmare we have all shared. The race is not over, keep pushing forward Obama supports!!!

    Go Obama-Biden!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. don

    I wonder if McCain really thinks that even if he were to win now, the Amereical people would follow his filthy lead?

    October 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Obama/Biden 08!

    Gallup has Obama 50% to Mccain 42% that's an 8 point lead! I agree don't get cocky, get voting!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Bill Jay

    Obama is the man. McCain is an angry old man.
    We need someone who is steady, polite and knows the game.
    That person is Obama, 100%

    October 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Pat

    I am a Canadian and have been watching and listening with interest everything that has been going on in your election coming up there on Nov. 4th and think Barack Obama is the right man at the right time for this job. I used to think McCain was interesting and an honourable man, but with all the dirty things his campaign has been doing this last few weeks, the 90% he votes with Bush, and his lack of economic knowledge (or wish to talk about), I find that McCain would make things more disasterous is he became President. The position of President is a strong, honourable position and McCain is not, but Barack Obama is. McCain seems intent on tearing your country apart with all his racial and especially his religious slurs. Barack Obama is a Christian, and has always been one, contrary to what McCain says. But the point is that with McCain, Islam is a dirty word if a person is Islamic, as some of your fellow Americans are, as well as Christians, Hindus, etc., since your country and mine are made up of immigrants from many and all countries of the world, hoping for a new and better way of life. It appears to me that McCain is trying to pull the country back to a time when there was intollerance of people of different races and faiths. I am a Christian, but as a true Christian, I believe that a person should honour all people of your country, no matter who or what you are. I will be eagerly awaiting your election day to find out what happens, and also how these next two weeks bring Americans to their decisions.

    October 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Polly

    I'm voting for John McCain so I will be able to sleep at night knowing I did my part to help keep America safe from terrorism.

    October 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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