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. Joe

    In your election tracker, Obama has the lead. What kind of crap is CNN selling.

    October 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Matt from Illinois

    Obama is exactly the president we need, not someone who wants the same policies and strategies like Bush. If we elect McCain we will prove to the world that the United States is absolutely 100% idiotic.

    Obama/Biden 2008!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Archie Ziviello Jr.

    I'm a demarcate in the past I have voted for republicans from time to time. I have all ways voted for the man not the party. I've talked to many people about McCain an Obama on the their issues an fine Obama to be more convencing an he's the right choice. I try to explain to those who disagree with me that if Obama disappoints me I will look else where for a new president. I'll give him only four years to do whats right for our country. I try to get other to think the same way, it's so emportance that we CHANGE the direction for the better in our country an the way things have been done these last 8 years.

    Obama / Biden THE FUTURE.

    October 19, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Marylin Mott

    McCain is from a Sunshine State, yet he has Not voted for tax incentives for residents to have money to place solar panels on their homes, nor has he voted to create a solar industry which could gather energy for the residents of Arizona and sell the extra to other states, nor has he voted money to develop research for expanding technology for solar use. McCain says he is for alternative energy - yet he has done nothing to futher its use in his own state.

    October 19, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. RLS

    I am very encouraged by this report and strongly believe that my homestate will go beyond the 1% margin in favor of OBAMA, as time gets closer! I urge anyone who truly wants this country to move forward in a postive direction to educate yourselves about the TRUTH regarding Senator OBAMA and not the disgraceful, desperate lies Mc Cain's camp has unfortunately resorted to.
    RLS-OHIO Republican voting for OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 19, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    John McCain shouldn't get any votes in W.Virgina after the comment last spring from V.P. Dick Chenney about inbreeding then joking that he was not running for reelection

    October 19, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. angela

    we have struggled too hard and for too long to not vote for mr. Barrack Obama!!

    October 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Andrew

    It just makes me wonder if he had chosen Pawlenty or Romney I think the race to the white house would have been much closer and different.

    People are really questioning his judgement with Sarah Palin, It was very Gimmicky and was not a serioius pick reflecting the mess thats going on.

    They were more qualifed people to choose from.
    Whether it is chasing after hurricanes, or rushing to save bail out talks or Joe the Plumber he sounds very Gimmicky and does not seem to have the temperament to govern

    October 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. kingbyrd

    Bad presidents are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

    October 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Rafael

    I voted against Bush for been too right, but now we have Obama the most liberal senator in the country who can be the president, why americans go to the extremes, what happened with the moderates of this country? please vote for McCain, he is a moderate and a decent man.

    October 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. CL

    If General Powell supports him over McCain there must be a very good reason.

    October 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Audrey

    I am an average American who has been inspired by Obama from day 1. I have never donated money or time for a Presidential candidate before. I cannot wait for Nov. 4. My numerous, but small donations, volunteering to register voters in Austin, TX where I live and holding and attending Call for Change parties have been a wonderful experience. I have met some of the best people at these events.

    God Bless America! Change is coming!

    October 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Richie

    Everyone needs to VOTE. VOTE!! The polls are good and they can be right if EVERYONE votes. VOTE.

    October 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. deborah, WV

    Don't count out West Virginia!

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Papasan in Arizona

    Yes!, Obama will get the Arizona vote! We are door to door and winning them over! See you on Nov. 4th...

    October 19, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Conservative Democrat / Liberal Republican

    After careful consideration, I decided to vote Obama (and did so by mail yesterday). Today I listened to Colin Powell on Meet the Press. He very eloquently said exactly what made me choose Obama. He also had the guts to say (along with many other intelligent & committed Republicans) that Sarah Palin is simply not capable of being Vice President of the United States much less President.

    Don't just tow the line. Think for yourself. Go beyond one issue or party affiliation. Look at the truth. Read an unbiased source such as Fackcheck.org. Then vote with honesty.

    October 19, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Progress vs. Stagnation

    The Obama-Biden campaign symbolizes progress.

    The US is ready to move forward and start a new chapter in its history. This will involve many kinds of reform in both the public and private sectors. It will require responsible and ethical leadership that the Republican Party has not (through Bush) and cannot (through Palin) provide at this time.

    Despite Palin's comments that she and McCain are "reformers", they will no doubt continue their smear campaign and ugly politics. It is unfortunate that racial slurs and acts of bigotry are even tolerated at their rallies.

    As a Democrat, I am concerned about a smooth process on Election Day (given the controversies of the past two elections). Because this election is along racial as well as ideological lines, extra safety precautions may be needed in case Republican tactics become underhanded.

    October 19, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. blaising

    Obama is startin' to break this thing open.

    I guess folks are starting to realize McKnucklehead offers no real policy answers to their most important questions...just a load of hot air, fear-mongering, race-baiting, and right-wing extremist neo-nazi hate speak.

    Good luck with that McKnucklehead.

    October 19, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. bill for barack

    Keep an eye on those polls. Over the next two weeks, as McCain gets more and more desperateand – if possible – goes even more negative than he's already been , even more Americans will tire of the politics of hatred and fear and Obama's numbers will continue to grow.

    October 19, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. voter for "that one"

    please everyone, its very important to get out and vote. don't slack off because things look good for obama, make your voices heard louder than ever on election day.

    Obama/Biden 2008 and 2012

    October 19, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Paulette

    Oregonian – I completely agree with you. I live in Florida and I voted Absentee 2 weeks ago. Most of the people I know in FL have requested Absentee Ballots or will Early Vote starting tomorrow October 20.

    We are focused and will not stop until the last vote is counted and then we'll take a deep breath and work with Obama as he sees fit to rebuild America.

    It will take all of us – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – to rebuild this great nation.

    Early Vote in your state!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. jenroland

    Obama must win. His victory is so important for the survival of the U.S. in many respects. Can you imagagine a person like Sarah Palin becoming president of this great country if something happens to McCain? Think America! Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to vote for Obama.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 19, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. John McPain

    Guys, McPain said he has us just where he wants us

    October 19, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    Money buys it all! doesn't it? However, it remains to be seen just
    where all the money is coming from. Wouldn't it be interesting to find
    that there is funding being laundered thru individual contributors but
    actually originating in countries with terrorist intentions to demolish the
    USA. The perfect set up to have our president walking shoulder to shoulder with them Scary isn't it? What appears to be so perfect is
    never perfect. Americans, if you love this country and its freedoms

    October 19, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. Ryan from Texas

    I agree with the Oregonian for Obama/Biden. Now is not the time to gloat about how close we are to victory in this election. It means nothing, if we don't solidify what the polls suggest. Vote early. Encourage your friends to vote. Give them a ride to the closest polling place, if need be. McCain is expecting an upset. We shouldn't give it to him.

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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