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. TexasVotingObama

    No More Polls! Just go out and vote! Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Voting for Barack Obama in ND

    Plus, new polls in conservative North Dakota show Obama either with a lead or tied with Senator McCain!

    October 19, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. D&D

    Rememeber to VOTE folks, and to VOTE early if you can, that's the only way to go, that's the only way to have Obama/Biden in the WH.

    October 19, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Sherry in Kentucky

    I'm tired of hearing McCain talk about redistribution of wealth. We have seen over the past several years the redistribution of over 600 billion dollars from the lowest 96% of our population to the highest 4%. If that is not the redistribution of wealth, then I don't know what is. It's time to correct the failures of Republican rule.

    October 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. TexicoFrom Mexico

    They need to put more in Florida and Ohio....I think they have done enough in North Carolina. What I am afaraid of is that they are spreading things too thin. Obama's campaing needs to focus on maybe just three of the battle grounds and make sure they are WON .....not take a chance on losing them all! Pick Florida, Ohio and Colorado or Nevada and hammer them!

    October 19, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Terry, Ga.

    It is so obvious that Obama is exactly what this County needs now. He should win by a landslide but the conservatives is blind to the facts.

    October 19, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. ran

    People vote and vote in such #s that there can be no doubt who won. We can not let this election be decided by any court.

    Obama/Biden is the clear way to go. Heed what Mr. Powel said "Palin is not ready to be POTUS"

    October 19, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Surane Fonseka


    October 19, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    I hope he blows mcshame and barbie out..john and sara are poor losers they do not have a clue they cause alot of problems with race which we have come along way in the usa

    October 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Sherry

    Maybe McCain should make "Joe the Plumber" his running mate. He'd probably make a better VP than Palin. Then again, who wouldn't?

    October 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Dave

    We need to keep campaigning for Obama/Biden and actually vote.

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. EA for Obama

    Talk is very cheap. If you just think it will happen it won't. You must actually put down the video games, turn off the laptops, study for exams now, so you can take the time to go vote, or better yet vote early and bring a friend or two or three. You get the picture. We must get out and Barack the Vote. Yes We Can and Yes We Will.

    October 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. John

    I wouldn't put too much faith in the polls (run by liberal unamericans) or in Osama praises ringing from liberal media outlets. There are so many problems with voting for Obama that on election day, even the stupidest undecided will have to lean toward McCain the war hero and long serving senator over Obama the cohort of criminals.

    October 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. mitch

    mccain and the gop are in deep poo.

    October 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Simmy

    It's come down to race vs issues. I am proud of those Americans who are able to transcend race and vo9te for the best candidate.

    October 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Dianne

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. John

    And in case you are not believing that there is a definite pro-Obama slant to the news...just look to your left. 3045 stories about the cnn love child Obama, 2136 about the war hero...now that is fair and balanced...huh?

    October 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Shannon

    Boy I can't wait for the Obama presidency. He wants to take money from hard working business who employ the majority of us, and give it to people who already don't have to pay any taxes. That's called welfare, and this country has enough of that. So all you Obama supporters get your hands out of my pocket and try getting a job. If you don't pay federal taxes already, why do you need a tax credit, oh that's right, you're poor, so the rest of us that work hard have to support you. No thanks Mr Obama!

    October 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Linda from Florida

    Isn't it ironic that Joe the Plumber has given more interviews with reporters in the last few days than Sarah Palin the republican VP nominee has done in the last several weeks?? Now what does that say about McCain's campaign?

    October 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Annie

    I still don't get why this race is so close. Who in their right mind would want Palin anywhere near the White House under a 72 year old president? And also, isn't it clear that Obama would make the best, most rational, leader to lead this country into a new direction both domestically and abroad? Something isn't right with these polls. He raises record amounts of money, draws record amounts of crowd, managed to turn red states blue...and the candidates are still withing 6 points of each other. What kind of cockamaney polling is going on?

    October 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Karla

    Oregonian.....I agree! My family and friends have done our part...I live in N.C. and I voted the first day of early voting. So far, over 114,000 have voted since early voting began. I just wish it was over! It makes me nervous.

    October 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. nelson mcnarland


    October 19, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Granny Jo

    Obama will be one of the Greatest Presidents we have ever had.
    I am a 75yr old female voter and I am so proud to be a part of
    this years elections.

    October 19, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. rm

    Please get out and vote. Take an elderly neighbor or unlicensed driver to the polls. Please let everyone know that each vote counts!!! In N.C. today where Barack Obama was speaking, about 11 drivers came out of the rally to find their tires slashed. The thugs who did this just want to kill the spirit of unity. DON'T LET THEM WIN!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 19, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Paul

    vote obama 08 for to spread the wealth in 09.
    why work when the democratic government will give you your share of the wealth!

    October 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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