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. Sasha

    Obama is not a socialist, empty suit, terrorist, big spender, vote-stealer, Manchurian candidate, nanny-government proponent or Kenyan national. He is however, a black man. And that's what most of the people crying foul are really scared of. Just admit it, get it out of your system, get it out on the table, and then deeply consider thinking of him as a leader. If he wins, he will need unified American support, because he will have the toughest work ahead of him that any of us have ever done.

    October 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Trish

    Hopefully West Virginians in the Panhandle will vote like most of the state for the man who can best serve their interests. That man is Barack Obama. West Virginian's make less than the rest of the country so don't have to worry about being over the $250,000 maximum to have their income taxes raised. Most of the Bush vote in the past election was due to scare tactics used to make it seem like Bush was the only man who could protect them from terrorist attacks.
    Diplomacy and getting out of Iraq will go a long way in making us all safe. Obama is the best man for retirees, seniors and others on a fixed income. West Virginian's, do yourself a favor and vote your pocketbook. Vote for Obama and Biden in November.

    October 19, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Wallace F. Workmaster

    Watch from this point forward for impact in polls of Colin Powell's endorsement today of Barack Obama.

    Powell's extremely well-reasoned endorsement should drive a nail into the coffin of the McCain-Palin campaign and give voters significant factors to consider as they reach their own decisions.

    October 19, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Matt

    Ha!!! Look at the expression on that kids face! Oh, that's priceless. Obama means a lot to the underdog society, I'm voting for him.

    hehehe... "Shake my hand-PLEEEEASE!!!"

    October 19, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. MR E

    I dont care what the polls say, Obama will be our next president, I will take a week off from work just to party party party. Am glad hope is on the way. GO OBAMA

    October 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Scott L

    Obama is going to go down in history as being the most shocking upset presidential loss ever.

    Begala and other liberal media elitists won't even know how to react when McCain/Palin crush Obama/Biden.

    Better start preparing yourselves liberals.

    Monday morning everyone will be watching Palin on SNL on the web at work, Baldwin proclaiming her "HOT!" and NOBODY will be talking about Obama/Biden.

    You better believe when Hillary gets in that voting booth she is writing her name on that ballot. 🙂

    October 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Kay

    We haven't won until every last vote is counted.



    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. TEXAS

    AMAZING!!! I can't wait for Obama to win this thing! History in the making!!

    October 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Edward

    McCain-Palin campaign have engaged in a bitterly divisive, dishonest, and dishonorable campaign. They should be ashamed.

    October 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. suzyku

    Yes, Everyone VOTE, preferably for Obama! Wake up W. VA. McCain offers you, us nothing!

    October 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Kathie, Houston, TX

    I totally agree with you. Everyone needs to get out and VOTE!!. This is not only for our future, but for our children and grandchildren. Its time to stand up against the ideaologies that has threatened to not only divide us but destroy us these past 8 years, it is time to stand up and make America strong again. Obama-Biden, leaders FOR the people, BY the people, leaders we can be proud of.

    IT IS TIME!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Jean

    CNN Polls show that in "some" stats but other stats show it a dead-heat but those are not publicized here.

    Obama and ACORN need to get to work getting those illegal votes.

    October 19, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. sbkilb Ct

    YES WE CAN... but we all still have to be involved and make sure that we VOTE!!! The republicans have a lot more dirt, and disgusting tactics that they will use in these last 2 weeks. We must stand together and vow that we will NOT have a repeat of 2000&2004. I would hope that after General&Secretary of state Powell endorsed OBAMA, many other republicans will follow suit and realize that this is NOT the republican party it once was. Iv'e been fortunate to vote over many elections but this is the most dispicable and dirty Iv'e seen the republicans. And McCain/Palin call themselves mavericks? they should be ashamed!!!!

    October 19, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. anyonmous

    only sixteen more tilll the end of mccain campaign

    October 19, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Lisa Ohio

    Steady as we go!, Oregonian, I could not have said it better myself. We ,off all races and gender need to comes together and rally behind Obama/Biden ticket. Moments(Movements) like these don't come along in American History often. Vote Early!!!!!!!, I can't say this enough, we don't need any problems at the polls. We all know there are those out there that would like to keep us away.

    October 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Simmy

    Barack the Vote! Don't get over c onfident-Vote Early toi avoid the lines!
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. nickv

    VOTE NOW! Obama 08!!!

    October 19, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. CJ

    I have been a republican my entire life. But this time I am voting for Obama/Biden. I am sick of McCain and his new found love Palin! They are extremely discussing and manipulative! They are more focused in dirty politics than addressing real issues and solutions. And shame on all of you who support them…


    October 19, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. Greg from Big Island

    Obama's endorsement for Powell could help a little on election day.

    October 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Susan

    I am a life long republican from Minnesota, and I must say that this year is completely different. Obama is simply a statesmen, while McCain is a crazed, power hungry, do anything politician. By the way, the choice of Palin did not buy this woman's vote.

    October 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. Tom

    I'm putting country first and voting Obama. I can't believe the McCain campaign has the nerve to call Obama's policies 'socialist' when McCain's own party's lack of economic oversight has led to the government taking over private banks, the most socialist government endeavor since the depression.

    October 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Goro

    Can Barack just be President already????

    October 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. ~La Sonidera Americana

    Agreed – you just put in words my same exact thoughts.....

    Barack The Vote!
    Obama/Binden 2008!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. anyonmous

    what about new hamsphire

    October 19, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Jonas

    I agree with Oregonian. Please donate as generously as you can to the Obama campaign – within legal limits, of course – and make sure everyone knows that voting on November 4th is absolutely critical if we are to turn to a brighter page in America's history. Let's give 110% percent until November 5, when Obama, and the people, will have won the election.

    October 19, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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