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. angel M.

    first the Mccain camp tries to say that Obamas tax plan will tax everyone making 40k now he says his plan is tax welfare. I have truely never seen such an erratic campaign with such devicive tactics. Its the anything goes campaign. PLease McCain Palin stop the maddness, I know you dont want to talk about the issues, so please stop talking. We are tired and we dont need anymore of this demoralizing of our spirits. Thank you Colon Powell , the voice of reason and sanity. It was a breath of fresh air that i needed after 3 days of robo calls and pro american parts of this country. sleepless in Mo.

    October 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. M.H.

    John McCain loving being the 'underdog' is as hilarious as me loving getting a root canal. He put the "a" in angry. I'm sure he is just elated that he is falling so behind, and that his Republican friend, Colin Powell, just endorsed his opponent. Keep up the good work Obama & Biden! My family is behind you all the way!! Powell was right when he said we needed a transformational figure to lead the country. Sorry, 'my friend,' but that's not you (McCain).

    October 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. hooverguide

    My saunch Republican 87 year old mother summed it up – "When I look at McCain I see the past – and it was a good one for me; but when I look at Obama I see your future and that is where you should go."

    October 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. The Other Campaign Strategist from 115th & Amsterdam

    I've come up with a number of themes and mantras that the campaign has embraced but let me 2nd the Oregonian .... and give credit to the Texan ....



    be the watchwords as all American's hungry for change make sure we run through the tape and take 2 people with them to the polls between now and November 4th.


    October 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Missouri

    EVERYBODY-It is VERY IMPORTANT that we ALL GO TO THE POLLS on November 4th. All this hard hard work and money donated to put Obama in the White House will mean nothing at all if we don't all get to the polls and VOTE,!!!

    Plan ahead for winter weather or rain and if you cannot get yourself there BE SURE you plan a ride ahead of time. BY FRIEND, BY TAXI, BY BUS, BY RAIL, BY SLED or BY HORSE, JUST GET THERE!!!



    October 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Marge

    Who believes polls. I just got a call they asked me who I would vote for I said Obama and I wouldn't vote for him it you paid me. So WHO REALLY truly believes polls. And when people get in that voting booth they are not going to vote for obama.

    October 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Frobama

    I'm sure ACORN will continue their illegal efforts in these states to help ensure their candidate a victory.

    October 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Numbers?

    Wait, how does McCain have a 6-point lead in West Virginia if you say he's leading 47-46%???

    October 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. chucky1169469

    I am in Texas and i get to vote tomorrow, and i cant wait to vote for Obama. i know that it wont matter because Texas is a red state but when they do the popular vote tally, i will be proud knowing I was there for Obama.

    October 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Wade

    I think your numbers are wrong – 47 to 46 in W. Virginia would be a 1 point lead – I think it really is 47 to 41 – either way a disappointment for people like me who feel Obama should be ahead in every state – as does Colin Powell apparently.

    October 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. H Duderstadt

    Oregonian for Obama...you are so correct! Obama as well has said that we MUST keep at it and keep our eyes on the prize. We may be ahead in the polls but if any of us who want true, honest change in our nation must not let up. In fact, we must work even harder! We are still the underdog no matter what McCain proclaims about having us right where he wants us. We MUST win this election and we MUST work to make sure that the win is an undeniable land slide. That will erase all doubt about Obama's right to be in that office. The McCain campaign has shown that they are desperate and are willing to resort to anything to win this. We must be prepared for the fight of our lives.

    So, roll up your sleeves and get to work if you already haven't Make phone calls, talk with people. Make sure that every Obama supporter knows NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO LET DOWN. Make sure EVERYBODY who really cares about our nation and it's future VOTES. The real work must now begin!

    Yes, We Can
    Yes, We MUST

    October 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. samuel

    CNN let me do the editing .......west Virginia 47 to 41 not 46.......
    and what about the other polls conducted by Rasmussen

    October 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Georgia for Obama

    We the American people need change quick let VOTE for Obama/Biden it will be some celebration in the street if Obama/Biden win..........We LOVE you Obama/Biden 2008..........Love is everywhere

    Presiden Obama
    Vice President Biden

    Loveeeeeeeeeeeee 2008-----–>USA

    October 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Obama for History

    Obama is the best.

    October 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. craigs

    These people taking these pictures need to know which picture they are putting up and what they are potraying.


    October 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. David

    People must vote to get him over the hump. What hump is that? The lies and the stealing of votes that has become all to common in elections. There must be new oversight into vote counting and who is allowed to vote. Should two supporters of Bush and the GOP be allowed to count unauditable electronic votes where 100% of all errors have gone to the GOP?

    Vote or watch the GOP steal another election!

    October 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Jason Hussein, Nashville, Tn.

    I really wish that McCain supporters would stop and think about something. Even if (big IF) he wins the Presidency, he faces an opposing congress. Which means, his health care plan...DOA, his tax proposals...DOA, and for that matter, ANY of his proposals...DOA.

    I also watched what seemed to be the pathetic attempt by the GOP to be an "October surprise". It claims something I have seen over and over, that Barack Obama is not a naturally born citizen of the United States. This accusation has of course, been proven wrong. My firm belief is simple, how can a canidate that is a "terrorist", "non-citizen" be allowed to get this close to the presidency without warning from the FBI, CIA, and INS?

    The answer is simple, all of these accusations are completely false. McCain supporters, I know it's hard, but stop lying to yourselfs and the rest of us. You are losing, stop being sore losers.

    October 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Canadian for Obama

    As far as I'm concerened, GAME, SET, MATCH! Game to Obama! Canada as well as 22 industiralized nations of the world want Obama to be your president.

    October 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Charlie Bradley

    Hear Hear!!! I guess maturity and intellect do in fact get you somewhere in America!!


    October 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Llij Nosmoht

    One independent and one republican voted early yesterday for Obama. We need a steady hand at the tiller, we need positive health care reform, and we need to improve our standing in the world. Think about choosing the best candidate for each of the options on your ballot...don't blindly vote party anymore! May the best person for the job be elected. Voted early and voted Obama.

    October 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. angel M.

    John did you ever hear the saying if you love something let it go! You are supposed to be the one campaigning on country first, Is that really what you are doing? Puting country first?????

    October 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Palin is a Shameless Menace

    We need to do everything we can to keep McCain/Palin out of the WH. They will burn the remainder of the country to the ground. We can do this. We can take our country back and get it on the path we should have been on eight years ago when Al Gore won the election.

    October 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Gnomepark

    If McCain wins this election after the solid and lengthy poll lead that Obama has held.....it would be fishy.

    Obama/Biden 08
    Dick Lugar (R) for Secretary of State

    October 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. leigh

    Agreed there is an urgent need to vote early in the day on election day and to not accept a provisional ballot which are usually not counted. We must protect our votes by making sure the voting machine registers what you voted and did not reset to the Republican slate. If you encounter a reset before you finalize your choice, let the poll worker know, take pics with your phone of the screen if you can. Do not leave the polling place without certainty of your vote! Obama Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. California Voter

    Who said money can't buy you everything! Something about $150 million raised in one month for a presidential campaign smells funny and feels not quite right in these economic times. That money would be more well spent paying mortgages and paying down personal debt by those 4 million contributors.

    October 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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