October 19th, 2008
07:08 PM ET
5 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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  1. danny asuo

    Obama does not have advantage any where, we have seen this before
    John Kerry led in polls the same way and still lost to Bush. Not so fast, the drubbing of John Kerry in Florida and Ohio in 2004 should be a lesson to Democrats. When things were not going well for Kerry during the count in Florida CNN removed all their cameras and rushed to Ohio but Ohio dealt the deadly blow. When it happens again don't call it racism as John Kerry was not black.

    October 19, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Keith, Ohio

    Ohio, will be known as the land of the GOP Sheep. They still cannot see the forrest for the trees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Matt from Kansas City, MO

    What about Obama being ahead in Missouri??? I went to the rally in Kansas City last night, which I might add Obama was awesome, and there were 75,000 plus people there!!!! TURN MISSOURI BLUE!!!! VOTE OBAMA!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Jody Monroe

    The only "poll" that really matters is on election day... the "vote" poll.

    Vote early, or vote by mail if possible.

    October 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Nuwan Sam

    This election will be a test for this country. People will decide whether the future of this country as world leader is over or not. Every intellectual who understands, sideline with Obama for a reason. They know, Obama understand where this country is and what has to be done to resurrect it. McCain is playing dirty politics. Shame on this American hero. This country is in cross roads. The direction it takes with the next president will essentially decide its fate. This is not a time to play with dirty politics and issues like tax cuts.

    I hope every American will realize the gravity of this election and what is at stake. Specially the younger generation has a big responsibility as they are more exposed to the world through internet. World has change so do we need to think differently. If we in this country decide to live in the past, America will loose the place and respect it hold last century very soon.

    This can be a turning point in our history. Only American people can make that happen. They have a choice and a big responsiblity. They have a weapon called a VOTE. This is the time, everyone must use it to preserve this country.

    October 19, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Dan

    If any right thinking person listens to what Colin Powell said today , they will realise that the man said the TRUTH. Will you vote with the truth in mind? OR Will you vote for McCain and do your Neighbour,Community and country a dis-service.

    Most 72yr olds i know usually have become senile and somewhat childish. The tend to be oddly sensitive to odd things. McCain is past his prime, and cant seem to distinguish between what is honorable and what is not. Nobody hates Palin.Palin is a good person, but a disasterous pick for VP.

    Put COUNTRY FIRST......................VOTE OBAMA_BIDEN

    October 19, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Natasha in tally

    Oregonian for Obama/Biden is right to have to stick together and make sure we vote early and take 5 friends. Inform as many people as you can about their rights as voter and possible tricks to look for.

    Obama 08

    and donate money if you can. the republicans haven't shown us anything yet.

    October 19, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Elector for CHANGE!!!

    Vote for Obama because he can change the way how Washington politic is made and because it´s time for America to put behind it´s back ghosts from the past and look forward to CHANGE eighth years of failed republican economic politics and astronomic deficit!!!

    October 19, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Drew Chung

    YES! I agree and guess what? Early voting starts tomorrow in Florida and I'm putting my vote for Obama. We can't afford to think the election has been won.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 19, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Dennis

    That's right ... vote.

    I can't wait until this election is over.

    I can't wait until this election is over and Obama is in the White House.

    I can't wait until this election is over and people still continue to support and encourage President Obama and his administration to continue to do the right thing for the American people.

    After the votes are counted ... you can expect the 'ol guard of the Republic party and their business buddies ... the oil companies and big business that have sent American jobs overseas to give Obama and the democrats a very hard time. WE the people, WILL HAVE TO STAND BEHIND OBAMA AND SUPPORT HIM. AND ... HE will encourage that. THAT IS REAL GOVERNMENT ... of the people, by the people and for the people. To bad the Republicans don't follow or accept these principles of their founder ...

    October 19, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Tom Baker

    We need to vote Nov. 4 if we have to crawl on hands and knees to the polls so there will be no doubt that the day of the greedy fatcats, the hawkish neocons and the psychopathic personalities, i.e., those without a conscience are over no matter what they may try ro pull.

    Obama/Biden

    October 19, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. X-Republican in Texas for Obama

    Tomorrow my family will be voting bringing Obama/Biden four votes closer to the finish line. Get out and vote early.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 19, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Nevadan Democrat

    Yes we can!

    October 19, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. welches, oregon

    I just received my Oregon mail in ballot today. Filled it out and voted for Obama and then took it to my local polling place – the county library. Everyone in my family did the same.

    Powell's endorsement and the million Obama raised in September ($50 of which was mine) should show everyone who is the better candidate. I predict an Obama landslide.

    Obama and Biden 'till 2024

    October 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Paul DObro

    So we used to tax the rich at rate X before. GW Bush cut taxes for those people for Y number of Years. Obama wants to not continue this tax cuts. McCain wants to continue the tax cuts.

    Now Palin calls Obama's move as a move towards socialism. Does that mean we are moving BACK to socialism since we want to go back to previous tax rates??????

    October 19, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Karon

    Texas starts early voting tomorrow! I am voting Obama and have convinced by GOP sister to vote Obama also!

    October 19, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. mrsb

    We need to vote and we also need to dispel the misinformation being put out by Palin/McCain (she's leading the charge) that there is something scary about Obama. Of course there needs be be some correction when heads of companies are walking away with millons "earned" in the banking industry while families are left with a mortgage they can not afford. There's plenty of blame to go around, but no doubt the rich have gotten richer in the past 8 years. We need an intelligent, well-educated, thoughtful leader at this point in our history or I fear we will no longer be leading the free world.

    Ms. Palin is most frightening. We can not risk having her at the helm. We must vote, get our friends and family to vote and begin healing our country with a dynamic leader in Barack Obama.

    October 19, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. Mark

    Already Voted in Calif, poring my effort in FL and OH he can do it, as a former Mc Cain Supporter and Republican Obama is the best for our country Mc Cain just can not get a grip on anything and honestly Palin Scares Me! Obama 08 (never thought I would vote democrat)

    October 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. north dakotan for obama

    Dems we need to vote vote vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. "This Woman" for Obama

    I don't care how long it takes to stand in line to vote. I'll wait eight hours to vote for Obama if I have to. November can't come fast enough!

    Give me a V!
    Give me an O!
    Give me a T!
    Give me an E!

    What does that spell?

    VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

    October 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. Larry

    The Democrats should win the election,many Democrats are voting early and with the help of many others able to vote often,this country truly has a chance to repeat history and have the Democrats win the same way they did when JFK was elected,with the help of the mafia,stolen from the brave men and women that serve her.Soon this great country can start a new style of government that many people are looking forward too,socialism.This election is not about us, it is all about winning.Truth,justice,and the American way,will soon be a dream again.

    October 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Kiley

    I hope people will at least take a long look at who is trying to unite and who is trying to divide.

    All McCain and Palin seem to be doing lately is whining or dividing. They like riling up people then acting as if they have no responsibility

    October 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. TND

    Why do McCain & Palin never talk about what they'll do?

    Does Sarah Palin even know what Socialism is? Please don't let up until you have Obama & Biden in the White House. As a Canadian I can tell you that this election is important for the whole world and it is so apparant how poorly McCain and Palin would govern. It would be one gimmicky, hair-brain stunt after another with no strategy.

    Some would say that Canada is "Socialist" , well all I can reply to that is:

    – 100% of our citizens are health insured (you get to have you own doctor as well Mr. McCain)

    - Our banks are privately owned but well regulated and some of the most stable in the world.

    - Our government does not have the right to spy on it's citizens.

    - Public education is high quality and varied.

    - Our taxes are high but our services good (even though we complain about them).

    - We have no budget defecit.

    - Our average age is higher than the U.S. and infant mortality is lower yet we spend a fraction per capita that the US pays for Health Care (No lobbyists, insurance companies and less lawyers).

    We don't consider ourselves "socialist" but I know people like John McCain do. Perhaps there is some merit to being a little left of where your country is right now?

    October 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. Pit Bull with Lipstick for Obama

    I am voting on Tuesday, which is the first day of early voting for my state! This is the first time that I'm voting early, and the first time that I'm actually ECSTATIC to be voting!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. lyn

    Political ticker why is my comment always awaiting moderation, I have send in comments and I would like to know why you don't print my comments thank you. America go out there and VOTE early, and vote Obama & Biden.

    October 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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