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. SB in NoVa

    Keep focused Obama supporters ... a lot can still happen in 2 weeks.

    Get involved, volunteer, donate if you can ... and most importantly VOTE!

    Obama/Biden 08 and beyond!
    Turn VA Blue!!

    October 19, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Dani

    Thank God. The American people are awoke this time for real change.

    Vote now!!!! Obama/Biden

    October 19, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. Garrett

    I can't wait to go vote for Barack Obama tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Two for Obama

    The state we live in votes mostly by mail, so hubby and I voted yesterday and already got our ballots in the mail. It felt good!

    October 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Ron

    I was making calls on behalf of the Obama campaign yesterday on behalf of the Obama campaign to remind voters about early voting in Nevada .and on my 5th or 6th call a lady answered and said " I know that ,we have a caravan of about 15 people and we are voting for Obama this afternoon.
    It Made my day.

    October 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Independent Support Obama

    I'll wait in line for eight hours to vote for Obama if I have to. It's better than going through another four years of the past eight years with McSame/Failin. 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?


    October 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Jer1957

    I am a Virginia Democrat–who attended last summers' Dem convention in Hampton.

    Senator Obama–is a media creation–who has had every political position he held, handed to him by well-heeled sponsors. (See Chicago Board of Trade.)

    As a too-well-financed Dem who enthusiastically wants to bailout Wall Street–in the real world, Obama, is a sure loser.

    October 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. s.c


    October 19, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. JT from TN

    Unless MCcain can turn some of the leaning obama states to leaning MCcain he st ill want win. He can't win just by winning the toss up states.

    October 19, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Vigla

    150 million in monetary support. This does not come from just a few radicals. It comes from all walks of life, people who are disgusted with the status quo.

    Trust me, we ARE exited and we will vote Obama and Biden into office! We WILL get REAL CHANGE this country desperately needs!

    Don't forget to also elect Democrats to congress too.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 19, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. flagwavin1

    When the West Virginians realize that the Obama economic plan is better than Sen. McCain's, perhaps they will decide to vote for him regardless of his race. If race were not a factor in this current race, I believe Senator Obama would be much further ahead in the polls. There is a hope that one day, race will not be a factor in determining a Presidential candidate.

    October 19, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Ricky

    Obama & Biden can and will win this election. Every vote counts, so go out and VOTE!!!!!!!
    maybe, just maybe after McCain & Palin lose ,the republican party can learn just what the majority of the American people expect out of government.

    October 19, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. ls in pa

    I guess all that money and training he gave to Acorn is paying off !
    It really is a shame how much money is wasted during elections.Couldn't we shorten the process and use that dough for more useful purposes !

    October 19, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Palin and McShameless' new pet name for Obama... "socialist" is absolutely the end for me.
    I no longer have ANY respect for these two. They are without shame!

    So far they have called him... "blindly ambitious... that one... not one of us... unpatriotic... un-American... terriosts... extreme... socialist...and on and on"... about all that is left is "communist." They have given rebirth to McCarthyism. These are the two most divisive people I have ever seen.

    October 19, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. PC

    This is the most important election most of us have ever had. This isn'yt about Black or White, Conservative or Liberal, Republican or Democrat. It's about which candidate is going to be the adult in this election and who is going to implement policies of work. While McCain has picked a few cosmetic issues to oppose President Bush, he's allied himself with him and supported his failed destructive policies a vast majority of the time. I just hope that voters in the Battleground States realize this. Obama is not a rock star or Messiah, he's a mainstream politician who just happens to be the better candidate for President.

    October 19, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Angry American Voter

    I guess we can see where the mccain smear campaign of fear, lies and hate is working for him.

    I feel very sorry for the voters in West Virginia who will wake up November 5th to discover that they voted for a man who used them by waging the most negative campaign of bald faced lies that has ever been seen in a presidential campaign. If McCain had any sense of shame, he would surely die from it.

    October 19, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. lourdes/dem-jack/rep

    we have not seen a candidate in a very long time that can make us feel like real Americans. Not a this-american, or that-american. we say that because the labels have divided all americans long enough.
    it is time to be Americans, proud, of our nationality, not the race, nor the ethnic group. but proud Americans. We stand and are proud to be voters for Barack Obama. We are really proud of this gentleman.

    October 19, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Syed Shamsuddoha

    Mr. McCain can now go home and even bite the sugar cane that's awaiting him in Alaska. This old goof has not yet understood the reality that whole world loves Barack and hates McCain's lies. Once Barack becomes the president of the great US, he'll restore America's image to the world that was ruined by both GWB and McCain.



    October 19, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. Bs

    A McCain / Rove ticjket is not what America wants.

    May God have mercy on each one of us.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.

    October 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Chris

    I am an Obama supporter, it is very nice that he is leading in polls but are those polls accurate or is it one of the Brady effect. Please people go out and vote.

    October 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. al ohio

    Everyone please vote vote vote and ignore the polls......Every Obama supporter should contact their local radio stations and organize volunteers to carpool people to get the vote out ,if necessary for those who need transportation. We should all be our brothers/sisters keeper to prevent voter intimidation and fraud.
    A poster on msnbc left this quote by JFK and it was very moving so I decided to share it:

    ""...if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties... if that is what they mean by a "liberal" then I am proud to be a liberal." ~ John F. Kennedy "

    October 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Polly

    I really think Senator McCain should consider the need to seek an understanding with/ and the endorsements of
    Christian leaders. I think it's a shame that John Haggee's endorsement was rejected. Though I think many conservative Christians are going to vote for him, I think he really needs a big following this way in order to win this election. It's a strength needed right now. We need a firm Christian foundation.

    October 19, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. Luke

    VOTE Obama/Biden! Call your friends, family and neighbors and make sure they do too. And sign up at Obama.org!

    October 19, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. Ivan

    The only road McCain can travel to win the election is demonizing Obama and letting others play the race card.
    All McCain has to offer is repackaging the Republicans failed agenda.

    October 19, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Ruth

    I just wonder why our local polls here in Indiana aren't reported by the MSM...Obama is either tie or winning in Indiana according to a local TV station and newspaper reports...I hope we're the November surprise!

    October 19, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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