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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  1. natalia

    i will vote early and tay proud of obama beying our next president god bless america

    October 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Marcia

    I'm casting my vote for Obama the day Early Voting opens in Colorado. Could've used a mail-in ballot, but somehow, there's no substitute for going to the polls.

    October 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. go vote

    geez if you watch Faux news Obama is the Anti-Christ.
    How do they get away with that crap?

    Do they really believe that Fair and Balanced garbage?

    I have to get some antacid.... Yuck

    October 19, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. roby

    I love obama

    October 19, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Florida Independant for Obama


    October 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Otto

    Every able bodied American who is registered to vote should vote in this election.

    My fervent plee is to those Democrates who thinks it's ok to stay home as others will vote. This will be a big mistake as every vote count and antone who fail to vote will be one less toward victory.

    Get up early and vote. Check your friends and neighbors and hell with transportation.

    I am willing to transport those who can't and will donate a few dollars as well.

    "Get out and vote"

    October 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. bob

    I am so tired of Mcfuddy duddy and Palin trying to trash Obamas character when he is busy developing a plan for the economy among other things to help the American people. That is the reason they are behind. That's the 3stooges method. Don't they get it? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. If 4 star General Republican Colin Powell endorses Obama, maybe its time that Palin and McCain vote for him as well. Lets face it comparing McCains camp to Obama is like comparing South Park to the Cosby family. BTW CNN hows about being fare and allow people to comment with out having to search for after 2 hours. I don't expect this blog to change McBatman and Palin. Even if you don't print this, it doesn't matter Obama will win.

    October 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. shawn

    How and where obama raise 150M in september while country hurting with economy. Why not he tell american people truth who giveing him all those money and how he raising those money we are talking about 5m a day wow . Tell the truth Obama . how much tax you will raise .

    October 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Tim

    Obama supporters we need to approach the last few days as we are behind and not let up. We are making a difference in NC and will turn NC Blue. Many people are taking Nov 4th off to provide rides for people without transportation to the polls. We are fired up and ready to go!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. jules

    Here's a great comment by a great American hero. I'll take John McCain anyday.

    In response to a question from Fox's Chris Wallace, McCain said he has considered the possibility that he could lose, but added, "I don't dwell on it."

    "I've had a wonderful life. I have to go back and live in Arizona, and be in the United States Senate representing them, and with a wonderful family, and daughters and sons that I'm so proud of, and a — and a life that's been blessed," he said. "I'm the luckiest guy you have ever interviewed and will ever interview. I'm the most fortunate man on earth, and I thank God for it every single day."

    McCain said if things don't turn out his way on November 4, "Don't feel sorry for John McCain, and John McCain will be concentrating on not feeling sorry for himself."

    October 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. Numb in the south

    I completely agree. We need to get out and vote. Don't stay home just because you think Obama will win. This race is closer than you all think and just 1% of people not going out to vote in one or two states, can cause Obama to lose.

    Get out and vote. Take your neighbor, family, friends to the polls. We can not have this election stolen for the third time in a row. The republicans will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in their power to take this one too. They have already started with this voter fraud thing, but was rejected in Ohio. They are trying to surpress the amount of new registered voters to cast their vote knowing that the majority were democrats.

    If you are turned away from casting your vote, take pictures, video anything. Call the newspaper, radio, and everyone you can. Let someone know what happened and the name of the person that refused you, because it is illegal. We can do it.

    Yes We Can!

    October 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Rob indetroit

    Let's see where to start ,Joe the plumber is a fraud but what do you expect from the GOP a bunch of lying "Rascist"

    with powell's endorsement now palin &MCsenile can shut the "F-up"

    October 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. jules

    Vote early and vote often (oops – that's not my slogan, it's ACORN's).

    October 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. StepRN

    I agree! Keep a positive mind set, however, keep focus on the goal. November 4, 2008.....VOTE.

    Obama/Biden, keep the faith!

    October 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Dan

    Some questions remain (Joe Biden said no), and they may change teh election picture.
    Well, Beiden asked whether there are neighborhoods that are not pro-America– well, sonme Church and Mosque in Chicago don't seem so much pro-America (Wright's and Farakkan's).

    October 19, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. rys

    Polls don't matter...what really matters is the what happens on Nov 4th. mccain.palin campaign will stop at nothing to win this election...remember the past 2 elections. please encourage all the young obama/biden supporters to get out and vote. remind them that they are taking part in the most important election in the history of our great country. do not allow weather conditions (bad weather) or long lines deter you from voting. stick it out. our country, our future, our investments, and our children depends on it. go to the polls with family members and friends so that you'll have company if the lines are long. take someone who doesn't have a ride. go with someone to keep them company. let's make a difference. it makes me so proud to see (or read) comments from so many people who are so ready for change and believe that barack obama is the man who'll bring it. people who look past his skin color and religion preference. people who are intelligent enough to listen to his plans and ignore the comments being made by the narrow-minded opposition who are content with keeping us separate. america is truly ready to move forward instead of backwards. fortunately we are all different. diversity is the beauty of this country. barack is change we can believe in. united we stand...divided we fall!

    obama/biden 2008-16

    October 19, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. just want toknow

    What is the difference with voting early...........im almost to scared to do that .............wont know if they will throw my vote away or get lost etc......please help me to understand this early voting and what will it mean as to how it will help either win

    October 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Jean

    I like the fact that even though obama has every right to gloat, [$150,000,000 offered up in small donations in one month] he cautions his voters that now is not the time to gloat but to work, to early vote, and help others to vote. I believe he will be the same way as President, not gloating even upon a win, but getting to work.

    In fact he already has a transition team working. This is not "measuring for drapes," but sound operating procedure for a person who knows he is taking on a monumental job. Should he not win, he can always use the information as a senator.

    October 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Republican for Obama

    America has woken up. Many Republican families like us see that McCain-Palin do not resemble what a Republican should be. Obama has shown us that he sees us all as 'Americans' and not Democrats or Republicans, he's a true uniter and McCain-Palin want to divide us any chance they can.

    October 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. George Bush, TX

    Lets work hard to elect Barack Obama

    October 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. tiffany in ohio

    this election has brung so many people together near an far. an as long as we all stick together an elect OBAMA/BIDEN it will be nothing we cant do. PEACE, LOVE, AN PROSPERITY is what we as a people, one country as a whole one nation under GOD an all around the world....

    October 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Ron Peoria, Il

    Anyone that hasn't been in a "Coma" for the past eight years or isn't incredibly rich should be voting Democratic.

    The Republicans have made a mess of the "World", not just the United States.

    October 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. dallas4Obama

    I am so glade that there are still good people in america and I feel that Obama is one of those person that care about what happens to the American people. Those that are looking at color please don't because we all bleed red blood and there are all types of people suffering at this time in our life.

    We need to realize that we have the power to help change America Obama says it's time for a Change one we can believe in,Obama I believe.

    October 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. O. Fletcher

    I wish that John MacCain would just stop trying to make Obama look back and focus on making his self look good. The more he try to make Obama look bad the worse he is looking. I would like to know if MacCain is smart, and what's he going to do for America to help us who are losing our homes, jobs, college money for our kids. This is really what MacCain should be talking about not trying to paint a bad picture of Obama because it really shine a bad light on him as a human being. I would like to hear MacCain talk about his first wife that he left just because she was in a serious car accident and no longer looked beautiful. MacCain need to talk about the bones in his own loset. And just because MacCain is old and experienced in life that doesn't mean that he is a wise old man. The bible says that, "Old men are not always wise. MacCain you should read it.

    October 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Celina Bean

    A new generation figure. A transformational firgure. What else can you say about Barack Obama.

    October 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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