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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soundoff (936 Responses)
  1. teresa in GA

    H a l l e l u j a h!

    Obama/Biden/Powell

    October 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. Kay

    I believe polls can be so deceiving. It is a matter of how the wording of a question is presented that makes a poll go one way or the other. Polls can be so misleading that they are, in my book, not a good judge for winning or not winning. The most important thing in a campaign is that people listen closely to what the candidates are saying and how they plan to weigh in on the country's situation at the present time. The economy, health care, education, the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, as well as so many other issues are so very important to each one of us in this country. Voters should keep all of this in the forefront of their reasons for voting. With such a short time left to November 4th, we should all think very long and hard as to who would be the best person for the presidency. We should also think very long and hard in also considering who is the best person for the vice-presidency. All of these office holder hopefuls for president/vice president are to be considered extremely carefully. We need well-balanced people in place to lead our country, people who can work diplomatically with others; people who are not trigger happy; people who are well informed of the contents of the Constitution of this country; people who care very deeply and will work very hard for the hard working citizens of the United States of America. So, please, America exercise your right to vote and do so with all of the above in mind when you enter the voting booth. Your future depends on it.

    October 19, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. O. Fletcher

    All I can say to America if you vote for John MacCain America you are going to regret it, and we will for sure be in World War III under John MacCain's leadership. mock my words America.

    October 19, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. MrPragmatic

    Well said, Oregonian. When you take a truly objective view at the two candidates and ask yourself a simple question – "Whose policies will benefit the most people?" – you quickly understand that there's really only one candidate on the ballot. A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for more isolationanism, horrible economic policy, endless war, and wholly unenlightened trade agreements. It still amazes me when I see modest or even crappy, beat up cars sporting McCain bumper stickers. Why do people of modest or limited means continue to vote against their best interests? Why? I really would like a solid, well thought out, articulate explanantion of why people think it's a good idea to vote against their own best interests.

    October 19, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Maria

    Yes, please let's not take anything for granted. Please get out and vote. EVERY VOTE WILL BE NEEDED IN ORDER TO TURN THIS COUNTRY BACK AROUND TO BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK AGAIN!

    Vote, vote and vote! If you know someone who does not have a ride, please help by getting them to the polls!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 Change we cannot afford to miss!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. jimmy

    Ronald Reagan , G H. Bush , G W. Bush all made colin powell
    who he is. now powell turns his back on the Republicans who made him.

    October 19, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Californian for OBAMA

    I'm with you brother/sister! Let's right this sinking ship! VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    October 19, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. David

    Obama supporters, whether hard-core or lukewarm, we all have a chance to be a part of history, on the right side of history.

    Whether your vote means the difference between defeat and victory or the difference between 98 and 99% victory, be there. Give yourself something to tell your grandchildren one day, about the time when you helped make a difference and helped stand up for what is right in this country.

    Obama 08

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

    Senator McCain needs to ask himself who is he palling around with. A Gov who wanted to support Alaska not being a part of the united states, and a plumber who hates social security and paying taxes. I guess there both pro american

    October 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. peggyledbetter

    Thank god!! Just 2 more weeks of McCain and Palin.... which i am sick hearing them open their BIG MOUTHS!

    October 19, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Ben in Atlanta

    CNN reports that Obama is a socialist because he used the phrase "spread the wealth"... Let's see... Isn't it Sarah Palin who taxed Oil Companies and used it to give back to the citizens of Alaska? That sounds pretty socialist to me... She also said Obama pals around with terrorists, and yet her husband (and her) pal around with a group of anti-American creeps who despise the American flag... I have never seen a more brazen hypocrite than Sarah Palin. .

    Dear God- please do the world a favor and use your supernatural power to jettison her back to Alaska ASAP!

    October 19, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Saad from NJ

    I wish it were November 4th already. I respect Senator McCain, want Senator Obama to be the president in hope for a different direction of our country and for us retain our domestic and international superiority back etc.... but regardless of the outcome and who my fellow Americans chose to be our commander-in-chief, I wish the day was today so it would be over with!

    October 19, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Val

    Why is that Mississippi does not count as battleground state? I know: to many white people whow wants to keep the black man and woman down, and in their places. What would happen if some of the politicians would actually care about the blacks in their communities!! That a Hum moment. I am glad Powell endorsed Obama.

    Someone have a mind.

    October 19, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Bob

    Obama winning....a congress with a 9% approval rating getting
    re-elected. They have been so successful blaming Bush for everything it's frightening.....If Obama wins their cover is gone....

    Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd.........the boogeyman is going to get you crooks in 2010!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Maggie

    Get out and VOTE for our next President – Barack Obama – I can't wait

    October 19, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Eve tillman

    I live in pa and see alot of mccain signs obama supports must go vote

    October 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. SHELLI1313

    Just like the 10 Town Hall meetings that McNasty/Bush wanted, by NOT talking about the ECONOMY, MCNASTY/FAILIN PAILIN/BUSH/ CHANEY LOSE BIG TIME. Obama is showing his interest in the ECONOMY, ENERGY AND HEALTHCARE. ALSO, THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA.

    THAT'S WHY I AM NOW FOR SENATOR OBAMA 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16!

    October 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    The BS Express stops here.

    Obama 08

    October 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Scared of McCain in TX

    Obama should have an advantage in every state in the union because he is obviously the correct choice. McCain's campaign has gone so ugly/stupid with the phone calls and mailers. How do they sleep at night with all the lies they tell during the day? If anybody really buys that crap, they deserve what they get. Sarah is a joke. I almost felt sorry for her last night on SNL. Why would anybody stand there and let people ridicule them to their face and not say anything? I guess she's dumber than I thought and I find that hard to believe. I get to vote tomorrow.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. lou

    you all know why Powell endorsed Obama don't you?
    think about it
    Powell, recently, spoke and said it would be electrifying to have an African american pres.
    cough cough
    you shouldnt vote that way!.
    so there you go.

    I do not see it as a big endorsement.
    YOu all have to research BOTH people.

    Im basing my vote on this...............Obama went to a church for 20 years, this preacher said some concerning things
    fine, its not Obamas fault BUT if he did not believe in them....then he would have LEFT that church many years ago..and found another
    the fact he STAYED and supported this behavour has me concerned that he does not like whites, or jews

    I want a pres that sees no color...........that works for ALL people
    I see McCain make NO ref to color
    my vote goes to MCCAIN

    I BET CNN will NOT post this

    October 19, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. conny

    i really don't know wrap music and to say i really hate it but, i have kids and all i wanna say is getgetgetit boy. i think that we need a change sooooo bad. i seen sen mccain in a interview today and it is obvious that he is up set but, i have black, white and others that i can call friends WE NEED CHANGE REAL BAD

    October 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. Joseph

    I agree with Oregonian for Obama/Biden that although this is great news, Obama supporters should not get overconfident, and need to continue to work hard to get Obama in the White House. The main reason this campaign has reached so many people is because of the neighbor to neighbor contact. Supports need to continue to volunteer, vote, and encourage friends. Democrats can't let overconfidence cost us the election this year... afterall, Kerry had the advantage in polls in 2004.

    October 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. Mark

    This is going to leave the media in an awkward position on election night. The polls close at 7pm in Virginia. If the exit polls show that Obama will take the state, it's game over for McCain. But since much of the country is still voting, will the media call it for Obama early?

    October 19, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. FayTx

    Where is John the Maverick ......you will say and do any thing to win!!! Shame on you Senator Get rid of the Witch PALIN!!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Former Republican

    Right on brother!!!
    Reublicans have lost their ways.
    May God help them!!!

    Biden/Obama 2008

    October 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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