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. Helen,Ft Lauderdale

    CNN please publish my comment.

    I live in Florida. Early voting begins tomorrow, October 20th. GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OBAMA/BIDEN. Do not believe the lies the Republicans are spreading. That's the only thing they have left. Do you really think all the people who have endorsed Barack Obama would have done that if they thought he was a bad person. Colin Powell is very well respected and he endorsed Obama today. GET OUT AND VOTE PEOPLE. WE NEED TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY.

    October 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Jam One

    Polls do not mean anything unless people show up at the polls, please VOTE.

    Vote early if possible, but please VOTE.

    Obama – Biden 08/12

    October 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Patricia

    We need real leadership: Vote McCain

    October 19, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. derrck

    Obama has the right leadership we need in the white house he'll work tirelessly for us and bring my famly froM the two wars and restore peace in the world.he will be the best president we need

    October 19, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. Arizonan for Obama

    Oregonian, I couldn't agree more! We must fight this battle to the finish. I am also afraid of what the Repubs might do. This election to them isn't about us, it's about themselves. They use fear and hate to try and persuade voters to their side. I was a Hillary supporter who never waivered to place my support to Barack Obama and Joe Biden! We have to work hard to remind others of what Barack & Joe stand for and who they are fighting for. This country, our lives are in the balance. Enough of the self serving ways of the Repubs. We need to once again know the meaning of "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land." Everyone... Vote, Help Your Neighbors Vote, and keep showing your support for Obama/Biden!

    As Joe Biden says, "Stand up..." Stand up and show you count!

    Obama/Biden... '08!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. carolyn, Oklahoma

    True, we must not let up. Let's work as hard these next couple of weeks as we have up to this point. We have too much at steak to slow down now.

    Obama/Biden '08.

    October 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. independent in CA

    Obama is for the people, for the country, for the future.

    This picture shows the promise. Obama extending his hand in friendship and all kinds of people reaching for him.

    God bless, America. Protect us from those who want to divide us.

    October 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. lisa

    what are we doing obama doesnt know what he is doing mccain has the experience mr powell voted on the war why go back on what he said why did he vote for it ,was some one holding a gun to him no if he wasnt for it why vote for it ,and people are saying that we are making fun of obama being muslim you are what you are why was obama even talking to a terroist what was he doing and i here these people talking about him being black so what. im white so what does he get more respect because he is black. i need medical help do i get it but when a black person goes up to the government offices and he gets denied he ask the person who denied him if they are being racist all of a suden that black person gets what they want. well im white and i work and im american what do i get crapped on thats what

    October 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Annette Harris Brandon MS

    Lets turn the page and put Obama/Biden in the Whitehouse. Go Vote November 4th!! Every week the McCain/Palin campaign come-up with more smears. This week they are calling Obama a socialist. I can't wait to hear what they are saying next week. It is all a big joke to me. The good news is we the voters can see through all the crap McCain/Palin are slinging.

    Kudos to Colin Powell for his support to Obama. He knows what this country needs and it is Change we can depend on.


    October 19, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. lisa

    and to all you people who say that you are christian and are voting for obama you are not you can not be a christian and believe in abortion

    October 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Judy Harwood

    Of course Obama is ahead; with the state we are in now there is no way that McCain can win. As long as Obama continues to use his advertising time to get his message out and not to stoop as low as Palin than he will get the attention of those voters who are still undecided. Palin was a great choice for McCain; she has done more to hurt McCain's chances of winning than anything Obama could do. The American public is tired of hearing negative attacks; instead of telling me what the other guy is saying or is planing to do try telling me what YOU will do.

    October 19, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Lisa P.

    I agree with Oregonian – These Republicans will steal the election if they get a chance. Let's make sure there are so many of us voting for Obama they can't cheat and blame it on the "Bradley Effect".

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. nerakami

    Why is CNN incresingly fixated for weeks and weeks on stories such as Ayers and Acorn on namely, Lou Dobbs show and yet other highly relevant stories go un-reported, such as;

    Freddie Mac Paid GOP Consulting Firm (DCI) $2M To Kill Legislation
    DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.

    CNN, you are doing a great disservice to the American people by not providing a truly honest lens when looking at these two candidates. I myself have now turned to other sources to provide more objective reporting. At the end of the day, the American people will remember which media organizations were above playing games.

    October 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Holly

    About Palin on SNL, since you all seem to be high on the "Permalinks" today:

    It would have done Palin a lot more good if she'd done the rap herself. That would've given the impression that she can laugh at herself. But this was awkward, even just to watch. Yes, it's funny... but it's like "haha Sarah we're all laughing at you and you're too stupid to even get it." It was like that kid in middle school who everyone is making fun of, while he laughs along to try to fit in. So yeah, good skit but Palin made herself look bad by just sitting there.

    October 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Alex

    Georgian for Obama/Biden

    Yes - we are so close to bringing back the goodness and beauty of our country - the respect for each one of us. Please, don't be complacent. Let's get out and make sure Mr Obama and Biden win the White House back and bring freedom back to this country.


    Obama/Biden 2008 - go get em

    October 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Tennessee

    Would Powell have crossed party lines if Obama was white?

    October 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. Happy in Arizona

    I feel sorry for the people in West Virginia. Voting for the McCain/Palin ticket will bring them more of the same==no jobs, no health insurance without a cost to the familes in West Virginia, and just plain more of Bush. It amazes me with the disgusting campaigning done by Palin and McCain that anyone in their right mind would cast a vote for those two. How sad it is for these people.

    October 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. GKL

    Get out and Vote is the only way Obama/Biden can win. I am so afraid the Republicans will steal this election again. We can't have that. This year EVERY vote counts.

    October 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Sarah

    We need to get out to vote. We can't let the republicans steal this election like they have the last two! All this nonsense about ACORN from the republicans is the beginning of their schemes to suppress our votes and deny true democracy. Poor people and minorities are suppressed, or coincidentally there's only one broken down voting machine in a democratic district. Let me tell you something, conservatives: we are all Americans, we all have the right to vote, and we are not going to stand by and let Bush get his third term!

    Hey, by the way, has anyone noticed how mindless the GOP herd is? When McCain's talking about Ayers, Obama's an evil Muslim terrorist, when he's talking about ACORN and campaign finance (I guess they just can't believe how much the rest of the country hates their party) Obama is just buying fake votes from Mickey Mouse, cuz he's really going to show up at the voting booth, and now he's a crazy socialist–forget the crescent and the star, it's the hammer and sickle now. They're such morons. And it always seems like they're trying to find reasons NOT to vote for Obama, as opposed to reasons to vote for McSame.

    October 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. Retired woman for Obama

    The key is to get out the vote - especially those young people who registered to vote but historically have failed to vote.

    Just winning is not enough. Obama/Biden have to win by a large enough margin to give Obama a mandate to implement his programs.

    October 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. thomas

    Preserve Freedom. Vote for Obama.

    October 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Chloe

    Yes, Obama/Biden are ahead in the polls, but we need to stay the course and keep working. Everyone should realize that we still need to get out there and vote........ and vote early if possible. The endorsement of Powell today is a huge boost, and that he realizes the facts and sees the campaign stradegy of McCain is nothing but negative w/no substance at all. Powell sees it for what it is, plus is willing to stand before the tv camera and tell exactly how he feels about his lack of policies and also denouncing the negative tactics.........which says a lot for Powell. As a Dec.ocrate, I have always had the utmost respect for Colin Powell, but for him to support one on the opposite ticket speaks volumes. Also.....I am so thankful that someone of his stature and is also a Repubican is willing to stand up and speak the truth a/b the qualifications of Palin as VP. I hope that there are millions more who realize "that one" only chose her b/c Obama did not choose Clinton as his running mate. It's all stradegy....to try to get women votes. Thank you ladies for not falling for that tactic!!!!!
    Thank you..........a proud Democrate.


    October 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Shawn

    John McCain and Sarah Palin can engage in Ad hominem attacks by calling Obama's policies socialist. I'll take Obama's policies over the McCain/Palin "aristocratic" policies any day!!

    October 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Daniel Cabrera


    Can Obama promises to do a complete and robust clean-up of corruption, and stop OVERSPENDING in government and in the financial sector without go into POLITICAL SUICIDE?

    YES? or NO?


    In addition since he never has been clear and open to diclose himself to the people he wants to hire him – ALWAYS TRYING EVASIVES TACTICS AND BE ELUSIVE, VERY IN THE OBSCURE WHEN COMES TO PRESENTES HIMSELF OPENLY,...I do not think he is a good person to be trusted with the presidency of our great country.

    His record is thin and lack of substance and is TOTALLY ZERO in executive experinece,... not to mention completelly EMPTY when comes to national security pragmatism.

    So is clear to me, and others who originally were looking at him as potential answer to certain things, that he just does not fit the ranks. Many out here, we now are READING, INVESTIGATING, GOING TO PUBLIC RECORDS IN MULTIPLE DIFFERENT AREAS , AND OF COURSE, WATCHING OTHER NEWS AGENCIES, DIFFERENT THAN THE TV TABLOIDS LIKE CNN AND MSNBC, AND OTHERS OF THEIR KIND.,...DOING ALL KIND OF RESEARCH SO WE GET INFORMED AND EDUCATED.
    Bottom line, we are going to cast an INTELLIGENT AND EDUCATED VOTE.

    Sincerely ,
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    October 19, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. Missourian for Obama

    I agree with the Oregonian for Obama/Biden. We all need to work hard and don't stop. Obama WILL WIN and he needs all of us to support him even after the election. "Yes we Can." It is a pleasure to be working as a volunteer for the Obama/Biden campaign in Missouri. Things are looking good. I encourage all those for Obama that can to become a volunteer for the campaign.

    October 19, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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