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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (936 Responses)
  1. Griff

    Your Housing Problem? Why don't people trade a home, for one they can afford..

    October 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Denise Bolin

    The McCain/Palin ticket has no shame whatsoever. Run a clean campaign and STOP THE LIES!! The robo calls are so far over the line. Do you realize children answer the phone and hear that hatred? Is that putting "Country First"? When Obama becomes President – is it fair to fill the country with lies and fear monger? This needs to stop now. Win or lose with honor and dignity. You're making yourself out to be a desperate, out of touch man full of hate and anger. We used to admire you, John McCain. Now I feel sorry for you,

    October 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Annie

    we definitely need a team in the white house who will look forward to working with President Obama to make each citizen life better.

    October 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. tangerine

    VOTE AMERICA and Change your Future!!
    VOTE OBAMA /Biden 2008

    October 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Lisa Brennan

    You know, all in all, I kind of like programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits and SSI and SS and Medicare and Head Start and Federally funded infrastructure building~ like O.W.Holmes said~ I like paying taxes because it builds civilization. Why have off-shore and overseas exemptions? Why give the rich Bush tax cuts? It is patriotic to pay taxes. It just has to be more fair. And in a few decades after we clean up after the greed and corruption, something good and decent might emerge~ our civilzation. That is a much better course than what it looks like now after Bush and with the ideas of McCain~ a broken system with the healthy and wealthy calling the shots.

    October 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Chris young

    This nations future is in serious trouble if obama wins!

    October 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. IraqVet

    I agree with the Dont Gloat..., VOTE comment. Every person who has ever competed in any sport knows that you have to follow through beyond any doubt that you have crossed the finish line. Beyond that, don't forget that there are some close House and Senate races that you can support. Additionally, there is the DNC. Barack can do more with what we in the Army call Combat Multipliers than he can do by himself. If you want to see real change in this country, look at your governors, mayors, county supervisors, state reps, etc. One other thing we all want to take a hard look at is a little known factor of JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS! Not for the Supreme Court although that's important too. We need to look at Administratative, Family, Circuit, Criminal, Appeal etc. Why? Because all of the bluster behind the policies and politics that you see talked about in the news are adjudicated 1000 times over in all of these courthouses with little to no fanfare. Innocent people are having their lives impacted everyday by Hard-line policies that dont work and dont make sense. This country needs wholesale change. If you really want a different country, then the job isn't dont on November 4th. Obama is changing the electoral map, we need to do our part.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Shahadah

    I get so excited every time I hear him speak.

    October 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Denise Bolin

    Vote now – Vote Obama/Biden YES WE CAN.....YES WE MUST!

    October 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. DS

    John Mc Cain says he loves being the underdog.

    So, let us help John remain the underdog!

    Go out and VOTE TODAY OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Muckinello

    Keep up the good work and vote on Election day, on this, the most important election of a generation!

    October 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. PA Voter

    I think that going after West Virginia is a mistake. They should devote those resources to shoring up support in Ohio and North Carolina. Indiana has McCain up by 2-4 points (compared to 6 in WV) and the demographics and media market are much more favorable to Obama. While the campaign has money to burn, they should just close the deal on Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Nevada – all those states are much more realistic than West Virginia.

    October 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Manny T

    I agree we're so close but like Obama said its not over until Nov 4. We can't get ahead of ourselves. We're almost there it's been a long campagin but in the end I'm sure we will come out ahead but we need all Obama supporters to vote. Polls might show thats he ahead but come Nov 4 polls don't matter if we don't go out and vote, so Obama voter do whatever early vote, or vote on the 4th. Just get out there and show ur right as an american go vote. Obama/ Bindin 08

    October 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Olivia

    I hope the folks in W Va. stick with McCain.
    Obama is buying votes heavily.....that makes it too easy for a candidate to get votes irregardless of his position on issues. The rules must be changed for future elections so that no candidate will have an unfair advantage due to excessive amts of campaign funds.
    Should Obama win, I will always wonder what the true outcome wouldv'e been without his 6 to 1 advantage in the ads.

    October 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. S. Boatman

    Mccain Does Not Have A 6 Point Lead In West Virginia!

    October 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. C

    The world would be a better place with Obama in the White House this time around...

    October 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Linda pennington

    why do you not show the history regarding Fannie and Freddie?

    Congress was warned about this situation and refused to tighten up.
    This is on tape.
    Clinton acknowledged Democrats resisted change!

    I am disappointed in this lack of information and keeping the truth from us!

    This is not truthful reporting.

    October 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Jorge Yacoman

    I think that Barack Obama will not only be a great president,but he will also be the leader that we,the rest of the world, need.

    October 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. David

    I am A Proud Pro-American for Obama/Biden

    October 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. tina

    colin powell endorsement, now that is COUNTRY FIST!

    October 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Inka

    There are many Limbaughs, Palins, Roves and GOPs, racists and ignorant, backward looking people will spread rumours.
    But as they say- good truimps evil.
    Go and vote for Obama / Biden

    October 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Justin

    Huh? So Obama is doing well in 2 Kerry states and is now losing in Ohio (a red state) and this is being presented by CNN as good for Obama? If they each take their states from 2004 then McCain wins...

    October 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Lucy

    In 8 years of failed Republican and Bush policies of tax breaks for the rich, deregulation, and trickle down economy has shown us that the Republicans are absolutely clueless about the economy. Everyone is jumping from the Republican ship. Colin Powell did not have to endorse anyone, but he knew he just couldn't vote Republican and could not let the hate mongering of the McCain campaign divide America. I hope on election night the "red states" start lighting up true blue democratic wins across the USA. Everyone one needs to vote and start paying attention to our government. We just cannot ever let this happen again. We have to be writing letters to our Congress and let them know we are watching what is happening in Washington and make sure that our Congressmen are not being swayed by lobbyists.

    October 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! "1"

    47-46 is only 1 point or please revise the numbers

    fellow democrats VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE.......feels good to have contributed and I will donate again TOMORROW

    socialist Sen. Obama??....it is exactly what secessionist palin did in Alaska....RAISED TAXES ON OIL and gave chaecks to every man, woman and child, benefiting herself by about $24,000.00 and a house (very doubtful financing to say the least)


    General Colin Powell, thank you Sir, from a proud vet to another highly decorated war hero!

    October 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. shahadu adam

    Obama is the ultimate choice, not just for America but the entire world.God bless him

    October 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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