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. Commander in Chief

    As this election gets to the finish line, more people will have a wake up call that a vote for Mc Cain, puts the Palin clan a heartbeat away from the title of Commander in Chief, you betcha that would bea really goofy thing to do,

    October 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. cildawg1

    It looks like the 50-state strategy is working. In Tennessee we've registered many, many new voters. There may even be a Tennessee surprise for Obama!!!

    October 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |

    Obama is literally buying the election and saturating the market with clever adds created by the man behind the man, David Axelrod. Maybe if all those good democrats donating money to his campaign should be donating their money to all the worthy causes that are so desperate for money.

    October 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Vote against Corporate Welfare

    This could be a sign that americans are ready to pull thier heads out of their collective butts, and vote for the better candidate. Let's hope.

    Go OBAMA!!!

    October 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Aliou Move on

    It is time to reconcile this nation and move it beyond partisand politics.

    We need a change agent and Obama clearly represents it, as the electorate have shown us time and again in this elecitoral process.

    October 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Just Happy

    Stand Up West Virgina! Country Road take us home.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Empire, CO

    And now we have Colin Powell on our side! It's on autopilot now, can you feel the confidence? McCain can say he loves being the underdog, but sometimes the underdog loses, and there's a reason why they're on the wrong side of the point spread. Just ask every team that's played against the Tennessee Titans this year. The 100,000 plus rally in St. Louis yesterday is a shining example of the powerful support that Obama has which will enable him to cruise accross the finish line on the 4th.

    October 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Walkertown NC for Obama-Biden

    Very well said Oregonian! We must stay focused on the very important part we hold in helping to bring about these much needed changes we will experience from the Obama-Biden ticket!

    October 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Country first

    We the pepole are hurt here in USA; GM will layoff 400 employees in one state, Invista will layoff 400 employees in one state, Agilent technologies will go for a complete shutdown during the holiday season and the banking industry will layoff 10,000 more employees and we need help. We do not care about that nonsense Joe the Plumber we are worry about our future and our kids' future. We have bill government please help. We are screw by the republicans. George Bush mess us up. America remember that you can start voting now to avoid long line. If you have your mind made up by now so why wait; go out and cast that ballot to avoid waiting in long line in November 4. Remember to vote for America's future and the economy our issues that we care about. The gas is going down for one reason America because of the election then it will go back up. Vote for energy independence, equal pay for equal work .
    People are hurt and angry nationwide

    October 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. VETS4Obama

    Fight back against the republican slime machine that McShame is driving!! He sold his soul, picked an unprepared, smart mouthed power abuser as his running mate and is out trying to SCARE people instead of discussing issues or talking about distractions!!!
    Vote to end this B.S. Vote for OBAMA!!!

    October 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. AJ

    Very true. Elections are not won on message boards. People need to get out there and vote for Obama if they want this change they say they do.


    October 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. BJ

    Yes Obama... why not spend the money you get from hard working Americans, and buy yourself this election?

    And if that doesn't work, why not just use ACORN, your personal vote-getting bullies, to steal it for you?

    So when you get what you want, just take from the rich, and spread the rest to your minions. That'll keep them happy and you in power!

    As Bill Clinton said, it's a "fairy tale"!

    October 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. james in s.c.

    i just done watching obama rally in fayeville, n.c. wow it was so cool, even though it was indoors but the crowd outside was huge!!! obama had speakers planted outside of the areana to listen on....and thank you general powell for endorsing obama!!!!! lets get back to clinton days where there were jobs, peace and prosperity. GO OBAMA!!!! vote early north carolinias gosh i wish this state will go blue (s.c.)

    peace y'all

    October 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Aliou salam

    Thanks General Colin Powell. As a vet, I hear you and your endorsement is a command, an order.

    Obama 08

    October 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Jan - Canada

    I totally agree with "Oregonian for Obama/Biden"

    Everyone check to make sure you can vote , then go vote . Try voting early so you won't have to wait on Nov. 4th in the line ups .

    Don't give the Republicans the satisfaction of your complacency !

    Change is'nt scary , it's growth , all my American friends taught me this .

    Peace & Blessings To Everyone

    October 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. B Harrison

    And the winner is.............Barack Obama & Joe Biden provided everyone gets out and vote and do not let old racial fears stopped them from making a positive CHANGE!

    October 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. 4obama

    I agree Oregonian! Vote early! Vote Obama/Biden 2008!!!

    October 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |


    October 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |

    Here we go, Obama is our president. I was very happy by the endorsement from Collin Powell. Anybody can see that Obama is for change and he is running a smooth campaign. He is talking Issues that are facing Americans, while McCain and other republicans are just attacking Obama. Calling him a Muslim by the way, what's wrong about being a muslim. Like powell said there are muslims who are fighting for america in the Iraq war, and they don't have to fight to be recognised. America values every religion, than why would being a muslim be a problem. By the way every muslim is not a terrorist, In every family there are people who think otherwise, therefore we shouldn't put all the people in one basket. I am very greatful of the support people are putting behind Obama, Wow the fundraising is very amazing.
    Obama/Biden '12.

    October 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. S. Boatman

    Thank You Obama Supporters For A Record Breaking Fund Raising Month! Thank You Colin Powell For Your Endorsement . . . Even Though Mccain Tries To Down Play It We All Know He Would Have Walked Over His Own Mother To Get It! . . And To Sarah Palin . . . You Sucked On Saturday Night Live! . . . And To CNN . . . Start Posting My Comments Please!

    October 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. jessica

    To Oregonian for Obama/Biden, I couldnt have said it better myself! I also wanted to add do not let long lines deter you, this is our future!

    October 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Sarah

    I'm going to vote early, and it will be for Obama.

    October 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Dale Riebel

    I live in a small (2200) town in southern Minnesota. Yesterday I went door to door handing out fliers for Obama. I have never been involved in a presidential campain before except putting up a yard sign. The people that I talked with yesterday were overwelmingly for Obama. The town I live in is pretty conservative and has gone for Bush the last two election. One of my neighbors down the street from me is a retired US Army Veteran that voted for Reagan twice. He and his wife are going to vote for Obama and invited me into their house for a conversation on the election. That is a good sign for the Obama campain. I did have a negative reaction with two retired woman I met and have known all my life. They said Obama is pro-abortion. They did not want to hear that Obama wants to reduce the number of abortions in this country. I am pro-life but could not convince them to separate church and state the way our founding fathers had envisioned. I wish people would vote on more than a religous reason. You will never change their minds anyway. In my small town the deciding factor will be the economy and the turn out of the young vote.

    October 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Kiah

    Oooo John McCain ahead of WV thanks CNN for that balance you can't seem to live without. But sadly reporting on a small lead for McCain is worse than reporting it at all.

    October 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. McCain is a Puppet

    I agree with Oregonian, now is the time to begin down the path to change.

    Not only do Obama supporters need to continue to work as hard as they can over the next 2 1/2 weeks to get Obama elected, but we have to be ready to maintain our civic involvement to help Barack get things done over the next 8 years.

    That is the difference in this election.

    McCain and his Republican supporters are only focused on 11/04/08.

    Obama and his supporters are focused on every day after 11/04/08 and focused on doing what it takes long term to make this country the greatest nation on the planet.

    If you are still undecided, let me guarantee that myself and a whole army of Obama supporters are ready to work hard and sacrifice in whatever way is necessary to help you and everyone else in America build a better country.

    Colin Powell is one of my fellow Obama supporters.

    Get out the vote!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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