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. hurriCAIN PALIN

    if nobama is elected and he fails as president(most likely will because of his inexperience and his so called "good judgement"), america will be regretting and deeply disappointed that they picked the wrong person

    October 19, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I am so excited, about Colin Powel is endorsement, this tells the American People, we are part of the History Making event, and this in all of us lifetime...Regan, Kennedy and all that fought for this freedom of the world must be happy ...Go Obama, comtinue to be the man you are, we need you...


    October 19, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. rachel

    People from Ohio that are voting McCain when they have been lifelong Union Democrats should be ashamed of themselves. Obama will be elected as the next President and Ohio will be remembered as the bigot state that got left behind. It's one thing to vote McCain if you believe he would make a better president and quite another to vote AGAINST Obama and your party because of his skin color. I have many friends who have parents that are Union members, Democrats and would be much better served by Obama and are not voting for him because he is black. Shameful.

    October 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Deadhead Dylan

    Meanwhile, a new NBC/Mason Dixon survey of West Virginia voters has John McCain with a 6 point lead there, 47-46 percent.

    HMMM. What is wrong with this sentence??? How can a 6 point lead be
    a difference of 1 percentage point?

    October 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. C W

    There are more registered Democrats than Republicans, so all we have to do it VOTE!

    This isn't over 'til it's over! Make it happen and get out and vote on November 4!

    Vote for leadership, vision, stability, intelligence – vote for a better tomorrow for our great nation!

    Vote Obama/Biden!

    October 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Bobby from MS

    Any poll can be manipulated. Things are closer than some would have you believe. As far as Colin Powell goes is there any surprise here? What a shock, a black guy voteing for Obama. Will not change anything.

    The military is still for McCain even with Powell's endorsment.

    October 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Cindy Nelson

    I'm so glad that Powell gave his endorsement to Obama. It really does show that the American people dont want the division that the McCain campaign is pushing.
    United We Stand/ Divided We Fall
    We dont need to pit Americans against other Americans.
    We are one nation under God.

    The Justice for All will be when McCain loses this election.

    October 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Donna in Michigan

    So true Oregonian for Obama/Biden! Please remember to VOTE!!!
    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Brain in DC

    McCain got Lieberman's endorsement, and Obama got Powell's. Two more reasons to trust and support Obama!

    October 19, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. mary, colorado springs co

    Sen Obama's rise in the poles shows that the intelligent, thinking people are making certain he gets to the White House where he belongs. The Republicans will not give up easily, so we will still have to stay vigilant for more double-dealing from them. While McCain has served his country well, those days are over, and he has turned into a bitter old man who has turned to using unethical untrue insinuations and lies to try to stop Obama's rise in popularity. He has become pathetic, still living in the past, saying nothing about the future. It is sad. I hope his future is less unpleasant as this race has been for him.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    October 19, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Chrystal Durham,NC

    Hello CNN,

    Today I voted for the OBAMA/BIDEN ticket here in southeast Durham and the line was out the door all ages waiting to vote. What a wonderful site regardless of who they voted for. Here in NC we just started voting on Oct 16 and the college students here are energized. There was a report of college students marching to the polls to show that they will show up THIS TIME!.

    Just before I left I had someone call to notify me of early voting from the OBAMA/BIDEN campaign and when I returned another volunteer knocked on my door to notify me as well. I have even begun to volunteer making phone calls in the battleground states. NC will go BLUE!. Folks are taking the elderly, calling, knocking door to door to make sure everyone votes .

    Everyone take advantage of early voting 9if possible). It took me a total of 30 minutes. We have a tough two weeks ahead so the voting process must seal the deal on all of the hard work from everyone.

    October 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. MikeH

    CNN is more and more obviously a propaganda mouthpiece for the Republican party

    Saturday, McCain gets an endorsement from a Miami Newspaper, and CNN runs that at the top of the ticker most of the day.

    Today, Colin Powell endorsed Obama, and CNN quickly buries the story.

    CNN ticker moderators quickly close moderation on articles like how Palin/McCain tactics have turned to destructive devisive hate-mongering, I suspect becouse of the deluge of anti-McCain posts.

    Yet CNN opens up the flood gate on 'Joe the Plumber' (real name Samuel, the non-plumber), as part of the non-issue celebrity diversionary tactics the Republican party so dearly wants.

    CNN why have you become so cowardly? Why are you so willing to be used as a tool to divide this nation?

    You haven't been posting my comments because they are asking these pointed questions, so I don't expect you to post this one, but I aim this at you individuals directly. You are part of the problem facing America, and if you don't change your ways, I would gladly support the effort to deny you licensing until your would-be facist propaganda practices are eliminated.

    October 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. You Can Run But You Can Not Hide!

    Vote Vote Vote! November 4th's result is the only one that counts. Ecourage everybody to go and VOTE!

    October 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Griff

    You won't be told CNN... Everybody who is voting for Barack Obama Caused your Recession.. The Big Moey is in Foreign Banks.... Doing Nothing... But Obama can't touch.... This happened when Obama started to get a Lead.... If he loses it will come back...

    October 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Meka


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    October 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. pawstiv1

    Thank You God.....I agree, none of us can take anything for granted....we must ALL vote....

    October 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Canadian

    Well said Oregonian ...your country has the opportunity to elect someone who will be a great leader. Those great leaders are few and far between in our world ...

    October 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    Thank you, Oregonian. EVERY vote counts! Please cast yours.


    October 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Bob


    While you might not "put anything past the Republican Party", I'd say the same about the Democratic Party. There's a story in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch today about a house with 20 Obama supporters living in it; they're all registered to vote here but also registered to vote (and live) in other states as well. They're likely living here just long enough to vote early, then no doubt will be heading back home and trying to vote there (or by absentee ballot). It's being investigated, now, of course, but sadly I'm sure it's just the tip of the iceberg. Surprise surprise surprise. Nobody but nobody does voter fraud and stuffing the ballot box as well as Democrats.

    October 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Adam

    Go Ohio!!! I wish Indiana would lean more Obama in stead of McCain. Gen. Powell's endorsement today I think will help seal this election. We can't let the Republicans have another four years. Most importantly though, we also need more Dems in the Senate!!


    October 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Larkins

    Hopefully polling stations and their machines are legit. There are already reports of people voting for Obama and it switching to McCain. Being reported in NC, and W.V. Both instances were being overseen by Republicans.

    October 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Bob

    By the way, when questioned, the 20 individuals living in the house were explicit that they were here just long enough to register to vote. They are NOT students, relocated workers, etc. They are here JUST TO VOTE an additional time.

    October 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. josh

    Not surprising McCain may have a lead in Ohio.It's filled with ppl like joe the phony plummer,uneducated, racist,right wing nut jobs..If Ohio wants 4 for years of the same they deserve what they get..

    October 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Weepy

    I "simply don't put anything past the" Democrat party. They lie, cheat and probably steal. And from what I observe, Democrats are the most rude people I have ever seen. By the way, is Oregon part of the United States anymore? I thought Oregon was just a part of the "left coast". Translate "left coast" to way too LIBERAL. God, what a mess this country is going to be in if Zerobama is elected!

    October 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Christian Hoechner

    Just sit back, look around what happened in the last 8 years-
    there seriously cant be any doubt what this country, all of us, the world needs? Change!!! Show that you have a voice and VOTE!!!

    October 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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