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)

    Obama's past with Resko, Auchi, Ayres, Dohrn, Rev. Wright, Fr. Pfleger, Farrakhan, PLO, Black Panthers, Malcom X, Hamas, ACORN and other scary affiliations really concern all voters,. Also, the lawsuit against Obama for fraud, for not a natural-born citizen would not allow him to be president. Obama, should cooperate with the federal investigations.,and more recently obama campaign that gave near millons to acorn affilates, those cash money to get obama votes increase./////

    October 19, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. PUMBU

    The problem is, McCain has no new policies, he is Bush 44. Now he thinks Joe the fake plumber is the only talking point. Poor McSame.

    October 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Isidoro from Germany

    It´s not over until it´s really over! Go Barack! Go Joe! ... all the way till to the WH. And God bless you, so that you can make this world a better place!

    October 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Donald, Canton,NC

    I'm sicked and tired of the outright lying coming out of both McCain's and Palin's mouth.

    Their desperation to win at any costs is pretty obvious.

    Instead of focusing on the problems facing this country they can do nothing but repeat their same lies over and over again.

    This is what the American people are sicked and tired. Politicians who show no leadership or propose any ideas to solves this country's ills, despite McCain's constant rhetoric that he knows how to fix everything and he can do it!! Well, after 26 years in the Senate he's shown us what little he knows and can do - NOTHING!!!

    October 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Obama Supporter

    Once again, I am watching Senator McCain talk about joe "the plummer." This plummer guy is not a registered voter, he owes back taxes and he does not have a business. Senator McCain did not do any homework on a person that he has engulfed into his campaign.

    I really hate to hear him talk about what Senator Obama is doing or not doing. He does not understand what is requires to take this Nation to the next level. He is just blowing smoke up his bases back side. Senator McCain changes his plan everytime he speaks. I wish he would find a plan of action and just stick to it.

    I hope that McCain and Palin noticed how many people were at Senator Obama's stump in St. Louis, Missouri. I believe it was tallied at one hundred thousand. Senator McCain can only get about a hundred by himself, he has got to have his pitbull to help out.

    I really do think with the endorsement of Colin Powell, whom I met while on Active Duty in Germany, will go along way with helping Senator Obama reach Independents around the country.

    I rode around my old neighborhood in South Carolina and I noticed at least twenty Obama signs and only nine for McCain.

    America will get it right this time in our election: "TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE OBAMA/BIDEN 2008.

    October 19, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Shelley in Oregon

    Another Oregonian for Obama/Biden!

    Powell said it best....... We need a UNITED front in these crazy times....... NOT the hatred and conflict that the McCain ticket would bring to this country.

    Besides..... the LITTLE GUY deserves a tax break for the next 4 years! I'm sick of the "rich" getting richer, and us poor folk trying to hang on.

    UNITED we will be!

    October 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Zach, Independent/California

    Funny thing is, the youth vote is underrepresented in the polls. Add 2-3% to Obama's numbers. Obama will probably win the election by at least 10 million popular votes, with at least 320 electoral votes. The Obama campaign has been close to perfect in execution and it will show on Nov. 4. Early voting is already stacking up in favor of Obama.

    October 19, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. ND Mom

    SHOUT IT OUT Obama that McShame is distorting your tax policies. He is the one who STILL wants to give the breaks to BIG business, Oil companies and the very wealthly.

    Too bad you don't have your own Bobblehead Barbie standing behind you at all your rallies.

    October 19, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. soccermom

    Oregonian for Obama – I seriously laughed when reading your post. Sounds like your begging the other democrats to vote and turnout – which they, along with the young voters, don't always do.

    What great things is Obama going to do, I'd like to know. I haven't heard of anything he will do except raise taxes, increase spending, and generally veer this right-center country to the very left, liberal, socialist leanings, along with his friends Pelosi and Reid.

    You know who will really be running this country, don't you? Reid and Pelosi. Obama is a weak guy, and will have no choice but to do what they say. Good for them – they have a 9% approval rating.

    As such, you know Obama will be a one-termer, because, while this country has been suckered now and he will be elected, he can't fool the country for four years.

    At least we won't have to see Hillary again in 4 years, though I have to say, even she isn't sounding so bad right now, after what we've been listening to from Barry.

    McCain/Palin 2008, its not too late.

    October 19, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |

    This Republican is voting tomorrow in TEXAS for Barack Obama. I can hardly wait. I know Republican's that say they are for McCain but are going to vote for Barack in the booth.

    Obama/Joe "the Senator"

    October 19, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. John Stevens

    The only way McCain can win is IMHO by electoral college – as Bush did in 2000 – no way he can swing the popular vote.

    If this happens – we will be in great trouble – the Democratic Congress will be forced to fight him at every turn. The end result will be either severe gridlock or , if the Congress can get it together, rule by Congress. The USA and the presidency will be greatly weakened.

    My 2 cents.

    October 19, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Talking about Obama being ahead in Wisconsin and Minnesota is hardly news. If I was Obama I would be worried about being just 1 point ahead in Ohio after all the cash he's spent.

    October 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Janel

    Everyone please get out and vote. The very thought of Sarah Palin doing anything in the White House besides visiting is TREMENDOUSLY SCARY!!! SARAH PALIN IS DIVIDING AMERICA AND IT WILL BE WORST IF SHE IS IN OFFICE!!!!! PLEASE VOTE FOR CHANGE..... YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/ BIDEN 08&12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Mighty Mike

    Two weeks to go and things are looking good. This is what Obama our next president needs to do. Next week ask the American people this question "If you like what you have seen for the last 8 years vote John MacSame" and next week give a vision for the future of American under an Obama presidency, filled with hope, dreams, unity and togetherness, One People, One America.

    October 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Shannon

    Nice comment, Oregonian. All I can add is that ALL voters should be prepared that their vote will be challenged. Take your state ID and any utility bill that has your correct info with you when you vote. Take a proactive stance, don't let someone steal your vote!

    October 19, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. T. Mckinley

    Someone at a McCain rally recently said that he was angry that the "socialists" are taking over this country.

    There is a reason why the "socialists," as he calls them, are taking over this country.

    It is because the "capitalists" (the CEO's, the bankers, the mortgage brokers, the insurance companies, the right-wingers in government, etc.) have completely screwed this country up!

    We gave the "capitalists" free reign, and they completely blew it!

    What if a little "socialism" actually makes things better?

    October 19, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. No Hillary = No Obama

    When CNN hijacked Clinton's nomination, it became the Clinton Nemesis Network. Now that CNN has constant pandering to Obama it should be called the Cable Narcissist Network.

    October 19, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    America is blessed with a man like Barack Obama.
    His wind of change is spreading all over the world.
    He wil be your most loved President on this planet in history.

    With love from the Netherlands.

    October 19, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Hope LV,NV

    Get out and Vote!! Don't stop fighting! It aint over till the fat lady sings.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Oregonian ... I agree! I voted almost 2 weeks ago. Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. English Teacher

    I'm not a math expert, but how is 47-46% a 6 point lead?

    Sounds like McCain is only up there by 1?

    October 19, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Non McCain

    Lets end the Fascism.

    Vote Obama/Biden.

    October 19, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Independent from CA

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

    Please have someone proofread your articles.

    October 19, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Phoenix White

    Due to the "Bradley Effect", I automatically remove 7 points from what Obama has. Doing that gives McCain the election. Obama's my candidate, but this is turning into a McCain election. It's not the lead that wins, it's the momentum. McCain's got plenty of it coming from the base that his Vice Presidential nominee has scared so badly, and fooled into thinking that Obama is an "Arab Muslim Socialist Terrorist". While I could care less if he's Arab, Muslim, or Socialist, he is NO terrorist, PERIOD. And he has repeatedly shown PROOF that he is no Muslim, and he was born in Hawaii to a white Kansas mother and Kenyan father, so it's impossible for him to be an Arab. Honestly, America works better on small amounts of "Socialism". The "unregulated free market" is horrible, remember that 700 billion bailout we had to fix the credit crisis, which STILL isn't fixed? Look at Teddy Rosevelt, a Republican who regulated the food industry DESPITE the free market. Thanks to him, we all have safe food to eat (usually). Look at Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, who's rations made it possible for the country to fight a war and maintain a good base. Look at the New Deal which helped us survive the 1st Great Depression and made America the most powerful country on earth. The New Deal was the biggest display of socialism a president's ever shown, and it worked beautifully. You owe FDR and his "socialist" friends a lot of thanks. I'm more afraid of a president who said himself he's "fundamentally a deregulator" than one who's a "socialist". But then again, I'm moving to Canada if McCain wins, my money is safer there than with him and the Republicans. 🙂

    Socialists '08!
    Down with the deregulators!

    October 19, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. louis

    go obama turn america blue
    obama/biden 2008.

    October 19, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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