October 23rd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

State polls: Obama ahead in PA, VA, OH, NV and FL

Sen. McCain campaigned in Florida Thursday where Sen. Obama has a three-point advantage, according to CNN's latest poll of polls for the state.
Sen. McCain campaigned in Florida Thursday where Sen. Obama has a three-point advantage, according to CNN's latest poll of polls for the state.

(CNN) – There is little good news for Sen. John McCain in the half dozen CNN state polls of polls released Thursday.

In five of the six states – Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Nevada, and Florida – Obama has an advantage over McCain. In West Virginia, McCain is ahead but just by two points.

In the six states, Obama’s lead is greatest in Pennsylvania where he is ahead of McCain by ten points – 51 percent to 41 percent with eight percent of likely voters in the state unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Pennsylvania poll of polls released October 16, Obama had a lead of 13 points – 53 percent to 40 percent.

In Virginia, Obama is ahead by eight points in CNN’s latest poll of polls. Fifty-one percent of likely voters in Virginia support Obama and 43 percent support McCain. Six percent of the state’s voters are unsure. In CNN’s previous Virginia poll of polls released October 6, Obama’s advantage was four points – 49 percent versus 45 percent.

Obama leads in Ohio by 7 points in CNN’s latest poll of polls for the state. The Democratic nominee has the support of 50 percent of likely voters in the battleground state while 43 percent back McCain and seven percent are unsure. CNN’s October 20 Ohio poll of polls showed Obama ahead of McCain by three points – 48 percent compared to 45 percent.

In Nevada, Obama is ahead by four points. Forty-five percent of likely voters in the state support McCain while 49 percent support Obama. Six percent of likely voters in Nevada are unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Nevada poll of polls released October 13, Obama was also ahead by four points – 49 percent versus 45 percent.

In CNN’s Florida poll of polls, Obama has an advantage of three points. Obama has support from 48 percent of Florida’s likely voters compared to 45 percent support for McCain. Seven percent of the state’s likely voters are unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Florida poll of polls released October 18, Obama also lead by three points and both men had the same levels of support.

CNN’s first West Virginia poll of polls shows a two-point advantage for McCain. The Republican nominee has the support of 47 percent of likely voters in the state and 45 percent support Obama with 8 percent unsure about their choice for president

CNN’s Pennsylvania general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: Quinnipiac (October 16-21), Morning Call/Muhlenberg (October 18-22), and Susquehanna (October 16-18).

CNN’s Virginia general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: Mason-Dixon (October 20-21), CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), and Suffolk University (October 3-5).

CNN’S Ohio general election poll of polls consists of the following four surveys: Quinnipiac (October 16-21), CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), Suffolk University (October 16-19), and NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 16-17).

CNN’s Nevada general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), Mason-Dixon (October 8-9), and Research 2000 (October 3-6).

CNN’s Florida general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: Quinnipiac (October 16-21), Mason-Dixon (October 20-21), and Research 2000 (October 13-15).

CNN’s West Virginia general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 16-17), and American Research Group (October 4-8).

CNN’s state polls of polls do not have a sampling error.

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Keep working for Senator Obama, keep spreading the word and most of all vote and get your friends and neighbors to vote for Senator Obama. I feel real change coming.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. TyWebb

    Bobby from MS = Sarah Palin

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Great news.
    But everyone must vote to make it happen. Don't let anyone stop you from voting. Cheating is all the Republicans got left and history shows it is possible.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Curious

    So, what is McCain strategy? and why did the republicans say Obama was naive because he wanted a 50 state strategy. I'm laughing internally, Nov 5th will be like Christmas. This is the only present I want, President Obama.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. lily33

    VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    This is NOT the time to sit this out thinking everyone else will vote–let your VOICE & VOTE be heard LOUD & CLEAR!!!!!!!

    GOBAMA/BIDEN :)

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME

    IF DEMOCRATS WIN IT WILL NOT BE ON MY VOTE. IT DOES NOT CHANGE A THING IF THEY WIN.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Carole

    I pray the American people rethink this election. We need someone to lead with experience, one who cares about us, and our children even the ones that cannot speak for themselves, with my professional backgound I confirm that raising anyone's taxes would not be wise, one who does not have radical friends, one who is not involved with ACORN, one who has not spent so much money on this campaign, please think, look at everything not just money, we need to stop greed in business and in the government, we have to look beyond words, even H Clinton and J Biden did not agree with Mr Obama before. Thank you,

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. ThirtySomethingEgghead from SF

    Turn them blue people and vote early! I'll be watching you all in the next 12 days! Pretty boring over here in CA – Obama's lead in the polls widened to 23 pts.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Rebecca

    I'm proud to be an American at a time when people in this great nation are finally ready to put a real leader in office–a leader who wants to bring us all together rather than divide us with hateful lies. Obama has the better temperament and character to lead the U.S. into a better tomorrow. It looks like most of us feel that way in spite of the many nasty and divisive mudslinging that McCain and Palin can't seem to stop keep throwing at us.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. LOOK BYOND

    We are tired of the Bush administration, which John Mccain will bring back if elected.
    The real issue is that The American people are worried about the ECONOMY.
    JOB LOSS
    FORCLOSURES.
    This is why the people of PA, VA, OH, NV and FL have made up their minds that the right candidate that will get us out of this mess is OBAMA.

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. babs

    NC GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO BLUE!!!

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Mr. Anthony

    I am an Obama supporter and the polls seem to be good news. But, whatever the outcome, we MUST join together as AMERICANS, to find common ground. It should not be us vs. them on either side. As Americans, we are all in this together. We all share the same struggles and dreams, no matter our political preference. Instead of throwing a stone, extend a hand. Everything begins and ends with we the people.

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. florida will go blue

    I just hope we can turn Florida blue...man I'd love to live in a blue state!!!

    Obama/BIden 08!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Ronie

    YIPPPPEEEEE! We need Obama/Biden to turn our suffering country around, we are all hurting in every aspects of our lives...job losses, economy, foreclosures, gas prices, food prices, etc. We need a change..new breath of fresh air from the Republicans. The Republicans were responsible for the big mess we're in and also the bailout where we ended up shouldering the billilons of dollars we doled out.

    My family and I already voted for the Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Republican Voting OBAMA

    Get out and Vote, Today or as early as possible. Obama 08

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Larry

    Oh Magoo, you've done it again.

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Tomkat in Seattle

    Americans-Be wise with your vote. McCain/ Palin will shove religion down your throat.

    -Tomkat-

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Diversity and Equality 2008

    Wow!!!

    The whole world is longing for this victory of Barack Obama and the Democrats, so that the United States once again becomes the strongest force for social progress and peace in the world!

    It's time to finally stop those fear-mongering demagogues who have brought America down!

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Hillary Supporter for OBAMA!!

    Everybody, PLEASE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets have a landslide so they cant steal this election again!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Veteran from Minnesota

    And the walls come tumblin down...........Thank you fellow Americans!!
    Obama/Biden 08.....Yes we can!

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Shrimp Barnicles, NJ

    Don't be too complacent with the polls. There is still danger ahead.
    Go to the polls and vote. I think Obama will take Penn by like 1.5% to 2% –not the 10%+ the polls are showing today

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Obama supporter in Virginia

    Virginia Navy Veteran, from Norfolk, Virginia

    Helping to turn Virginia Blue!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. CM in AR

    This is looking great....BUT don't get cocky get out there are VOTE!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Denise

    GREAT!!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. professional from VA

    I live in VA and if all of the people who support the Obama/Biden tickek go out and vote, then VA will turn Blue. GET OUT AND VOTE

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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