October 25th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Polls: Obama has five-point advantage in Ohio

Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin campaigned recently in Ohio.
Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin campaigned recently in Ohio.

LIMA, Ohio (CNN) - It all came down to Ohio in the last presidential election, and a new average of the latest polls in this crucial battleground state indicates that the state is once again up for grabs.

George W. Bush's narrow victory in Ohio four years ago put the President over the top in his bid for re-election. This time around, Ohio could be just as crucial to the outcome of the race for the White House.

A CNN poll of polls compiled Saturday afternoon suggests that Barack Obama has a five-point lead in Ohio, 49 percent to 44 percent, with 7 percent of voters undecided in their choice for president.

This new edition of CNN's Ohio poll of polls consists of five surveys, an Ohio Newspaper poll conducted October 18-22, a Quinnipiac survey taken October 16-21, a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted October 19-21, a Suffolk University survey taken October 16-19, and an NBC/Mason Dixon poll conducted October 16-17.

Senator Barack Obama, D-Illinois, was up by 7 points over Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, in the previous CNN Ohio poll of olls, which was compiled on October 23.

Both candidates, their running mates, and their surrogates, are spending a lot of time campaigning in Ohio. And Ohio voters are getting inundated with campaign television commercials. The McCain and Obama campaigns have spent a combined estimated $29 million in advertising in Ohio this election cycle.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN Poll of polls • John McCain • Ohio
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    Thank God. Please remember the farming technique. Every now and then, you have to plant other crops or leave the land alone to rejuvenate the land.

    Well, this applies to presidential race too. We have 8 years of REPUBLICONOMIC. It aint working. Let's change.

    October 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    We need to go full speed and jumpstart the economy. Vote for the donkey.

    If you need a job and a real economy, vote for the donkey.

    If you want to go hungry at night every night, vote for McCain.

    October 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Voter

    It'll probably go to McCain.

    October 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Jason

    Obama Biden 08 12 ... Better believe it!!

    October 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. hurriCAIN PALIN

    why do they keep doin these stupid polls, when theres absolutely millions upon millions of people. these polls are inaccurate, waste of time.

    NOBAMA

    Go mccain/palin

    October 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. David Bucovaz

    the thing is, is these polls will tighten up and are extremely unreliable in some cases
    i think 5 points indicates Obama will win by 2
    in 2004 Bush was Polling ahead of Kerry by a point in Wisconsin,
    turns out Kerry won it, by the slimmest of margins in the entire election
    so electoraly Obamas probably going to win it, but not by huge margins, if hes polling 10 up expect it to be 3-5
    if hes up 3 its really maybe 1
    And in Pennsylvani and Ohio there is such an expectation for him to win, the polls are tilted towards him
    he will only win Pennsylvania but about 3 points, garuntee it

    on that note

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    October 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. DeleforObama

    CAN I SAY PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Fla Granny

    As our economy continues to implode, those undecided voters will hopefully finally realize it's time for a REAL change and vote for Obama. It's time, people. Let's get on with our recovery.

    October 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. jsmith

    "CNN Ohio poll of olls" – that's a new one.

    October 25, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Theresa

    And with the Bradley effect factored in.....he still is a loser. Not just in Ohio.

    October 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. carson

    Mcsame will lost in every single state, go obama.. enough is enough...

    October 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Pepou

    We will win Ohio ! Go Barack go !!!

    October 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Higher! Higher!

    October 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Chris

    Obama has an advantage in a state that Bush barely won.

    It is only obvious that Obama is going to win the state since Bush barely squeaked a victory in '04.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08.

    October 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. President Barack Obama

    Keep Fightin......We Need This Number To Grow to At Least 10 or 12 points!!! Cincinnati voters Vote Early..... No excuse not to.... 800 Broadway.

    Barack Your Vote08!!!!

    October 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Shy

    That is so good to see Obama take the lead. Great everyone now continue to vote for Obama.

    October 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Michael

    I don't know what I'm going to do when the election is over. I've had so much fun watching McCain shoot himself in the foot.

    October 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Republican Randy

    As it's becoming more & more apparent that Obama will win, I pray he can bring this nation back together. We need to unite as a nation like never before to squash this terrible recession and bring us back to prosperity! I will support our next president and hope my fellow republicans will do the same. Our party needs to re-focus on our core values and start looking at 2012.

    October 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. Simmy

    Come on Ohio- let's raise the polls! OB08Plus!

    October 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Dean

    Good!! Can't wait to send Palin back to Alaska. She is totally out of her league and running on a phony, exaggerated record!

    October 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. SANDRA

    NICE GOING SEN OBAMA WE WILL ALL WAIT UNTIL ALL THE BALLOTS ARE COUNTED THEN WE CAN RELAX NOT NOW.

    October 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Mary (Texas)

    May God Bless you John McCain and Sarah Palin!!! We need you to lead us through these troubling times. Your heart is in the right place and we trust you.

    I know there is a lot of cleaning up to be done in the White House and we have faith in you.

    Thank you for serving our country by putting you life on the line. Remember just as God kept you going then – God will be by your side as President!!

    October 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Jeanine G

    As a "Campaign for Change" volunteer worker here in Ohio, I am on phones and knocking on doors and giving out directions to the Board of elections constantly now. We have run out of yardsigns, bumperstickers and pins and we are electrified, energized and excited. There are so many more Republicans out there then I thought who are so sick of the last 8 yrs that Barack's simple straightforward talk and optimism has become so appealing. The Independents are falling our way, and many of the Repubs are following.

    Make History, or just read about it.....VOTE!

    October 25, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Peachbird

    McCain needs to retire. I'm sure that Palin is already making a deal with Fox News. And poor Cindy looks like she is on drugs most of the time to me.

    I suspect the Polls are wrong.... I think Obama is even farther ahead of McCain. I'm in a republican state, Texas, and I don't hear anyone say they are for McCain. I'm not black, by the way.

    October 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. marrig

    Checked the voting machines in Ohio lately?

    October 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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