October 26th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Ohio a must win for McCain

McCain is campaigning in Ohio Sunday, a state that is a must win for the Arizona senator.

McCain is campaigning in Ohio Sunday, a state that is a must win for the Arizona senator.

DAYTON, Ohio (CNN)– John McCain is back in Ohio today. He's holding rallies in Zanesville and Lancaster, in the central part of the state. Tomorrow McCain campaigns here in Dayton before heading east to Pennsylvania. But McCain is expected to be back in Ohio later in the week.

Why's Senator McCain (R-Arizona) spending so much time here? Because Ohio is a must-win state for McCain. He needs to hold onto the states that George W. Bush carried four years ago in his re-election for president. With McCain trailing Barack Obama in the polls in some of those states, like Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and North Carolina, it's essential for the Republican presidential nominee to hold on to Ohio and its 20 electoral votes.

"Obama can win without Ohio. McCain can't." says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. He adds that "the Democrats’ strategy is to deny Ohio to McCain. No Republican presidential nominee has won the White House without Ohio."

The latest CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio suggests Obama has a five point lead, 49 percent to 44 percent, with 7 percent of voters undecided. The poll of polls is an average of the latest surveys in the state.
McCain won't have the state to himself. Obama campaigns in Canton, Ohio tomorrow, and expect him to make a return visit before election day on November 4th.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Senator McCain, it's over and...

    Will senior mccain stop blaming the media for his crappy ran campaign. It's not their fault that he looks so bad, it's his. And, it started with Palin, sh'e dumb and it shows, and he's in denile if he want's to be where he's at, cuz, he's getting his brains beat.

    October 26, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Dear Aware: you call yourself a former Hillary supporter and yet you argue that an all democratic win will weaken the country. Do you remember the primaries? Those debates? The policy difference between Hillary and Obama was almost non existent. The two of them really had to split hairs to differentiate their stands on the issues. You are so a Republican plant it is ridiculous.

    October 26, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. CindyN--PA

    McCain - says he's against abortion but for Stem Cell. And all the Evangelicals think that is ok.
    Hypocrisy at it's finest.

    That is percisely why I am voting for Obama. Tired of the Religious right nuts trying to control our country, and running it into the ground.
    We need a leader, and McCain just isnt the better man.

    October 26, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. NJ

    If Obama can keep all the Kerry states, and change VA and OH, it looks like Election Night coverage will end early on Tuesday.

    October 26, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. LouAnn

    aware....you are obviously very unaware. McCain/Palin don't represent any of Hillary's prinicples. Either you're a racist, or a republican who was going to vote for Hillary because she is a female, or you are a disgruntled Democrat who supported Hillary and got mad when she lost to Obama and so you stomped off to the other side where old Bush man and his ditzy running mate are now the ticket you support. You didn't do your homework very well. Either way, it's wrong. When all the Repubs are jumping ship and supporting Obama, don't you feel like a fish swimming upstream?

    October 26, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Patrick

    Palin is Waaay off message in her rally speech in Florida...Why is she accusing Obama of calling the game over and NOT cutting off the net before the game is over?? Obama has never said such.Did he not just give a speech telling his supporters not to get cocky??

    October 26, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Commonwealth

    Nightingale, that's probably because all 'your people' have pulled them up and taken them.

    October 26, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. NoTrustInPolitics

    McCain is losing because he is deliberately incting hate at his rallies. Only haters and right-wing nuts like that.

    October 26, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Quit talking and VOTE

    Reality is it doesn't matter what the polls states nor what is reported by the media. What matters is the vote you cast on or by November 4th. Vote for McCain, Obama, or a third party. But VOTE!!! Quit bashing who you think is the poor candidate and do something about it. VOTE!!! I already did...

    October 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. CV

    C'Mon Ohio we're counting on you! We know you won't vote for McCain and another four years of the same! I'm confident the majority of Americans can see through the smoke screen and realize the McCain/Palin Ticket is in survival mode all they have left is their Obama attacks and lies, Their only hope to diminish and divide Obama's support. GO OBAMA/BIDEN/MICHELLLE 08!

    October 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Its now time to turn Texas BLUE!!! I did my part, voted a straight DEM ticket here in Dallas County and just sent 200 bucks to Obama...one last time! Maybe someday Texas will wake up and see that there politics are of the 20th century! It's time to send those EVANGELICAL RETARDS FROM WACO TO DFW FROM ABLINE TO TYLER PACKING!!! ITS TIME FOR TEXAS TO JOIN THIS CENTURY PEOPLE......ITS TIME TO GET RID OF WET AND DRY DISTRICTS...ITS TIME TO GET RID OF OLD TEXAS "Blue Laws"!!! ITS TIME FOR TEXAS TO JOIN THE REST OF THE BIG STATES LIKE CALIF, NEW YORK AND ILL IN ITS THINKING!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Anita of georgia

    John McCain, can campaign in Ohio until the cows come home. His chances of winning this election is like a snowball in Hell! Give it up John, go on home where you belong.

    October 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Lisa

    John McCain maybe if you and your campaign would quit telling lies and playing in the gutter people might look at you in a different way. People are tired of your dirty campaign, Knock it off!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. AJ

    You know republicans are completely lost when Palin's latest talking points in Florida are about some rediculous claim that Obama has already written his inaugural speech of Jan. 20th!!!!! Also, another talking point was that Obama had a look alike presidential emblem on his podium!!! You must be kidding when you want to elect this woman as a VP. There probabbly are 20 more mlillion women in this country who are more astute and intelligent than this woman!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. SJC

    To aware

    Everything you said would have been perfectly true if you had substituted Bush's name for Obama.

    Also you capped off your ridiculous post with a blatant lie. There is no way a Hillary supporter would ever vote for McCain knowing what he said about Chelsea Clinton in 1998. Nobody, that is, with a rational mind. In case you forgot here's what he said:

    ""Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

    Also for a Democrat to support Sarah Palin and her nonsensical right wings views is also ludicrous. Finally Hillary supports the Reid. Pelosi and Obama agenda.

    I conclude that you are nothing more than a Republican shill childishly disguising yourself as a Hillary supporter.

    October 26, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. zenter

    McCain is going to lose whether or not he has Ohio, and Obama will probably carry Ohio anyway!

    October 26, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. ET from OMAHA

    At this pace it won't be 8 Pm ET before they declare OBAMA's victory on Nov 4.
    Stay Tune I have the beer and the BBQ party already aorganized for OBAMA here in OMAHA. The GOP and PUMAS are invited.

    October 26, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. ralph

    Yeah McCain. Keep telling your lies to your incredible shrinking crowds.

    October 26, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. MikeH

    I must confess I agree with Sarah Palin on one thing. The big flap over the wadrobe expenses was/is a big waste of media time.

    So what? So what if they spend money on Sarah to spruce her up a bit? I would expect that of either campaign. It's a non-issue.

    What is much more important is the nature of Sarah's moral character. Book baning, vindictive power-corrupted behavior, pathological lie-telling, fundamental ignorance about the Constitution, that is what matters.

    October 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Jake

    After seeing and hearing Palin all weekend, she gets more and more vicious. She has a big mouth and an empty head. She needs to shut-up and buy another suit at Bloomingdales!

    October 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Javier

    I am waiting for McCain to declare that God has ordained him to be the next President of the United States. He does not seem to accept what dead weight Mrs. Palin has been to his campaign, stalling any progress after the convention. It is like a childhood fairy tale where if you say it often enough it will come true. All that comes from them is the negativity that underlies their declining appeal. You could get whiplash from watching all of the changed positions McCain has embraced. Palin was a poor choice in a very important role in that campaign.

    October 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    If you want Obama to win, get out the vote. You have to vote.

    October 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Erika

    anyone notice that McCain rallies he get's numbers in the hundreds. But at future President Elect Obama's rallies the numbers in the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS! I think the people have spoken, McCain just look at the audience. It appears to be McCain and joe the plumber and that's about it.

    October 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Mark in Colorado

    John McCain will never admit it, but Palin was a BIG mistake.

    October 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Rj

    For days I've been trying to figure out what it is about Sarah Palin that evokes a familiar discomfort. I realized today, it's the same feeling I got when I saw Madonna holding a guitar. I was amused up until the point when it hit me, "Wait a minute, she really expects us to believe she's a real musician". Never mind that her fingers are not moving, I'm just supposed to except what I'm told and don't pay attention to the facts. That's when I slipped from amusement to annoyed. It's okay to claim you have a huge member. But at some points you're going to have to pull your pants down.

    October 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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