October 26th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
6 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. ann

    god i hope mcgain doen't win ohoi. just think if anything were to happen to mcgain i can just see it now parlin as the president and elizabeth from the view as our vip. lets hope obama wins

    October 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. franklin county ohio

    there are alot of Ignorant, racist, misinformed republicans.

    Oops, too much redundancy in that last sentence her in ohio.... most of them are unemployed.. Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Interest ? Why did W. Bush get elected president two times ?that is the question a lot of ohio intellectual ask the self.. state is becoming more like mississippi.. good news last election was different ..we elected new Senator Sherrod Brown Governor Ted Strickland .. i hope people vote at the hearth.. «Time for change» is

    October 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. ann

    god i hope mcgain doen't win ohoi. just think if anything were to happen to mcgain i can just see it now parlin as the president and elizabeth from the view as our vip. lets hope obama wins

    October 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Sebastian Bliffeld

    As optimistic as I am about the polls; it almost feels as if we will be holding our collective breathes until this movement is over. The polls have been wrong in the past although I can't imagine people wanting the McCain/Palin duo in our house; stranger things have happened. I personally cannot afford to have them win this election but I know that no matter what happens the day after, we will get up and go to work and provide for our families. The difference will be that I will have a bottle of champagne prepared for a much hoped for event to occur on Election day. Change is coming. We Democrats will be the change agents that this country deserves. I am prepared to vote for change. Fellow Americans please join me! Obama/Biden 2008:)

    October 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. JILL

    Palin needs to back off. She has ruined the Republican ticket.

    October 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Deb

    Our local paper endorsed McCain, but then again they would endorse any (You got to kidding me airhead from Alaska). Hamilton County for Obama

    October 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. hurriCAIN PALIN

    the false prophet messiah saviour known as nobama cannot and will not bring change and hope, all you guys who believed it, are suckers

    October 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. karen

    If McCain is slashing ALL spending excluding military defense retired military, how does SHE have the nerve to advocate spending money on special needs children?-(not that they shouldnt be cared for) but what about seniors, what about handicapped people, what about the average Jane who is literally going broke this year? And how can anyone stand her winking ? What woman winks at another person. She is pathetic,-I can only blame the crotchety Mccain for his blunder in picking her. GET OUT THE VOTE-VOTE FOR OBAMA/BIDEN
    WE NEED NEW BLOOD, get rid of the morons in the White House, especially that dangerous DICK CHENEY!

    October 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Larry

    The people from Ohio are not as gullible or needy as the people in those blue states on the east and west coast,they know they will need to vote for individual freedom of choice ,not having the government decide everything for them.We need jobs,not a government beating up the employers with higher taxes,so they can stay in business and WORK our way out of this.

    VOTE COMMON SINCE-NOT EMOTION

    October 26, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Chris from St. Louis

    McCain/Palin .... please concede or run a respectable campaign. You are taking the whole republican party down through gutters ...

    October 26, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Pat Pa.

    Hang in there Ohio ! You need Obama if you want help for your state. You are not going to get anything under McCain. If he gets into office that is the last you will hear from him until Sarah takes over as President. Imagine that scenerio. Scary, huh !

    October 26, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. JD

    Sadly, this is much too little too late for McCain. It was his race to lose from the start and he let Obama set the tone at every turn. This left him playing catch-up the entire campaign.

    The only thing that can save America now is to vote out of office the lowest-rated Congress in history (with approval ratings even lower than Bush's!) and vote in fiscal and social conservatives who can keep Obama and his handlers from turning the USA into the USSR in the next 4 years.

    October 26, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Cindy

    Come on Ohio Voters. John McCain is a nice man and he has made it clear that you are "his friend". However, he will continue to lead this country into ruin. He is just like Bush. If you vote for McCain, please see Bush's face in the voting booth. He voted with hims 90% of the time. The Republicans have not really disputed this.
    He just suddenly saw the light when I guess, he picked Palin? Please, she is simply not qualified. Nice person, maybe? Qualified? This should not even be up for discussion.

    October 26, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. silence is golden

    This is for those people who think that CNN is biased

    IF YOU THINK THAT CNN IS BIASED
    DON'T READ THE ARTICLES OR WATCH THE SHOWS!!!!!!!!
    IGNORE THEM IF THEY BOTHER YOU THAT MUCH.
    THANK YOU

    October 26, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. k

    oh really Mr. John....i Think you have to win colorado,nevada,ohio/iowa,PA, MO, WHOSE COUNTING....Suspend your campaign POW!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08'
    OBAMA/CLINTON 12'

    October 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Tom

    This time around, the Republicans in Ohio don't have Kenneth Blackwell, the runner up to Clarence "Uncle" Thomas in the Oreo awards, to help them steal votes.

    October 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Rose

    Poll Louisiana! Please! I think Obama would be pleasantly surprised! Only the small-minded big wigs like McCain here. The people of NO and BR support Obama all the way!

    October 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Jadie

    Looks like Sarah, the hockey mom, has another bran new suit!!

    October 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Wamuyanga

    My friend Mutuma of The Daily Nation says: The Republican party in America has spent Sh11.5 million to buy frocks for Sarah Palin and her family. Her hair stylist is paid Sh2 million, twice as much as candidate John McCain’s foreign policy adviser.

    After his successful foreign tour during which he addressed a large crowd in Berlin, Democratic candidate Barack Obama was accused by Mr McCain of being just another celebrity, like Paris Hilton.

    Mr McCain and Mrs Palin say they represent the ordinary, so-called Joe the Plumbers and Joe Six-Packs. Mr McCain is so rich he has trouble remembering how many homes he and his millionaire wife own.

    I think Mr McCain is a washed-up old phony and Ms Palin is a moose-shootin’ Barbie with expensive shopping habits. They would be right at home with Ms Hilton.

    October 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. FORMER REPUBLICAN

    MCBUSH IS GOING TO WIN OHIO WHEN I, AT 265 & 6'3",62YEARS OLD

    WIN THE MS.ALASKA PAGENT. OHIO HAS BEEN HIT BADLY BY THE

    BUSH & MCBUSH MAVERICK ECONOMIES FOR THE VERY RICH.

    October 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Te

    Govenor Palin, after a shopping spree, was calling from a Rodeo Drive parking space insisted that the signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars should be imminent.

    Hopefully, McCain,73, will retire now.

    October 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. The Youth

    Obama, you are the candidate of division. McCain has a respected record of middle-ground independent thought, and you sling him in the mud? First Hillary, Now McCain – Obama the Divider.

    October 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. CL

    Can you say, "toast"?

    October 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    How can anyone still consider voting for these two corrupt individuals. They have not explained one plan, policy or vision to the American people. They have lied, distorted, divided, flip-flopped consistantly though.

    "When you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody", John said. "That is certainly not something I would ever do," he cackled, brimstone pouring from his ears and pointy little tail thrashing.

    We get that John. You're not for the little person. The person who has to work two part-time jobs (because he/she can't get a full-time position anywhere) to try and make ends meet. Those who can't afford to buy a house (unlike your 7 or 9–do you even remember how many houses you have?). Those who can't afford health care. Those who can't afford a decent car. Those who can't afford childcare.

    Let's get some more of that erratic, flip-flop, speak with forked-tongue, dishonest 'straight talk' from you McCain, we need our daily fix of more of your lies, distortions and dishonesty.

    You're a pathetic, bitter, angry, liar–and I hope to God that the American people show you that on 4 Nov.

    Yes, John, go back to your mansions and fleet of cars. Go back and live with the woman who has pandered to your huge ego and financed your aspirations with her money.

    Oh, and one more thing, take that pocket extremist side-kick of yours and ship her back to where she crawled out from.

    You have lost every shred of decency and honor you've ever had.

    Go away.

    One Vote.

    One Team.

    One Nation.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    To Aware – since you obviously are, do you remember the dems vote on November 4th and the repubs on November 5th?

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