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. Betty the maid

    guys...

    you know it feels like the week before christmas, cause next week America's 8 year old night mare comes to an end and a new shiny and brilliant era begans...
    The republican may as well throw in the towel...McCain is finished!!!
    The repubes have no one to blame but themselves...Bush and his cronies, the jesus freaks and the right wing wacko doodles left this country in shambles...they do not deserve another chance...period!

    Hello president Obama we love you!!!

    Betty

    October 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    SOME DREAM.

    OTHERS HALLUCINATE.

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

    I'm so discusted with the Republican ticket that I voted early and voted STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC.

    October 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. redhead from Toronto

    The Anchorage Daily News has endorsed Sen. Obama, they say the McCain/Palin ticket is TOO RISKY (no kidding) and that Sarah Palin is not experienced enough to be a heartbeat away .......

    October 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Sue

    Ahh-John McCain obviously has forgotten, or maybe never read, about "Pandora's Box". Palin certainly fits the bill!

    October 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. AB

    Aware – you are definitely not.

    October 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Lexie

    John McCain is looking more and more confused.

    October 26, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. MLH

    Please remember to vote. Don't count on polls or talking heads. We have had close elections before and we have to make sure our voices are heard.

    Voted Obama -08

    October 26, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Sue

    McCain obviously has forgotten, or maybe never read, "Pandora's Box". Palin certainly proves this to be so.

    October 26, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. GARY

    (JIMI) YOU MORON. OBAMA IS RUNNING ILLEGALLY. HE WASN'T A CITIZEN FROM BIRTH IN U.S.A. LOOK UP THE RULES. SEEMS THE DNC IS TRYING TO GET THE LAWS CHANGED IN SEVERAL COURTS. WHY DONT CNN MENTION IT. CONSPIRACY AND VERY SUSPCIOUS. THIS RACE IS NOT LEGAL ON OBAMA'S SIDE. RIGHT FROM THE FRAUD VOTES TO SWIFTBOATING HRC OUT OF THE RACE WITH THE DNC, MONEY AND MEDIA.YOU DONT CHANGE FEDERAL LAWS AND RULES FOR A CERTAIN CANIDATE.

    October 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. johnthelier

    we can be mad all we want to and see mccain break laws like he has done all of his military career. but if you don't vote and get others to vote, the US as we know it will be the laugh stock of the world. so go out and vote, talk to your friends. this has to be an american effort. Can you imagine the respect that the world will give the us for taking such a giant leap of faith. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. O/B 2008!!!!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Susan

    It looks like Ohio, Florida and possibly Nevada will be deciding this election. It will be interesting to see if the people suffering in those states stick with what got them there or will they step in a new direction.
    OBAMA*BIDEN

    October 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Matt

    Anybody have an official count on McCain's "My Friends" or "Joe The Plumber" yet?

    October 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. omar

    bama drew 100 gs in colorado. go bama!

    October 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. MC

    Could Palin be feasting on Cindy' hard earned money? Doesn't Cindy feel threatened by this celebrity? When he came home from the war Mccain dumped his wife, who by then was crippled following an accident. Histoty repeats itself, Cindy watch out!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Ky. Bob

    I just wish my state had early voting. But I will have to wait until Nov. 4th. But on that day I will gladly cast my vote for Obama/Biden. Even if I have to stand in line for hours or take the day off from work to do so. (I will gladly take a vacation day if I must) My vote WILL be cast!
    I urge ALL voters to vote. Vote now if you can, or on Nov. 4th like I have too, but PLEASE VOTE!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. jj

    McInsane/moosbreath are toast.....what a terribly run campaign, and such a stupid choice in VP pick. he really thought he was going to get all the pissed off Hillary supporters, what a moron. Obama is going to win by one of the biggest landslides in history.

    October 26, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Wally©

    Sure thing...McCain desperately needs the Buckeye State...

    And Barack is giving him a real hard time...Hunting him down in every battle-ground state like a hounddog...

    He will be delivering his 'coup de grâce' come November 4th...

    Only thing left to do for Sarah is to 'buy baby buy' her one way ticket to Anchorage – Alaska...

    October 26, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Wow...there are 35 McCain signs in 'The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square's' neighborhood! OMG!

    Someone needs to tell Obama to stop campaigning now and concede the election.

    October 26, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. DeeDee

    Poor poor Palin. She reminds me of the bickering we all did in highschool right before cheerleading tryouts. She's making a fool out of herself.

    October 26, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Sue

    McCain obviously has forgotten about "Pandora's Box". He has said
    that history tends to repeat events if one is unaware or forgetful–
    Palin should jog his memory.

    October 26, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. pam Eugene OR

    Do you Republicans realize that since McCain opted for public finance that ALL OF US payed for Palin's cloths, male up and hair. I will never again check that box on my tax return. This is an outrage!
    McCain should be much further down in all states. I am sure he will lose in a landslide.
    Only a fool could vote for this joke of a ticket!

    October 26, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. dave

    I live in Butler, County one of the most Republican counties in America. I live in a upscale neighborhood that is more Republican than the rest of the county. In 2004 I don't think there was a single Kerry sign in the sub-division. I drove around today and there are 6 McCain signs and 5 Obama signs.

    I voted early on Friday and voted for "That One".

    October 26, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Paula

    Palin has a big mouth and an empty head...and she's proving it well.

    October 26, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. former republican

    the republican party has totally ignored the job loss thats going on in ohio. they continue to let companies ship jobs overseas and THEN GIVE THEM A TAX BREAK. this is insane that ohio voters allow this race to be close. this absolutely needs to change or everyone in ohio will be working at wal mart.

    vote obama dog gone it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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