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. Anne R.

    Palin is looking more and more pathetic.

    October 26, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Struggling Taxpayer

    How desperate can he get.Ohioians don't beleive his lies.Ohioians are worrired about their jobs and health care.At least Obama is willing to give us a 95% tax break for working americans.McCain keeps flip flopping all over the place along with his sidekick Sarah.She brought up the 150.000 wardrobe again today but still she thinks the pundits are making a big deal out of it well guess what it's not just the pundits it's the many american taxpayers out here losing there jobs,and losing their homes that are upset that she used our money to but her young daughter a gucci bag ,not to mention what she paid for the hair stylist and makeup let alone the clothes.She comes out saying she'one of us guys the hockey mom ,pta mom and a pig with lipstick well she should have stayed with the lipstick that she used on herself when she called herself the pig w/ lipstick instead of spending thousands on her makeup.Where in the h*ll is the clothes she wore as govenor and why did she show off her apparel today that she brought at a consignment shop in Alaska? These clothes look as good if not better than the ones she paid all that money for.Again they got caught and thought that people would be caught up in the election that the wouldn't find out about it.Obama or Hillary never accused Palin or McCain as elitist so who is the elitist now and beleive me this kind of spending will continue to Who? THE WEALTHY

    October 26, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Diana Ewing NJ

    aware, you ought to be ashamed to admit that. Palin is no Hillary. Hillary Clinton worked for the people... palin worries only about herself.. and if you weren't blind you would see how she is turning on McCain that has NOTHING in common with Hillary...so what was it you were supporting a skirt... certainly was not... what Hillary stood for.

    October 26, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. carol kesling

    COMMENT TO the youth , john mcsame USED TO HAVE A GOOD RECORD, not anymore !!!!!! he is a washed up wife cheating hasbeen !!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Aimee

    Oh look! Sarah's got another new suit.

    October 26, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. SW,OHIO

    Let's look at this in another perspective. Look back at the last election. All of those that voted for Bush, was he the right decision? Are you willing to say that he handled his job to the best of his knowledge and had the American people's interest at heart? Would you say he is an excellent role model for a President? I could go on and on, point is McCain and Palin would be the same as now. Everyone will make their own decision in the voting booth but please think about what is at stake. Much more at stake than ever before in my 45 years of life. I am so frustrated this year along with alot of others, that I can not understand why Ohioians would even consider having another Republican in our White House. It scares me to think that we are a toss up state again. Can't understand why the decision would be so hard.

    October 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Meka

    FORGET IT MCCAIN. . .

    YOU WON'T CARRY 'AANNYY' STATE!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    October 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. puzzled

    It is becoming obvious that if Palin is looking out for her own interests instead of the Republican Party or even her own running mate that we should worry what will happen if they are elected.....will she do whatever she wants then as well? How old is McCain?The VP completes the term if the CIC is unable. Does she have enough experience to learn about her own party or foreign affairs, because at this point she has not been able to answer any questions put to her except on her wardrobe, the only other subject she knows is "how to trash your opponents"

    October 26, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Docb

    There is certainly an undercurrent..do not trust the polls... Everybody vote....This will be tight...

    October 26, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. David Goldman

    OLD DUDE IS RUNNING HIS CAMPAIGN THE WAY

    HE PILOTED HIS PLAIN & WITH THE SAME RESULT.

    October 26, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Karen

    Sarah Palin is saying anything to attract a vote. Trouble is, she's very UNbelievable. It's getting to the point you have to feel abit sorry for the nitwit.
    GO OBAMA!

    October 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. carol kesling

    get out and vote, vote, vote, vote. i voted early 2 weeks ago....... FOR OBAMA AND BIDEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. JIM HAWK

    CENTRAL PA FOR OBAMA/BIDEN....PENN STATE 13 OHIO STATE 6
    IF YOU CAN'T BEAT US BUCKEYES,JOIN US.................

    October 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Griff

    Away to go John! Joe Bidend has become a Puppetier..... Obama's the Puppet..... Obama can do anything, if Joe pulls the strings...

    October 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Raymond

    DON"T worry children. It will all be over in 9 more days. Then Grandpa John can go to the rest home he so deserves.

    October 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. redhead from Toronto

    To Betty the maid .... WOW, couldn't have said it any better myself, you said what I am thinking, Can't wait for Nov. 4. PLEASE, VOTE EARLY, take chairs for the "Older folks" and make sure your vote is counted. God bless everyone.

    October 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Wayne R.

    I have definately seen and heard what the Repunlican party is all about. I doubt I'll ever vote Republican again. Not even for dog-catcher.
    I'm voting straight dDemocratic this year, and it feels just right!
    GO OBAMA!

    October 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. MIKE J.

    Ohio voted for Bush and they will vote for McCain!!

    Now, if Ohio citizens were smart, they will vote for Obama. But....

    October 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Chloe

    They should hit Ohio hard with some of those Giuliani robocalls. That'll get those independent voters off the fence.

    October 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Winnie Hussein.... in Montana

    Wow, maybe he can rile up a few more dangerously ignorant people at his rally. Like Missy Green and the others you can view on youtube.com saying the most disturbing, vile and racist things.

    October 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Frank G

    When you have nothing to say you say anything. And telling us "I know how to fix it", no matter what the subject matter, and then not telling us how, is typical McCain nonsense. Somehow, the "Etch A Sketch" toy keeps coming to mind whenever the McCain/Palin ticket spout off their nonsense irrespective of the subject matter.
    McCain has failed the big test.
    And that is to convince the American public he would be a better leader.
    Courageous military service is just that; courageous military service which has been acknowledged over and over and rightfully so.
    But does not qualify one to be a National leader.
    This time, hopefully, the American public "gets it".

    October 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. shell

    Ohio will go for OBAMA!! Don't kid yourself thinking anything different. Ohio wants change!

    October 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. jefferson values

    i am not voting for obama becuse he is black last ichecked voting against and african american becuse you don't trust them is not illegal.
    hey everyone quit feeling quilty and do the right thing

    October 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. 12 HOUSES to 0

    THE OLD GREEDY BIGOT THINKS WE ARE JUST PLAIN

    STUPID BECAUSE, UNLIKE HE, WE WORK FOR A LIVING.

    WE ARE SO SICK OF HEARING ABOUT ANOTHER JOB LAYOFF.

    HE SPEND ANYMORE TIME IN OHIO,

    WE ARE GOING TO BOOT HIM OUT.

    GO BACK TO ARIZONA & TAKE YOUR RICH PILL ADDICT WITH YOU.

    October 26, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Spectator

    Yvonne: Hey now!!! I'm in Arizona. I know way more Obama supporters than McCain here! I think I've met one McCain supporter for every 20 Obama. People here hate McCain, I have no idea how he keeps getting re-elected here.

    Obama is going to win. I keep laughing at all the people supporting McCain because their arguments against Obama make absolutely no sense whatsoever. They all sound like crazy conspiracy theorists.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 26, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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