October 28th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Polls show little movement for McCain in Pennsylvania

 McCain's fight for Pennsylvania may not pay off.

McCain's fight for Pennsylvania may not pay off.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is banking its fortunes on a come-from-behind win in Pennsylvania, but a new CNN poll of polls of the Keystone state suggests the Arizona senator has made little progress there over the last week.

According to a statistical average of several recent Pennsylvania polls, Barack Obama holds a 10 point advantage over the Arizona senator, 52-42 percent. That's the same lead Obama held over McCain in a poll of polls of the state last week.

With traditional red states such as Virginia and Colorado looking increasingly out of reach for McCain, aides to the Arizona senator have all but said Pennsylvania's 21 electoral votes are a must-win to keep Republican hopes of a White House win alive. Both McCain and Palin have held several campaign events in the state over the last week as Election Day inches closer, and the campaign has continued to heavily advertise on television there, even as it pares back spending in other states.

Meanwhile, a new CNN poll of polls out of Florida - another must-win state for McCain - shows the race there remains essentially a dead heat. Obama holds a single point advantage there, and recent polls suggest the race is tightening slightly. A poll of polls of the state last week showed Obama ahead by 3 points.

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    In the famous words of Thalia Shire in Rocky, "You Can't Win." Pack it up McBush. You've run out of time.


    October 28, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Tom

    Right – no change – that's why Obama's speaking in Pennsylvania right now – because he's leading by such a large margin and can't think of anywhere else to spend his time and money. He's scared he's going to lose which means his polls are better than yours.
    If you truly want change, go ahead and elect Obama but if you want dollars, elect McCain.

    October 28, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Iraq war vet in Florida

    sorry McPain..no movement for you here.

    October 28, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. GA Independent

    Heading out to vote today – I just wanted to let poor McCain know that even GA can turn BLUE! BLUE! BLUE!

    Go Obama!

    October 28, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    Is it over yet?

    October 28, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Bob W.


    Come on.

    McCain cannot win in Pa. – this die hard republican has been manning the phone banks for Obama – he is toast.


    October 28, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. kingpin

    McCain will not only lose NC, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, but he will also lose Arizona!

    Obama-Biden 08

    October 28, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Kevin

    John McCain has stop Obama from moving up in PA, but if Obama wins by 3 or 4 he still wins. We are ready to vote in PA.

    October 28, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |

    Since he called on Sen. Stevens to step down, why won't he ask Bush and Cheney to do the same? Their day in court is coming. And the verdict will be GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY. I love that chick who tried to handcuff Rove last week.


    October 28, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. McCain= 700 billion + War + Socialism abroad

    Glad to see the current report on the status of PA, now go vote. Obama can only win if it's a landslide, if it's close, the republicans will just cheat again. We need 60 democrat senators to get something done. Go Vote, vote, vote, vote, and remember mccain and bush and war and 700 billion dollars and vote for Obama/Biden.

    and if that's not reason enough, remember the couric interviews with sarah palin, she could be president. vote obama and vote early.

    October 28, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. VP Choice

    Selecting Palin as his VP choice, has finished him, and the GOP in these election races

    October 28, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Joe from Mahwah, NJ

    While it looks bright for Senator Obama, the only poll that means anything are the ones that take place on election day. Even though we are ahead in the polls, we need to fight like we are the underdogs and not concede anything. The Republican regime will do anything and everything to suppress our vote. I have volunteered myself to go across state to PA and do whatever I can to help get the vote out there for Obama.

    October 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Thanks BUSH! You're the BEST!

    McCain will lose PA, McCain will lose FL, McCain will lose the election. And you can thank GOD for that, and Bush to of course.

    October 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Sebastian, Baton Rouge, LA

    One more biggie and this should be historic.

    October 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Brian MacDougall

    It's hard to know what could have possessed McCain to make his final stand in Pennsylvania. Seems like Team Obama and the DNC suckered him into it, abandoning better bets Colorado and New Mexico in the process. Oh well. Another nail in the Republican coffin.

    October 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    NOT THIS TIME – I visited with my family in PA over the week-end – they all said the same thing. NOT THIS TIME.

    They don't like Palin, and they don't trust McCain.

    October 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. James


    October 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. PA Voter

    In this age of the 'sound bite' and the manipulation of the mind by clever advertising and appeals of emotion, it is important to know history and see issues in the proper context. There are voters making uneducated decisions. Do not vote based on emotion or, if the candidate is old/young, black/white, etc. Vote with your conscience and for the issues that matter to you.

    October 28, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Frank in NC

    Last night on the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric reported that Sarah Palin lied because she said that Obama was planning his victory party and had reserved a stadium for this purpose. Couric then went on to gleefully report that in fact, he had reserved a park, that "holds 60 to 70 thousand people".

    See, this is the problem. In her eagerness to discredit and besmirch Sarah Palin, she totally misses the point and comes off as a nit-picky nag. Whether it be in a stadium, an outdoor park, or an amphitheater, the point is Obama thinks he has this election sown up and in the bag.

    He might be surprised one week from today.

    October 28, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Bullwinkle doesnt want Palin back in Alaska

    I am amazed than anyone would vote McCain-Palin.
    Obama 08

    October 28, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I want PA and I want Florida
    I voted this Saturday...for Obama
    I urge all of you to do the same
    For the future
    One nation Under God INDIVISIBLE (in spite of all the attempts by the Republican party we are still INDIVISIBLE) Liberty and justice for all
    Land of the Free, HOME OF THE BRAVE

    OBAMA '08

    October 28, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. florida will be blue

    we've got a big secret about florida in the obama camp and we're almost certain it will be blue this time.

    October 28, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    No news there. The Republicans do not GET IT! They keep doing the same thing over and over, hoping that this time it will be different. NO!

    The FACT is that the American electorate IS NOT stupid! We can not be spoon fed lies, propaganda and FEAR and vote for the Republicans!

    We, Americans, have SEEN what EIGHT years of a Republican presidency have netted us! Its a DISASTER!

    $10 TRILLION in national debt.

    SEVEN years in Iraq, spending .......$10 BILLION a month!

    759,000 Jobs lost and counting!

    An economic disaster not seen since the Great Depression!

    A deficit of OVER , $490 BILLION for 2009!

    LIES from Bush/Cheney about the reasons to attack Iraq!

    4400 young soldiers killed for OIL!

    Countless Iraqi civilians killed!

    The list of Bush/Cheney failures is huge!

    Do we want FOUR MORE YEARS of the SAME?????????????????


    October 28, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |

    John McCain killed an American citizen in a car accident in 1964 and the government & the military covered it up, now we know why John McCain won't release his military records. Research John McCain & "The Project for a New American Century" if you want to know the chilling plans that John McCain has for your children's future, he is a co-founder of this group that is committed to starting wars all over the world to control the populations.

    John McCain = The Draft & WORLD WAR III

    October 28, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. E POP


    October 28, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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