October 28th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. bill for barack

    It's almost virtually impossible now for McCain to do anything but suffer defeat.
    What he needs to do now is dump all his Karl Roveians, dump Gov. Palin, dump all the politics of fear that have reduced him to being a pathetic little shell of a once proud man – and stand up one last time for whatever principles he ever claimed to have in the first place.

    October 28, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. CR in WI

    Smart folks in Penn, They will do the right thing and not fall for the BS. Obama is the best choice to get us out of the financial crisis. All of the talk from Repubs that jobs will be lost is false. McCain will keep the same Bush policies, and last I checked, we have been hemmoraging jobs for a few years now. There are 3 million less jobs in this country thanks to Bush. Now you have evidence. Don't be moronic and continue these policies because McCain thinks that he can do the same and achieve a different result. It is outrageous that anyone who has lived in this country the past 8 years can argue for these policies . . .

    BO08

    October 28, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. RJ - Ohio

    Lets go PA!

    Vote Obama/Biden to put them in the White House!

    October 28, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Ken in Dallas

    Give it up, John. You can't possibly govern effectively, and we don't need your poor-little-rich-girl trollop as first lady, either.

    October 28, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. John in Ohio

    The fact that McCain is counting on Pennsylvania to get him the presidency make it a fact that he will lose the presidency. Yeah, he can find enough right-wing yahoos to make a decent showing at his PA rallies, but while 48% is a lot, it's not a majority.

    October 28, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Mickie in PA

    Pennsylvanians are too savvy to fall for McCain's swarmy propaganda. He didn't care about PA until the race looked like it was slipping away in the red states. He picked the wrong place to try to impress voters with his fearmongering and lies. He may as well tell the truth that most of the jobs that do still exist in PA will be shipped overseas to shore up China and India's economy. After all, he said anything "home made" is just terrible.

    October 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Ronnie

    HAHA Later "my friends". Morons

    October 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. BL

    I am glad to see the Keystone state supporting Obama. He will help more people retain their jobs or get new jobs. He will work for all the people – not just the rich. Thanks to PA!

    October 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. ez

    Go Blue PA!

    Registered Republican "voted" all Democrats. Obama/Biden 08

    October 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. DebM, Allentown, PA -- Voted Absentee for BO

    Have you seen the list of Republicans who have endorsed Obama? Military types, conservative talk show hosts and columnists, past GOP governors and representatives, etc. Those are the people for whom "country first" isn't just a tired sad slogan. Unlike McCain, they MEAN it.

    October 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Purple Nurple

    This whole mess is not John's fault, it was his parties policies! Grand Old Party...well it sure has been for the last 8 years!!! They party is over my repukes friends, it is time for the people to take our goveremnt back and get this country moving in the 21st century, not backwards as the GOP wants us to.

    OBAMA 2008 and beyond baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Hayes

    To Obama supporters,

    We can't let up at this point. Do not let thepolls fill you with a sense the race is over. The fat lady has not sung yet. Let's keep pushing forward toward victory in a diginified and respectful manner.

    Obama/Biden in 2008!

    October 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Michael ATL GA

    With COL and VA almost certainly going blue, even if McCain wins PA (highly doubtful), and FL (possible), its not going to be enough.

    Unless McCain can snatch Nev, NC, OH, NM also, this race is over. IF he can win atleast 2 or three of these states, then we got a game.

    October 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Barack Obama and Bill Clinton will be in Florida tomorrow. He'll lock up Florida the way he's already locked up Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, and so many other states the McCain camp was hoping to carry.

    October 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Hope in Georgia

    In the picture, Cindy really looks pretty in that red outfit. How much did that cost the RNC? Out of touch, lies, slanders, smears, fears, and hate. McCain is a true maverick, all right. No one has ever seen a losing campaign like this one.

    October 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. CANADIAN FOR OBAMA

    GoBama! Take it to the mat.

    October 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Clare

    Pennsylvania is a strongly democratic state. McCain and Caribou Barbie should just go home.

    October 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. liz

    We will never know the real results of what PA will vote for. Even after Nov.4th b./c everything is so crooked and fixed anymore.

    October 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Fla Sam

    I think and pray that America gets it right this time and doesn't fall for the same old scare tactics

    Obama – Biden 08/12

    October 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Junius

    Pennsylvania the home of the constitution!! We abhor Tyrants and despots. Ask King George, both of them! we didnt vote for Bush and we kicked King george out of our counrty in 1776!

    PA Lets go Phillies!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. LIP

    Good grief....
    Everytime CNN does a poll, McCain gets further behind...some kind of psychological ploy to make people think they should just go ahead and vote Obama.
    The truth is, the poll of polls is showing Obama up by only 4-6%, which puts him well within the Bradley effect. Remember the last election when CNN had Kerry up over Bush by 10% and Kerry lost.
    The best poll is the voting booth and it will happen at the very end of this very long Media inspired political year.

    October 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Jim

    McCain should be used to "little movement" by now. He's been stagnant in the polls for months. He's offering nothing new. He's trapped in the 20th Century. His political party is a quagmire of old thought. Vote Obama for a new direction in the 21st Century. It's time for ACTUAL change. OBAMA '08/'12.

    October 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    well A poll is just a poll until a person vote. Sen Obama needs to stay on message " IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE" and but it's still a long way to go. Go Obama/Biden

    October 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Preco, NY

    McCain throw more of Jerimiah Right and the other "winning stuff" ( or is it loosing?) out maybe the numbers will move in your direction!!!

    I have never seen a more purposeless campaign as the McCain-RNC campaign of 2008!!!

    These guys are pathetic!!!

    So long McCain, I will watch as you take sister Sarah Palin to pieces after Nov. 4th

    I know your mean streak will not let her get away with the DIVA/ ROUGE politics she is currently involved in !!!

    October 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. sukkee

    Bradley effect still alive? So, you never know after November 4th.

    October 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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