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. Bud

    This really really seems like a blunder for McCain. It seems like Penn is a lost cause. If there's any chance left for McCain, why not go to Florida and Missouri to make the last stand?

    That said, GO OBAMA!

    October 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Craig from Pennsylvania

    Mcain/Palin will win Lancaster County, but not the state. If they don't win Lancaster County (which I hope they don't), I would be very surprised as these people here are die-hard repugnicans...if it's republican here, they vote for it regardless of qualifications for office.....Let's go Obama /Biden

    October 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. JG

    Like Senator Obama says, do not get complacent, go VOTE!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. KNIGHT-7579

    The first P.O.Ws. of the Second US Civil War have been captured in Tennessee.

    October 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. joan ca

    When push comes to shove, the electoral vote is the one that counts. Why vote America, our vote in essence doesn't count. Get rid of the electoral college, perhaps it's in the bag? WHO KNOWS?

    October 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. liz

    B/c of the DEMS voters attitudes, narrow-minded ways, and stubborn opinions is the reason why Obama will never work.

    October 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. 400 families own half the country!

    and they are stealing the other half as we quibble over distractions they throw at us.

    but don't complain just because you're not the 400 member club!

    you may, JUST MAY, make it some day some how!

    that's capitalism for you!

    WHO NEEDS SHARING?

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. dEMOBRAT

    Then Why is Barack Obama there today.If he's got it in the bag??? HMMM

    HATE THE MSM

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Darrell

    I think the undecided's are just not telling us who they will vote for and keeping it to themselves which is fine. I do believe they know who they will vote for and we just have to wait and see.I thought one of the most important factors should be examing and researching,the closing arguments. After fact checking and analyzing the speeches you can really see who is the one you would want to vote for.McCain did very poor on the truth, at best his entire speech was misleading.Obama faired much better with the truth. I think it would be very important when putting someone in the highest office in the free world that the truth be very important and Obama really beats McCain on the factual truths throughout the campaign and with closing arguments.If I were on a jury and weighing the facts and truths I would have to go with Obama based on that alone.Now if you take what we know as policies and what each candiadte is going to do I kow more about how things will be accomplished with Obama simply because I feel McCain has never throughout campaign offered answers as to how he woulf fix America.Very strong and forthwith closing by Obama

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Independent white female patriotic voter

    If his own base and red states are not going his way, why would a blue state, smart hard working Americans, blue collar voters who do not make millions of dollars know that they will not gain a dime from Mccain's economic policies, only the wealthy get wealthier in Mccain's plans. So, PA will give Obama the nod and will help him achieve his objective. Thepeople of Pa are smarter thanm Mccain/Plain think!

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. JB

    Good work PA!! Don't let Bush III get in! We need REAL change and Obama is the one to unite the country after nearly a decade of divisive politics!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    I for the life of me cannot see why any one would vote for Mcacain and Palin while all they do is bash Obama and run nasty attack adds. As far as Sarah goes she only thinks for of herself, she thinks she is at the top of their ticket. As Sarah would say surely it will e a task of God to take these two out of this election.

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    7 more days.

    Obama 08

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. voter

    Sorry Frank... I live in Illinois and he's reserving Grant Park for a celebration REGARDLESS of whether or not he wins the election (which he will). Katie was reporting exactly as she should. Sarah Palin, once again, twisted facts to make it seem as if Obama was doing something he wasn't. Just like he's not a Muslim, Terrorist, or their new favorite Socialist. Unfortunately for the Republicans, America won't be falling for their petty jabs any longer. We've had enough and Obama WILL need Grant Park for a celebration of his win.

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. nathan

    You dream will be just dream! Obama will lose!

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Bravado in Boston

    Exciting, isn't it?

    I mean, REALLY exciting!

    Obama 08! (Can you say LANDSLIDE?)

    October 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. sukkee

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

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Paula

    Folks in Pa are calling it right! Palin still has to answer many questions about abuse of power-I bleieve they have only scratched the surface! McCain would leave us down the path to another war-possible WWlll.
    Nothing personal but these 2 would be the worst thing to happen to American-McCain is suffering from age related issues and Palin is a power mad woman who would throw her children under the bus if it meant winning!

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. pray2008pray

    Frank you are right. We might be suprised one week from today. Its not like the election has not been tainted or stolen before.

    Its a come together celebration in Grant Park of Chicago. We may celebrate a lost to the Republicans but we have gained great ground. God Bless America

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. The Watcher

    Obama is a shoe in. Always has been. This whole thing is one big show for "Joe" public. The financial crisis was created to take the spotlight from the war to the economy, thus giving Obama an edge. Vote green or Libertarian or don't vote. Either way (Repugs or Demagogues), we are being setup for one world government.

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. CANADIAN FOR OBAMA

    Any American who supports Obama and does not vote needs to move to Alaska as pennace for the shame of it. That thought alone should be enough to get you going? What do you think?

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. JD in Moraga, CA

    Republican ticket slogan: "Country First"

    Merriam-Webster definition of "fascism": a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual

    You decide.

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. NJ

    VOTE! Get your family and friends to VOTE NOW! :)

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. j

    At some point the GOP/RNC needs to decide that McCain is a lost cause and put the money into the Congressional races to preserve their numbers in the House & Senate. It'd certainly make more sense than spending money on wardrobe.

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Obama needs to head down to Florida with Bill Clinton for two days of campaigning together. I would guarantee that Obama's polls numbers would go up by 5 pts. Then Obama needed to campaign with Hillary Clinton for one day in Ohio and one day in Pennslyvania. Then Obama needs to head to Virginia and then North Carolina for a day each.

    Obama, Hillary and Biden need to do one or two rallies in Pennslyvania before Obama heads back to the midwest stopping in Missouri and Iowa for a couple of days and then to Illinois to prepare for Nov. 4th!

    My plan guarantees an Obama landslide!

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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