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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  1. The Voice

    He needs to worry about defending Bush's red states. He's losing all six of them.

    7 more days and the end of the Reaganistic coalition is over.
    7 more days and the end of the GOP mafia is over

    Democrats in 08!

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    @ "KNIGHT -7579:

    DUDE, YOU AND THE REST OF THE HATE MONGERS NEED SERIOUS MENTAL HELP!

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. AmericadowntheDrainMcCain

    It would be ironic if the message of FEAR actually worked in the 'Land of the free and the home of the Brave.'

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Diana

    I would not vote for Obama he does not know what he is doing and the United States will only weaken. Non one knows what Obama will do because he has not been around long enough. Think of your children vote McCain

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. old white woman in NC

    I'm listening to Palin right now and she's just so cute! She needs to have one of those stupid game shows, but there is no way that someone who misstates every single fact. Doesn't she know that "Joe the plumber" is a fiction? That he comes with as much qualification for the presidency as Palin herself? What does that say about the people running the Republican campaign? What are their true plans for us if they win? More war? More tax cuts for the very wealthy? More jobs sent overseas so companies can profit by lowering labor costs? I jsut wonder who those are in her audience? People making well over $250,000, right-to-lifers who think that is all that matters, racists who cannot believe that a fellow black American deserves a shot at high elected office, or just the idots who believe that all we have to do to get out of this economic disaster by "drilling, baby, drilling"? My brother-in-law is an oil engineer in Texas, and he just explains that it will indeed be years before a single oil well could function off the Atlantic coast, where no descernable oil has yet been located. Just like Palin's oil pipeline, it will just never happen. So if you believe in pretend, then go on and vote for the same party that has gotten us where we are all today. So, are you better off right now than you were before Bush? Do you really believe that McCain will or could be any better?

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Buster

    Let's hope the polls are reasonably accurate this time, in this case. I always find it hard to beleive when polls show a democrat in the lead by large margins, and then, whoops, somehow the republican candidate snatches the election. Are we to beleive that the pollsters, who have been doing this for decades are all of the sudden incredibly deficient at their job, or is something else is going on? Are we going to swallow the canard that the huge polling errors are due to thousand and thousands of people somehow just choosing to lie about their votes to pollsters? Come on. Why is it that in past elections nearly every challenge has gone the republicans way? How is it that in nearly every voting scandal in the past two preseidential elections there somehow always seems to be a republican at the center of it (can you say Katherine Harris)? How do the republicans get away with rampant and obvious voter suppresion tactics (illegal voter purging, caging, distributing bogus and confusing registration forms, posting and mailing misinformation to scare minority voters away), and usually not get so much as their hands slapped? Notice there is almost never a democrat orchestrating these things? And then, the height of irony, they have the gall to manufacture a self-righteous smokescreen by jumping all over ACORN where there is no chance of voter fraud. Voter registration fraud is not in the same league as the republican dirty tactics, but hey, they have perfected the art of manufacturing divisive issues to their benefit. Be on your toes everyone, watch your polling places closely, and note those sharks hovering around – those are the republican operatives looking for any reason to invalidate your ballot.

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Joyce Becker

    McCain Palin and crew just don't get it, they ran a horrible campaign with no new ideas and nothing but lies and slander for the American people to believe and they will have to pay the price for their stupdity, especially for the choice of Joe the Plumber, without a license and a tax lien against him to be the advocate for small business. There will be no election surprises for them in a week, only failure when they lose in a landslide, better they should start packing their suitcases now and think about going home where I hope they stay and not be heard from in a long time. We need real change in this country!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08–'12

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Bill

    Hmmm, the polls in this election have been the worst roller coaster ride. Probably because the media is trying to skew the numbers with slanted questions. Let's not be a bunch of lemmings and believe what we are reading on liberal and conservative news.....each of them will have a poll that favors their candidate.

    How about we get out and read something a little more fact driven, such as their voting records while in Congress, state congress, etc?? Lets see who we are really voting for by looking at their past!

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. bill pike

    put out the light, the republican party is over.

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. GiroGeezer, Calif.

    Looks like Cindy McCain is tighting the purse strings.

    October 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Borat

    LMAO !!!!!!!!!! this Idiot thinks he is going to win PA !!

    OBAMA 08,12

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. conny

    I hope so and a also hope that Georgia changes it's ways and go BLUE! WE NEED CHANGE ALL OVER THE MAP. All we need is to know that the same folks that wants the WH are corrupt hey WE HAVE A VOICE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. J P from MD

    I just heard Obama in PA, his whole message was positive. McCain is too negative. WE do not need any more negativity in this country. With 7 days to go, I hope Obama keeps his head up, with all of this name calling going on at him. He said on Radio One this morning that McCain people call is tax plans Marxist. He stated that McCain own hero Roosevelt was the one who created the progressive tax. He is basically saying that McCain's people are calling Roosevelt a Marxist, by default, if they believe that about Roosevelt progressive tax creation. From what I understand, Ragan used a progressive tax system also. Obama was on point on Radio One.

    The Early Vote wins the election.
    The Early Vote wins the election.
    Obama 08

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Luke

    To ensure Obama/Biden win, please call all of your friends, family and neighbors and make sure they vote on election day. Offer to take an elderly relative and neighbor to the polling site. And if you have a few free hours, volunteer!

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. James from NJ

    Of course McCain won't win PA. Falling home prices, a stagnant economy, and a rise in inflation have definitely run rampant in PA. Pennsylvanians and New Jerseyians and New Yorkers know that the past eight years have stunk. It is obvious that the US and the world yearns for a smart leader this time!
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. PA Voter

    Well, I'm a PA voter and my vote is not for 'that' one. I don't fall for brainwashing and am educated enough to make a decision without falling for all the ads selling 'that' one. I don't follow fashion trends, since I learned that they don't last very long and are a waste of money.

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Jacqueline

    Frank-
    Obama might be surprised next week? Did you happen to see the 280+ electoral votes in his favor and the 160 for McCain? Unless a miracle for McCain happens and he gains 120 of those votes, he's done. His biggest mistake was choosing Palin for VP. She is a joke.

    Obama '08

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Tiff of Lithia Springs

    Never had any ideas. Running out of names to call Obama and running, running, running out of time.

    Voters want Nov 4th to get here fast because we are running running running out of patients for the nonsense.

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Trina

    Tenacious lil booger ...

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. CanIcallyouJoe

    Do I have to do a forced joke for an old man and the words "movement" in the same headline?

    No no, I kid, I kid.

    This guy needs to take his sad story and move to Florida already.

    No Grandpa for President, '08.

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. LIP

    Thank you CNN for the inciteful video of Sarah Palin in a noose. This could only happen to a white woman and only CNN would provide it's Democratic voters a venue for its display. Had it been Obama in that noose, CNN would have been crying foul and making the most of more political cannon fodder against the very white McCain.
    Yellow journalism at its very best.

    October 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Well it was McCain/Palin but McCain's great selection and hiring skills made it Palin/McCain.... now since she's gone off message and from the front runner it's Palin/Ghost Of McCarthy.

    This election year has been absolutely hilarious. Thanks GOP!!!

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Fee, Philadelphia

    No McCain...no how...now way! He won't win in my neck of the woods. Yes We Can! PA...please vote for Obama and send a message to McCain for picking Palin in order to pander to women and Hillary Clinton supporters. He voted against equal pay for women and now he totes "Rogue" Palin as the answer to women and our issues. Well, I say no to her and no to him. She sounds like a crazed nutjob on the campaign trails and after viewing the witch doctor praying over her and keeping witches away...there was no way she was getting my vote.

    Obama/Biden '08...the only choice for me and Gen. Powell

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Blue devils die hard!!

    Smart people plan ahead of time...Fools wait to last min and rush everything. Sen McCain had 4 months to plan his strategy to win this election, while the DEMs were fighting to finish. He should have done vetting and training for Gov Palin( If that was his original choice) but he waited till the last min and wanted to squeeze through like he said about Afganistan. Americans now know the leader that will not only plan for the present but also the future of this country i think we all know te answer.
    Go Obama/Biden...leaders with great vision for America

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. carl

    i hope PA votes for barack obama an biden.
    we need to get rid of BUSH AN MCCAIN.

    go obama go

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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