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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soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. ines

    Pennsylvania is for Obama. Give it up McCain-Palin.

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Jim

    I would have voted for McCain, but his choice of Palin was RECKLESS. No way do I want this duo anywhere near the White House.

    Obama -08

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Thomas

    To John McCain and Lindsey Gram ,
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an investigation shows.

    Sarah Palin is, " BIG OIL INTEREST " !
    Out goes TED , in comes SARAH .

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Tiff of Lithia Springs


    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Neiki

    My, My, the GOP has taken about all even they can stomach of this campaign. McCain's poor judgement, lack of insight, rebelliousness he & Palin repeatedly call "Maverick" is getting about as old as McCain himself. Old, tired Bush policies that have proven NOT to work by the GOP as well as the DNC. Go figure! So his last "save face" is to falsely acuse Sen. Obama of being socialist & Marxist. Look, there once was a time McCain could hold his head up but now he's is gonna have to admit defeat. After all, the GOP already has. And he'll have no one to blame but himself (but we all know Palin will be the scapegoat on November 5th.) Again, go figure!

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Mari for Obama

    And he can thank Palin for his defeat!

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. LOL...LOL...LOL

    And Sweetie the McCain follower says, and quote "Use your Brian vote for McCain! That's exactly what I'll do use my BRIAN to vote for McCain. But I will use my BRAIN and vote for Obama, which I've already done. Sweetie~go get some vocabulary lessons. You Rethuglicans are idiots.

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. lyn

    The Republicans, McCain & Palin has been telling us alot of lies,attacks, negative ads etc.Now they are doing every thing to stop people from voting early, we are fedup, enough is enough you Republicans are desperate, this time it would not work, we are not stupid, Go out and VOTE early and VOTE for "Obama & Biden"

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Lamont

    Sarah Palin has abused her executive authority. The RNC has spent $150,000 on clothing and make-up for Sarah and family. She has submitted questionable expenses for her family travel to the Alaska taxpayers. She is going rogue – per McCain aides. McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time. McCain is not addressing the economic issues of Middle Americans. McCain want to continue to give the rich and corporations tax breaks and ignore Middle America. McCain is not addressing our social domestic issues within America. Instead he wants to waist time bashing Obama. Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President of the United States of America. These are just some of the reasons why he is down in my home state of PA.

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. arc, Lugano CH


    This is a must-see bi-partisan documentary for educated global-minded voters. The dire situation that the United States now finds itself on the domestic, economic and foreign relations fronts are a result of outright criminal election fraud by the Bush Administration and the Republican Party.

    October 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Christine CT Ind.

    "October 28th, 2008 10:25 am ET

    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."

    I agree with you. Emotions are high, and playing on the fears of Americans using words like "socialism", "Marxism", and others are scaring some people to the point of violence. Let's clean it up, refuse the fear, and acknowledge our differences without injecting hate into the equation.We are the Uinted States of America- LET'S UNITE!
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Eric

    CNN, are you going to cover McCain fatal car crash that's been covered up by the army in the 60ies? I'm telling you, this guy is a danger, flying, driving or walking.

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Joe Regis

    Pennsylvania is not negotiable not even an inch. PA is blue and will stay blue on Nov 4th. Change is coming to Washington to fix the country, the economy, and to create jobs for Americans. In addition, Obama/Biden will fix the crisis and restore the image of America in the world.

    A breath of fresh air is blowing on Washington.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Beth

    The Obama/Biden campaign is coming to Florida again on Thursday. They will make sure Florida is a win for Obama this time. I don't think people realize how large the youth vote is down here. We have 4 huge Universities and 3 medium size ones. The young people are coming out this time and they will make a big difference.


    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. abraxis


    Do not underestimate the ability of the Repubs to steal another election. Get everyone you know to get out and vote!

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Kevin

    Thank for the great coveragethat you have been providing on cable.
    However I think that you should adapt the policy to carry a speech to the end, if that speaking engagement is over 90% ....

    BOO BOO BOO to CNN for cutting the end of the Obama to get the start of Mc Cain

    The Show must go on ... NFL policy...


    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Blue By You

    Time to put the hammer down and see McCain/Palin in the review mirror, baby!!

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. KC

    Remember, God is in control. To those true Christians out there, keep praying. Our God is mighty.

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Karl Beale

    If you are an undecided voter please think about these last 8 years of the Bush administration. GWBush and friends have brought about more damage to the US than any other administration or any event in US history. Do you want more? Can we afford more?

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. I'm from Palins Anti- American New Jersey

    Say Goodnight Johnny!

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Thomas

    The McCain camp is in disarray. Sad to watch, really.

    October 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Texun

    Accusing Obama of wanting to share the wealth is not an effective message in a part of the US that suffers from high unemployment and high forclosure rates. The monotonous use of this charge shows that the McCain organization is out-of-touch with voters. Sending Sarah Palin to push that message, wearing part of her $250,000 redo merely rubs that in.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. YES WE CAN

    "If you want dollars, elect McCain."

    Funny, Tom. Let me guess... you're a "fiscal conservative". Thanks for outing yourself as a single-issue voter with zero foresight for our troubled country.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Dawn

    Yeah Pennsylvania... Go for Obama, seems that Pennsylvanians really do want change. We no longer have many steel plants, remember that Pennsylvanians. Remember that we are getting our steel from other countries. Grace Mines in Morgantown, PA has shut down in the 70's, guess what there is still iron ore. We have clean coal in Pennsylvania in the coal regions. We have natural gas, we have oil. Nice energy. McCain/Palin ticket is a complete joke, why?
    They constantly mock Obama, and saying spread the wealth, saying that the it is Socialism, What makes me is that the rich keeps lining our pockets with our hard earn money. I don't think that anyone posting here makes $250,000 a year. I for one would like to have more money when I file income tax, I for one would like to see more money in my paycheck.
    I think that big companys and their fat cat CEO's can give more and help out the little people.

    Another way to spread the wealth is fill out an application, get a job, get a paycheck and start to save for things that you could not have bought within the last year. A new car, (well maybe not new if you can't afford it, but building from the bottom up. Supporting small business and begin to build.

    Remember back in the 70's and 80's when the United States wanted us to buy American, well lets get back to that. Obama wants to re-evaluate free trade... Remember about a year ago when dog and cat food coming into the U.S. and killing our beloved pets. The melamine in baby formula.

    Trucks coming into the U.S. from Mexico that does not meet the standards of our laws.

    Think before you vote,


    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Blue By You

    Time to put the hammer down and see McCain/Palin in the rearview mirror, baby!!

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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