October 28th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
6 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. Brenna

    PA voter – I guess I just don't understand this "brainwashing" you speak of. Obama's intelligent, charismatic, has common sense, and if he can run the country like he has run his campaign the country will be in really good shape. McCain? He's chose Palin. Enough said.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Tiff of Lithia Springs

    TO THE KNIGHT THEY NEED TO FIND YOU AND PUT YOU IN JAIL WITH THE OTHER CRAZIES.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Tim

    I'm from PA, and we're coming out in full force on November 4th to vote for Obama. We're tired of this economy. We can't put food on the table the way we used to. It's getting harder around here day by day.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Dylan, Los Angeles

    You can't turn BLUE states RED. The tide is turning the other way. He should be focusing more in FL, OH, and other battleground states that are closer.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Cynthia for conseratives

    McCain was always a "Maverick" and did not need the Rebulbican Base. Guess what, he not going to get it now! Bye Bye McCain/Palin. You ran a shameful campaign lacking substance.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. sabuc for Obama

    McCain is old. He should be used to little movement! hahaha

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Michael watching from Canada

    I would like to thank Sarah Palin, as Governor of Alaska, for having awarded the $40B natural gas pipeline contract to TransCanada.

    Its good that Alaska is outsourcing jobs to Canada

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Fed up with the nastiness

    Has anyone noticed that he keeps saying he has a plan for this, and a plan for that, but hasn't given any idea of these plans? Sarah is still spewing her lies and inuendos.....she is really his mouthpiece....no one can say he said this or said that when it comes to the smears, because she is saying it all.

    October 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. francheska ;-)

    I do not understand how there could still be undecided voters out there. This is not that complicated, chose the man who you think will be represent you and will do do a better job for this country.

    7 days left and you mean to tell me some people have not made up thier minds.

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

    Guys when are y'all going to realize that the polls are overated. This is going to be a tight race. If you want to go by polls then go ahead but look at the shift its going toward mccain and he's making a move. But, like I said polls are overated and you shouldn't go by them.

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Navy Veteran from Virginia

    The conservative machine will do everything possible to steal the election, just as they did in 2000 and 2004 via dishonest methods which the media, for whatever reason, refuse to thoroughly investigate and report.

    At the same time, the republicans continue to throw stuff at the walls with the hope that some of it will stick. They simply do not want to debate the issues with integrity because they are incapable of doing so.

    We true patriots must run up the score, beyond the reach of those who endeavor to steal close elections, i.e., conservative right-wing religious fanatics who do not live by their own doctrine.

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Greg Williams

    Not matter what tricks McCain-Palin try this last week, they will not pick up any ground on the Obama-Biden ticket in PA or any of the remaining battleground States. America has made up their mind and have decided on 'CHANGE'. McCain is going to have his head handed to him on Nov 4th in a historical defeat !

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Dylan, Los Angeles

    You can't turn BLUE states RED. The tide is turning the other way. He should be focusing more in FL, OH, and other battleground states that are closer.

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. CHANGE SUPPORTER

    TOO LATE MCSAME!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. jr california

    hey JAMES PORTER, yeah you know who you are, you are DISGUSTING. second civil war? may god please protect obama.

    NO MORE HATE.

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. offwallst

    THE ONE FACTOR THAT IS NOT IN THESE POLLS IS THE SILENT MAJORITY........THAT MAKES UP BETWEEN 4-6%.....!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. d

    He's nice guy but I think Obama is a better leader. I rather have a joke and a Beer with McCain but would like Obama to lead our economy and our country.

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Pam

    While I hope this is true, you can't listen to polls. You have to go out and vote!! Don't take this for granted!

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Peter

    Why is his ice queen wife with him at EVERY stop?? Is she the only one who has there heart pills?? Or don't they have anyone else to change his DEPENDS?? Did their DEFIB operator quit for not being paid?? Or maybe she is there to make sure he doesn't hit on Palin
    Big mistake on his campaign. Shows he can't make it on his own

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Susan

    He gave a good speech in Hershey, PA.

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Hispanos unidos

    Hispanos... Tienes derechos...vota McCain...

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Matt

    OK, so they want to try to scare everyone abotu an all-Dem government? We have the power to change that in 4 years if we don't like what they've done.

    Nothing can be done about it if we elect another Republican moron who appoints 3 more neocons to the Supreme Court, giving them a majority of 5.

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Stephen Were

    Killer punch can still come in the dying minutes of the game

    October 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Former Republican

    HOW can anyone be supporting the Republican candidate after the last 7 years?! The only thing I can say is that you must be plumb out of your mind if you are. It doesn't work! Read some books on economics!

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. CORONA

    McCAIN IS GONNA LOSE!!!!LOL!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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