October 28th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Polls show McCain not making up ground in Ohio

McCain is still trailing in Ohio.
McCain is still trailing in Ohio.

(CNN) - John McCain does not appear to be making up ground in Ohio, the key battleground state that is crucial to keeping his White House hopes alive.

According to CNN's latest poll of polls of the state, the Arizona senator now trails Obama by 6 points there, 50 percent to 44 percent. That gap is two points wider than it was Monday and double what it was one week ago.

Election Center: Check out recent Ohio polls

No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio, and barring a major upset in another big state, the state's 20 electoral votes are a must win for McCain. The Republican presidential candidate is expected to spend two full days there later this week.

The latest Ohio poll of polls consists of recent surveys from LA Times/Bloomberg (October 25-27), Reuters/Zogby (October 23-26), and CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21). CNN Poll of Polls do not have a margin of error.

Meanwhile, a new poll of polls in Florida shows a similar story. The Arizona senator trails Obama by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent. That gap is 3 points higher than it was earlier today and is largely due to a newly released survey from LA Times/Bloomberg showing McCain down 7 points in the state. The Florida poll of polls also includes surveys from Suffolk University and Reuters/Zogby.

Election Center: Check out recent Florida polls


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soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    The Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News endorsed Obama on Oct. 25, 2008: she became a reinforcement of her caricature. She never allowed herself to be vetted, and at the end of the day, voters turned against her both in terms of qualifications and personally."

    NUFF SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Ridgeway

    Frightening to think that many people could be wrong about a person like Obama. Scary what happens when stupid people gather in large groups.
    Well, I survived Carter and Clinton. Obama with a Liberal congress probably not. Bad news for working Americans. Good news for the welfare vampires and the entitlement demons.

    October 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. mrsmart

    All tactics and no strategies. That's how McCain has run this campaign. And that's why they have Jow the plumber out campaigning today. What in the world???

    October 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. random

    I think on the last paragraph, first line it's suppose to say "The Arizona senator trails Obama by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent". No need to post this msg. Just thought to correct a little mistake.

    October 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Ghost

    Good I would hope with his fear and hate mongering that he is all but done.

    Remember to VOTE Nov. 4th it is the only poll that counts!

    October 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. james in s.c.

    i think a lot of voters are seeing mccain's camp is faultering and its causing a backlash against him and palin....GOOD!!

    go rogue and VOTE FOR OBAMA-BIDEN 08 & 12

    October 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Shannon Stone

    Typo in last paragraph. Reads "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points....) Shouldn't that say "The Arizona senator trails Obama?"

    October 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Lost in Naples

    Sen. McCain was just in Dayton, OH and it was stated by those attending that he looked very tired and very old and the campaign must have really taken a toll on him. This in tune has made people more worried in regard to his VP pick....

    October 28, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Steve

    In a stunning turn...McCain trails-McCain!!!!!

    "Meanwhile, a new poll of polls in Florida shows a similar story. The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent."

    October 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Bret

    No wonder his poll numbers are bad, Obama is out spending him on ads like a zillion to one. Obama is using America's lack of depth on any issues to buy this election.

    October 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Hey folks, Here is some polling information to keep in mind. Despite everything that George W Bush has done 28% of those polled still like him. Though this might seem ridiculously high to you and me these people vote (especially now that Sarah Palin has the base excited) and that 28% will represent a majority if only 50% of voters turnout to vote. If 60% vote Obama will win by a whisker 70% is a landslide. That is why the Republicans have gone negative. Not because they think they can change my mind (I've already voted) but they want the less committed to stay home. Don't be one of those less committed. Get of and VOTE. If you are for Obama and you don't vote you may have to live that sick feeling on Nov 5 that you could have done more.

    October 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Bret Bostwick

    A MISTAKE in your text:

    The "Arizona senator" trails "McCain" by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent. That gap is 3 points higher than it was earlier today

    October 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Billy Jean, Plattsville, Alabama

    Blacks and Socialists have been heard fron through their allies-the media-whitey will be heard from on Nov.4

    October 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. Amy

    If Obama gets elected we all better pray for Isreal because Obama is ani-Isreal and ani-American....

    October 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, change is coming. With McCain who voted with Bush 90% of the time, expect ONE change only, NAME TAG REPLACEMENT.

    This is the only change we will all get

    October 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. JOHN

    GO OHIO, GET OUT THE VOTE AND GET OUT AND VOTE, VOTE EARLY, VOTE ON TIME AND VOTE LATE. VOTE. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Accountant Guy

    Good Job Ohio. Now get to the polls and actually vote. Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. Shane

    And yet the McCain-Palin campaign continues to go more and more negative in the final days of the election. You'd think they'd have begun to clue in by now that the more they focus on the same old tired strategies of fear and smear, of lies and distortions, the lower they sink in the polls, because the public just isn't buying it anymore.

    Either McCain's campaign strategists are just plain stupid (or out of touch?), or they don't know how to do anything other than to attack their opponent. Perhaps actually trying to convince the American people why they *should* vote for him, rather than just telling them why they *shouldn't* vote for Obama, might have helped, but it's far too late for that now. Obama will win this election because he is the only candidate who has had the courage, leadership, and judgment to offer the American people a *plan* to deal with the *real issues* that we all cope with on a daily basis. McCain seems content to do nothing but spread bald-faced lies and scurrilous innuendos about his opponent, while offering no solutions of his own for the important problems we are facing. That's the difference, and that's why McCain will lose Ohio, and lose the election.

    I hope selling out his reputation to Karl Rove's gang of sleaze merchants was worth it to him...

    October 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Zeze

    Edit CNN – The Arizona senator can't trail McCain by 4 points...

    October 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. Independent white female patriotic voter

    The people of Ohio and PA are much too smart to bring the whole country down by electing Mccain/Palin. Mccain made many mistakes this election season:
    #1 has been much too negative and has mislead and lied to the American people/ Those of us who are serious about our vote, listen, watch and fact check.
    #2 He picked Palin. Not vetted enough, ot smart enough, not knowledgeable enough!
    #3 he suspended his campaign to run to Washington and get nothing done. He handled the economic crisis in a very eratic, very unwise way. He really still has not been able to handle it, he just got lucky and started spinning "Joe the plumber" which is bull, since plumbers would get a bigger tax break with Obama(that's a fact)
    #4. He voted 90% of the time with George Bush fo rthe last 8 years and w eare done with Bush! Cannot afford 4 more years of the same.

    October 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. SHELLI1313

    Please don't let this mean spirited man win anything but his 7 homes and 13 cars and all of the businesses that they have. This man is a bigot, a racist, borderline madman. The VP is openly racist and a big bigot and to top everything else off she is not too smart.

    October 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Tired of McCain/Palin

    Well with all the slickness McCain has been doing in this campaign, I'm surprise he's not trying to steal the election as we all know the Republicans did to Gore in 2000. Karma!

    October 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. fred

    McCain just go and rest the election is over.

    October 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. sam

    I thought McCain was the Arizona senator

    October 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. OptimisticTX

    I just wanted to respond to a comment earlier that called blacks racists because they were overwhelmingly supporting Obama. If you check your facts and your history, you will find that 90% of blacks vote for a democratic president (historically) and it is estimated that during this election 90% of blacks will once again vote democratic. This time that democrat just happens to be black.

    Sometimes people can be so ignorant.

    October 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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