October 28th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
6 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. Zagazaw

    How can he?

    Fact check: Would Obama hike taxes on small businesses that employ 16 million?

    The Verdict: False. McCain uses an overly broad interpretation of the NFIB survey's figures — applying Obama's tax plan to those figures in a way that is highly unlikely to match reality.

    Fact check: McCain tax cuts give $200 billion to corporations, $4 billion to oil companies?

    The Verdict: True. Obama's statement accurately reflects two studies of McCain's tax proposals.

    How do you say, liar, hypocrite, flip-flop, clueless!

    Palin calls for Stevens to resign
    Posted: 03:00 PM ET Palin says Stevens should step aside.

    (CNN) – Sarah Palin said Tuesday Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens should resign his Senate seat, in a statement released hours after John McCain made a similar declaration.
    The comments come a day after Palin would not say what she thought the best course of action for the recently convicted senator should be.
    Stevens verdict: Palin reacts
    Posted: 06:04 PM ET From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

    Gov. Sarah Palin reacted to Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict Monday.

    RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) — Sarah Palin said Monday Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict "is a sad day for Alaska."
    "This is a sad day for Alaska and a sad day for Senator Stevens and his family," she said on the tarmac at Richmond International Airport.
    I ask the people of Alaska to join me in respecting the workings of our judicial system and I'm confident that Senator Stevens from this point on will do the right thing for the people of Alaska," she said.

    October 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Mike Ellis

    How does he trail himself by 4 points? How do you do that?

    October 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. annie - never again a dem.

    cnn & other major networks of non-journalism continually say McCain behind in the polls but talk to majority of people and you sure hear a different story. Just another form of brainwashing by biased, corrupt, evil news media.

    October 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    CNN Correct the 1st sentence of the last paragragh of this story.

    October 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Paul

    CNN is simply been lying to folks about anything fair and balanced. They have been using the Tax Policy Center as part of their "Fact Checks" or what I would like to call reality in the eyes of CNN. The FACT is, the Tax Policy Center is part of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institute, which are part of the Democratic Party. They state in their fact checks that the Tax Policy Center is nonpartisan, which is simply a flatout lie. They want the Democrats to win because their world view is the Democratic Party. Just think, if Obama wins, one party controls all the federal government power, in line with China and Russia, which is closer to what we will become than the America we all know and love. For all it's faults, this is the greatest country in the world, don't let power be in the hands of one party because they will say anything, and do anything, and the media outlets like CNN will never hold them accountable.

    October 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. brenda from charleston sc

    cnn,
    your numbers are only based on what you WANT the people to see. you are using numbers that do not compute. your goal is to make the mccain supporters think that the election is a done deal. the people are not stupid, the people know what yyou are doing and the people also know that mccain will win the election.

    October 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. OregonSingleMama

    You dont have to post this just noticed this typo

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent. "

    I think the Arizona senator trail Obama...

    thanks

    October 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Sally from Cali

    Why does McCain look like Nikita Khrushchev right before he started banging his shoe?

    October 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Michel Pignatiello

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent."

    He is trailing himself?

    October 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Paying Attention

    One of McCain advisors just called Palin a "Whack Job".

    I agree !

    This may be why they are losing.

    I always thought she was a WHACK JOB !

    I am glad they think so also.

    McCain does not have a real plan, just lies about Obama.

    October 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Kim, Dallas, TX

    your article doesn't make sense in the poll of polls. you say that the arizona senator trails McCain, but McCain is the Arizona senator. Do you mean Obama is ahead by 4 there too? Totally awesome if so!!

    October 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. SD From Plano, Texas

    The reality of McCain's health care plan has been revealed yesterday.

    Now the posturing is over and people will move towards Obama.

    October 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. stillbelieve

    NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE ATTEMP ON SEN OBAMA

    LIFE. A BLACK MAN HAS ALWAYS HAD TO WORK TWICE AS

    HARD AS A WHITE MAN TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING. OBAMA HAS

    TO CONCENTRATE ON WINNING THE ELECTION AND STAYING

    ALIVE WHILE JOHN MCAIN JUST HAS TO WORRY ABOUT

    WINNING. THAT WHY I VOTED FOR OBAMA

    October 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. John

    The Arizona Senator trails McCain by 4 points? Isn't McCain the Senator from Arizona running for President?

    October 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    Why is Lou Dobbs allowed to wave his independent flag when he is as far if not further right than his fat slob clone Rush Limbaugh? Shouldn't he be on Faux Noise with the other racist hate mongers spreading his Goebbells like propaganda?

    I know this will never get posted you cowards.

    October 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Tony From NC

    NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOOD BYE TO ALL MY MCCAIN FRIENDS

    OOO B AAA MMM AAAA YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

    October 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Kay

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 Points there, 49 percent to 45 percent." according to this article McCain is losing the race with himself.

    October 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. j

    One week to go and all those Obama supporters need to get out and VOTE! Obama can win this but only if people VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

    October 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. NTT

    Johnny o Johnny how can you be dumber

    You brought on an incompetent VP newcomer

    With that you lost our vote over the summer

    And are left with the support of a wannabe plumber

    And who really cares what Joe really thinks

    He's so out of touch and his opinion stinks

    of sewage, and lies, and the Koolaid he drinks

    and the Palin stands by and denies her links

    to a crowd that is smitten by her lies as she winks

    Smiling unknowing they sit on the brink

    while the music is playing their titanic sinks

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Jeanette

    I voted on Sun. I waited 3 hrs to vote. I know this isn't a scientific poll but 3 out of the 4 people in line that I saw were voting for Obama.

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. dee

    This is great news!!!

    Now, all that has to happen is that you all get out and vote on Nov 4th!!

    Don't let McCain slip in from behind because you think Obama is far enough ahead that you don't need to vote!!!

    Send a message to the Republican party!!!!

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    bYE bYE McShame !!
    You are out of Touch, Out of Ideas and Out of Time.
    We need a leader for the future betterment of America.
    George Bush's failed policies will not work.
    No more 4years of the Same.
    We Need Change and We Need It Now.

    VOTE BARACK OBAMA

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Why, why, why doesn't America vote by mail like we do in Oregon and have for over a decade with absolutely no problems?????

    Why stand in line for hours, why worry about not enough ballots to go around, why worry about hanging chads, why worry about bad weather, and on and on.

    We have no chads to hang! We even have a paper trail since we vote by filling in those little circles with a pen or pencil, just like you did in school!

    We take our time over two weeks, then be sure the ballot is mailed in or turned in to the county court house from whence it came.

    In fact, OUR ballots are among the first to be tallied after 8 pm on election night and the media gets the results posthaste! Ask CNN!

    Why is Oregon the only state with vote by mail??????????

    Some people get absentee ballots to try to mimick Oregon's system. It just isn't the same!

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. One Week

    I think many of us are realizing that we just cannot take a 10% chance on McCane brand of "change." Clearly they have no real ideas of how to effectively steer this nation out of the Bush ditch...for they spend far too much time focusing on their opponents...

    Fired up ~ Ready to Go!

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Zagazaw

    Check it out

    Fact check: Would Obama hike taxes on small businesses that employ 16 million?

    The Verdict: False. McCain uses an overly broad interpretation of the NFIB survey's figures — applying Obama's tax plan to those figures in a way that is highly unlikely to match reality.

    Fact check: McCain tax cuts give $200 billion to corporations, $4 billion to oil companies?

    The Verdict: True. Obama's statement accurately reflects two studies of McCain's tax proposals.

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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