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. joe the plumber

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

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Jeffrey Eckman

    This article made me feel much better with the other news agencies indicating a tightening of the polls. I just hope everyone goes out and votes. Obama is our only chance at redemption. McCain is a scary old man.

    October 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. John

    You flubbed the story: "The Arizona senator trails McCain..."

    October 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Sam

    Obama could win without any of the following states:

    CO, OH, FL, NC, MO, IN, NV, and even ME

    Do the Math! Go out and Vote!

    October 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Republican Woman For Obama, FL

    "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."

    TYPO ALERT CNN....you mean, "the arizona senator trails Obama by 4 points there"....

    October 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. v.a

    2/3 of the military is supporting McCain and Obama wants to be the commander -in-chief for the world^s strongest military.....

    October 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Shannon

    Oh no, 'The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points ' So McCain is trailing himself, or is there another Senator from Arizona in the race?

    October 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Joe the Therapist

    $5K for healtcare could disappear in a 1-day hospital stay. Ridiculous! How does McCain propose seniors, disabled, or the poor travel accross state lines for better plans when most of these people have little to no access to private transportation? I don't think Disabled Transit services go that far.

    October 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Ohio Mom

    McCain keeps saying that Obama is a socialist because he wants to raise the upper tax bracket by 3 percentage points. If that is being a socialist, the U.S. has been a socialist country for 100 years, which is about how long we have had a progressive income tax.

    October 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Tariq

    My friends...we are losing in Ohio, we can't catch up with him in Pennsylvania, he has Florida all locked up, and he just turned Virginia from red to purple to blue. My Friends, I am now officially running against Obama, Bush, and Palin ever since she went rogue. My friends...I GOT THEM ALL RIGHT WHERE I WANTED!!

    October 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Biff

    but.... what about Joe the Plumber?????

    he's FROM Ohio......

    You mean... that's NOT making a difference....

    hmm... go figure....

    October 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Bobbie in Maryland

    YAAAAY!!
    The poll numbers sound great, but don't let up, Dems!
    VOTE, VOTE, talk to your friends & be sure they vote, early if possible, & be on the lookout for vote stealing!
    Obama/Biden .08

    October 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Gene

    Good.. nice to see the people of Ohio are not being scared by McCain's propaganda.

    October 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. fede lalo

    the article says the arizona senator trails mcain 49 to 45 . i think is a mistake . any way this is good i know what they mean obama biden 2008

    October 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Susan, California

    The fat lady is starting to sing.

    October 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. nerakami

    John McCain has shown his incompetence and inability to be an effective leader of this nation by the horrific dysfunctional campaign he has run for the past 2 years.

    We are trying to turn the corner on incompetent Presidents.

    October 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. tennisguypitt

    Come on Ohio! I don't want McCain in! Don't get complacent, VOTE!!!

    October 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Obama 08

    He's done! It's over!

    October 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    No, surprise. McCain & Palin has waged a mean, vile and lie-filled campaign. Showing us, that when McCain is down, he is a mean, rude and sarcastic man. We have only to look at his behavior during the debates with Sen. Obama to see the.........true.....character of McCain.

    I will be writing this in my comments over and over and over, because its clear to me, that the Republicans DO NOT GET IT.

    For years, I have watched their party become more and more vitriolic. With each campaign the Republicans have waged meaner, nastier and more vile campaigns. Sadly, Americans have elected them, rewarding them for their ........evil ways.

    Now, Republicans are, God willing, going down! They will not SEE the reason they failed. So I will tell them here:

    AMERICA REJECTS YOUR POLITICS OF LIES-HATE-FEAR-AND-DIVISION! WE REJECT 'FAUX NEWS' AND ALL THE AM RADIO HATE-MONGERS!

    LEARN TO BE CIVIL, OR YOU WILL BE SHUNNED FOR GENERATIONS.

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Just heard that Gov. Christ has extended hours of voting in Florida,
    This is a serious blow for McCain,perhaps he is looking out for himself in 2012.
    The timing could not be worse with Obama and Bill Clinton in central Florida on Wednesday for their first joint rally.
    Ohio doesnt seem to be moving his way either.
    Neither are the usual GOP voter supression antics in the courts are going for him.
    LANDSLIDE !!!!

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Sandy

    THATS BECAUSE HE HAS PALIN TRYING TO STEEL THE SPOTLIGHT AND NO ONE LIKES A GREEDY, CONIVING WOMEN. PALIN MAKES MCCAIN LOOK REALLY BAD...BAD MOVE MCCAIN, THIS BACKFIRED BIG TIME.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. No Hillary = No Obama

    Today I saw a bumper sticker in Oakland Ca – (Obama country) the bumper sticker said HOPE OBAMA. Prior to seeing this, I read an article about the cause of the 1929 stock market crash commenorated today. Cause: "a wave of speculative-driven euphoria that experts say was clearly unsustainable". Sound familiar? This is the Obama grandiosity. Obama, a man with no experience to be President and the time he was in the Senate spent two years preparing to run for President and has very little next to nothing to show for legislative accomplishments. The problem I have with this beside people living in fantasy land, is that Obama feeds off this mythology which is clearly born out of the last 8 years of a leadership vacuum. Obama parades around Europe as a hero – for me, it's unethical, not to mention a candidacy built on a sense of entitlement.

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Matt

    oh Johnny Boy

    the pipes the pipes are calling...

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. John S

    My grandmother was a very intelligent and I believe sometimes blessed individual with insight that most people never know. She told me on January 17, 2007 the day after Barrack Obama annouced he would run for President, that he would win the race and become one of Americas best and loved presidents that the world has ever seen. I truely hope the last part she told me doesn't come true. It would be a great lost for America and its citizens.As a Canadian, I will be overjoyed to see Americans vote for Barrack Obama and Joe Biden. This will finally put the rest of the worlds view of American in a better light. While the rest of us think America is doing the right thing by electing Obama, there are many in your own country who still believe that electing a black man is wrong. The majority of these people are getting smaller and smaller every day since a lot of them care more for their pocket books and their way of life in the near future, then the color of a person skin. A lot of Americans are starting to understand that a mans character is much more important than he's color or race. I'm starting to feel pride and admiration for my brothers and sisters nest door. I will be celebrating with all of you the day Obama is elected to be your next President.

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. Toooooooo late; I voted Dem!

    good!

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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