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. Martiniano Obamite

    I'm almost sorry to leave this message, but it's on my mind. Every photo or video of McCain shows Cindy standing right behind him making faces. She shakes her head in disgust and screws her face up like she bit a lemon. She's an ugly sucker. It shows McCain's bad judgement that he married her.

    Oh, wait, she's worth $100M. That's obviously why he married her.

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Brett

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain" Huh? Do you mean, "The Arizona senator trails Obama".

    October 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Rob

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

    ??

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    VOTE NOV 4 !!!!

    The Republicans have a plan to steal the election if you don't!!!

    VOTE NOV 4 !!!!

    The Republicans have a plan to steal the election if you don't!!!

    VOTE NOV 4 !!!!

    The Republicans have a plan to steal the election if you don't!!!

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Tony Wood

    In the last part of the article shouldn't it read, "the Arizona Senator trails Obama (you have McCain) by 4 points.

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Sherwin

    The race also appears to be tightening in Montana and North Dakota with Obama leading in ND by a narrow margin. If youth voter complacency, African American voter suppression, and the dreaded Bradley Effect fail to be factors onnext Tuesday's election than it looks like Obama may win this race by a margin not seen since the first Clinton election.

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. paula

    Thank goodness they have "Joe the Plumber" to come save them.

    Obama 08.......the intellegent choice

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. JD in Moraga

    Florida must be a fun place if "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent. "...I think that's supposed to be "The Arizona Senator trails Senator Obama by 4..."

    Vote Early!
    Vote Absentee! (go Navy!)
    just freakin Vote!

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Ann

    CNN can you please check your details regarding Polls update (Arizona Senator trails Mcain by 4 points)??

    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. 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.

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Keep the faith Ohio and Florida! Don't let these last minute, last ditch hail Mary attempts by the McCain camp turn you back from what we must do on Tuesday – elect Barack Obama.

    October 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. king

    cnn rejected obama's 30 minutes add buy!!!! cnn dont think you can explain yourselves out of this one""

    October 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Mark

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain" – Have the editor take a look at that one. Obama '08

    October 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. McCain=the draft

    ***VOTE***VOTE**VOTE***
    Obama is the man for the job!
    Let's go with brains this time!

    October 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. matthew

    The "Arizona Senator trails McCain" in NH? That's a tough freaking race!!

    October 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Yes we can!! Getting ready for a landslide! This race will be over before the polls close on the West Coast!

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Say NO to a change towards socialism

    If he talks like a socialist, behaves like a socialist, gives speeches like a socialist, urges like a socialist, even lies like a socialist, then IT MUST BE A SOCIALIST. We do ant to head in that direction if we do not want to get there (a socialist state.)
    Stop fantasizing and call it like it is.

    October 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Sally from Cali

    Joe the plumber gives better interviews than Sarah Palin. What's up with that?

    One question: is Earned Income Credit (EIC) socialism. If so we need to redo the tax code because some socialism is already written in it. If you don't know what EIC is, look it up at IRS.gov website.

    October 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. Lynda Ridgefield, CT.

    The only thing McPain and Palin could "MAKE UP', would be more attacks and lies!

    Enough is enough. We aren't going to fooled again but scare tactics and lies.

    VOTE OBAMA/ BIDE

    October 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. republicans hate america

    Looks like joe the fraud isnt cutting the muster for you.

    October 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Virginia Republican

    Well, with the info that is being put on the web site about the electoral college votes already won by Obama through early voting, why go vote on Nov 4? I want to know when all of the early voting stuff started. I don't ever recall this happening before, so what is up with it now? And why haven't I been told I can vote early? Early or not, I will vote Republican as I have in every presidential election since 1980!! Obama may think he has already won, but my "late" vote on November 4 will count for something!

    October 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Paula

    Keep voting, Obama people! We do not need anti-science flat earthers in the White House anymore. (google Palins remarks about fruit fly research-NO knowledge of science whatsoever and too stupid to find out before commenting)
    PS The Humane Society has endorsed Obama-1st time ever to endorse a candidate!!! :)

    October 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Brenda C

    We don't care what your polls say. We'll all know November 4th.

    October 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. JIM HAWK

    PLEASE HAVE McCAIN AND PALIN STOP COMING TO PA ..EVERYTIME THEY SHOW UP THEY LEAVE A BAD SMELL HERE.
    PALIN SHOULD BE IN JAIL !!!! SHE IS NOT A FELON YET BUT WHEN
    SHE GOES BACK HOME SHE WILL BE !!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Dan from Philly

    Slip-slidin' away...slip-slidin' away

    You know the nearer your destination the more you're slip-slidin' away...

    October 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Hi, CNN. You have "the Arizona senator trails McCain" – just wanted to alert you to your typo! Have a good night.

    October 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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