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. Manny T

    Come on USA lets change all of the red states to blue.... Lets make history once and for all all of the the United States not the red states and the Blue States but the whole Blue United States all standing up for the greatest president for out time that will save us all the President of the United States Barack Obama!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. park more - New orleans

    McCain will win ........ I am democrat voting for McCain and we will show you that you are completly wrong.........

    October 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    The people of Ohio have obviously seen that the era of the angry old republican is over. The US, no... The world is ready for "Real Change", not 2 people on stage being angry and "Mavericky". Only 6 more days until the election, and hopefully the end of the tyrannical facist reign that has been the Bush administration. Keep up the good work Ohio, now get out and VOTE!

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

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

    ????

    Maybe the arizona senator trails Obama?

    October 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Boston Guy

    I am sure the Republicans are trying to come up with a way to cheat again. Rubublicans = liars.

    October 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. No Country For Old Men

    Joe the Plumber, meet Joe NoMoe
    NoMoe Home
    NoMoe Use for Joe the Plumber
    NoMoe Money
    NoMoe 401K
    NoMoe Car
    NoMoe Credit Card
    NoMoe Bush & McCain!
    NoMoe BS so vote for Obama & Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. bill for barack

    The gap here in Ohio is only going to widen in Obama's favor.
    Our state has suffered too greatly under 8 years of Bush to want even 4 more minutes of Bush Junior.
    He can shoot off his big mouth all he wants.
    We're farm country here and we all know bull when we see it.
    And as for the pig with lipstick ........

    October 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. McCNN

    Hmmm, you think maybe all the REAL plumbers and workers in Ohio are voting for their best interests? I do! Obama '08!

    October 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. JJ Conoscenti

    Just wanted to point out that you said "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent". And it should be "the Arizona senator trails Obama by 4 points there..." Just thought I'd point it out–I'm a die hard fan of your work, keep it up!

    October 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. kayla

    NEVER GONNA GET IT

    October 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Paco - Tucson, AZ

    Ohio for Obama? I hope so...

    October 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. Dan in B-more, hon.

    Nice poll choices - some of the worst pollsters in the business.

    Zogby? LA Times? Suffolk? Please.

    October 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Eddy

    I live in Ohio and never have I seen this. It wasn't until Palin joined the republican ticket that we started seeing republican signs or bumper stickers. I started to wonder if this was really Ohio. It as if the so called proud Republicans are ashamed of their own candidate and what Bush has left us. Instead of being proud Republicans, let's be proud Americans. We lost jobs to Mexico and McCain sure isn't offerings us jobs.
    Ohio goes to Obama this time!

    October 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Bulldog

    Maybe if he picked a running mate who had a clue McCain may be more competitive. Sorry John, your running mate is clueless and it's no wonder that over 40% of Alaskans support Obama over there own governor. Apparently she's not the most popular governor in the country after all even after her redistribution of the oil companies money to the people.

    October 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. KenM

    Obama's second-biggest contributor was Goldman Sachs, with $874,207. Others in his top 20 list of contributors are J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, UBS and Morgan Stanley, center figures show. Only UBS, a foreign-owned bank, is not on the Treasury list.

    The Illinois senator also got significant amounts from Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill, Credit Suisse, Wachovia and Bank of America. In addition, he received contributions from all the banks on the Treasury Department's bailout list

    October 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. McCNN

    America is sick of the GOP divisiveness.

    Join Obama new UNITY party!

    October 28, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Phillip Bunn

    Where John McCain is really slipping is in mental hygiene. I would have never voted for him, as President, but I did, at one time, have an extreme amount of respect for him as a war hero. But with his chosing of "Ditsy" as VP, and his own stupid antics, I now have only pity for him. He needs to slip quietly into the Arizona night and leave the political future to people who actually have one.

    October 28, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Going To Loose For Sure! I Guarantee It! There Are Just Too Many Reasons To List Why!

    October 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. former gop

    I believe with every part of my being that if he had chosen a VP who had half a brain, McCain wouldn't be in this position.

    October 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. vahe

    once your an under dog you stay as under dog.... good buy GOP we are done with you guys

    October 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Badger

    Good.

    October 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. anyonmous

    (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 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 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Boethius

    Dear CNN:

    I thought McCain was the Arizona senator, yet the second sentence of the last paragraph of this article says, "the Arizona senator trails McCain..." Are you saying that McCain is chasing his tail in Florida?

    October 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Tom

    Excellent! More people are realizing that no matter what McCain says–and he'll say anything, as long as it's a lie–he is all for the rich. Obama was raised by regular folks and knows what it's like for the rest of America. He will cut our taxes. McCain will cut his own. Which do you prefer?

    October 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Marie

    It's going to get higher as the election get closer.What 's happening is the last eight years of Bush's ecomomic blunders and polices which McCain backed Bush on90% the american people are really hurting and they just aren't willing to take that chance with McCain.Those supporting Bush are being convinced by McCain that he is different.It"s sad that Bush can pour money to McCain's campaign behind closed doors and MCCAIN accepts but he won't come out as the president of the US to support or campaign with him.So what does that tell you.If McCain was to win this race who do you think he would turn to to move this country on the right course Bush Or Clinton?He would turn to Bush even though he talks about reaching across the parties.Americans please don't be blinded and regret your vote for McCain.Think about what it has been like for the past eight years .Think of you children and their children future.We need to bring our service men and women home instead of McCain keeping them In wars that will be years from ending and many more lives lost

    October 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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