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. Sety

    Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, as poor as he is wants to be rubbing his shoulders with McCains rich circle. H is such a liar, pretending to be asking Senator Obama questions when he already made up his mind for republicans. McCain agenda will not even favor him since he is making just 40,000 a year. Senator Obama tax cut really favor him. Senseless.

    October 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Robin - FL

    Seven days of eternity ....

    October 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Mike in Toronto

    After the sleazy campaign that the Republicans have run, it is heartening to see Obama maintain his lead. Today, "Joe the Plumber" actually told Fox News that Obama's victory would be the "death of Israel" !!!! This guy is a lunatic and McCain takes him seriously enough to parade him around on his stumps and quotes him at every stop. Shame on him for giving the fringe element credibility and a public voice.I guess he'll do anything to win. Go Obama, your balance and thoughfulness are badly needed.

    October 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Polly

    Senator McCain needs to find a way to capture the trust of Ohio and Pennsylvania's blue collar workers. Too many jobs have been lost from corporations moving them out of the country. They, like Obama, blames the government for everything. What he does have over Obama is a desire and ambition not to sell the country out to terrorists. Something has to be done to not only protect our jobs, but protect the American way of life. McCain is the man to do it.

    October 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. DOCS 3

    GO FIGURE!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. BOOTSTOMPER

    Please citizens of this great country do not elect John McCain and Sarah Palin. The world and this country are in real trouble, we need a calm bright leader who gives us hope and the best chance to move away from the old tired way's of the republican party.

    October 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Dave

    I just got back from vacation. I didn't know there was an election going on. What did I miss?

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

    can the CNN pls check the grammer of this things before putting it up for to read? "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent. " How can McCain be trailing McCain?

    October 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Stefan Eckert

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4..."

    Typo........don't you mean ........trails Obama....?

    October 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Nonebody

    Go Ohio!
    Do not give us another republican win!
    Vote for Change We Need!!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Nick

    This is a great article – in the new poll of polls in Florida McCain apprently can't even beat himself.

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

    With all due respect, John McCain is either getting bad information from his people or he is delusional. Every poll available indicates that he is trailing in Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, and North Carolina. He should focus his energy on the states that the polls indicate he is either tied or ahead, Missouri and Florida. Having said that, and I must also add I am a Obama supporter, let him waste his time, effort, and financial resources on races he can't win......

    JMHO

    October 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Dal CA

    McCain looks like he made a big mistake when he chose The Moose from Alaska rather than Romney the expert in economy.

    October 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. Linda

    Maybe he will leave us alone in PA...wishful thinking. I think I see another "tactic" going bad.

    October 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. Duke

    This election is going to force the repugs to re-invent themselves and that is a good thing. Let's face it, they have grown fat and lazy. Over the past 20 years they haven't even attempted to engage the American public with intelligent ideas. They just wait until a few days before the election and divide the nation on race or some other ignorant argument and they win. Hey, it has worked, we can't blame them for going to the well one more time. Well, it isn't going to work this time and they will be a better party for it in the end. Repugs, time for some hard work, don't know how long you will be in the wilderness, it will be partly up to how Obama governs.

    October 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4"

    Typo?

    October 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Yves

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain..." ???

    October 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. lana

    Americans are not buying the divisive hatred that McCain and Palin the Puppet are spewing! GO OBAMA

    October 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. A Woman In California For Obama

    That's right McCain/Palin keep on slandering Obama and put him right in the WH where he belongs. People are sick of hearing Senator Obama this and Senator Obama that. What are YOU going to do? What are YOUR policies? Begin a sentence for once-just once-that doesn't start with Sen. Obama and maybe just maybe people will listen although I doubt that....

    October 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Setys

    Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, with low salary, he wants to be rubbing his shoulders with McCain's rich circle. He is such a liar, pretending to be asking Senator Obama questions when he already made up his mind for republicans. McCain's agenda will not even favor him since he is making just $40,000 a year. Senator Obama tax cut really favor him. Senseless, cheap publicity.

    October 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. George Spfld, MA

    John McCain has failed to deliver a steady message. He is all over the map. It's gotten so bad that Joe the "plumber" is out on the trail. Mccain is desperate and he is showing it.

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

    heck yeah! We are finally getting smart in Ohio!! After voting for Bush 2 terms, thank god!

    October 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Ken, Republican Voted for Obama

    Lets get out and vote guys we send the old man and his sidekick home.

    October 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. President Barack Obama

    Ohioans are not falling for the OKEY DOKE... We will not be HOODWINKED... We will not be BAMBOOZLED....We will be LED ASTRAY!!!!!

    Barack Your Vote08!!!!! Vote Early, Tell Your Friends, Tell your neighbors, Tell your Co Workers, Tell your Family...... Vote Early, Vote Now!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. Jim L.

    The end is near, McGramps. Time to go home to Arizona and melt into retirement. Obama!

    October 28, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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