October 30th, 2008
08:25 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain trails in key battleground states

 McCain is losing his lead in certain key states.
McCain is losing his lead in certain key states.

(CNN)—With just five days before Election Day, a string off polls suggest John McCain still has his work cut out for him in some battleground states.

CNN’s latest Indiana poll of polls shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama by one point, 47 percent to 46 percent. That’s one point narrower than the last Poll of Polls in the traditionally Republican state showing McCain leading Obama 48 to 46 percent.

Yesterday, CNN changed its electoral map for the state of Indiana from leaning toward McCain to a toss up between the two presidential candidates.

In Minnesota, where the Republicans held their convention, Obama is trumping McCain by 15 points, 54 percent to 39 percent. The margin was not as large in the last poll of polls which showed Obama ahead by 13 points as of October 23.

A new Wisconsin poll of polls also shows the Democratic Nominee ahead of the Republican nominee by 12 points, 53 percent to 41 percent.

While both candidates are working to remind voters the race is far from over, CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib suggests the latest poll averages in Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin “are another indication of Obama’s apparent strength in the closing days of this campaign.”

“Obama is now clearly within striking distance in Indiana –- a state no Democrat has won since 1964. It’s virtually impossible to see how McCain wins the White House without Indiana’s 11 electoral votes. At the same time, any hopes the Republicans had of swiping Minnesota or Wisconsin from the Democratic column this year appear to be just about gone.”

Because the poll of poll findings are based on an average of polls conducted in Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, there is no sampling error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Tony

    HE'S THROUGH........THANK GOD!

    October 30, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. John

    Please make sure that each of the Obama supporters actually votes and also ensures that they convince their friends and family to vote on Nov 4th. This entire poll numbers mean nothing if we do not vote. Remember that if you have to wait in line to vote it is a privilege; if you turn away because of long lines and if the wrong person is elected, and if we have to stand in line for handouts, that is misery.
    Each one of you makes a difference so please vote for change and help our country to get strong again.

    October 30, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. SOUTHERNER

    McCain is a big coward!! Gave tax money to the PLO group in the form of grants. You call yourself a patriot because you vote for him? He is not even American.

    October 30, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Mccain 08

    Just voted early for McCain in FL- Most of the people in line looked like McCain supporters.. I am not shocked.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. walk away from your !upside donw mortgage!

    because that makes all the financial sense to YOU.

    you'll NEVER hear this advice from wall street thieves, for sure!

    doesn't that tell you something?

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Billy

    If that Khalidi is such a dangerous person, why did McCain (as chairman of the IRI in 1998) give $500,000 to Khalidi's foundation?

    More importantly, why is CNN not covering the other half of this story or better yet, asking McCain this question?

    Why do I have to go to other news sources to get the full story?

    October 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. dreb

    John McCain needs a miracle..

    i hope he doesnt get it!lol

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Beyond the hype

    Learn about this man Mr. Obama. Do NOT just go along with the promise of hope… I know we all need things to be better. Obama is not the answer he promises:

    From Audacity of Hope:
    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    From Dreams of My Father:
    "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."
    "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Pancho

    We are hoping, of course, for a Democratic landslide of New Deal proportions. The Conservative Party (Republicans) have only one plank on their platform, which is to do nothing to solve the nations problems. Any change in the status quo will reduce the income of some wealthy person or corporation, and Republicans have a "let the market fix it" approach to everything, which is to say "do nothing." We have done nothing about America's problems for 25 years due to their total absence of leadership.

    October 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Awaiting Moderation by CNN

    John McCain has disgraced himself and the polls reflect that. On Tuesday the confirmation with none of the Ohio/Florida taint we have seen over the past two Presidential elections will confirm it.

    October 30, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Stone Harry

    Not for long! American's don't agree with Barak Obama! American's do not want someone taking their hard earned money to 'spread the wealth around'! Barak has a future but it's as an actor in the movies! Vote McCain/Palin for the right reasons! Your children!

    October 30, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. A Senior Southern Lady - NC

    John McCain, a good and decent man, has fallen in with a losing crowd. His selection of Sarah Palin as VP, totally unqualified, and his promotion of Joe the Plumber appeals to the lowest common denominator of the Republican Party. The advice he is receiving from his Staff has hurt him at every turn. This is an unfortunate way to end a political career that has served this country well.

    October 30, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. GA Independent

    Hey Indiana! Make us proud and wave those blue flags on November 4!

    October 30, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. JIMBISCIELLO

    TIME FOR JOE THE PLUMBER TO HIT THE BATTLEGROUND STATES WITH SARAH THE SEWAGE.
    VOTE VOTE VOTE – SEND MC CAIN AND HIS DIVA PACKING OR MAYBE PLUMBING....

    October 30, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    mccains own state is leaning toward OBAMA, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 30, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Capitalist

    If McCain doesn't win I will have 2 months to join others in moving my small business to Costa Rica!

    You AA's and Kids have FUN re-distributing what little wealth is left by the time your new Marxist Dictator takes over!

    By the Way I will be keeping my Fortune 500 Clients-in fact they will be thrilled that I will be charging them less for the same service!

    Not only am I taking my wealth offshore-I'm taking the 30 Jobs as well!

    I know I'm not the only good business person with this plan!

    October 30, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. JL

    We all need to vote. The polls mean nothing.

    October 30, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. PoliticoPundit

    Just of the this posting...

    Fact check: Is Columbia professor Khalidi a 'political ally' of Barack Obama?

    How can it be misleading when he aranged a fundraiser for his ally Obama? LOL .. CNN get over it..

    This is a true fact that he is a political ally. but I really don't care if he is but why llie about it.

    October 30, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. C A

    Come on Indiana. Get out that vote. Let's make a sweep for Obama. Otherwise you might end up with Joe the Plumber as your Secretary of State.

    Can you imagine. Then we would have Palin as VP and Joe the Plumber as Secretary of State. What else do you need to tell you to vote Obama.

    Oh, one more thing. I saw Tom Delay on Hardball last night. You know Tom Delay is backing McCain. The most sleazy, corrupt politican we have seeen in years. Rates right up there if not worse than Rove.

    October 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Americans for Obama

    The margin isn't as wide in Minnesota????? Last time I checked, 15 was a bigger number than 13

    October 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Bit

    Here comes the FEAR/SMEAR-MONGERING tactics! McSmear is trying place doubts in the minds of the American people but just doesn't realize that it's not working this time.

    I am ashamed of McDoubt. Where is the Maverick of 2000..???

    October 30, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Andrew

    The same people voting for McCain voted Bush, just keep that in mind. These people never learn, their hatred for their fellow Americans is greater than their desire to repair the damage done.

    October 30, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Shawn

    To all the undecided voters....when you go in the election booth on Tuesday...just look at the names and ask yourself "Do I know who this person really is...?"

    Your decision should be simple.

    October 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. undecided

    Well, Obama made his case last night.

    If you listened to him, he almost sounded like a conservative, but he isn't.

    That infomercial did last night was designed to FOOL people into believing that he is something that he is not. All he was trying to do, was to relieve peoples fears about who he is.

    Is Obama the conservative that he tried to protray last night?? NO

    Is Obama the moderate that he tried to protray during the general campaign?? NO

    NO, Obama is an extremely LIBERAL left wing democrat with ties to RADICAL American haters such as William Ayers, Rev. Wright, Father Pflegler, Louis Farracon, and others.

    And then you have Obama's deals with the corrupt Tony Rezko who now sits in jail.

    And don't forget the people serving as Obama's finacial advisors, they worked for the FAILED Freddie Mack and Fanny Mae. One of them made 90 million dollars in just 6 years and the other made 10's of millions of dollars as well.

    Add the over $800,000 that Obama's campaign gave to ACORN to get out the FRAUDULENT vote and you can see that we are headed for a very CORRUPT administration.

    Throw Pelosi, Reid, and Dean into the mix and all I can say is God have mercy on us all.

    After all, YOU are who YOUR frieds are.

    The thing that really scares me is that if Nobama is elected and the democrats have control of both the house AND the senate then this country is heading for DISASTER!!!!!

    Think about it for a moment America.

    This country went to pot AFTER the democrats took of both houses of congress. The do nothing democratically led congress has an approval rating on ONLY 9%.

    The banking committee is led by the democrats.
    The SEC is led by the democrats.

    **** WAKE UP AMERICA ****

    Vote Obama – say goodbye to America, plain and simple.

    October 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The fact is by the time the election is over McCain will be lucky to hold onto a half dozen states. Joe the Plumber...............what a terrible way to go out of public life.

    You now have to pity McCain he has lost all contact with reality.

    October 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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