October 30th, 2008
08:25 AM ET
10 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. jenny

    John McCain will trail in every battleground state until he stops complaining about PUBLIC FUNDING and that Obama never got back to him. You called that Mr.McCain --BEING OUTFOXED AND OUTSMARTED-–DO YOU TELL YOUR ENEMY YOUR PLAN OF ATTACK? I guess that's the reason why John McCain was a POW. As per TOWN HALL MEETINGS that he also complains that Obama TURNED DOWN,I have news for the so-called maverick -– McCain you are not a Democrat so Obama does not have to listen to your outdated ideas of what took place in the " OLDEN DAYS". THESE ARE MODERN TIMES.

    October 30, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. John B. In NH

    hey McCainiac... how do people "look" like McCain supporters? because they're white perhaps you racist hack?!?!?!

    October 30, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Erika

    Go Obama! I'm from Indiana and voted for him yesterday.

    October 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Andy

    Capitalist.....Buh-bye already.

    October 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. AB

    While here in ARIZONA – McCain is virtually tied with Obama!

    ARIZONA is no longer "safe McCain" or even "leaning" it's a TOSSUP.

    October 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Kel in Auburn

    The GOP seems to know they're done for this year. This explains the secret meeting of high-ranking conservatives this week to discuss the future of their movement.

    Just put it all together.. The GOP ticket knows they are getting spanked this year. Palin letting it be known she wants to run for President. Republicans endorsing Obama. Secret meeting to discuss their future. The GOP is running scared.

    I think we're in for an Obama landslide on Tuesday.

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Anonymous

    on this you can count on !!!

    How many Joe the voters are there in No-Obama Land ???

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    To Demobrat – yes we are.

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Erik from Real PA

    I'm voting against the cranky negative has-been and his ill-prepared celebrity sidekick. Join me, fellow Real Americans!

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. former gop

    Don't worry, Joe – the lying, full of crap (how ironic) – Plumber will save you!!

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. I pray for Obama

    Hey Capitalist........See Ya!

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Kathi G

    The people in the Midwest are tired of politics as usual. We're the ones who are hurting tthe most. My job went to Mexico and being 53 it's hard to find another one. I don't have 4 years to get a college degree while waiting tables. John Mcshame will do nothing for me unless he wants to pay off my mortgage which is now in foreclosure. We need to get rid of all the good old boys in Congress as well. I'm voting Democratic down the line and I suggest everyone else do the same.

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Virginia

    Thanks, "Beyond the Hype", for the quotes directly from Obama's books. I had heard these being touted, but from really unreliable resources, so having it directly quoted makes me feel so much better that I am voting for McCain next Tuesday! People are fearful of the "change" that is being promised by Obama, and these two quotes give us reason to be fearful. Think and pray before you vote!!

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Sam

    Mccain, give up already. Just retire and enjoy your wife's wealth life doesn't last forever. You can't do the job, we need a young president, someone who is well educated, open minded, understands the technology and its effect worldwide. You cannot run America on lies anymore, people gather their information from so many sources now that it is almost impossible to contain them. The old policies will not work anymore. We need a 21st century president not a 19th century one. Please disapear and take Palin with you.

    October 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Joe

    Obama will wipe away all the tears from their eyes. There will be no more sorrows, or pain, and we'll all live happily ever after.

    October 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Ben

    Dear Wanna be Capitalist,
    Enjoy your stay in Costa Rica. And please take the rest of your Repubs with you. You are apparently unable to think on your own so perhaps the warm weather will increase the blood flow to your brain. If you think McCain cares about you and anyone else making less than 250K per year, then you are the typical Repub sucker–relying on stereotypes and too lazy to learn the facts. I would love to be able to have folks join together and be one country trying to get back our respectability and standing in the world. Instead, we have Repubs who are so entranced with the Karl Rove way of thinking–win at any cost and to hell with how divisive we have to be–that we continue to be two countries split into thinkers and those that perfer to "go with their gut". We've had someone going with their gut for 8 years and he has moved our country into the gutter in almost every way. We need folks who can express their differences and then come back to rally around our president. Taking a bullheaded stance based on scary innuendo and every diversion imaginable doesn't do anyone any good. Until folks show some common sense and a willingness to be supportive of Obama if he is to win, I will be happy to get in the gutter with the Repubs and exchange punches. All day long.

    October 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. LIP

    We are about to travel that slippery slope from which there is no return. Once Obama becomes President, all the rules will change.
    You will see our freedoms disappear. You will see an unprecedented increase in taxes on small and large businesses to help pay for all the entitlement programs that will be implemented.
    Do the people realize that with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Obama controlling both the Executive and Legislative branches and soon the Judicial branch, that this country will slide into an abyss from which we will never return?
    "Fools walk in" was a good tune and it looks like it is about to make a comeback.

    October 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Baby Love

    Undecided –
    You're an idiot too. I watched the Obama infomercial last night and I was inspired and hopeful. McCain couldn't put something like that together if he tried, all they have is fear fear fear....

    The American people are smarter than that!


    BARACK the VOTE!

    Get used to saying President Barack OBAMA!!!

    October 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. James

    beyond the hype you are...way behind...people like you really have to stop these short sentences, and the 5 sec video clip watching, wake up, wheres the rest of the paragraph? did you really read the book? stop that crap please. We are done with the fear tactics, its pathetic to play on peoples emotions like that, give it a rest or go to fox. Not to mention when it comes to race would it be surprising to be confused growing up over what to think about your nation and how it acts towards other races after calling itself a "free" nation. An example is what the japanese went through that lived here after the pearl harbor attack, big surprise there for them to have doubts on both sides let me tell you. That email by the way has been circulating since puma showed its ugly face, go figure. Go aol!

    October 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. John in Gig Harbor

    A vote for McCain is a vote to send more jobs out of the U.S.. Just look at the tanker deal that should have stayed here in America. Now those tax dollars have improved the wealth of other nations by $40 billion minus cost. Those dollars should have stayed in our economy.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!

    October 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. mack

    Where did 6 pack Joe go? Joe the plumber is not a certified plumber plus he lived in Alaska for several years. Since he is not certified then he cannot carry the title.

    McCain is who he is–RICH! mocking those of us who work for a living and are taxed to death calling us 6 pack joes and having Sara wink at us and hike her skirts up more and now wearing jeans like we are all idiots.

    October 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |

    Mc Cain, I am voting for you not because I am a Repuklican, no, no, rather I don't want a one party rule again. Bush really cured me on that crap. So just to offset the Dems, here is my vote.

    2012 Clinton to the rescue 😉

    October 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Rob

    Capitalist, You sound like a great American taking 30 jobs to
    Costa Rica so your Fortune 500 clients can save money. I seriously dbout that your post actuall contains any truth but, If it possiably does I think that if this tactic actually happens there will be back lash.

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


    October 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Steve the Canadian

    First, I'd like to say American politics rocks! Canada just had an election a few weeks ago and had a record low turnout.

    Second, prior to the start of your election there stood two good honourable men. McCain, a very well respected senior senator who has a storied record of public service, and Obama, a young candidate short on experience but long on promise. I know that negative campaigning is an unfortunate part of modern politics, and I also know that both campaigns have had negative elements, but it seems that negativity is the central focus of McCain's campaign. Ayer, ACORN and Rashidi – who cares? If he had campaigned on the issues and stayed close to the right-of-centre he would have ran away with the election. Unfortunately for him, he decided to go far right with the pick of Palin and has resorted to crazy accusations has tarnished his honour and legacy.

    Third, shame on you Elizabeth Dole.

    I am Steve the Canadian and I endorse Barrack Obama.

    October 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. IowaMom

    Undecided, our country IS in a disaster right now.

    October 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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