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. PoliticoPundit

    another one :

    Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango Found in a rundown Boston estate: Times.co.uk

    Brother lives in Kenya with $1. Aunt and uncle in boston with modest lives.

    HE has deserted all is family to get his dreams. How can he help a ordinary citizen .. Question to voters.. THINK before you vote.. don't get blind by change agent.. HE has changed HIMSELF for his likes.

    October 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. James B. New Jersey

    GET OUT AND VOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The only way to get the change we need is to vote. If you can vote early vote now if you can't get to the polls early as you can on 11/04

    October 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Fran, SC

    John McCain is having to run ads in his home state of Arizona, so what does that tell you about him? He is a complete failure. I wouldn't vote for him if my life depended on it. He had locked up the republican nomination at least three months ahead of Obama and to this day his campaign is still trying to get off the ground. McCain is too old and has no clue as to what to do to get this country out of the ditch that he helped Bush and the republicans put it in.

    October 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. dEMOBRAT

    I hope all of you radical liberals eventually realize you are not as radical as your leader!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Commonwealth of Virginia

    McCain is going to lose and lose big.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Bill

    Morons...redistribution of wealth is the 16th amendment. Do some research, stop listening to FOX.

    October 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Rodney

    Hey "Beyond the hype" Maybe if you actually read the book, you would understand the context of these quotes. When you live life by soundbites, eventually you just become one. It's easy to see why people like you so easily confuse educated with elitist. You are too lazy to do the legwork yourself, so you rely on someone else's out of context quotes to mold and leave imprints on your silly-putty brain. Good luck with that – I hope it works out for you.

    October 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. California Voter

    With Obama spending $600 million in this election campaign, I find it totally silly for ANYONE to talk about the RNC spending $150 thousand on Palin. If you want to talk about extravagance, talk about renting a coliseum and putting up Greek columns, and talk about going to Europe to boast your "overseas experience". Obama has run an excellent campaign, and he is smart, however, he spends money like an elitist!
    Amazing what you can do if you have money.

    October 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. MARY

    So, now McDummy has the Joe "the no pay taxes" Plumber with him campaigning. McDummy you called the right person to campaign with you because when your campaign is stopped up with crap, you need a plumber. That's what Joe Wurzelberger is qualifed for, to clean up crap.

    October 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Don

    What do you expect out of the most liberal news media? They did they same thing with stone face John Kerry and I can do anything Al Gore. Come on folks wake up before it is too late. I have never been polled in my life. Is that not something wrong with this? I hope and pray it will be a hugh surprise coming next Tuesday night.

    October 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Republican for Obama

    "Undecided" is an undercover Republican. People need to get a life. Wow.

    October 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Colm

    and he's out campaigning with Fake Joe, The fake plumber, who's telling a fake story. Real people are amazed at why McCain is doing that.

    October 30, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Dawn

    If you vote for Mccain/Palin ticket, you will be in a war within a year...You vote for Obama everyone wants to move your business... We had 8 long years of Bush politics, the rich keep on getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer... My husband informed me last night where his company is laying off. This is Teamster Union. He is a Milk hauler and of course cows don't care who is running for President, but the dairies are taking less and less. From New Jersey to Land O Lakes dairy, to Penn Made to Hershey.

    When a new President comes in, they have to go through all of the muck of the last President. Just ask Bill Clinton...

    Vote not with fear,

    Obama/Biden08/12

    October 30, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. mitch

    he has been behind for a month , now. he cant win. mccain is finished. barack is on the final lap. mccain is still trying to warm up his engine.

    October 30, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. CAL

    I was laughing MAO, are you serious? Joe the plummer is campaiging with mccain? This is so hilarious to me. This joe guy is a fraud why in the heck would anybody listen to him? CNN is the best you can do. CNN why aren't you saying anything about Obama's commercial last night? It was awesome.

    On another note. DL Hugley show is a total dissapointment. It wasn't funny and I didn't like any of the skits. I have no idea what DL is thinking but it appears to me he has forgot who he is. I won't be tuning in to that diaster anymore I don't care who the guest are.

    Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Noah

    Liberals are so uninformed. The richest US Senator is a Democrat, John Kerry. 2 of the 3 richest Senators are Democrats (Ted Kennedy and Kerry). The 2 richest members of the House of Reps are both California Democrats (Pelosi and some other crazy liberal lady). For you Liberals to claim that only Republicans are rich shows just how uninformed you are and how easily you have been fooled by the Democrat hypocrites you worship.

    October 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Colm

    and he's out campaigning with Fake Joe, The fake plumber, who's telling a fake story. Real people are amazed at why McCain is doing that.

    October 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Dianne

    Great News! Americans need to seriously marginalize this dark & ugly side of America. The Republicans have lost their way!

    October 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. For Obama

    When it was time for change and better future for America the Democratic Party put aside its differences and united under the leadership of Obama.

    The Republican Party had short goals and due to their greed has falled apart. And McCain has shown that he is no leader as he cant even unite his own party.

    In this one election there is no race, party or gender... it is all in the best interest of America, the best interest of each and every one of us.

    Vote for Obama!

    October 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Desmond Sequeira

    Sadly, The F A I L I N – MCBush bunch cannot get more pathetic. They cannot hope to win the White House. Even if, shockingly, they do, they will have lost all respect and those who helped them win will have ensured that the USA has no moral standing at all in the world. This is coming from a non-US citizen.

    October 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Tom

    What's the matter Republicans? I thought your candidate said to ignore the polls...BWAAAHAAAHAAHAAA!!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. To Mr. Undecided

    please change your name, you never was undecided, you are Sarah Palin in disguise.

    October 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Did not realize that Obama had purchased a controlling share in CNN.
    CNN journalest have streached journalism so far that they need a mambership to the Screen Actors Guild. Cnn is no longer about the news but is now entertainment.

    October 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    If the unfortunate happens and McCain is elected (through fraud–it's the only way he'll get in) then be prepared for the reintroduction of the military draft. McCain will have to do this to cover all the wars he's going to start (Iran and Venezuela first then we'll take a trip to Georgia to help out his 'friend').

    McCain will certainly do this because he's angry, 'he knows how to win wars' and will need to lower the sky-high unemployment rate that 'his policies' will cause.

    It'll be comforting to see those who voted for McCain in the trenches next to me.

    Can't wait...it'll be fun...

    October 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Free my fries! Help this country!

    That's it then, we can all go home .... NOT!

    October 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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