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. NoMcSame

    Obama with President Clinton.
    McCain to with Joe the Unlicenced Plumber.

    October 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Terri, Atlanta

    Off subject but WHY does CNN continue to run the story this morning 2 or 3 times regarding Professor Khalidi – WITHOUT mentioning that McCain gave this guy close to $1,000,000 for his studies back in the late 90's? WHY is there no report on your fact check article about this?? CNN is getting just as bad as FOX who is running this story non-stop of the "incriminating video tape" come on – where is the journalist integrity? The only ones on your channel that have it are Donna Brascille and Cafferty. I'm not a fan anymore of this network.

    October 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. sal

    you are the best McCain at..............Loosing

    Obama is the best at becoming our next president

    People are awakening to the no new major econ. policies you offer.

    McCain clean Campaign. LOL

    October 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Ron Van Der Maarel

    WAKE UP McCain: HOPEFULLY now you will retire and enjoy the rest of your life! As a 23yr. Army Viet Nam vet, I honor your service to our country. However, you have continously shown a total lack of judgement in EVERYTHING, and to me, actually appears to be a WAR MONGER!! PALIN? are you kidding? A complete DITZ and insults ALL women of this country!

    October 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Edward

    As a Canadian, I like my countrymen am influenced by any major activity in the United States. Obviously, we watch from the outside and see how the actors play their roles.

    As a middle of the road individual, I am quite perplexed by the "hostility" of the GOP towards the Democrats, in particular, the venom being spewed by Mcain/Palin and their entourage. The negativity meter should almost be broken by now.

    In contrast, The Obama/Biden ad of last night was a thoughtful and informative presentation without denigrating the GOP.

    The fact is , after inauguration, each party MUST collaborate with each other to stop the declining reputation of the United States. The way things appear at this point, the Democrats will have to be good victors and the GOP will have to be good losers and work together for the betterment of the Nation.

    We watch with anticipation above the 49th

    October 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Matthew

    The vim and vitrol of some of the McCain supprters is amazing on this board today. He ran a strategically bad campaign. Obama said that he would consider public funding of his campaign but didn't. It was a smart choice on his part. The GOP hate/smear machine would have been in overdrive against him right now. He has the money to be able to fight the smears, and still keep his campaign in a positive light as viewed by the public. Who looks more calm, level headed, presidential? Enough said

    McLame robocalling his home state? Sounds pretty dessperate.

    October 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Michael watching from Canada

    Polls are only as good as those that vote.

    It is very important for Obama supporters to get out and vote.

    October 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Ken in NC

    Senator McCain. This is to confirm 7 donations to the Obama campaign in various amounts ranging from $25.00 to $100.00. This is being done so you will know that contributions are not questionable.


    October 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Sarah

    don't worry guys... Joe the plumber will fix the polling problem... sorry i meant joe the no licence plumber...

    October 30, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Obama or Bust

    To Beyond the Hype: You must not have read "Dreams from My Father" the whole way through. The book is a memoir that chronicles his struggle in his youth with his racial identity and his reconciliation with the impact the absence of his father had on his life. He came to realize that he did not have to deny any part of himself in order to become the man he is today. DUH!!! Maybe you should have actually read the book, instead of Sarah Palin's Cliff's Notes!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. JD in Moraga, CA

    to "LIP" – get real. Our freedoms won't "disappear" under an Obama / Biden Administration. If you're so concerned about disappearing freedoms, were you out opposing the so-called "Patriot Act"? Did you call the Bush-Cheney machine to task for their repeated romps through personal liberties?

    "Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed."

    – Abraham Lincoln

    October 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Independent in Ohio

    Hey undecided, please change your name to decided or better yet, moronic idiot. While you are spewing off all of this crap about Obama why don't you list McCain's as well. McCain also has ties to Khalidi through a group that Khalidi helped found 15 years ago. The Center for Palestine Research and Studies has received more than $800,000 from an organization that McCain chairs. You don't hear that from Obama though do you?

    How anyone could vote for him and Palin is beyond me. I have looked at both sides. In McCain I see and angry unbalanced old man slamming Obama again and again. In Obama I see balance and unity. Open your eyes and look around don't just read Fox news and watch McCains commercials read the facts. Get a clue.

    White and educated

    Voted already for Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Frank in Bisbee,Az

    "The McCainchurian Candidate" needs to have "Joe The Planted Plumber" stick a plunger in "Caribou Barbie Palin" and stop all that fecal matter spewing from her mouth.Only problem is where are they going to find a plunger big enough to fit? Word is Az is going blue this time Johnny boy ! So pack it in and go to one of your 7 homes with "Cindy the Pill Popper" as long as it's not in Arizona,even we don't want you here anymore after that sleazy campaign you have run.I have never heard a more disgusting Robocall like the one I got last night.You should be ashamed of your self,and you say your a man of honor? HA !

    October 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Fatal Blow

    "I don't know what's next. By the end of the week, he'll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich."

    Barak Hussein Obama Oct' 2008

    October 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |

    No, no, no Em! You have obviously not suspended reality as the McCrypt camp has done and step into the Twilight Zone.

    They are "functionally tied" according to the internal polls and all the national pollsters are obviously completely inept at taking polls, including PEW!

    Those silly poll averages of multiple polls are also also, completely incorrect.

    Now, you may now exit the Twilight Zone and back into reality!!

    October 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. IowaMom

    Yeah redistributing the wealth, like Palin does in Alaska when she taxes the big oil companies and gives that money to the people.

    October 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. bill pike

    watched the obama program last night and to have a positive picture of our country while mccan/palin still using the bush/rove strategy of tearing down everyone–well it sure makes Obama look like someone who cares more about our country than self interest. i am getting old, but the era of calling everyone a communist to gain political favor needs to stop. Congressman Lewis was right-on the right-this hate and dividing our country has to stop now mcshame. we are not going back to those days and is why your campaign has never gotten going. it is like being attack at 911 and attacking Iraq which had nothing to do with 911???

    October 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Dan, TX

    Joe The Plumber and Sarah Palin would be better presidents than McCain.

    October 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Michael watching from Canada

    It is so amusing to read these blogs and see how Republicans pretend to be Clinton supporters.

    October 30, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    hey "Obama the liar" the one saturated with money after he said in his own words, that he would take federal funding, is only ahead by a few points created by shallow voters.

    I saw Clinton with Obama and wondered if Clinton offered a dozen cigars to Obama. Wishful thinking.

    the world is wondering why LA Times is not releasing a video of Obama with a Palestinian advocate. I wonder as well. If I were a Jew I would be thinking of what that means.

    October 30, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. BJ in NC

    I sincerely believe that this is a referendum on how our votes were treated in 2000 and 2004. America has finally decided that they will vote for the man who is the best one for the United States of America at this time. I sincerely hope that they are looking at the Constitution that states that all men are created equal and not fall back on their beliefs about racism, inequality, and injustice. America has sported a "black eye" for far too long, and what appears to be a small segment of the population has perpetuated it. No matter what the results of the election are ( and I am a Barack Obama supporter to the end), this country has had an awakening that will only propel us forward. It makes me feel extremely good to see how people are responding in this election. We all have something to lose, but everything to gain if this country can get back to her base which has made her a shining beacon to those in other countries who press to come here. They are not coming her to be shaped by racist views, but for the opportunity that they believe is available to them. This country has been held in the grips of a few who would seek to divide along racial lines and believe that the color of a man's skin defines their character. Thank God that this ERA OF AN ERROR IS ABOUT OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    October 30, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Free my fries! Help this country!

    Will Joe be at the secret GOP meetings? He seems to be the only thign they ahve going for them now. How sad! Blue, baby, blue!

    October 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. ts

    LIP October 30th, 2008 9:55 am ET

    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 are confused. We saw alot of our freedoms disappear under Bush. By electing Obama as president we have a chance to get those freedoms back.

    October 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Tom

    McCain is trying to tell us about taxes and the economy? Hmmm...why don't I believe him...

    "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated."
    -Wall Street Journal, 11/26/05

    "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should."
    -Boston Globe, 12/18/07

    "I might have to rely on a vice president that I select to expertise on economic issues."
    -GOP Debate, 11/28/07

    Are you willing to trust Palin with our money? How about Joe the plumber...let's put him in charge of the Treasury.

    October 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Alison B

    When you are less than honest and show no integrity or act honorable what do you expect. Continue dreaming McCain it is time for you to retire anyways.

    It is someones who has integrity, honesty and decency and educated that is heading to the white house and we know it ain't you.

    OBAMA/BIDEN all the way to the WHITE HOUSE. Oh Yeah!!!!

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