October 30th, 2008
08:25 AM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Virginia

    McCain's campaign is nothing but a freak show. An aggressive 'in over her head' woman and a plumber who obviously was a plant from the start. He knows nothing and pretends to spout the McCain line. All any of them do is throw mud at Obama. These two campaigns are as different as night and day. Obama tells us what he wants to do for the country, and McCain and the freak show tell us how bad Obama is and how he is a terrorist and socialist. It was an easy decision for me.

    October 30, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Sohrab

    America has need to change to the leadership directions.Most of them are so much hypocrats that fear drive them,people are sick n tired of the politicians cowardices,OBAMA is a HOPE for Her.Energetic, motivated strong leader of world sole super power. McCain is the pain in the neck,peoples are scare of his rude behavior and impatientness, just a 72 year old joke.

    October 30, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Susan in NC

    And McCain financially supported Khalidi - how interesting! What a McJoke he is! HOPE will always overcome hate and fear! Happy Voting, Everyone!

    Obama/Biden for America!

    October 30, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Indiana Voter

    As a first time voter, I am excited to see the possibility of Inidana going blue this year. The polls are closing, and for the better. Wake up Indiana, vote for the man who will actually follow through on his promises to get back and keep the jobs that we've lost from GM and Delco and other big plants that have closed shop and gone to Mexico. He wants to help you, not hurt you. The Democratic party was founded on the belief of the importance of the worker, the man who broke his back every day for hours on end just to put food on the table and lead a nice, simple life with his wfe and children. He supports you, he wants to empower you to be able to survive in this world that is placing less importance on hardwork and more importance on how easy something can be done, and those who make money simply from family roots. Now is your time to stand up and give yourselves a voice, since you've been giving up your right to work by voting for a party that feigns concern to you, but only has eyes for the money given to them by those who dont know what its like to loose a job to a less skilled worker, then be out of luck for the rest of their life with no other job training. Lets do this right this time.

    America '08

    October 30, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. chuck

    I guess it's over for the angry old man.

    October 30, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. MN Blue

    @Mccain 08. What exactly do McCain supporters "look" like? Ignorant and paranoid?

    October 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Veterans 4 Obama

    Great news!

    October 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. laura peterbourough ont

    I don't know who is running his campaign but I have lost all respect for McCain. When you have to resort to taking Joe the fake plumber on the stump. Under normal circumstances do you really believe that John McCain or Cindy McCain would rub shoulders with Joe? I think not.

    Yesterday 2 Obama supporters were threatened by an angry mob leaving the McCain rally. If you go to the huffinton post.com and look up ugly in PA you will see the most disturbing clip ever from a McCain rally.

    You will find out why I could not stomach his comment about no racism in this election.

    October 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that my friend who said that isn't just going to be a win for Obama but a blow out is beginning to look correct. I just can't believe it until I see the returns on Nov 4th. I can hope though.

    October 30, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Scott NYC Independent

    If all he has is complaints, negative attacks and "Joe the Plumber" its time for him to consider residency on Sesame Street.

    October 30, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. ATLian

    Beyond the Hype and Virginia, if you want to read the REAL quotes from Barack's book go to Fightthesmears.com or you can just remain ignorant.

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

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

    Why, because they all have "Joe the Plumber " tatoos on their arms?

    October 30, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. lyn

    McCain & that VP has dig their own grave, they have run the nastiest campaign ever, that will go down in history. The special on Obama last night was excellent, this is a man that cares about us the people who is struggling to make ends meet. McCain & Palin are only for WAR, LIES, ATTACKS and NEGATIVE ADS. Go out and VOTE early for Obama & Biden .

    October 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Charles from Atlanta

    What do you expect after having seen all.. This election is all around Obama – people either vote for Obama or vote against Obama. Where is McCain's policies?

    October 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Looking at the picture above how can you seriously vote for this guy? He's clearly in the first stages of senility and dementia is in his near future.

    October 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Andrenne

    I can no longer keep silent. Any American who is capable of thinking for him/her self will do one of two things. 1. not vote or 2. vote for Obama.
    The respect I had for Mccain is now gone. I have seen this once a hero transformed to a low down, racist, and hateful individual. There is no truth in neither him nor his running mate.
    I also urge "Preachers" to observe carefully the so called model of Jesus Christ that has moved on to the "world stage" so to speak. Take note because they are not teaching the office of the HOLY SPIRIT because if they were their members would not be saying "Palin is filled with the holy spirit."
    "You cannot love God and HATE your brother because there is no darkness in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are a child of the darkness." PALIN GO BACK AND READ YOUR BIBLE SPECIFICALLY THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN.
    Remember people of God, what God sanction no man can derail it.
    May God continue to bless America because there are still a few in Sardis who have not defiled their garment.

    October 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Blue. Blue.....

    Prejudice will not prevail
    Hatred and Lies will not prevail
    Racism will not prevail

    Intelligent democrates/republicans/independants: Let's put an end to this....
    No McCain/No Palin

    October 30, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. SusanR

    McShame is throwing the kitchen sink at Obama and still he makes no lee-way, because hos campaign is as old and stale as he is. Nothing but lies and innuendo from this campaign and divisive politics. Its funny that you would put Joe the Plumber (oh-forgot; no plumber, but tax-evader, lair, and not registered to vote) out there to stump for you? He has nothing to say much like Failing Palin. Please go home and take Moose-shooting Barbie with you. Tired of your same-old politics and lack of understanding about true America and Americans.

    BYT, when are you going to own up to the accident in Norfolk, Virginia where it is stated that you killed another is an automobile accident and covered it up to further your political ambitions?? LET THE TRUTH REALLY COME OUT!

    October 30, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. STL-Veteran

    Poor republican's I feel sorry for them, all they know how to do anymore is hate. They picket the wrong two people to run they should have picked Mitt, now that would have been some race.

    October 30, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. S. Boatman

    I Wish I Could Vote Early, But We Dont Have That Here In Missouri. I Am Ready To Stand In The Cold All Day To Cast My Vote For Obama!

    October 30, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Denise Groves

    So what else is new? McCain has ran a horrible campaign!

    October 30, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. voted in Utah for Obama/Bidden

    Living in Utah – the reddest state in this country! Always votes republican. Because the LDS church tells them to! So this state goes to McIdiot and his nasty pit bull with lipstick!

    Voted already and did not waste my vote. I voted early for Obama/Bidden ticket! Every little bit helps, not everyone living in Utah are LDS – the Democrats are the heathens and sinners!

    Every one just get out and vote – that is what counts. Change is going regardless of what the republicans think!

    October 30, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. AL

    He thinks and votes like GWB...
    All he has is negative ads running...
    He only ever talks about what Obama is not going to do for America, he never tells us what he is going to do for America...
    His first duty was to pick a running mate and he picked a dilly...
    He has idiots like "Joe the Plumber" speaking on his behalf...
    Why do you think Obama is leading in key states, it's a no brainer!!

    October 30, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. CanIcallyouJoe

    You guys – really. You need to settle down.

    Now, I am voting Obama, and do not support anything McCain or Palin stand for, but if you vote Obama – do just that. Vote Obama.

    You don't have to flip out and write in all capitals and sling mud every chance you get. Sure, the GOP has demonstrated how out of touch and backwards they are, and I vomit a little bit in my mouth each time Palin speaks, but that doesn't call for me or you to yell in their faces. Just tell them that they are wrong.

    Fanatics are not needed. Fanatics get us into war. Fanatics get us into economic hardship. Fanatics shout racist things at rallies.

    Being a Fanatic won't help anyone if it's just all the time out of control. Calm down. Disagree. Say what you think in a calm manner so you retain some credibility, and end it. If you don't like it, say so. People generally listen to those people who aren't hostile and shouting at them. And will react in kind.

    Missourian for Obama/Biden '08. Just voting. Not shouting.

    October 30, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Dawn

    Fear...Fear....Fear... The United States once veered in the World, now we are a laughing stock, we think war is the answer to our economy? Think again...Vietnam, no welcome home heros, the United States had no jobs waiting for them, they were gone, What do you think that the Vets that are coming home from Iraq and Afganistan...repeat of Nam' No jobs no hero's welcome. This Country seems to be far off course that if someone is in trouble, they will turn to Russia.

    we all know that the colors in our flag don't run, but remember it does not run the world...Good Grief!

    Go Obama and kick the you know what out of McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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