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. Un-Decided Voter, Now Decided

    Please get out and VOTE VOTE VOTE !!!
    The help others VOTE for the change we need.
    Do not take anything for granted.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Jim Waite

    THE SKY IS FALLING! On the morning of November 5th Obama, in an effort to reverse global warming, will use his powers as the Anti-Christ to transform 20% of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into limestone which will then fall only on the homes of those who voted for McCain.

    OK ... Maybe not. The point is that exaggerated, doomsday prognostications about Obama’s presidency are way out of line and don't a single one of our problems.

    October 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Independent but Leaning

    Americans are too smart to vote for a guy that hides his past and breaks his promises before he even gets elected.

    The world will laugh at him. Our allies cannot trust him, and our enemies will not fear him.

    October 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Jim Waite

    THE SKY IS FALLING! On the morning of November 5th Obama, in an effort to reverse global warming, will use his powers as the Anti-Christ to transform 20% of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into limestone which will then fall only on the homes of those who voted for McCain.

    OK ... Maybe not. The point is that exaggerated, doomsday prognostications about Obama’s presidency are way out of line and don't a solve single one of our problems.

    October 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I think if McCain wins, his draft should start in the red states first, for his was in Iran.

    I voted early for the Constitutional guys – Obama/Biden

    October 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. TM in Colo

    McCain made his first mistake in selecting Sarah to be his running mate. I was going to vote for McCain until he selected her. If something were to happen to McCain (God forbid) and she becomes our President, that would be the true disaster. Then he started turning his campaign into a filth pit. You were great once John, but not now. You need to go home and retire..................

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Independent but Leaning

    Obama: show us that you have nothing to hide- call on the LA Times to release the tape of you toasting the destruction of Israel with Ayers and Khalidi.

    October 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    OOPS – typo – sorry folks

    That should have been war in Iran

    October 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. MikeH

    Sarah Palin is a filthy liar. McCain's embracing her tactics just rubs the filth off on him.

    Samuel (joe) the Tax Cheat (plumber) is just another lump of dirty scat added to McCain's campaign.

    That the Republican party strategy can take such a disasterously foul and destructive detour only re-enforces the notion that the Republican party is terminally corrupt.

    The Republican party hopefully will self destruct, and America will be then in a better place

    October 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. SusanR

    Someone said if Obama is Prsident we would have economic disaster....hello....we are already there thank to Bush doctrine and McCain much of the same! If you are a Democrat don't be a rat and cross party-lines because McShame will not deliver on his promises. Republicans are for the Rich and will never change. History has proven that and no amount of moose-talking lipstick pitbull can erase history. Actions speak louder than words

    October 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Un-Decided Voter, Now Decided

    Undecided:
    You are a clown and a fraud!
    May God have mercy on your soul.

    October 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Republican Supporters in the Dark

    Please do not get carried away with poll numbers Democrats. Go out and vote. As for all of you who think that the country is headed for disaster under Obama I have news for you: THE COUNTRY IS A DISASTER RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICANS!!!!! You are free to leave the country – by land, sea or air if you wish. Those of us who will remain under the Democratic administration will work to rebuild this country. We don't need you. GET OUT!!!...quickly. The less of you the better.

    October 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Ron frm Baltimore

    Ah, the ring of heartfelt Americanism, McCain-Palin style:

    "Exxon reports record profits again; McCain supports $2 billion tax break for Big Oil. Again."

    I know what I'm talking about, and I know what Obama-Biden are talking about: A proud America, one who's representatives can hold their heads up high after the election.

    Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden, welcome to the White House; you are needed, for us and the world at large.

    October 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Enough of the Insanity

    The hysterics posted on this thread are soooo funny. Redistributing the wealth. Well folks, how has the trickle down worked for you? To the capitalist, take your 13 jobs to costa rica? ROFL..We're all internet millionaires these days aren't we? To the poster who claims that 2 of Obama's economic advisors are from Fannie Mae, are you kidding? ROFL..You must have gotten that mixed up, that would be Rick Davis from McCain's campaign. He was taking money up until 2 months ago. Socialism? Ask Sarah Palin about socialism, she forced big oil companies to pay additional taxes on their profits and then gives each Alaskan a free check with that money as well as kept all that bridge to nowhere money. Oh well..I voted for the guy with one house and one marriage and I like his plans for healthcare, the economy and education. Regardless of who you vote for, just get out and vote.

    October 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Tim

    The fact that McCain is running robo calls in his own state is proof positive that his campaign is going under.

    October 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Mike The Obama Voter

    McCain has barbeques with G. Gordon Liddy, one of the most notorious criminals in the US, who issued recommendation on how to kill US law enforcement officers over the radio. Ayers is a nobody.

    October 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Karon

    I just saw a news item on MSNBC where in Browar County (FL), they have not only registered the students over 18 but are also bussing them from the High Schools to vote!!! Isn't that great – they say it is a field trip = priceless!

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

    SAY NO TO JOE THE PLUMBER, SAY NO TO FEAR MONGERING HATE MONGERING SARA PALIN, AND SAY NO TO JOHN MCCAIN WE CANT AFFORD THESE PEOPLE FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS OBAMA/BIDEN 08 TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. CD

    about khlidi: did john McCain give money to support this person what
    explantion do he have if he and palin are trying to tie obama to him? and what about the ties palin and her husband have with the group in
    alaska that wants to seperate alaska from the united states even want
    to cut one of the stars off of the flag? and did palin say she spreaded the wealth in alaska? What happen to her medical records? JTP not
    registered to vote, owe back taxes, and this is McCain`s choice as A
    role model I think that is dumb.

    October 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Fred

    To all the angry Republicans:

    Don't get mad at The Democratic Party and Barack Obama for what is about to happen to you.

    Your party put itself into this position by going too far to the right including an unnecessary war, a failed response to a hurricane and not miding the store when ordinary Americans were getting cheated.

    However, instead of being angry, learn from this. It is now time to spend a few years in the wilderness. Do some penance. Talk to Americans. Find out what you did wrong. Come back in a few years with new leadership and a new approach.

    Remaining angry won't solve your party's problems.

    October 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Don Cavanaugh

    I'm an old guy, almost as old as Sen. McCain, and I have never seen the type of campaign he's run in my life. I have been a republican for about 40 of my years, and early voted for Sen. Obama, along with my wife and her 80+ year old parents. He is a fine and decent man who has spent most of his adult life trying to help middle and low income people. If you consistenly look at "fact-check" on the claims made by both campaigns, you will find that MOST of the mud slinging claims made by McCain and cronies are either false or misleading. Very few of the Obama campaign claims can be considered misleading, and appear to be honest mistakes. I, for one consider liars to be the lowest form of humanity, and as so should not be considered as competent or honest potential leaders. As far as judgement is concerned, who can honestly believe that he chose his running mate as the best suited to replace him if necessary.? His choice was made for the single purpose of attempting to win the election.

    October 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Frank G

    We need overwhelming Democratic ticket victories at all levels to send a unified message to all America (and the Republicans in particular) that bombastic messages of hate, distortions and lies will no longer be accepted in political campaigns.
    Maybe, then in future, we can have all contestants from all parties focusing upon substantive issues that affect our lives.
    IF WE VOTE LOUD ENOUGH MAYBE WE WILL BE HEARD.THE BEST WAY TO SHUT DOWN THE GOP TACTICS IS TO MAKE SURE YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW VOTES 100% DEMOCRATIC. GET OUT THE VOTE; TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED; IRRESPECTIVE OF THE POLLS.

    October 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. `martin ndinguri

    yesterday i watched joe the plumber interviewed where he was talking about Obama being anti -Israel and i coldn't help but feel sorry for mccain for sorrounding himself with such political and policy dwarfs people whose intellect insults what america stands for.Palin,mccain and joe the plumber all combined have less intellect than George bush and as you know,MARK MY WORDS,Bush intelligence is not all that intelligent.

    October 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Huh?

    Question for those who doubt polls. Why are the candidates campaigning in states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia? Since polls mean nothing to some of you, maybe Obama should go campaign in Tennessee and Kansas and McCain should start campaigning in Vermont and New Jersey.....really, since polls don't matter, perhaps they should just show up in random states.....I'm with you, I don't know what they are thinking......data are just a bunch of numbers, right?

    October 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Duke

    I like how the Republicans provide arguments of why their candidates are better, and the Democrats use poor grammar and spelling to talk about how great Barack Obama will be. Surely there's more you can provide to us than "Barack the Vote" or "McCain U suck, republacins(sic) R awful". Makes me wonder what the educational system will be with the Dems in power...although maybe some of you could finish high school then. No? You're right. There will be no incentive when the government will hand you whatever you want for doing what I suppose many of you do now (Little to Nothing).

    October 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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