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. CM in AR


    The tune is FOOLS RUSH IN not "walk in".

    Do you realize that the only slippery slope is the one we will be climbing with President Obama to pull the country out of the mess the repugs put us in. AND loss of freedoms with the bloody patriot act.

    Get real dude! and thank your lucky stars that the end of king george is coming to an end!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Mike in Columbus


    I think you are a LIAR!

    October 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Kim

    Too bad CNN's poll doesn't match all the other polls. Most of the other polls have the race basically tied. McCain has closed the gap in the last couple of weeks because nobody wants to elect someone who "Spreads the Wealth" around.

    October 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Johan Bc Canada

    "I don't need to be tested " said the would be Commander in Chief John McBain. He certainly does not. He is being tested right now in this campaign. He is losing badly, and all he can do is "fight, fight fight, or let Sarah bite bite bite, not just Obama, even each other He has no strategy; trigger happy, he is losing, his cool and even his bearings. Dangerous credentials for a Commander in Chief.

    October 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Vera /AB. Canada

    McInsane is making a laughing stock of the Republican party ,people can you not see what a doof this guy is? I think he is on some kind of pills as he is not doing United States of America any justice. Its like you are watching a horror movie. If you vote this idiot in you can kiss your country good bye as he will bust it. Joe The Plummer how much has he been paid to do this? back taxes paid , enough to buy a small business, money to buy buiness licence,and enough money to work his business for a year.LOL LOL LOL I would like to know how he gets away with JOE THE PLUNGERwho is a fraud. CNN you know this he is getting more tv time than Joe Biden. HO HUM as JOHN McSAME goes.LOL LOL
    President Barack Obama will be watching you on tuesday evening and celebrating your win.

    October 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. yellowbmblbee, Boston

    the fat lady is warming up.....'la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaaaa....'

    Too funny – McDRAIN will be known to go down the toilet with 'Joe the Plumber'.....what a sh**y way to end your political career.....and 'crappy' decision-making....his choice for :Pail-In the Outhouse" was realllly stinky!


    October 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. j

    The Colbert Report had a great idea – if McCain/Palin want to show just how much of a maverick they are, they should come out and endorse Barack Obama! 🙂 Obama supporters – GET OUT AND VOTE!

    October 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. AD


    -you are an idiot. Thos equotes are false. If you'd read the books or gone to FactCheck you'd know. Quit getting your news from 5 second sound bites and actually do some research.

    October 30, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Frank G

    Wait, maybe today McCain will find the solution through his new advisor:

    October 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Silvester Nyaberi

    I think there is something funny, why McCain is campaigning where he has the lowest polls? has anybody thought we might loose coz those saying they are for Obama are actually for maccain and that could be why he is not very keen on the states that have a small magin in polls? please get out and Vote

    October 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Chris in SC

    Bye Bye, Johnny!

    Do us a favor here in South Carolina.....take your boy Lindsey Graham with you!!

    October 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Scott in Atlanta

    Interviewer: Senator Mccain and Governor Palin, what kind of plans do you have for this country?

    Mccain: My friends, pow, iran, ayers, wright, khalidi, fight, right where we want them, obama this, obama that, Reagan, maverick, mavericker, maverickest, experience, pitbull, russia, joe the plumber, joe the plumber, joe the plumber, pelosi, reid, obama, vote for me…

    Palin: Alsooooo, up there, and also because too that they were up there (wink) mavericky, (wink), joe the plumber, socialist, ayers, wright, khalidi, maverick, wardrobe, consignment shop, russia, up there, also, too also, Katie Couric, liberal, liberal media, tito, hannity, great state of Alaska, fight, energy, oil, alaska, wasilla, down syndrome baby (supersize that), also up there, pit bull, lipstick, also, too… Thank you, vote for me! Oooops. I mean us.

    October 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Scott

    Please have someone with logic and math skills read these articles in the future.

    For instance "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". Sorry, but last time I checked 15 is larger than 13. I know you want to talk about the race narrowing, but the fact is that that set of polling shows a LARGE not smaller lead.

    October 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Chris in SC

    Bye, Bye Johnny...

    Do us a favor here in South CArolina and take your boy Lindsey Graham with you!!

    October 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Ian

    Companies are moving overseas because they are offered better tax incentives. I wonder what will happen if we raise corporate taxes.

    October 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois


    You are quoting something you didn't even read? How special!
    You know, they also have the books in audio if you can't understand what you are reading.

    October 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. SoCal

    In the CNN electoral map, Arizona should be changed from "safe McCain" to "leaning McCain".

    There are 3 different polls released in the last couple of days which suggest the race in Arizona is getting closer:

    A poll by Arizona State University has McCain ahead by 2 points.
    A poll by NBC (released today) has McCain ahead by 4 points.
    The poll by CNN (relelased today) has McCain ahead by 7 points.

    Last but not least, the McCain campaign is now running robocalls in Arizona, which clearly indicates that the state is no longer "safe" for McCain.

    October 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Retired USN, Norfolk VA

    Next McCain and Palin will be saying Obama is from Mars and wants to rule the universe

    October 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Larry

    The choice is clear. Senator Obama or Mr. Magoo. You chose.

    October 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. CanIcallyouJoe

    Stone Harry: "American's do not want someone taking their hard earned money to 'spread the wealth around'! Barak has a future but it's as an actor in the movies!"

    Your posterboy, Ronald Reagan, yeah... he was an actor in the movies before he was a presidential figure.

    October 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Edwina

    In a final effort to put 'country first,' friends, McCain should turn a page on this disgraceful epilogue to his political career. He should start building bridges and stop fabricating things. If he wins, he will inherit a huge mess and he will need to reach across party lines to fix it. if he loses, which he just might, he and his supporters will need to get onboard and help get the nation back on track. He is only fanning the flames of discontent and division by lying to them.

    He might also try not campaigning with Joe the Plumber. His choice of Sarah Palin as a candidate for Vice President (a position which, contrary to some reports, does not rule the universe and teach unicorns how to fly) casts serious doubts on his credibility. Spending even 5 minutes with 'Joe' the unlicensed, plumber does nothing to mend his credibility and puts him even further in this muck and mire he's created. But, I am all about a new ticket for the next race. Palin and Joe, 2012, and beyond. They wouldn't win (God help us), but it would a fun campaign to watch and it would guarantee Saturday Night Live endless material!

    Seriously, this is not over until it is over. Despite all the polls, speeches and commercials of varying length and often questionable veracity, elections are decided by ballots not polls. Vote! Vote! Vote!

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Well, let's see…the McCain/Palin campaign has been erratic, angry, flip-flopping, hateful, socially divisive, lying, distorting, extremist, unable to put together any coherent message/vision for the road they plan for this nation.

    They have offered and continue to offer nothing. Zero. Zilch.

    What does McCain bring to the table? 'Obama this', 'Obama that', 'That One'. Not one policy, plan or vision.

    Oh…they brought 'Joe the Plumber', 'Tito the Builder', slanders of 'socialism', 'he was hanging out with washed up terrorists', 'he was hanging out with an Arab', sleaze, slander…lies.

    Palin? All she has to offer is her religious extremism, corruption, ignorance and her idiocy.

    No John, you don't have what it takes to rule this grand nation. You never did and never will.

    'I'm not George Bush!' He says. Well 92% of you is.

    You have sold your soul, dignity and honor for so little.

    Go Away little man. You are not worthy.

    October 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    The closer we get to Tuesday, the nastier this blog gets. Some of you are actually saying that if Obama is elected America will be ruined? Wow!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Beyond the Hype:

    if I have to post on this website that your alleged "quotes" have already been disproved by every non-partisan fact checking organization I am going to puke. Get over it and educate yourself. D@MN! What is wrong with you. Conservatives say welfare folks don't want to get jobs b/c it's easier to sit around and get a government check, well, I say conservatives don't want to educate themselves b/c it's easier to sit around a believe lies rather than do a tiny bit of research to discover the truth.

    If we elect McCain and Palin, the entire world will see us for what we have become – uneducated, unable to see what is in our own best interests, and, get this, afraid. You think we are in danger now? Wait until the world sees that we are so easily overcome by fear that we elect a dangerous duo to the White House. We will be attacked from every side, terrorism like we have never imagined, all because they know we are afraid.

    CNN, if you are going to continue to repeat the lies and misstatements of the McCain/Palin campaign, could you at least report on something of substance? Such as Palin's family ties to the AIP and McCain's friendship with Liddy? I know that Liddy did his time in prison, but once released he did not reform. He informed his radio listeners how to shoot federal law enforcement officers and, while working for Nixon, hatched plans to bomb buildings. He is and was dangerous and he is a friend of McCain. If you truly want to be unbiased and report all sides, then start doing so. As of now, I am watching MSNBC because they are what you say you are.

    October 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. No McCain-Palin

    Sorry McSame, you deserve exactly what you are getting today. You pick the wrong running matte and you run a nasty campaign. This election is over for you. Just go back to Arizona and enjoy your wife wealth. Even in your own state Obama will beat you. The Americains have already choose their President which is Barack Obama.

    October 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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