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
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  1. what the duce

    THIS IS TO HARD SELL!!

    YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!

    TO ALL OF MY DEMS FAMILY LET'S STICK TOGERTHER AND VOTE FOR BARACK/BIDEN IT TIME VOR A VERY CHANGE NOT A BAND AIDE

    October 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. conny

    What's up with McCain's State ARIZONA, they are running too. Don't blame you RUN RUN TO THE POLLS and get that crook out of there

    October 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. ANGIE

    Well Said Fred, We have had to Put up with far right Idealology for 8 years and look at the result ,its time for the big Elephants take time off gather a new party and come from the far right more to the middle and come back to us in 4 years!

    October 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. williefloyd

    CNN-PLEASE POST THIS!!

    Capitalist, you are just like the extremely wealthy of this country, i.e. the Bushes, McCains-it's all about money with you. Forget about your country and the less fortunate. And the Republicans claim to be such devout Christians. Well, as a devout Christian, I'm afraid I don't understand any of you. I am, and have been, working all my life. I'm fortunate enough that I've never had to receive "government hand-outs". But I certainly have no objection to paying taxes in order for my government to help those less fortunate. I thought that is what America and Christianity was all about.

    Voted Obama/Biden Tues.

    October 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. rob

    Virginia– your right to get out and vote–But really think.McCain is the same as Bush.are you really better off ? thats hard to believe . And Mc Cain has only lied with Palin about everything .go to fact check for the truth.
    don't listen to Mc Cain–its all lies and he doesn't have your interest at heart , its only his interests

    October 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    I hope he keeps trailing and trailing.

    October 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. w.l. jones

    I am .....can not get up...Joe......... plumbing....help.

    October 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. ignorance is bliss

    I have to admit though John Mccain is pretty smart......running an empty campaign with no policies or solutions.....instead he has his ignorant supporters asking whose Obama, who does he interract with, where did he come from.....they say ignorance is a disease where only questions are the cure......so instead of asking the one candidate with the plan, policies and characteristics the questions Mccains put into your head why dont you ask Mccain what his policies are???
    John Mccain made a pact with the devil how else did he make it through the primaries without any real policies......but i guess he never heard the saying...you make a pact with the devil only he comes out ahead.....you see he may have luckily won the primaries but its gonna cost him the election......sorry lightning doesnt strike twice~!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. A KENYAN PLUMBER

    TO INTRODUCE MYSELF,AM A KENYAN PLUMBER AND OBAMA'S FATHER HAILS FROM THE NATIVE LAND I WAS BORN.AMERICANS ARE A DIFFERENT PEOPLE ALL TOGETHER OTHERWISE HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE FACT THAT OTHER MODERN NATIONS LIKE THE GREATBRITAIN, ,RUSSIA,SWEEDEN,DENMARK,ISRAEL ,GERMANY,AND SO ON ELECTED WOMEN AND OR MINORITIES IN OFFICE AT A TIME WHEN AMERICA COULDN'T EVEN ALLOW THOSE GROUPS TO VOTE?IS IT THAT AMERICA WALKS BACKWARDS OR IS IT THAT AMERICA IS THE ALASKAN JOKE WHICH IS A NO LAUGHING MATTER?BY THE WAY,ALL JOE THE VOTERS GET OUT AND VOTE.WHERE I COME FROM WE SAY VOTE WITH YOUR HEAD AND NOT YOUR STOMACH.

    October 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Dixie AZ

    I'm listening to Palin as she shreks in OHIO. Joe the plumber. Obama for higher taxes. Same old dirty stuff. Country first while wearing a 12K designer suit. VOTE OBAMA.

    October 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Tulsa

    He will continue to trail as long as he continues with his same old attacks and telling everyone how bad Obama's plans for this country are instead of telling us how and what he would do different from Bush.......and as long a Palin is on the stump with her Joe the PLumber slogan and attacks...........they will continue to fall.........

    October 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Bridgette-PA

    OBAMA HATERS.......when do you stop?? It does you no good to cry and pout. This will be over soon enough. When you awake on 11/5, turn on your TV. BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN will be there and will continue to be there over the next 8 years! You need to get used to it OR LEAVE EARTH! We will not miss you. We will be enjoying wonderful Healthcare, Education credits, Tax cuts and Stimulus checks. We will gladly take your share. GOODBYE AND DON'T RETURN!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Tony

    *LOL* Wisconsin and Michigan are not battleground states. McCain hasn't include them in his victory strategy for months. Which Obama campaign spokesman wrote this, CNN?

    And yes, there ARE margins of error in these polls. Taking polls with a margin of error and averaging them all together doesn't magically eliminate the error. Polls really are just a tool for campaigns and biased media nowadays. Luckily for America, the only poll that matters is the general election, and the campaigns and the biased media have no control over that.

    October 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. 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 released Tuesday by Arizona State University has McCain ahead by just 2 points.
    A poll released today by NBC has McCain ahead by 4 points (within the margin of error).
    The poll relelased today by CNN 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 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    TN, "home of the good ole boys" are trying to make it difficult for our troops to vote.

    I had to go thru much red tape to get absentee ballots mailed to my son and daughter in the military. But we got it done and they have cast their ballots for Sen Obama for President. Oh happy day.

    October 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Helena

    I've got champagne chilling in the fridge.

    Go Barack! Go Joe!

    October 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. don

    Ever notice when you hear McSame or Palin speak and they start telling you what they are going to do, but they never say how they are going to do it. Ever notice that their ideas sound a whole lot like Obama's.

    Ever notice that if theyre lilps are moving, they are lying.

    October 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. JP

    And now he has Joe The Plumber campaigning with him, who now has a publicist, a forthcoming book (!!!) and may or may not become a country singer. What about the plumbing business Joe, since this is how this whole issue started, have you abandoned that for good?

    October 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Kendra in Indiana

    Indianapolis Star is reporting that Obama is ahead in their poll. 45.9% verses 45.3% so looks like Obama is talking Indy! McCain had been losing his lead here for a week now and it losing ground fast.

    October 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Shy

    John McCain keep Joe the Plummer with his dumb profile campaigning with you and I hope that everyone can see how dumb you are and also how pathetic Palin is to allow such a freak show.

    McCain concede and give Obama Presidency Please. We need to fix this country now and not wait another 4 years of George Bush.

    October 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Stone Harry

    To Steve

    These were Barack's (thanks) own words, guy! Get used to it!

    October 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Those that say they will move to another country if Obama wins, good luck getting past the multitude of people trying to enter our great country and who also support Obama.

    October 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. MN Blue

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

    October 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. MIKE chicago

    Virginia, Undecided ..and the rest...
    I hope you get back to read this:
    I can see now that its either you guys are more confused about Sen Obama's plan...that he outlined , corrected, informed everyone about his policies.Last night he dind mention Sen McCain not once...On Larry King Sen McCain mention Sen Obama's name more than 50 times in a 30 mins interview...wow!! What else do you guys want him to do?
    Didnt you guys read about McCain's speech @ ACORN headquaters ealier this yr praising them for their work...
    Did you ear about McCain's involvement with Rashid Khalidi? A republican committee headed by McCain funding projects up to $500,000.00 for the same Rashid Khalidi...
    Thi guy doesnt know about America's high level Infotech or else he wont be throwing things out there to expect people not to go finding the truth.

    October 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. FLewis

    Please, please, please, everyone go VOTE. We need Obama in the White House. After Tuesday, it will be music to everyone ears to hear.the following words spoken on every Americans tongue:
    President Barack Obama

    Come on now, say it with me.....President Barack Obama, President Barack Obama, President Barack Obama, President Barack Obama

    October 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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