November 3rd, 2008
09:50 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll update: McCain on defense in Bush states

McCain is campaigning to defend several Bush states.
McCain is campaigning to defend several Bush states.

(CNN) – New CNN state polls of polls released on the final full day of the 2008 campaign show Barack Obama holding on to battleground states won by John Kerry four years ago – and tied with or slightly ahead of John McCain in more than half a dozen others that voted for George Bush in 2004.

There’s some slight movement, but the polls of polls show the margin between the two men stands at just 1-3 percentage points in five crucial states. In four more, Obama holds an advantage of between 5 and 11 points.

Watch: The candidates make a final swing through the key battlegrounds

CNN’s new Florida poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 2 points, 48 to 46 percent. The last Florida poll of polls –- released November 2 –- showed Obama leading McCain by 4 points, 49 to 45 percent.

In the traditionally-Republican state of Indiana, the new poll of polls shows McCain leading Obama by 1 point, 47 to 46 percent. CNN’s last Indiana poll of polls –- released November 1 –- showed McCain and Obama tied at 47 percent each.

CNN’s new Missouri poll of polls shows McCain and Obama tied at 47 percent each. The last poll of polls –- released November 1 –- also showed McCain and Obama tied, at 48 percent each.

CNN’s new Nevada poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 5 points, 49 to 44 percent. The last Nevada poll of polls –- released November 2 –- showed Obama leading McCain by 6 points, 49 to 43 percent.

In New Hampshire – the state that boosted McCain’s 2000 presidential effort and helped him claim the nomination this cycle – the poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 11 points, 53 to 42 percent. CNN’s last New Hampshire poll of polls –- released November 2 –- also showed Obama leading McCain by 11 points, 53 to 42 percent.

CNN’s new North Carolina poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 1 point, 49 to 48 percent. The last North Carolina poll of polls –- released November 2 –- showed Obama leading McCain by 2 points.

Battleground Ohio – which helped seal Bush’s 2004 re-election bid – remains a tight race, with Obama leading McCain by 4 points, 49 to 45 percent, in the new CNN poll of polls. CNN’s last Ohio poll of polls –- released November 2 –- also showed Obama leading McCain by 4 points, 49 to 45 percent.

CNN’s new Pennsylvania poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 8 points, 51 to 43 percent, in a state the Republican’s campaign has said is key to victory. CNN’s last Pennsylvania Poll of Polls –- released November 2 –- showed Obama leading McCain by 7 points, 51 to 44 percent.

And CNN’s new Virginia poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 5 points, 50 to 45 percent. The last Virginia poll of polls –- released November 2 –- showed Obama leading McCain by 6 points, 51 to 45 percent.

The poll of polls is an average of recent surveys. It does not have a sampling error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Greg in MN

    It's not over until every single Obama supporter gets to their poll and votes for Obama/Biden! No time to relax! The finish line is in our sights so don't stop now!

    Vote Obama/Biden!
    Vote Al Franken!
    Vote El Tinklenburg!
    Vote Ellision!
    Vote YES Minnesota!

    November 3, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. mitch

    tim: its about time. coal and oil are destructive.

    November 3, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. John. Austin, TX

    I really hope when McCain loses, that he apologizes for bringing Sarah Palin into the national spotlight.

    She is an insult to intelligent, bright, and cultured women. And she should never be allowed to hold a public office. I really hope he makes a statement admitting that Sarah was and continues to be the biggest mistake he's made.

    November 3, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain is Bush's stooge..... NUFF SAID

    November 3, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Tony

    One more day until we send McCain back to the Senate to whine and moan and to give Palin a one-way ticket back to moose country!

    Vote people!

    Vote for Obama / Biden!

    November 3, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Owanemi Iyalla

    Yes We Can and Yes We Will.

    Obama/Biden 08. Let's make it official.

    November 3, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    For this lifelong Republican it will be the first time since I started voting in 1960 that I'll be voting for a Democrat.

    The thought of having Sara Palin in the Oval office was just MUCH too scary for me. I was prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt until I viewed the Couric interview. At that point I joined Gen. Powell in saying pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!

    Her selection was either a knowing "hail-Mary" or a terrific indictment of McCain's decision making ability. Either way it drove me away!!

    November 3, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Lorna, NY

    Almost over. I cannot wait to send Palin and McCain back to their respective states. My son and I will be on the voting line at 6:00am!

    November 3, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pack it up old Johnny boy. You've got to play defense in Arizona too.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    November 3, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. NaNaNaNa NaNaNaNa HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE

    Do you notice that smell, it kind of smells like cooked goose ... or maybe cooked moose, lol. Every ounce of respect I once had for McCain is gone, and I know most people feel that way about him now. I just hope Arizona goes for Obama, that would be the icing on the cake and show just how far he dropped in public opinion with his nasty, divisive campaign. He deserves what he gets, good riddance,,, and take that clueless woman with you!

    November 3, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. grahame

    Hey DemforMcCain That's VINDICATED. What's the matter don't you have spell check.

    November 3, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Sharon

    This Republican has had it with the McCain – Palin – Republican despicable hate and fear mongering attack campaign. I fell for it 2000 & 2004 – tactics won't work. Their lies are numerous.

    Evryone go vote Nov 4th!!! This country needs a change.

    Obama – Biden!!

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. JoE-Republican for Democrats

    Lets prove to the world that AMERICA is way past racism and Vote for the INTELLIGENT Barack Obama!

    There are some americans hate to admit they are racist, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ADMIT ANYTHING, polling booth is very secretive, VOTE OBAMA.

    McCain needs to retire with dignity
    Sarah palin needs to give up politics and take care of her kids.

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Voter Abroad

    Where are Palin's health records? I'm curious to lear more about that "elective" surgery she would rather not talk about...

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Jon

    Be it Republicans or Democrats, I don't like the idea of having majorities of both houses and a president all of the same party, especially when the leaders of all three are about as far from the center as can be with Reid, Pelosi, and Obama.

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. chuck

    John McCain is showing everyday that his judgement is very poor.He is insisting that PA will turn Red while Obama has a huge lead.I think it's time for McCain and Sarah Palin to shut up and give George Bush some help in getting out of the White House without injuring himself.

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Country First

    McCain is not Bush. Unfortunately, that's the only comparison that Obama has been able to make. McCain is a fighter and proven American. He doesn't need to be vandicated by this election. Obama is artificial and risky. Obama has bought this election and has been spreading propaganda, since the beginning of the election.

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. God Bless America

    America we must go out and make sure our voices are heard!!!!! This election WILL NOT be STOLEN!!!!!! Democracy is at stake!!!! The majority of AMERICA'S SONS and DAUGHTERS want CHANGE!!!!!!

    **************************OBAMA/BIDEN 08******************************
    ***********************MAY GOD BLESS US******************************

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Mary

    McCain's problem is his stump speech...it's the same one since the RNC convention, with a few new bits thrown in. People are sick of hearing the same lies, the same attacks, the same stupid jokes. It's ridiculous...everybody knows the punch line, and nobody is laughing anymore. He sounds angry too...must be sinking in that he's gonna lose big tomorrow!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. AB

    Why would anybody in their right mind vote for McCain to begin with? He can't even control his campaign or VP pick which I might add was a very poor choice to begin with. So how can he be expected to run a country...

    November 3, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. John from western PA

    Go Obama!!! VOTE VOTE VOTE

    If McCain wanted to distance himself from the Bad policy of the Bush administration he should have run as an independant. He didn't therefore he represents the BUSH FAILURE. Knock them out people. No more War Hawks, Fat Red Pigs, invasions of family decisions.

    Go Obama Go Dems. Take back America for the people not the country club few.

    November 3, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. anon

    For those who keep harping about the coal comment Obama made, why not put up ALL of what he said which was, if they are going to be using coal that pollutes the air, they will pay a fine for every bit of green house gas released into the atmosphere. I don't know about you, but I'd rather not continue destroying the planet. Obama's comment has nothing to do with clean coal technology.

    November 3, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. ran

    People get out and vote if you have not. Let's make sure the Republican leaning Supreme court does not decide this election.

    November 3, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Surrealist

    Boy McCain is right where I am....."on de fence" ......trying to figure out which one of these two knuckleheads to vote for.

    November 3, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Rick

    Vote Obama!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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