November 4th, 2008
10:11 AM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Last-minute gains for McCain

 As voters cast their ballots across the country, CNN's poll of polls shows some last minute gains for McCain.
As voters cast their ballots across the country, CNN's poll of polls shows some last minute gains for McCain.

(CNN) - CNN’s latest state polls of polls show Sen. Barack Obama holding the advantage in the final hours of voting — but McCain making small last-minute gains in some key battlegrounds.

In Florida, where the polls close at 8 p.m. ET, CNN's new poll of polls shows Obama leading John McCain by 2 points, 48 percent to 46 percent. The last poll of polls, released Saturday, also showed Obama head by 2 points.

Watch: Floridians vote

In Indiana, a historically Republican state up for grabs this cycle, the GOP nominee is leading his Democratic counterpart by 2 points, 48 percent to 46 percent. CNN’s last Indiana Poll of Polls, released November 3, showed McCain leading Obama by 1 point, 47 percent to 46 percent.

Polls close in Indiana at 7 p.m. ET.

CNN’s new Missouri poll of polls shows McCain and Obama tied with 48 percent each; CNN’s last Missouri Poll of Polls - released November 3 - also showed McCain and Obama tied with 47 percent each.

Voters in Missouri have until 8 p.m. ET to choose their candidate for president.

Read more poll results after the jump

In battleground Nevada, where polls close at 10 p.m ET , Obama is leading McCain by 7 points, 50 percent to 43 perecent according to the lastest average of polls in the state. That's up 2 points from the last poll of polls in Nevada showing Obama up by 5 points.

A new North Carolina poll shows McCain leading Obama by 1 point, 49 percent to 48 percent. The last average of polls in in the state showed Obama leading McCain by 1 point.

Polls in the state close at 7:30 p.m. ET.

CNN’s new Ohio poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 3 points, 49 percent to 46 percent; CNN’s last Ohio Poll of Polls released November 3, showed Obama leading McCain by 4 points.

No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio. Polls there close at 7:30 p.m. ET.

In Pennsylvania, Obama is leading McCain by 8 points, 51 percent to 43 percent; CNN’s last Pennsylvania Poll of Polls, released November 3, also showed Obama leading McCain by 8 points.

Polls in the state close at 8 p.m. Eastern. Pennsylvania has voted for the Democratic nominee in the last four presidential contests.

In Virginia, a state which has voted Republican in 13 out of the last 14 presidential elections dating back to 1952, shows Obama leading McCain by 5 points, 50 pecent to 45 percent. CNN’s last Virginia poll of polls, released November 3, also showed Obama leading McCain by 5 points (50 to 45 percent).

Polls in Virginia close at 7 p.m. ET.

Finally, CNN’s new West Virginia poll of polls shows McCain leading Obama by 10 points, 52 percent to 42 percent; CNN’s last West Virginia poll of polls, released October 27, showed McCain leading Obama by 8 points. West Virginia polls close at 7:30 p.m. ET.

CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib said the race could be tightening.

"There are indications that McCain has started to close the gap in a few key battleground states in the final hours," said Silverleib. "The big question for the GOP is whether it's too little, too late. Obama definitely has the upper hand when you look at the overall electoral map, and his supporters appear to be far more energized and enthusiastic than their counterparts in the McCain camp. All signs still point to a solid Obama win tonight. If McCain somehow ends up on top, it will be a bigger upset than Truman's defeat of Dewey in 1948."

Complete list of polls used in latest averages after the jump

*The Florida general election "Poll of Polls" consists of four surveys: Reuters/Zogby (October 31-November 3), ARG (October 29-31), Mason-Dixon (October 29-30), and Quinnipiac (October 27-November 2).

*The Indiana general election "Poll of Polls" consists of three surveys: Reuters/Zogby (October 31-November 3), ARG (October 28-31), and Indianapolis Star/WTHR (October 26-28).

*The Missouri general election "Poll of Polls" consists of three surveys: NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 29-30), Reuters/Zogby (October 31-November 3), and ARG (October 28-30).

*The Nevada general election "Poll of Polls" consists of three surveys: Reuters/Zogby (October 30-November 3), Mason-Dixon (October 28-29), and Research 2000 (October 25-28).

*The North Carolina general election "Poll of Polls" consists of three surveys: ARG (October 31-November 3), Reuters/Zogby (October 31-November 3), and NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 28-29).

*The Ohio general election "Poll of Polls" consists of four surveys: Quinnipiac (October 27-November 2), Reuters/Zogby (October 31-November 3), NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 29-30), University of Cincinnati Ohio Poll (October 29-November 2).

*The Pennsylvania general election "Poll of Polls" consists of five surveys: Reuters/Zogby (October 31-November 3), Morning Call/Muhlenberg (October 29-November 2), Quinnipiac (October 27-November 2), ARG (October 29-31), and NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 27-28).

*The Virginia general election "Poll of Polls" consists of three surveys: Reuters/Zogby (October 31-November 3), Mason-Dixon (October 29-30), and ARG (October 31-November 3).

*The West Virginia general election "Poll of Polls" consists of three surveys: ARG (October 31-November 3), Reuters/Zogby (October 23-26), and CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21).

The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. TJ

    "I am waiting for CNN to post on its front page the news that Sarah Palin was cleared of any wrong doing in the Troopergate investigation. You liberals trashed her and made sure that Troopergate was on the front page of every liberal website when it looked like she may have done something wrong, and now that it has been proven she did NOTHING wrong, you cannot find the story anywhere. It has become such a sad state of affairs. Liberals are working overtime to ruin this country."

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Tamika

    Go Obama we need a change we will make history today.

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Erika, KS

    Obama fans continue to be rapid, mean spirited people. Unbelievable! Let's hope the unaccomplished, inexperienced Obama does not win. I'll keep my own money and the lazy bums who want a hand out can go work!

    All Obama had to do to gain my vote was to author one single bill that became law. He didn't do it. He didn't do anything as a Senator but promote himself. Shameless.

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. HM

    The headline is misleading–they're just trying to create last minute drama.

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Cincinnati Mama 4 Obama

    It amazes me that some of our citizens are so ignorant (and proud of it). Somewhere along the lines The United States of America has lost the united part (or maybe we never had it). I feel a change coming on the horizon!

    Exercise your right to vote!

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. JeteDonner

    From the old world (switzerland): Its interessting and pleasing to see how much involved you people get into this vote. I really hope you'll get a better chance this time. VOTE VOTE VOTE

    @–'–,-
    PEACE

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Wilson

    too little too late...make yourself proud and vote for obama

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Ghena

    People will be in deep regret if they gonna vote for Barack Hussein Obama, a bogus and the greatest liar. Please don't be persuaded for his speechesm how good he delivered his speech is how bad his intention for the Us.

    November 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Fred NH

    Today we make history.
    Today we will be rewarded after 40 years.
    1968 was the begining of the end for champions of change when Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were murdered.
    Today we will elect the real leader of change.
    MLK & RFK are watching us.
    Let them be smiling on us come Nov 5th.
    Get out the Vote
    Get out and Vote.
    VOTE VOTE VOTE

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Angel

    Obama/ Biden '08!!!! Get out and vote! make your voice heard! Vote! Do not leave the polls without voting, no matter what you are told!!! VOTE! THIS IS OUR TIME!

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. For Change

    For you that claim that Obama is the Messaih, he is not, nor do I think he is,nor has he himself ever said he was. He is an American with a dream to make things better for us as a country. What you fail to realize is that the Republican party has failed America and the people have recognized that. We are ready for CHANGE and Obama is the Man with a plan for change. I pray that he wins and I pray that the lord keep him from harm.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Latricia moore

    All I can say is hold on a change is coming go OBAMA! No dirty old man and no slick mouth bimbo. OBAMA/BIDEN2008

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Anne E.

    "One might think Obama was the second coming of Jesus Christ from the way his followers fawn all over him."
    ____________________

    If that's how it seems, it's only because we've been in the toilet for the past eight years - ANYONE who can bring about much needed change and who can turn steer our country to its proper course WOULD seem like a savior!!!
    BARACK BABY BARACK!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Joshua

    A typical Republican: bigot, ignorant, devisive. Need I say more.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. donna

    Think about a president named Obama and his middle name, Hussein. Then tell me he is not a Muslim. Once a Muslim, they do not allow you to turn your back on the faith. He would be the worst thing for the LAND OF THE FREE.
    He has many dark hidden secrets and we as a nation will definitely pay the consequences. Think about the consequences before you pull the lever.
    No president can do any more than the House or Congress will allow. He won't be able to give his professed 95% tax break.
    He is like the the anti-christ and we will be sorry in the end if america does not open their eyes before it is to late.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. gregg

    too bad africa has to decide the vote for america,, maybe the o will send them all back,,a democrat for mccain,,, cant wait for the riots to break out,,,

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Nurse Ratchet

    Making the rich pay their bills does not equal socialism. Oh I feel sooooo bad for the mega rich who will pay a whopping 3% more in taxes...now those poor saps will have to just settle for a Porshe instead of a Roll's Royce. Booo hoooo.

    You uneducated hilljack Republicans need to actually look up Socialism. Obama does not support the complete government take-over of production and distribution, ya morons. I mean, I know you conservatives hate social programs like Social Security and Medicaid.

    Some of us, on the other hand believe in a thing called Ethical Capitalism!

    Those mega rich Ivory Tower-dwellers wanted this expensive war so bad; now it's time to pay the bill.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Logan - FTL

    I just voted here in Florida, and we will carry Florida!!!!

    Don't listen to any "pundits" predictions about who will win the election–Just vote! I don't care if they say Obama is winning by a million votes–Just vote!!! Make it a million and one.

    VOTE!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Amazed

    I am amazed at all the Dems acting like 3 year old with their comments. It will be these same 3 year olds trying to hang their "leader of change" in a year if he wins this election.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Sumi

    I voted for Obama by absentee ballot. I live overseas in Kuwait. I think Failin' Palin and McPain would be a disaster for the USA and the rest of the World.

    Go O'

    allieb.etsy.com

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Claire

    wow this counts as a story? All these "gains" are in the margin of error, infact they are in the margin of errors margin of error. What a joke!!

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. alex

    lord Jesus please don't have another 4 years regardless if it's Obama or mcbush

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Jenny

    it will be a sad day for this country if mccain is elected.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Florida Democrat

    Don't we teach our kids at a very early age already to be social?
    What does social mean? It means to respect the other person, to share, provide help for the people in need, people who are less fortunate. That's what Americans have always been known for.

    This is to all you uneducated Republicans out there:

    DO NOT CONFUSE SOCIAL AND SOCIALISTIC!!!

    Got it....? I hope so.

    I came to this country in 2000, when Bill Clinton was president.
    BTW, I would consider him probably the best president America has ever had.
    I looked up to American values and loved this country. Then Bush took over and everything changed. I want to be able to love this country again. Go out and vote Obama/Biden 08 – that's your only choice.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Joe

    Jeff, "Lean" how to spell and grow up.

    Obama will most likely win, I just hope his we are not regretting this four years from now. The best line though is his wife saying she is the next Jackie Kennedy, come on now Michelle NOT EVEN CLOSE.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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