[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/26/art.cnnmap.cnn.jpg caption=" CNN's breakdown of the electoral college map."](CNN) - A set of polls released Thursday shows Barack Obama leading John McCain in four critical battleground states - Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado and Minnesota.
A new Quinnipiac University/Wall Street Journal/Washingtonpost.com survey put Obama up significantly over the Arizona senator in Minnesota - 54-37 percent – and Wisconsin - 52-39 percent. His lead is smaller in Colorado - 49-44 percent - and Michigan - 48-42 percent.
This comes on the heels of another Quinnipiac poll last week that had Obama leading in the key swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.
In a briefing on Wednesday, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe explained the campaign's strategy to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. The campaign is counting on winning the 20 states John Kerry won in 2004, looking to add Iowa, and then setting their sights on several others. Among those: the four states included in Thursday's poll.
Watch: CNN's John King breaks down the electoral map
Plouffe said Michigan is one of the most competitive states, attributing its competitiveness to the fact that Obama didn't campaign or run ads there in the primary. He claimed they are "very strong" in Colorado and "very competitive" in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The poll surveyed between 1,300 and 1,600 likely voters from June 17-24 with margins of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent for Minnesota and Wisconsin, 2.6 percent for Michigan and 2.7 percent for Colorado.
The latest CNN national poll of polls has Obama up 48-40 over McCain among registered voters nationwide.
I still prefer Hillary, but will support Obama. I also wanted to comment on the other blog about Rendell and Bill Clinton. First of all, this story is misleading and the comments about it stupid. The big word is IF Bill Clinton, not Bill Clinton IS. We want to trash this great President based on an if. Bill has said he will support and work for Obama. What else does he need to do????
GET A LIFE PEOPLE.
You are really sad CNN....only reporting the polls that have Obama ahead in these states yet not reporting the polls that say otherwise. So sad.
Time for the Rove smear machine to start kicking in – only this time it won;t work! Thank Goodness, we have already worn out the Rev. Wright/Tony Rezko/Michele Obama BS, though – to listen to Sean Hannity's daily obsessive ranting – you would think they were new stories!
I'm still voting Libertarian.
I was a lifelong Democrat–unitl I read the socialist agenda both Clinton and Obama offered. It was at that point I realized I was probably a little conservative. So I checked out McCain..and the GOP agenda--sucks, same old stuff new guy. Then I checked out the Libertarian Party...everything changed.
I don't care anymore whether my candidate wins or loses. From now on I'll only vote my conscience. My instincts tell me, and my observations confirm–that voting the Libertarian ticket in 2008 is the best thing I could do.
Even if my candidate doesn't win. At least I can look myself in the mirror knowing I did the right thing for my descendants and my country.
Got liberty? Think again.
With all these polls going around, I have never been polled. Neither has my husband, daughter, co-workers, etc. Has anyone on this board ever been polled?
1) WE WILL ELECT OBAMA.
2) WE WILL BRING OUR *TROOPS* HOME.
3) WE WILL *HAVE HEALTH CARE*.
4) WE WILL TURN OUR *ECONOMY* AROUND.
5) WE WILL *REBUILD* OUR NATION.
WE HAVE A NOVEL IDEA, SPEND AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS
ON AMERICA & AMERICANS.