June 26th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Polls: Obama up in 4 battleground states

[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.

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Texas Trail Dog


    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Joe

    And what does this silly little poll show??? Nothing folks. Opps! Guess it shows how much CNN can 'tweak' the numbers before being published! A 46 year old man with NO experience...you people need to get real...or at least get educated!!

    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Loretta from California

    and yesterday, Anderson Cooper said that they were tied. CNN, let's talk polls in October. Today, these polls mean very little.

    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. al


    June 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Marie

    It's entertaining to watch the polls, but this far out of the election it means very little. Obama has to be carefully pleased but take it with a grain of salt. He has to keep working hard and long to get to the goal post.

    June 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Jim from IL

    Obama is the man! He can't be beat with the new Obama Girl (Hillary) supporting him!

    June 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Always good news to see! Keep those polls going up baby! Incoming Anti-Obama bashers in 3..2..1..

    June 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Nija

    Gobamania is the new fever in town.

    June 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    The only polls amerians need to worry about or be concerned about is general election polls are every state has voted. It will be the only one that will officially count and then we will know who our next president will be.

    June 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Jason

    Suprising the map shows it pretty close 211 to 194 and that speaks to his strengths in these battleground states. Obama supporters who scream landslide when a poll from LA has the margin at 15 need to remember middle americans hate LA and this is showing in state by state polling. Obama on the electoral map has 0 margin for error. Start nibbling on your nails Obama supporters the golden goose has lost his shine.

    June 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. LET IT GO


    June 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Jim


    June 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Esther from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    I got a call from the university its my first poll in all my years and i a 51 years old took great pride with all my answers. its in the states we have to remember a aveage doesn't mean anything we are individual states looks like its starting a domino effect they all falling for Obama

    June 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    Since there are no national polls sponsored by the press for the Libertarian Party–I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    I don't want to have to vote for either McCain nor Obama as I believe neither represent the ideals Americans are praying for:
    –Greater voice in Washington
    _Return to conservative fiscal management
    _Retreat from expansionism and retreat from use of our military intervention as a political tool.
    –A return to the philosophy of limited government to protect the freedom, liberties, and livlihoods of the people.

    June 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Joe Reed

    As a lifelong Republican I am disgusted with the way my party has handled itself over the last 8 years, this year, I am voting for Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.

    June 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    WE COMIN" !!!

    June 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. insanity

    well... Kudos to all Americans. Don't let the right-wing nut jobs fool you into electing another Bush.
    You know what they say.. "fool me once, shame on you.. Fool me twice.. shame on me..."

    June 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Knoxville, NObama

    Senator Obama,

    Yours is a brief history of the sleazy tactics of a slippery weasel who has nothing more to offer than flowery rhetoric and empty slogans for each and every American.

    Yours is an elitist state of a delusional mind.

    Yours is the story of a weak candidate who had to have the failed leaders of the undemocratic Democratic Party step on, spit at, and toss out our core democratic principles with the trash in order to carry you, their selected nominee, over the finish line.

    We will not forget what you have done to our Democratic Party.

    We will remember in November.

    Senator, you have a problem.

    June 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Seattle Sue

    I'm suprised that the spread is not larger than that. I would think that with Bush running our country into the ground for eight years and our economy just terrible, that no Republican could possibly be elected over any Democrat, much less Obama.

    June 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl.

    It's just the beginning, Obama will never beat McCain in the election.

    He has too many skeltons in his closet, and more will be coming

    out. We must all remember if Obama does win, it's because he

    bought the election.

    June 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Ted

    Yes we will!

    June 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. John, Brooklyn, New York

    So c'mon CNN....wouldn't that make Wisconsin and Minnesota at least LIGHT BLUE on your high tech map there, fellas? Minnesota has gone blue in every presidential election in the past 30 years. With the exception of the Reagan landslaides, Wisconsin has gone for the Democrats (including Michael Dukakis).

    The PRESS may be playing these as tossup states....but they are lining up ONCE AGAIN to be solidly blue.

    June 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Linda Esen

    Full speed ahead to 1600 Pennslyvannia Avenue- keep doing as you do Barack....

    June 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    That's a good thing! Go Obama in 2009!

    June 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. jean paul

    Obama is a Man to lead USA at this critical time. God has choosen him to bring the US back on it promise. US has been known as the World leader and most respeted Country in the World. But with the Republican leadership the credibility of US has gone down. Let Bill and Hillary campaign for Obama since Romney and Hackabee is now compaiging for Mcain. It is politic.

    June 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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