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. Abby

    Yes. He. Can.

    June 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Mark

    This is going to be a landslide, folks!

    June 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Yes.....

    Just the beginning. This is going to be a blowout because we are taking our country back!

    Obama 08

    June 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. JJ

    More polls in June! Ugh! I'm happy to see Obama ahead, but IT'S ONLY JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP WITH THE EARLY POLLS!

    June 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Obama = Overrated

    Ummm, CNN..Gore and Kerry were up also, look what happened. Go ahead and beat this all you want..The Arrogant snob is never going to win! He was selected not elected.

    June 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Early days and as far as I remember Kerry won Minnesota,Oregon,Michigan and Wisconsin. I thought the battleground states were Florida, Ohio and yes Colorado this time but come on CNN this is nothing more than going back to your Obama promoting position

    June 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Carlos from Canada

    not electable, eh?

    June 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Rick

    Coincidentally, Obama leads the polls by a wide margin in Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Syria and France.

    June 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. ShayFad

    Go ahead Republicans, start Blogging
    Tell us CNN is biased and Polls dont mean squat.
    or Tell us there's some other POLL that has McCain leading ( maybe the POLL between you and your friends).
    I must say though, even somewhere in your mind, you should start to realize Americans are struggling and have had enough of the GOP.
    Its time for the Democrats to fix it...again.

    June 26, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. independent

    landslide.republicans can no longer compete.go away!

    June 26, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. ANGIE

    thats right folks i live in pa the philly suburbs i have friends and family in the poconos alot of people are voting for obama as a matter of fact where i live my community is getting together having a flea market to raise money for obama and hillary!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Dirk

    The places that vote Democratic anyways

    June 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Shasta

    For the last time, Minnesota is not and never will be a battleground state. There are going to be over 25,000 protesters at the RNC- we don't want them here.

    June 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Humphrey from Chicago, Il

    There is a lot pro-Obama bias when reporting these kind of figures. This race will be close till at least September.

    June 26, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. carol

    God bless you Obama. I can't wait to see you sworn in. God bless your family too.

    June 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. The Truth Will Set You Free

    The respected Gallup Poll has McCain and Obama tied at 45%.

    June 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. alone in VT

    let's just vote this saturday and get it over with, all this is getting out of control

    our tax dollars are paying these people to run around the country and run for president

    they should suspend their pay or resign from congress

    obama = change you can choke on

    on saturday vote none of the above

    June 26, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Patriot Patrick of Houston

    Well, so much for Hilary's claim that she was the only one who could beat John McMonger in the key states.The american people never believed that bit of Clinton-spin. Against a republican and a Bush clonem a democratic duck could win this race. We are sick and tired of the way they have run our beloved country iton the ground.

    June 26, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Nom Deplume

    That may change. Today's SCOTUS decision, while it changes very little on the ground, is a slap in the face of liberals. Obama is a HUGE gun control advocate and this is a no-win issue: If he criticizes it, he alienates the 'bitter" crowd, and if he ignores or accepts it, he has flip-flopped on gun control to appease the center.

    June 26, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Watermann

    Holy cow, the train is running

    June 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Ariana

    I'm moving to Canada if McCain wins.

    June 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Beltway Insider

    Anyone who isn't a moron knows Obama will be our next president. Just as anyone who wasn't a moron knew in February that he was going to get the democratic nomination.

    June 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Americans are sick of the GOP and their antics – pure and simple!

    June 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. @everyamericans

    Obama is Going to Win by A Landslide...............y'all better get used to it and join the MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Felice Judkins

    It's exciting to feel a fresh new wave of change in this country. We still have a lot of owrk to do, but I believe that real change is on the way.

    June 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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