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. Axel

    Duh....these are NOT swing states. Funny how the news media still tries to make the data fit their preconceived narrative isn't it.

    So even if Obama is ahead 70/30, if CNN called it a Swing State in 2007 its still a Swing State huh ?

    Time to tune out the networks and vote based on the issues.

    June 26, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    It's time everyone got on board and made a serious effort to undo the last 7.5 years of stupidity. I think Bill Clinton said it best "There is nothing wrong with American that cannot be cured with what is right with America". Obama/Edwards. HRC-Sec. of State, Gore-EPA, Richardson-Energy.

    June 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Tristan Alexander

    Good news (for Obamabots).

    I ponder how the republicans have the gaul to label call Obama 'arrogant.' Look at this 'cowboy' president Bush... He DEFINES 'arrogance.' But I guess that's all the repubs are good for, senseless labeling and childish name-calling.

    June 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Jim Webb for Obama's V.P.!!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Jason, Texas

    As he should be. People will be sorry if they put McCain in office. Nothing will get better with him in office.

    June 26, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. REZ


    June 26, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. AMN

    Yeah, let's go American citizens! If you want to see all citizens, poor and rich, get their basic healthcare needs met, do NOT let McSame step one TOE into the White House. I want a president that cares about me because I am a citizen, not because I can afford 3 mansions...in Europe!

    Obama '08

    June 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    I recall that the only state Walter Mondale won in 1984 was Minnesota; it is hardly a conservative state, and one would expect Obama to do well there. It's also no surprise that Obama polls well in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Colorado.

    Where is the news here? You may as well run headlines that read, "Obama shows strong lead among members of the N.E.A. and N.O.W." or "McCain shows strong lead among people who work for a living and pay the bills of those who don't."

    June 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. J-M

    So, tell me again how you can consider WI and MN as Toss-Ups and not 'Lean Obama'?

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. jmv


    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Jon

    This is funny. If any of you Obama lovers had a clue as to what his economic proposals would do to the money in your pocket not to mention what it would do to the economy of the country, you would not be supporting him. The fact is that if you educate yourselves on the dollars and cents of his proposals and the long term effect instead of the glamorious here and now retoric you would not support him. I am an independent and vote on the policies of the caniditate. I have educated myself on Obama's proposals and the fact is that our country will be so much worse off in four years if Obama becomes President. The fact is that 3/4 of what he is proposing will not get through congress. I want a president that will work with congress to get things done. Not pander to the fatherest wing of there party.

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |

    very good.
    McBush and is party are in trouble .

    June 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Didine - Maryland

    Good Job Senator Obama, continue your hard work. We are with you all the way to November. Bravooooooooooooooo!

    Obama '08

    June 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. CB from PA


    Obama/Clinton or Obama/Biden '08, '12!

    June 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Another poll troll feeding frenzy. Have some coffee and a sweet bunn and in about three months.....poll again......then CNN will have something of substance to sink their media jaws in. As Jack Cafferty would say, this does not mean "diddley squat."

    June 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. christina

    Victory is ours!!!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Lets go get them. Obama 08.

    June 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Yes we can!

    Dont stop, get it get it......Welcome Mr. President and First Lady Michelle......Please everyone register to vote...this is the only way to bring about "A REAL CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN"

    June 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Gorbashov

    YES WE CAN................................take this nation away from our corporate overlords and return it to the people!

    Democrats unite for victory!

    Obama/Nunn in 20008 and beyond!

    June 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Antar

    Thats really too bad I was really looking forward to arguing with republicans this fall but with these new numbers it's not looking likely.LMAO

    June 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Geri

    1300 and 1600 is not a number that I would make a prediction on.
    These polls are not fair...who knowa who they are calling. I've never talked to a person that has ever been polled, have any of you!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Get with it

    Here we come........!!

    June 26, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Peter

    Excellent, but shouldn't Minnesota be democratic? It is almost always democratic except when Nixon ran for re-election

    June 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Republicans are Toast for ever. God is finally saying enough is enough to repulicans for using his name for political gain.

    June 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Michelle

    The Gallup poll has McCain and Obama in a DEAD HEAT.

    Why don't you post THAT poll, CNN? If you are going to post polls, then please also post those favorable to McCain!

    June 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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