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. WE LOVE YOU HILL!!!!!

    CNN's deliberate nonfactual information on this map makes me sick.

    In every recent poll, Obama kills McCain in Minnesota and Wisconsin, yet they do not give it to him. In New mexico and Indiana, he is AHEAD yet CNN gives it to the Republicans??

    CNN is now giving the same slanted tilt they gave to Obama during the primaries to McLieMcWar now!!!

    Stop it CNN. you are degrading news!!!

    June 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. just asking

    If it is not about race...

    Why is Obama trying so hard to make history as the first African American president?

    He is half white and half black right?

    June 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. jaye

    Bill Clinton had his White House (which he left in shame) and now it's Senator Obama's time.
    Both Clinton's need to get over it, and stop making fools of themselves by being petty and childish.

    June 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Emily

    Wow,Obama leads in some states that were said he couldn't win any support at all?Hmmmm....I guess the pundits were wrong on this one.
    Personally,as a woman,I can not vote for McCain because he showed he doesn't even respect women when he voted against equal pay for women.McCain is the arrogant one.

    June 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Kaye - Jacksonville FL

    Early polls don't portend the outcome – but the trend is encouraging. Obama supporters continue to build momentum across the country and lots of red states are already purple...FL will go blue with the help of the many, many Obama folks gearing up for the campaign. Stay tuned and if the trend continues in the weeks, months ahead – get ready for REAL change!

    June 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. plays the game well

    Obama is half black and half white.

    When it suits his purposes he cries racism...
    but other times, when it is beneficial he decides to be black.

    He pretends he is black in order to make history as the first African American president.

    But then when he doesn't want appear too much a part of the Balck Liberation theology church... then he trots out the white part of his ethnicity.

    June 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. txpoodoo

    We are starting to see the 50 state strategy take effect. The "Old Guard" of the Dems said it was suicide, but we already know what Obama thinks of the "Old way of thinking".

    I know its still way to early in the season to be looking at November, but with numbers like these, it begs you to speculate.

    June 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Noah, from the all important swing state of michigan

    CNN's Elctoral map is pretty bad. Washington should definantly be safe Domocrat, New Mexico should be toss-up, Iowa is leaning Democratic and so are Minnesota and Wisconsin. And based on these and other polls from here, maybe Michigan too.

    June 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Tori

    Wow, now that something.

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. nonny

    stop michelle!!!! stop hating on obama!! he is going to make life better for u

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Michelle

    Eight points is nothing.
    Even losers like Dukakis and Kerry had double digit leads at this point.

    Obama is actually faring very poorly. The Democrats should
    be miles ahead. But they are NOT.

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Willow, from Iowa

    My prediction is that the election map is going to change. the southern states could be a big upset in this election. Iowa, Minnesota, even south dakota and colorado. Wait and see.

    June 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. J.T. Jackson in Michigan

    I believe that Obama will be successful here in Michgan. I can sense a grat deal of excitement here for Obama. I see alot of people with the signs out in the yard, bumper stickers and wearing tee shirts as well... I HAVE ONE ALSO!! :^)

    June 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. who's the racist now

    The newbies spent all day yesterday blogging against Ralph Nader.

    How dare a white person say...
    Just a typical old white man...
    Just racist like all white people...

    You all must have felt real silly for such smart and educated people when mommy and daddy told you that Ralph Nader is Arab American.
    The first Arab American to run for president.


    when did the left become so ignorant and so bigoted?

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Bitter Allen Hissein from Visalia

    Let me spell it out for you:
    O-B-A-M-A L-A-N-D-S-L-I-D-E!!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Tori


    June 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    New theme song for the formerly red states: "PURPLE HAZE."

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Bishop

    Dead heat as in 48 Obama 40 McCain???

    Obama '08

    P.S. If you watch CNN you'd hear them state that, DUH!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    I must be the most "moderate magnet" on the CNN web site.....Look at what you are posting.......give me a break already!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Sarah, 23, FL



    OBAMA '08

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Linda Esen

    Michelle June 26th, 2008 12:57 pm ET : why should any poll favour Mccain given his ongoing support of Bush??? Given the state of things in this coutry ...why is it sooooo surprising that most Americans want change??? OR are u saying that the last 8 years have been GREAT, GREAT GREAT..where do u live , what do you do..because I would love to be u

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. susie

    I am from Michigan too. I don't see anyone with Obama signs out in their yard, or bumper stickers, or wearing tee shirts. I would never vote for Obama who was selected and not elected by the DNC.

    June 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. carolflowery

    and not one debate yet, wow, they dont even have to hear a debate
    totally amazing

    June 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Chris from Baltimore

    A "dead heat" is "favorable to McCain?"

    Doesn't a "dead heat" mean they're tied, Michelle?

    Maybe I'm missing something...but in the Republican parallel universe, does a "tie" mean that the "senior" candidate wins?

    Lord knows that McCain has a lock on the seniority front...I guess you've decided to spot him a few points because of his advanced age to give him the "lead."

    June 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Brian

    CNN... you ain't looking at the same polls I'm looking at. Obama is up far more than that in all the battlegrounds with the exception of Nevada, N. Carolina, Georgia and Florida... and he's tied in Florida.

    Give it another two months, McCain will be gasping in the dust in all those states, and lucky if he can pull out Indiana, Montana, North Dakota and his home state of Arizona.

    Obama '08!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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