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. June Ankenney

    Here's the truth: Any state that goes for Obama will feel the same misery as the rest of us if BO is elected.

    June 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Wait, it's only June, the vote is not til November.
    Obama by himself is tearing down his image of bring change to the way business is done in Washington.
    Bginning with Obama's pledge toaccept "public financing."
    Where are Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, the two most prominent
    Blacks in American, and Obama supporters. Keeping a very, very low profile, so as not to hurt Obama's candidency?
    As a Democrat I can not vote for McCain but I will not vote for Obama, for he is a man with no clothes. Obama's so called legislative accomplishment are the product of Emile Jones, the Democratic Majority Leader in the Illinois Senate. Obama has never ran a State wide race against a creditable opponent.
    Obama like President Carter will not leave Washington on a positive note.

    June 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Obama spin

    Isn't Obama supposed to be the shoe in that wins by a landslide because Americans are all going to vote Democrat in Nov? Even though most people can't stand the type od campaign that Obama has run.

    Why is he still campaigning even?

    I thought it was a sure bet.

    I mean... look at McCain and the obstacles HE must overcome.

    June 26, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Saul

    Wow,any woman on here supporting McCain even though he voted against equal pay for women must think she's worthless.He doesn't even think you're worth getting paid as much as a man even if you do the same job as he does and you want to vote for him.

    June 26, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Casey in CA.

    As an Obama volunteer who called people in Wisconsin to encourage voting in the primary, I got the impression that the people of that state are a lot smarter than the Republicans give them credit for. That's probably true of the states around them as well.

    I'm from California. I don't know anyone in my state with a McCain sticker or sign to support him... maybe they are all in L.A?

    I predict California goes Obama, too.

    June 26, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Eric

    After reading the comments from the Obama haters on here, I wonder exactly what it will take for them to accept reality. When will you people finally realize that this country has been made worse by Bush? When will you people accept the fact that you adhere to disproven economic models and detrimental foreign policy strategies? Republicans fit the clinical definition of insanity the way they cling to bad ideas while expecting different results each time they're tried.

    June 26, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. NoMcSame

    PUMA PAC people I hope that you are happy with your choise in this election. Hillary will not be voting with you this time. You all look so stupid in the eyes of all the world that I miss you guys on here sometimes. Your leader was on tv and he sounded about as stupid as you all do. Vote Mcsame what a shame. Give up and stop kicking against that stone and come on back home people. Help save our kids from McWAR. He loves the sound of body counts on the news every day. Don't be like him. Stand up to him. It's time to move on and put our house back in order. We must ALL stand behind Obama and change what is going on in Washington.

    June 26, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. rbt

    Jon King's map is skewed. HOw can Minnesota with a 17 point lead and Wisconsin with a 13 point lead be considered tossups, yet Geoargia with only a 1 point lead be leaning republican. I know that he will say that they take historical trends into account, but come on. . at least put Georgia into a toss up category at this point and maybe NC as well!

    June 26, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Doris,Memphis,TN

    The gap will widen more soon!

    June 26, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Christopher A

    OBAMA! any question?

    June 26, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Dave

    The best poll McCain supporters can point to is a tie. That puts a smile on my face.

    Obama '08

    June 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Moderate

    It always amazes me how uneducated and ignorant the postings here, which are obviously made by Democrats for the most part, sound in comparison with other websites with more moderate people who actually have intelligent and well thought out things to say. I really wonder if any of you really know the truth behind the Democratic party and what it has become in the last 2 decades.

    June 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Democrat

    CAN I HEAR AN AMEN???????????????

    June 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Mike G- Ventura ca

    Yes, we CAN. This country has to have CHANGE and more of the same old thing won't do this time. We are prepared for Kommandant Karl Rove, right-wing fear and hate mongers, and the Greedy Oil People. NOT THIS TIME!

    June 26, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Liz

    Minnesota remains Democratic!
    I realize that moderate Republicans have gained a foothold in MN's state and U.S. congressional races and the past few presidential races have been fairly close, but the fact is that the state hasn't voted for a Republican president in 36 years. A 17-point lead for Obama is NOT a surprise, nor do I expect McCain to gain much ground there in the coming months!

    June 26, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Bill From Florida

    To: Arianna

    Start packing your bags. Canada awaits you, and good ridens.

    June 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. norb

    All keating aside. Don't you worry about those polls John.
    McCain/Lieberman/Keating 08! That's the ticket!

    June 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Raymond Duke

    You people holding them flea market sales better hang onto that stuff. You might need that stuff to supplement your incomes if the republicans win the election. The republicans believe in responsibility and work. The only thing I got against the republicans is the same thing I do about the democrats. They are all lap dogs to the coroporations and the chambers of commerce.

    June 26, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Darrel from Denver

    Beginning of the end and just the tip of the iceberg as the momentum begins to roll.

    The Republicans are cooked. Stick a fork in them, they are done.

    They just refuse to recognize it and are trying desperately to discredit Obama at every turn rather than gain support for what they believe in or what their current (today's) positions are on the issues that matter.

    June 26, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Sandy

    Good! The absolute last thing we need is another republican. We need Obama to get us out of the hole Shrub got us into!!

    June 26, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Justin, Ohio

    Control your health care and decide for you what treatment you get? Yes he can!
    Control the oil industry and allow the government to price oil and raise the price at the pump? Yes he can!
    Give terrorists rights under OUR Constitution, while at the same time taking away OUR Constitutional rights? Yes he can!
    Change America, even though he loves this country? Yes he can!
    Get rich and powerful while fooling Americans into believing he stands EXACTLY for what they do? YES HE IS!

    Don't be fooled by inexperience, Marxist views and empty promises.

    McCain 08.

    June 26, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. cnn junkie

    i am ashamed to be a republican

    June 26, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. deZ

    Obama rocks like a rock star!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. vw

    CNN is Obama's CNN, and it has been biased against Hillary and McCain.

    CNN should mention "Change" is Obama's personality.

    He will turn to the Black Paster when he need help from this community BUT changed while he need the presidency.

    He regarded the guy as his friend when he need financial help (bribe) from him BUT changed when he run for presidency.
    It is a typical dirty politics, is not it???

    June 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Waiting for some McCain backer to point out that in the ALL IMPORTANT AOL straw poll, McCain leads Obama 70% to 30%.



    June 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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