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. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Please, STOP ATTACKING CNN, they are doing their best, especially when you remember that their business is NEWS, they have to keep their ratings up! If you don't agree with their polls, you can check for yourselves online with various pollsters.

    Marie I agree with you. Barack MUST KEEP ON FORGING AHEAD. He must keep focused and not take anything for granted. But that is exactly what he plans to do. He is going to campaign in ALL FIFTY STATES! John McCain must be shivering in his boots today!

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

    The media may cover up for McBush, but the American people will not. McBush is a super dud, not a super hero.

    June 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. M.S. Indiana

    And how many weeks are we into the general election...

    Michelle, why so sore ?? no one listening to you ?? judge yourself before you judge some one else

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. paul s.

    Oh brother, poor Republicans – I hate to break it to you folks, however when your President has an approval rating of 33%, do you really expect John McCain, Mr. Personality himself, to turn things around?

    You guys elected Bush, you guys support him and the GOP as they plunged this country in an abyss of war, inflation, and the undoing of our civil rights – and you wonder why a guy like Obama who talks a good game, says all the right things while having no real experience at the federal government level is beating your guy? Please – you had your chance to elect McCain 8 years ago and you blew it – cry and moan, Obama IS going to be the next President of the USA, god help us.

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    Let's hope those numbers continue to increase.

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. ahmadu

    i suppot obama 100percent

    June 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. A bitter mid westerner who loves guns and God

    I thought the girlie man was up by twenty points. Is he in free fall or what?

    I know one thing, he will never carry Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Cause we are god fearing gun loving bitter people.

    Give us a break and contribute to John McCain

    June 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    June 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Alex

    I don't think obama is going to have a landslide victory, just get this feeling, but I feel he will win by a small margin... thought my opinion could change on Nov 3rd 🙂

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. saga for Obama

    it is great to see how Obama has sparked the interest of the country. weather you are for him or against him. he has already made history. how great to see BHO is the light of our nation, showing us all that Yes We Can

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Malama Makena

    Prediction: McCain will withdraw before the convention!

    Republican insiders know he can't win – they never wanted him in the first place. They just don't want him to be titular head of the party for the next four years.

    McCain will claim health and withdraw. The Republican convention will be good old-fashioned political theater!

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Lets take back our country from these Republican Pirates!!
    Obama for Prez!!

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Shasta

    Peter- MN has never voted republican in a presidential election.

    June 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Amarissa

    It's incredible the way the media turns news around to help their candidate Barack Obama! Today, the big news should be: Obama and McCain even at 45% according to Gallup polls! Instead, what you do is show Obama is up in four states and completely disregard the real news!
    And another thing, stop speaking for Bill Clinton! You have no right in asking him to campaign for Barack H. Obama after his camp and supporters disrespectfully and falsely accused him of being a racist! The Obamas and their following naive camp are the most racist people I have ever seen led by scums like Wright and Pfleger!
    LEAVE THE CLINTONS ALONE and do your job investigating all the lies this rookie leftist dictator Obama is making you promote! I guess he spends a lot of money advertising and the media awards him by saying how "inspiring" he is.
    Amarissa, Florida

    June 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Polls mean NOTHING !

    Remember how big of a lead Hillary was supposed to have in the polls and look where it got her !

    Obama will be our next President.

    Get over it people!

    June 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Darrel from Denver

    Texas Trail Dog reinforces my opinion of the biases resident in Texas. They truly do not have a clue, it appears.

    The train is leaving the station and the GOP are left on the platform without tickets, expecting to simply be entitled to board without paying.

    June 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Ted

    I am sure Obama is a great guy I just don't see him having what it takes I mean come on people vote for the person on what they have done it's a real good indication of what they will do in the future.

    I don't think McCain is the answer but he's got a better and longer record than Obama does.

    If I were McCain I would snag Hillary and maybe that will help us get out of the mess the good ole USA is in.

    June 26, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Glenn

    The more that McCain, Karl Rove, Mitt Romney and Limp Bushbaugh attack Obama, the greater the lead of Obama ove r McCain grows. More and more voters are turned off to "neo-Nazi hate attacks" by GOPers. It also shows lack of vision, lack of substance on policies and just plain stupidity on the part of MCBush and his campaign. I say for you idiots to just keep up the attacks and you'll not only lose the White House but the Democratic majority in both houses of congress will grow dramatically accordingly. You guys are just plain old fashioned stupid!

    June 26, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. VP Predictions

    McCain needs an exciting VP, and Barack needs a conservative VP. That's what I predict will happen. Barack has to tone down the excitement, and McCain has to amp it up a little. But if John wants to amp up excitement with the Bozos buzzing around him, forget it. They'd put anybody asleep.

    June 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Len

    the Gallup poll sure picked the last two winners Gore and Kerry. lol

    They haven't been right in eight years, why should they be right now?

    June 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Marc PDX

    What's the deal with the different polls? Some have these guys tied and some have Barak up by 15 points.

    June 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. YES WE WILL!

    OBAMA 2008 and 2012!

    OBAMA 2008 and 2012!

    OBAMA 2008 and 2012!

    OBAMA 2008 and 2012!

    Go Obama you are here to save us!

    June 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Hillary-ious

    Nice to see, and it is no wonder. McCain's latest strategy is to claim that Obama always puts himself first- before the good of the Democratic Party or the American people. This line of attack is clearly going nowhere. Not only is it laughably hypocritical for a Republican to accuse a Democrat of putting themselves first, but this is Barack Obama that we are talking about. A man who gave up lucrative job offers (he graduated from Harvard Law school) in order to help organize on the streets of the south side of Chicago. Anyone who has ever been to the south side knows that it is not some posh pampered community. This ludicrous attack by the Republicans has about as much chance of working as accusing McCain of having good range of motion in his shoulders.

    June 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Stephanie

    A poll of 1300 to 1600 people. Wow. Means a lot. Check out the weekly straw poll on AOL, over 300,000 people so far. I have a bit more faith in those numbers.

    June 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    uh-oh, the repugs are really gonna kick the nastiness into hyperdrive now! i cant wait til november, when the repugs-well, at least the few that wont be facing tribunals and judges for the next few years-can just slither back down their holes!

    we're done with you neoCONs!!!!!!!!!! buh-bye!!

    we're done with you neoCONs!!!!!!!!!! buh-bye!!

    we're done with you neoCONs!!!!!!!!!! buh-bye!!

    June 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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