June 27th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
14 years ago

CNN's Electoral Map: Two states shift to Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/26/art.newmap.cnn.jpg caption="CNN's New Electoral College map."](CNN) - Two more states have shifted to Barack Obama's column in the new CNN Electoral Map that charts the candidates’ strength leading up to the November election.

"Toss-up" states Minnesota and Wisconsin were re-designated to "Lean-Obama" Friday, giving the presumptive Democratic nominee another 20 electoral votes in CNN's current estimate. The Illinois senator now has 231 electoral votes - 39 shy of winning the presidency.

CNN made the change after new polling conducted by Quinnipiac University showed that Obama holds double-digit leads over presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in both states. CNN's analysis estimates McCain has 194 electoral votes.

This is only a CNN estimate and is likely to change many more times in the lead up to the election.

The Quinnipiac surveys, released Thursday, showed Obama with a 17-point lead in Minnesota, 54-37 percent, and a 13 point lead in Wisconsin, 52-39 percent.

soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Holiday

    actually McCain really upsets conservatives because he's pretty liberal for a Republican

    June 27, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Scott, NY NY

    Hear that sound? It's the Obama tsunami and it's growing.

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Becky

    Definitely with Obama and Hillary playing nice, this can only turn out well. "With our powers combined, I am Captain Planet!" ... Captain Planet (the 80's or 90's cartoon) would be a great campaign slogan...lol

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. DJ in TX

    Even though I'm an Obama supporter, CNN, please choose your words better. Stating that he only needs 39 more electoral votes.........this is only June and even though everything is in place for a Democratic win, the republicans are not going to just lay down.

    This is good news, but it is still early. I'm cautiously optimistic.

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. GB

    CNN is going to poll us to pieces, but no one asked me anything.

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. judas_priest

    I notice that you still have New Mexico projected as leaning for McCain. For the last two months polling has been running for Obama at about a 5% margin on average. Even some strongly Republican wed sites are shoing as leaning toward Obama? What does it take for your "experts" to keep up to date?

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Eve

    Although I am an Obama supporter, we need to very cautious about all of these early polls, it is just for communication purposes. You have to wonder who are these people polling, what demographics? I have never had anyone to call me, never.

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Welcome to the purple nation, folks!

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. CE

    Since the Democratic Party hand-picked the nominee, maybe we should all just let CNN use their experience and wisdom to pick the President - NOT!

    These news agencies are still trying to influence the election. We, the people, cannot let that happen. Obama does not represent the majority of this country and it is our job, the people of this country, to make our voices heard.

    November will be perfect timing to show the Democratic Party and the news agencies that we, the people, still choose our President.

    Democrats for McCain!

    June 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. B

    To Larry of Boston...

    You do know that Black media, or even Black voters, are not the reason he won the nomination, right? But we'll go ahead and add this to the list of things that are the fault of Black people. lol

    June 27, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. TEXAN

    What a way to go !!! He will be our next President. He is exactly what our countyr needs to get it back on the RIGHT track. GO OBAMA !!!!!

    June 27, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Bridgette-PA

    This is the best birthday gift to me today! Keep them comin'. I Love it!


    June 27, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Beck

    Seems like I remember the shocked look on a woman's face when she was interviewed on the national news, saying " I don't know anyone who voted for Reagan!" So maybe she needed to widen her circle of friends. Or her horizons. Or her closed little liberal mind.

    June 27, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. PT

    Jealousy, envy, loss of control, it really shows many would like to be on Obama’s side but can’t so they try to pull him down instead. Most typical of men to do this.

    June 27, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Herman in LA

    Hey CNN is McCain in the media?

    Everything is about Barack hahahah lol what's McCain doing these days?

    Barack the vote...

    June 27, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Jake

    Everytime I read these comments on CNN, it makes me sick to think people actually live in some mental state of idiocy.

    Contrary to what the liberal media will force down your throat, polls mean as much to this election as Al Gore means to global warming. Doesn't mean a thing. It has been proven over and over again that people will say one thing and vote another. Obama never won as big as projected. Look it up.

    June 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Dee

    Ha! Ha! Seems like the McCain supporters are getting a little nervous. They scoff at the polls where OBAMA is ahead and "cling" to one that has them "tied". OBAMA will win in November! Have you listened to one of McCain's speeches or town hall meetings? What a joke. Come on, Let's say it together–"President Obama"!!

    June 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    wow–the arrogance of you obama folks never ceases to amaze me. It is your narrow-minded, condescending attitude that is going to keep a lot of HIllary supporters out of your camp. And trust me you need us, even Obama is begging now. When will you realize that this is not a high school football game. This is important and if Obama wants to win all of you need to act like grown-ups and start reaching out to people who have not agreed with you rather than contstantly insulting them. Your guy also needs to pick the only turly qualified person for VP (Hillary) otherwise we will have another republican in the white house. Grow up kids, we've seen these nice speeches before–need a little substance too. So, stop crowing and get to work trying to mend some fences otherwise it is going to be another long 4 years!

    June 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Rob Pembroke Pines, FL

    OMG! were going to have to see a new map every week on this till the election. When is enough enough bring back the old days please!

    June 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. BK

    Larry of Boston:
    I agree with you.

    June 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. scott

    I wonder what it takes to become a state that is strong for Obama. To have a 13 and 17 pt lead in a state, as is the case in WI and MN, and only be considered "leaning" for Obama is conservative at best. In addition to that, there has only been one poll recently that suggests the election is close nationally. In the last few weeks several polls have shown Obama is pulling ahead. I agree it is too early for the Obama team to start measuring the White House drapes, but I would much rather be sitting in his position then McCain's.

    June 27, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. McCain 2008

    McCain is going to beat Obama like a drum in November.....

    No matter what ridiculous statements CNN makes before the election.

    June 27, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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