July 24th, 2008
03:07 PM ET
13 years ago

New state polls show good news for McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/24/art.mccainpolls.ap.jpg caption="New state polls show good news for McCain."](CNN) - During a week he's struggling to wrestle media attention away from Barack Obama's trip abroad, new polls out Thursday show John McCain has narrowed the gap in four crucial battleground states.

New surveys conducted by Quinnipiac, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal suggest the Arizona senator is in a more favorable position in Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin than he was one month ago.

In Colorado, McCain now holds a 2 point lead over Obama, 46 to 44 percent - a significant reversal from a similar poll conducted last month that put the Illinois senator on top there by 5 points.

In equally good news for McCain, Obama now only holds a two point lead in Minnesota - the state that's playing host the Republican National Convention in early September. A similar poll one month ago had Obama on top by 17 points. The new poll result has prompted CNN to switch Minnesota from a state that is "leaning" Obama to a "toss-up" in its electoral map.

Earlier: CNN's Electoral Map: Both lose ground – but McCain gains edge

The race also remains tight in Michigan, with Obama holding a 4 point lead there, 46 percent to 42 percent. That's down from the 6 point lead Obama held there last month.

The Democratic presidential candidate still holds a significant lead in Wisconsin, though there too the gap has narrowed over the last month. In June, Obama led the Illinois senator by 13 points, 52 to 39 percent. Now that lead is down to 11 points, 50-39 percent.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Donna from Colorado Springs

    McCain need to enjoy the small gains while he can, Things will be much different for him once the election arrives.

    July 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. TerryDo


    If not HRC then:


    But never ever


    A George Soris puppet will never do!


    July 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Chuck

    The fact that Obama was up by 17 just a few weeks ago in MN and where he won handily against Hillary in the primary versus this recent poll that states it could go either way MN is proof that these reccent polls are truly inaccurate.

    July 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Scott L

    McSurge is going to surge waaaay past Obama......the empty suit BO doesn't stand a chance in November! GOOOOOO JOHN MCCAIN! A GREAT AMERICAN HERO WITH SUBSTANCE!

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Dan

    For all of you McShame voters. A vote for McShame is a doom for your health insurance coverage. Believe me the insurance companies are just waiting for that old man to get into office to pull the rug out from under you in the way of health benefits. Believe me I was an executative of a very large insurance company. They already have plans in the work even the WEALTHY won't be able to buy insurance. All of us get ill with something at sometime. Jim Hall Obama 2008 and Universal Health Care For All.

    Jim Hall – You hit the nail on the head. The insurance companies want to provide a service that absolutely no one can afford so they have no income at all. Good analysis.

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Furious George


    Pathetically Unintelligent McCain Apologists

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Canadian black man for Obama.

    Melinda Charlotte, NC

    it does not matter how much the media tries to push Obama on us, we are not falling for it. In fact, as the coverage gets even more fawning, the more people are repelled. Hence, the falling poll numbers for Senator Obama. I supported Senator Clinton in the primary, and I am now firmly behind John McCain. Before anyone starts going on about how Hillary's and Obama's positions are similar: save it. I will cast my vote for the person I feel has the integrity and love of country that I have seen in both Senator Clinton and Senator McCain. The only thing I see from Senator Obama is vanity, pride, and feelings of self worth. The President of the United States of America should put the people of this country first, not himself.

    How does MCCain represent Hillary Clinton idea for you?

    You should lecture youself not others Melinda.
    I hope if you don't have kids to fight wars you should consider yourself ready to go fight wars when McCain is president as you love you country more than Obama according to your words.

    Melinda you should admit you hate Obama for nothing not because of issues that related to you, because Hillary's message with Obama's are the same.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Krissy

    McCain's good luck is that the mainstream media hasn't connected the dots that Phil Gramm wrote his economic policy AND Phil Gramm also is responsible for legislation that has caused increases in energy prices (enron loophole author) and the mortgage crisis (bank deregulation).

    The economy is the number one issue, and McCain's policy maker is a huge part of the problems we face today.

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. obama

    Guess that cool aid is starting to where off. When Obama goes to Europe and has the ENTIRE US media follow him, gets 100% of the news coverage and STILLL LOSES GROUND at home, well what can you say except LOSER!! Anybody that the media picks is bound to blow up before the election. Just wait until the debates and watch Obama Hussein's poll numbers fall like a rock. How many of his supporters are getting paid to come on here and prop him up??? And he is still losing ground.....the end is near my friends... Guess you should have stuck with Hillary...

    July 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Mike

    Polls are showing the race is shifting in favor of McBush. Maybe obama should make speeches here than in germany, I dont need a "I will learn on the job" president. Talk isnt going to get my gas price down to $2-3/gallon or get my grocery prices down. Please give me a policy Obama. You are not running to be a public speaker but running for the president of my beloved country! Can we get real policies instead of speeches from obama maybe this trend of him going down will change?

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Phil, FL

    You're right Steven – they don't want peace and respect – they just want more wars.

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    To the Patriot:

    What kind of substance does McSurge have? Oh "the surge is working" because that's about all he speaks about and he's not well versed on that either.

    So go over to Fixed with that McCrap.

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    How dare people not support for His Highnes Barack!

    July 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Diing in Washington

    It is the media that is keeping the race close!. This kind of writing by CNN, washington post, and WSJ reminds me of the French Diplomacy. "We are number one behind The USA and The UK"

    In other word, if the new states polls represent good news to a candidate who is actually behind in hard numbers, the what do they exactly mean to the one who is a head?

    Am dump folded by the thinking here..

    July 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Obama4change

    CNN, where is the photo of Senator Obama talking to the tons of people in Berlin? CNN, a has been news organization! You are as much as the past as Senator McCain. Viva Huffington Post and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. They are with the times.

    July 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. CLINTON 08 VP



    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014


    July 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Go Obama

    No offense, but how could someone who supported Hillary even think about voting for McCain and not Obama? What? That doesn't make any sense. Obama's policies are about 98% the same as Hillary's. McCain's aren't even close. How does this make sense at all?

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. reggie

    Hard to believe CNN is even reporting this. As they have already proclaimed Obama, King of America. Keep fighting Mccain. You'll win on election day.

    July 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Enough

    Too early folks. Too early.

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    That is not what the other polls say. Which of the polls is CNN using?I just saw the poll an hour ago and it had Obama leading by 4 points. CNN is using the same tactic that fox news used when Mrs. Clinton was running. Now it's McCain leading. "Stop" with the polls already and tell the truth.

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Norom

    Raymond Duke, your borther David says Hello

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. applecrispbetty

    Obama gets better and better every day. McCain deteriorates more and more every day. Enough said.

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Joe

    In Your dreams!!!!!!!
    are you kiding?
    what a Joke!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama Rules 4 ever

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. ES NYC

    Wishful thinking....
    Polls will show next week and until election day that Mc Cain can not win.
    This is actually the week Mc Cain lost. Mark my words.

    It is going to be a Barack Obama landslide in Nov !

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Matt

    I want to believe in more than inspiration.
    McCain 08
    Obama 16

    July 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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