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. Montana is Obama Country

    NOT BUYIN IT... Skewed polls ....

    the real call will be Nov. 5th, when headlines read- Baarck Obama 44th President of the United States.

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    In Colorado I can understand.
    After it was divulged that Obama and the DNC ground crew has been using publicly financed motor pools for their gas (against the law) for workers on the ground since March 2008–I don't suppose many Coloradans respect the integrity of the Democratic Party.

    Any citizens knows you don't use public (taxpayor) resources for personal or political purposes.

    July 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Who is conducting these polls ???? They need to get away from calling people at home between 6-8 P.M. and earn their keep by polling people at gas stations, banks, malls, grocery stores, and child care centers. These are the Americans whose votes will make the difference in Nov. I travel ALOT and can think of few that are leaning McCain. I think that these polls will count more after both camapigns have concluded.

    July 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Debby

    To Tom: I don't know if Hillary would take the job now and I wouldn't blame her. If Obama goes down he will take her with him.

    July 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. TexMex

    The lead will widen when Obama has to explain to his own followers why he is abandoning their views and adopting those of the man they hate; G.W. Bush.

    I said it before and I will repeat it here. It is the Center and Right of Center of Americans that elect Presidents, not the fringes of either party. McCain is the true uniter that will defend and protect our country, bring properity and keep the American dream alive.

    Obmama and his Marxist followers will destroy our country.

    Wake up Patriots and protect our freedoms.

    July 24, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Paul

    I guess these states are happy with everything, especially our current president, because that is all McCain is!

    As for the Hillary fans voting for McCain instead of Obama...remember that Hillary is working with Obama and McCain would be the direct opposite of her!

    July 24, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Daki

    Cnn is going out of its way to give McCain good press,because this so called hero whines like a baby.I wish someone would tell little John,that he is only receiving votes do to racism,bigotry,a kind media,and the inability of some to understand the truth.Many ask,what is wrong with Obama?Why he cannot get some voters to vote for him,even when they know McCain is senile and a third Bush term.I ask what is wrong with America that they cannot see this?My feelings is racism and lack of understanding facts and the Lou Dobbs,Glenn Beck,and Fox News with hannity Colmes andCarl Rove to minipulate them.

    July 24, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. JJ

    McCain 08 July 24th, 2008 3:15 pm ET

    People, don't get excited about the polls. Many of the pollsters can't poll young people, african americans or latinos because of cell phones. So until the polling is balanced, then we can smile

    I beg your pardon?????? So Latinos, AA's and young people don't have cell phones???????? WTH????????????????//

    July 24, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. David from Ohio

    McCain will win nothing whether or not Obama picks Hillary as his veep. America is tired of the Republicans and their morally and intellectually bankrupt party.

    July 24, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    whatever the desire for government to fix everything is now firmly entrenched into the average lazy american, Im sorry there is no americans only hyphanated americans.

    July 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Go McCain!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Marc in Virginia

    This is great news. Obama should remember he needs to convince people here in America to vote for him, not foreigners. The arrogance of this man. He goes on a world tour as if he's already President. Sorry, buddy, I'm not ready to hand over my country to the likes of you.

    PUMA for McCain

    July 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Tejano

    Take a poll among 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican Americans and you will see McCain has more than 80% of that vote, enough to offset the black vote and the white liberals with a guilty conscience.

    We (Chicanos) are no longer puppets of the Democratic Party.

    July 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Jim Hall

    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.

    July 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. sherry

    who are these people who would vote for him

    you might as well lift the toilet seat and throw your money in there and flush ......because thats what wwill happen to your finances if mcshame wins

    July 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. NY State of mind

    This is why in my opinion it is good that Hillary lost, and I like Hillary. Women, and I judge from what I have read over the last month PUMA's, are people of emotion. Meaning there emotion and not there lodgic rule what they do. This can be very dangerous. I think it is more of a hate that a Black Man will be president sooner than a woman that really drives there anger. Please for the good of our country and your children, let the hate go and use lodgic. Once this election is over there is no redo when the reallity of what you have done sinks in. Join us, we will wecome with open arms.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. bernj

    The comments were closed for the article about the Mississippi inmate's comments about Obama. I find it interesting that CNN failed to mention that, among other things, the inmate, Dale Bishop, was mentally ill and actually asked to be executed. For the record....he was also Caucasian.

    It is sloppy reporting like this by CNN and others that appeal to the ignorant and racists. Unfortunately, some good hearted people also get swayed by this kind of stuff. The fact is Obama has stated time after time his position on the death penalty. He is not totally against it and, even though I personally am against the death penalty, I support

    July 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Typical Obamabots calling McCain a thrid Bush term. They fail to remember that John Kerry and the Democrats begged him to switch sides and run as their Vice President.

    Glenn Beck has been doing some amazing Journalism lately, I wish he would write and article on the '04 conversation between McCain and Kerry.

    July 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    In one they say the Hispanic vote is up but then he is losing I think they just want to pump up MC why? They are his base... these polls are hysterical...

    July 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Adam

    Rasmussen put out polls yesterday showing Obama ahead in Colorado by 7% and in Minnesota by 12%. Why does CNN ignore these polls? Oh well, they can ignore the underlying reality to pump up their ratings (like calling a 6% Obama lead "close") but it won't change the outcome.

    July 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Annoy the Media, say NO to Obama

    It's because these new polls don't count prison inmates!

    July 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. grandma in minnesota

    Why isn't anyone reporting what the Rasmussen Poll, also released today shows?

    Have you Obama haters even heard the mistakes McCain has been making lately? Or, do you all have a problem with Geography and History too?

    Lastly...One poll does not make a roll.

    July 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Let's see how the economy is in November...If "the whiners" vote for McSame after being insulted by his multi-millionaire crony, they deserve everything they get, in spades!

    July 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. EDW

    Close to 200,000 people went to hear Obama speak today, in BERLIN. The world loves this man.\

    Dems '08

    July 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. DD, New York

    I am kind of unsetled about Sen. Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe because his mindset seems to be that he is ALREADY President of the United States, at a point wherein the nomination as THE Democratic candidate has not even been awarded to him as of yet. Too presumptuous and too arrogant. It's downright scary. I rally don't believe it is in his place at this point in time be making such speeches overseas and he is overstepping his political boundaries. I apologize, but I cannot vote for him.

    July 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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