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. Griff

    The Saplings are coming! Old-Oak John, getting ready for rebirth...

    July 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. McLAME

    LOL @ PUMA

    Just a little bitter bitter are we? These morons would elect W over Obama just because "their girl" ran a really stupid race.

    July 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. J

    The poll is absolute BS, and CNN is full of BS for reporting it. There is no way in hell any publication owned by Rupert Murdoch will report the truth about where things stand in the race between Barack Obama and John McFool. So the Wall Street Journal's contribution to this poll is absolutely useless. The Washington Post is typical of most European American publications – conservative in there coverage of African-Americans.

    July 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. NoMcSame

    Soon Obama will be back to handle you McSame as Bush. You are OLD and washed up. You depend on Depends to help you to save face. You Beck and the rest will have 8yrs to cry and another 8 after Hillary gets in. We are lovin it. Only a FOOL would vote for 4 more yrs of McBush. You and you ilk are outta here old boy.

    July 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Hillary Backer for McCain

    As long as we get CO, MI and OH Mack should clinch it ! Florida will turn for McCain, the north Florida is nice dark red!!
    McCain / Romney

    I like Romney, you can't spell Romeny without "MONEY"

    July 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. NW Washington

    I really have to question the validity of these poles. The media needs to have a close race to keep people interested in watching their progamming and the Republicans need to have an appearance of a close race so it is not as abvious when voting machines flip the results of fail and the thousands of lost ballots turn the election in McCains favor. You Think?

    July 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. LATINA for OBAMA(nj)

    OBAMA 08!!!



    July 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    Hmmm. Maybe the adults are starting to wake up. Maybe people are deciding that they don't want a rock star for President of the United States. Not that Obama's world tour isn't impressive. But maybe good looks, a Tom Cruise smile and beautifully rehearsed sound bites are a better match for Hollywood than Washington.

    July 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    How has McCain gotten a bump in the polls when he has been cast in the shaddows of His Highness Nobama during his rock star tour?

    July 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Steph

    I can't get over the comments from Obama's followers – can't you understand that people can disagree with Obama's polcies? I'm not a racist and am sick of you saying so – it's just that I have actually READ Obama's policies on his website (give it a try!) and have realized that with what he wants to do I"ll go from the 24% tax bracket to the 99.9% tax bracket with nothing coming back to me but a $1000 tax credit. Not a good trade off.

    July 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Claudia

    McCain is frusturated, people know it and are attempting to ease some of his pain. I support Obama but don't like pity be a deciding factor because McCain created his own problems. Instead of McCain focusing on Obama, he should have been addressing real issues but he chose to use his supporters funds to spotlight Obama. McCain is using the same tactics Bush used in both terms and now he wants a third term.

    July 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. EBC

    HA! HA! Who the hell is doing these polls, you just gotta laugh at them because they are too funny. These polls are about as accurate as John McCains memory. Anyone who truly buys into these foolish polls are truly laughable.

    July 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Iron MAN

    "After the unpopularity of George W. Bush, the world is waiting to love America again, and many see in Obama, with his youth and his optimism, somebody who can bring that about."

    why are we soooo dumb to vote in 4 more years?

    July 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Vote Nader

    J S Ragman July 24th, 2008 3:16 pm ET

    For McCain to even be close in this race is truly an indication of how uninformed, ignorant, and racist that this country really is.


    It couldn't be that ~44% of the public finds Sen. McCain more in line with their views. No, they're uniformed, ignorant and racist according to you.

    Most people are in the center or slightly to the right. Sen. McCain is about as close as you can get to that.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    July 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. LatinosforMcCain

    Latinos wake up and open your eyes WHY is it that obama has not visit South America, Central American, the Carribean and the rest of the Latin Nation, WAKE UP we can smell a RATON (RAT) in obama he is not for the Hispanic community!!!! looks at the polls lately McCain is going up and Obama is going down!!!!

    Latinos for McCain!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. ET from OMAHA

    They might have just called some rural areas full of racist bigots republicans.
    Lough McSame, Lough out loud. The MSM is looking for rating and if the gap is too much no more news to cover. Trying to make the race exciting. You will be so suprise in november.

    July 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Ian MacIsaac

    Meh, statistical noise. They just want a horse race. Yawn.

    July 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Mike



    THE SAME!!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Matt: honestly

    Hmm. How come McCain supporters are not like "Where's the beef? I want to hear McCain's plan. He is all talk and no action." Guess what? all he has done is trash Obama while Obama was not even around to defend himself! His argument has been "I am right he is wrong" ok....why?

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Phil, FL

    Just more hype trying to rile the voters to get ratings up. Go to electoral-vote.com and check for daily updates.

    Obama can't possibly drop that much when compared to a man that can't find his own state on a map.

    Go Obama '08

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Mike Cobb, CA

    I suspect that any recent gains show by McCain are the result of the increasingly nasty ads and personal attacks that he is directing at Obama. The spirit of Karl Rove has infected the McCain campaign, where, just in the last week, he has virtually accused Obama of being treasonous. Another reason is that the press lets McCain get away with political murder ... he charge 'flip flopper', and it gets press, with no comment about his many egregious changes in position ... he gets his facts wrong and it is treated as no big deal ... he says things that are just plain not true, and is rarely called on it ... an more. Attack ads, negative campaigning, and a too friendly press ... it is a wonder Obama still has a lead. When will American voters wake up and stop rewarding negative campaigning?

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Anyone but these 2

    We need to tell the Republicans and the Democrats that neither of them are getting the job done. We can scrap the next 4 years, because we're doomed to have a bad president. The best thing we can all do is pick a third party candidate (or independent) and vote for him/her. We won't win, but we will be heard, and our big parties will have to respond next time around. I'm leaning towards Nader (polling at 5%, though the news won't report that), but there's also Barr (Libertarian, polling at 5% also) and McKinney (Green, not sure where she's polling). If all of these could get 10%, then Washington would understand that we are angry enough to ACT ON IT. THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO UNITE OUR COUNTRY.

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. RyanD.

    CNN picks and chooses whichever polls make a better storyline.

    Fall landslide is an inevitability, but it doesn't sell papers or advertising slots.

    Obama 08'

    July 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    You can make the numbers look good or bad for each candidate...it is way too early to be worrying about them on a daily basis at this point. I will start paying more attention to them after the conventions. Right now, it is all just luck and happenstance!

    July 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Greg

    Funny the poll for the 24th in Minnesota by Rasmussen has Obama +13 in Minnesota.

    July 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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