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. Calling on Independents, TX

    Our country is truly dumb. I thought 2004 election was a fluke. If it was for any other country, Obama would be leading by 30%. We are STUPID and RASICTS and we will eventually get what we deserve..

    OBAMA 08

    July 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Billy

    I believe most PUMA people are actually republicans just trying to stir division because they have nothing else. I just don't see how any person with the values of a democrat could even fathom letting someone like McCain into the WH when his views are sooo far removed from their own. Even the bitterness of not having "their" candidate be nominated couldn't override their intrinsic values.

    July 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Bayou Joe

    I have been asking on these blogs for the past 3 months about the fund raising issues another blogger has posted here. This kind of money can only come from Overseas sources, which are illegal contributions. An investigation of these sources needs to be launched by independent parties. If it is indeed coming from outside the United States we the public need to know. We know the Muslim
    world supports Obama and it appears that the other Socialist Nations do so too. So let's find out where is the money coming from to support this Marxist candidate.

    July 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Kiah

    Old lying white man ALWAYS trumps inspiring new black ANYTHING!

    Welcome to America folks, land of opportunity if your race is right...only here can a man out right LIE about every HISTORICAL fact regarding a controversial war, attack w/o merit or honor, while the other man is received internationally like the world leader he is, talks of hope and change for a flailing America and answers every negative with a position. And still old white lying man still has a chance.

    Obama '08 & '12

    July 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. ProundToBeDemocrat

    How many times do you have to report this everybody already heard it.

    July 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Rob

    this poll must be junk or people are gullible enough to listen to McCain and actually believe what he says. It's all rhetoric and fact twisting and lies. The old school fear rubbish the repugs have been slinging for years. When will people learn and get a grip on reality?

    July 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Sheri

    If Obama is sooooooo great why are the polls so close?

    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Nancy

    PUMA for McCain? PUMA for anyone but Obama?
    I don't get it. Why exactly were you supporting Hillary? Not, apparently, because of anything she stood for.

    And as I remember it, McCain goaded Obama for NOT travelling abroad.
    You really need to examine your motives.

    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    I like this news... it'll get people to really come out for obama.... i think McCain is a representation of old (no pun intended) thinking and a reflection of the modern Republican "leadership....

    i say Let Obama look like the underdog...

    look at the primaries... underdogg & or FrontRunner... he still wins!


    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. CLINTON 08 VP



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


    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    Jim Hall

    OK Jim because the best way to run a successful business is to make your product unaffordable by anyone, how stupid are you obamabots anyways?

    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Why are Americans so stupid?

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Greg

    CNN should change its name to article-only-about-obama-and-black-race-issues.com ... what a joke... if you switched every word "black" with "white" on the website everyone would be up in arms and boycotting cnn... thats the problem with race in america today

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. James Hussein, SC

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    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Greg

    I smell a fish! This new poll is the Quinnapiac in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington post two completely partisan right wing rags. Who did the poll?

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    vote for mccain, let's see just how badly we can destroy a once-great country! come on, it'll be so much fun!

    actually i think neither of them will win, go read up on the presidential directive bush signed in may 07. it grants almost complete power to the president in the event of a national emergency, and this is declared by THE PRESIDENT!!!

    NSPG-51 & HSPD-20. read it and then ask yourself WHY? why would he sign that? is there even one legitimate reason for it? NO!

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Time for progress.

    If McCain wins, I'll be the first to expatriate.

    My sanity, our pocketbooks, the climate, and our lives can't afford a 3rd term of Bush's regime.

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Marc PDX

    What is especially strange about this is that right now Obama should be gaining on McCain. He's on a highly publicized tour of Europe and the Middle East with all the major news networks' anchors present. And this election is coming after a very unpopular Republican presidency. And no debates have taken place yet. Obama should be ahead by double digits and climbing. I'm happy to see that America is seriously considering whether Obama is really ready to be our President – especially with the terror and energy (to name only two) crises at our doorstep. Now, if we can only get the main stream media to pay some attention to McCain (besides when he has a gaffe) and what he is saying in his town hall forums then America may start getting enough real information (and not just spin) about both candidates to make informed decisions. I certainly don't want the MSM to pick our next president for us!

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Jon in WA

    a McCain victory is another coup for the politics of fear.

    I'm tired of politicians shoving fear down my throat to get me to vote for them. I don't feel any more or less safe than 9/11. You'd have to be loony to think a terrorist will target the local Wal-Mart or Petco and that our government can insulate us from any and all danger.

    July 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Biffington, Biff

    that was the most schizofrenic description of Obama i have ever read.

    so, did he adopt Bush's policies, or is he a Marxis...

    pick one lie, and stick to it...

    July 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Typical White Person

    Hey Bots! Remember your mantra during the primaries?

    It's the delegates that count!

    July 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Lucy

    The worst thing that could happen to Nobama is another 3.5 months until election day. He will continue to be his own worse enemy. PUMAs unite!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Susan

    Enough of the stupid polls already. It is only July!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Us liberals

    McCain doesn't stand a chance... He is the one who's confused! Standing in front of a cheese case yesterday.........

    Oh my!

    Debate the 'Surge' and define it however you wish – it doesn't change the fact that the American people were LIED into the war in Iraq and that thousands have needlessly lost their lives for that LIE!

    I am so utterly sick of the McCain camp's antics and false attacks on Obama! They are doing another version of Hillary's kitchen sink thing this week – but they're not as skilled at it!!!!!!!!!

    It didn't work then and it won't work now!

    There are no winners in war – there is only LOSS!

    I can only hope that McCain the warmonger experiences an awakening after meeting with the Dalai Lama...

    July 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    and dont forget bush's comment about how great a dictatorship would be "as long as i am the dictator."

    July 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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