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. Raymond Duke

    John McCain is not really doing nothing special to stay as close as he is to Obama. It is what that argonant anti – american self – centered black racist and his friends and wife are doing that keeps John McCain so close. When you go around acting like you are some kind of "GOD" having your wife , your reverend, your domestic terriost friends and your staff reffering to anybody that did not vote for you in the primarys as uneducated gun toting bible thumping racist and his surrgoate calling white people "crackers". I can understand people leaning more to John McCain.

    July 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Dr. Bob

    Let me be the first to say........Mr. President McCain!!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Tim, Seattle

    No idea what CNN is doing here. Except for making it sound closer than it is.
    Like someone on this forum told me, now I am telling you, go to RealClearPolitics or Pollster and look at the all the polls, you will find the ones mentioned here are anomolies.

    CNN is is using the wrong numbers too make it look close folks. Look at these other sites and you will see for yourself. Be sure to also look at how Obama is trending, which is up.

    Look at Austin's post above, he has the numbers right.
    C'mon CNN, you can do better than that in trying to make it seem close for your summer ratings

    July 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    Uh-oh... Folks in Minnesota must have read Nobama's one page resume. Either that or folks are starting to demand hard facts rather than listen to pretty speaches.

    July 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Biffington, Biff

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

    Because the media is all owned by a total of 5 conservative families.
    and they NEED the race to be percieved as close...

    mark my words.... it ain't gonna be close at ALL.

    July 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Chuck

    What if the poll takers contacted by phone 1,500 people who lean republican and who the majority are already supporting McCain. What if the poll takers contacted by phone 1,500 people who lean democrat and who the majority are already supporting Obama? You people know that polls are not accurate and that the +/- error number is a number taken out of the air. The only accurate poll in Colorado, MN or any other State would be a poll that polled every single registered voter in the State. Ask yourselfs why it is that so many polls are so different and far off from other polls. The answer is simple. It depends on who the poll takers contact at the time. There is no accurate or viable +/- error number and any poll taken tomorrow can be significantly different then a poll taken today.

    July 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Biffington, Biff


    July 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Dem for McCain

    HAAAAAAAAA.....I love it. I hope Dean, Pelosi, Reid, Brazile and the kool-aid drinking Dems are kicking themselves in the arse! LOL.....see where all that hatred & bias towards Sen. Clinton got ya!

    YOUR GONNA LOSE!! Florida will go to McCain too!! The empty suit can go back to Chicago and make all the lofty speeches he wants to. This man thinks he's King of the entire world.

    We said all along Clinton was the stronger nominee. Blame yourselves, the DNC, and the media when you lose in November.

    July 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Clark Shaffer

    How many times did polls project Hillary to be a "big winner" in various primaries in which she actually won with low margins or completely lost? Polls, at best, are marketing tools used to guage sentiment "at the moment" and relative to specific criteria. They don't truly mean ANYTHING.
    It will however continue to strike me as very amusing to hear argument that "Obama has no experience". Point to anything, other than his 4 years as govenor of Texas, that GWB ever did. He didn't serve in any branch of the federal government, was a dismal failure as a businessman, and has the IQ of an eggplant (no insult intended to eggplants). Excuse me, I'll give a Professor of Constitutional Law, and Senator more credit than Bush, Clinton or even our beloved Ronnie RayGun.
    People in this country need to get a grip on and learn the definition of "Leader" and "Leadership". Relative those two words, Obama is truly the only candidate in this race!

    July 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. HB


    Barack Obama is a true leader and you can spin it however you want there has not been a national figure with his ability in a LONG time. He is the REAL thing....

    All John Mccain can do is throw the kitchen sink at Barack. Where is John's substance? He is not a leader. He is being led by the NEO Cons and quite frankly they are terrible. They could care less about the American public all they care about is winning and pushing thier agenda.

    July 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. NY State of mind

    cnn you go to far, to put the post from(Love My USA) with no pruff for all the world to read is an outrage. so let me have mine!



    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Who goes by polls they are wrong and MCSAME is wrong for this country, the poll doing primary show Hillary was in the lead look what happen Obama won

    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Terry

    John McCain has over 20 years of experience in politics, so why isn't he clobbering Barack in the polls? It's because the american people are tired of the same old politics.

    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. To Sheri

    the polls are so close because there are a lot of stupid, ignorant, bigoted people in the USA – they are called "low information voters" They are probably part of the stupid 60 million people who voted for Bush!! I cried for 3 weeks when Bush got re-elected – partly because I could not believe I lived in a country that had so many stupid citizens. I pray to God that we don't do it again.

    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. R.I.F.

    Love My USA July 24th, 2008 3:27 pm ET

    That is a fake article that MAUREEN DOWD never wrote. Some PUMA or right wing hack wrote it and posted it on all the hate obama websites. It's just like the Michelle – Whitey lie that was posted. Anyone who reads Maureen Dowd's columns, which definitly wouldn't be your brainless bunch, knows how she writes and her style and this is not it. Try reading before you post this stuff. CNN, I can't beleive that you let this fake peice be put on your ticker.

    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Billy

    I would not be surprise if we see tomorrow that the polster make some errors and then have to reverse the number again..LOL

    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Biffington, Biff

    What "mccain 08" was saying is that polsters 'cant' call this demographic, precisely because their cell phones ARE their main phones.

    pollsters only call people's house phones..... thus, the limited and skewed results.

    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Marc PDX

    To those of you that are doing this, stop calling McCain "McWar". And stop calling his supporters racists. You threw R-Bombs at all of Hillary's supports for months. Just because someone is not voting for Obama does not make them a racist! And Obama is not anti-war (are you reading any of these articles?). He plans to get out of Iraq and send more troops into Afghanistan. American soldiers will still be killed and wounded – probably in greater numbers (in Afghanistan) than they are now as a result of escalating the war with the Taliban and Al Queda. War is war. No one likes it. And Obama will continue the war on terror (he is FOR that war, not against it). So check your facts and get out of dreamland!

    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Tim, Seattle

    @ LAtinos for McCAin

    Just so you know, poll out today has Hispanics 64% for Obama and only 23% for McCAin. Sorry to ruin your fantasy. Thanks for playing, though!

    Obama/BIden 08'

    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. not important

    If McCain wins the everybody will sign bomb bomb bomb Iran. I bet McCain think that he is funny?

    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    After the way Mccain has been acting and lying lately I would be surprised if he gets any votes at all. He won't even make it until November at the rate he's going.

    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. If Obama does not win

    Oh boy, look out if he does not win. It wil be because he is "black" and we are all racist. I am surprised that we are not being threatened like we were in the primary that if he does not become the nominee "Obama supporters will take to the streets". If Obama does not win it will be because he is not experienced enough to hold the highest office – President of the USA – not because he is black. He has had a lot of help from the dem. party and the media and unions, etc. etc. etc. If he does not win, it will be his fault not anyone else. Although, all of you will put the blame on everyone else for sure. To bad, like you told us Hillary supportes, move on and get over it.

    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. MD

    Let him gain in the polls. It will only cause us Obama supporters to become more mobile and work harder. John McCain won't win in November. It's only July.

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Denise

    This is why I am not voting for Obama:

    "only racist people will vote for this loser"

    It's more than a little frightening when you are called a racist just for not voting for a black man. The Democratic party has really lost its way. I don't believe he is qualified for the job. I believe he is a dirty politician and a snake oil salesman. He doesn't inspire me. I don't like his smug and condescending personality. THAT is why I'm not voting for him.

    McCain '08 Clinton '12

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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