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. Andrea in Fl

    Let's talk about how Obama plans to fix the election; like he fixed the nomination. OR let's talk about how his fact finding trip, that WE pay for, turned into an overseas campaign stunt, that HIS CAMPAIGN should pay for. How about the way he can manipulate a crowd... like Hitler? All those stupid throngs of people...

    I agree with Jim: "Go McCain! No Obama! Good enough for the DNC and superdelegates. Hillary 2012"

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    "Shortly before the address began, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, chided Obama and said he'd rather give a speech in Germany as president than as a presidential candidate."

    McCain's camp is so sad…………………What a looser

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

    obama is a FRAUD!!!! – His entire campaign and this trip are all one big stage show. At least McCain is qualifed to lead our country – and does not act like a rock star at a concert – we need a leader and obama is NOT it!

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. LatinosforMcCain

    Joseph July 24th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

    July 24th, 2008 3:16 pm ET

    be careful what you wish for. When all the racial profiling starts and all us latinos get asked to show our papers because McCain will try and purge all latinos back to our native lands. In fact he has imposed stricter laws for a latino to even get a visa in Arizona…. go McCain my azz

    Listen Joseph you Moron you must be a Liberal the fact is that McCain will win the Latinos votes because we LATINOS can smell a RATON (RAT) and obama is not for the latinos!!! and that is a fact. By the way Latinos are not only mexican, latinos are all Hispanic like the Puertorican, Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, Dominican. Stop the Hate you racist!! Dem all they do is take Hispanic (Latinos) votes for granted but we are NOT Stupid we are going to vote to a true patriotic American Hero.

    Latinos for McCain

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Self-actualization and manifest destiny

    So any one who is voting for McCain is racist? Really? Talk about playing the race card card. I like Obama, but his disciples are friggin reverse racist morons.

    July 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Vigla

    Polls are not reliable now. People are still not paying attention. Give it a few months...

    July 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. NY State of mind

    July 24th, 2008 3:43 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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!


    If it looks like I already said it then post it!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Maxie

    McCain...It pathetic when your campaign has nothing else to talk about:
    1. Surge...It was WMD, remove the 'dictator' ....etc...etc.... what is the war? .......The soldiers EVERYTHING they've been asked to... YES! they're winning
    2. Off Shore Drilling... Get the facts right
    3. Attack.. Check the news ...he beat "dirty politics"

    July 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. 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.

    July 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Joe

    Now because McCain is winning or closing the gap the Obama freaks say that polls don't matter. You punks are pathetic. Obama is a loser no matter what. He thinks he is God.

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Jason - Chandler, Arizona

    Love My USA.... thats all you can do is copy a story?? how pathetic..

    McCain is treated with kid gloves by the media.. He is weak and feeble and needs to be steadied by nurse/wife Cindy every time he walks down stairs or steps. Yet the media doesn't mention that..

    They lambast Obama for every move he makes, yet when McCain can't even mention the Czech Republic correctly by saying Czechoslovakia twice that is allowed to slide right by.. McCain is too old to be president. He at least should have to take a driving test every year!! He will start WW3 and his actions and words Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb.. Iran are enough for me to not vote for the "Senior" Senator from my home state, He relocated here.... He has a lot of anger built up after his POW days..

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. from the desk of, DM of Texas

    Electing John McCain is just in the past. Let's re-elect George-John Bush-McCain if your happy with what's going on.....

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Veteran in Kansas

    Really does not say much for the polls.

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. PJ, Brookline, MA

    Well, whoever is attracted to a war monger, who wants to be in Iraq for 100 years more (even though Iraq officials wants us out now) and who did not care about Afganistan, AlQueda and Osama till two days ago (as a knee-jerk reaction to Obama's pervasively good judgement), who admits to be an economic amateur and computer illiterate, and so on - more power to them. I can just hope these polls are wrong, or we are all badly screwed after November.

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Don't bother to think - it's too hard

    Note that if you put in ALL the party candidates, Obama maintains his advantage, while McCain loses ground big time.

    That's because the so-called "McCain supporters" of these polls are actually voting AGAINST Obama, not FOR McCain. Given other choices, many don't choose McCain.

    The slanted nature of polls can be engineered to give any desired results. It's all in the wording and the included demographic.

    But the morons who believe polls aren't intelligent enough to have critical thought processes. It's (in the words of their leader) "TOO HARD"

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. J

    To Sheri:


    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Shannon in California

    McCain = Bush

    July 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Obama for President

    OK, two things.

    1) MN is a democratic state. It has been recently, it will continue to be into the future. Obama won the primary there 2-1 over Clinton and there's no doubt that he will win there.
    2) These polls only account for people with land line telephones. How many people under the age of 40 actually HAVE landlines anymore? Nobody. So the poll data is not an accurate reflection of a given state's tendencies – particularly with Obama's ridiculous edge over McCain with younger, more engagted, activist voters.

    July 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Damian

    how is it possible that Americans can vote for the guy that put them in shambles! If McCain gets in... it will be the end of the American age!

    July 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. gt

    i cant wait til the day after the election. going to be alot of sick people out there. the obama love fest is coming to a end fast .just wait and see.

    July 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Phil, FL

    Minnesota July 22 Obama 49, McCain 37
    These polls are hype. Go see for yourselves at electoral-vote.com. It is updated daily.

    July 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. The Patriot

    Substance over Hype.

    The Surge will Succeed.

    McCain '08

    July 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Bayou Joe

    You Obamabots can call me and the other McCain supporters whatevr you want to, Call us Racists, Call us Old Fashioned. Just remember that we are America and we are concerned about how and where our new President will take this Nation and what we leave for our children and Grandchildren. I have personally seen the type of government that Obama will bring to our country and frankly I don't care if he was blue, red, brown or mixed as he really is, I care about
    his ideology and I reject it outright.
    McCain may not be the answer, but he sure is better than the alternative. I want a President I can trust from Day one and not one that only speaks about patriotism and refuses to support our troops, refuses to salute my flag and has not served a single day in the
    military. And with no experience other than Chicago style politics.

    July 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Joe in NJ

    "I wonder how Michelle will decorate the White House – can't you just imagine the fabulous party they will throw on Jan. 20, 2009. I am waiting with baited breath!!!"

    Typical of the rock star/celebrity status people are giving Obama. Please see this man for what he is – a politician.

    July 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. MCR

    More good news for McCain
    DATE: 7-24-08

    FROM: A Member of Puma PAC. People United Means Action, the Voice of the Voters in the Democratic Party (http://blog.pumapac.org)


    The Logan Act, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953, states: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

    July 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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