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. Ian

    People have new found respect for McCain. He's the only candidate that can alter time and space with his mind. How else can you explain how he went back in time and started the surge earlier than we originally thought?

    July 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Rupert

    the more liberal media shows its bias the more of a chance that McCain will win. They will tell you the polls say Obama is a sure thing, but you watch and see who wins the election, again you will be able to thank CNN and stories being crammed down our throats by the likes of Soledad Obrien and Jesse Jackson.

    July 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Tim, Seattle

    @ Tejano "Take a poll among 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican Americans and you will see McCain has more than 80% of that vote"

    Wrong again, my friend

    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!

    Si se Puede

    Obama/BIden 08′

    July 24, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Richard

    hmmm, I see a very interesting trend developing here...

    The media blanket the air wave at how great the Obama race speech was and predicted a bounce but his numbers declined afterward.

    The media blanketed the air waves at how great the unity tour after the primary is and predicted a major bounce but his numbers remained the same.

    The media blanketed the air waves with this photo op overseas, touting how great it is and predicted a bounce but his numbers are steadily declining.

    I guess this media love affair is not working for Obama. My suggestion to Mccain is to keep on doing what you're doing. Appears that being the neglected, abused step child of the media in this general election is not such a bad thing after all. Again, I really shouldn't be so surprise because I found myself feeling a bit disgusted lately with the media bias also...guess most voters are experiencing the same.

    July 24, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Hispanos para Obama

    we are allowed a vacation. we will show up in numbers come november
    .you can count on this . are you better off today then 8 years ago?

    that will be the answer.

    July 24, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Candy West Virginia

    There is a news story regarding the interview with Katie Couric and John McCain. He made so many mistakes and factual misrepresentations and lied so much against Barack that they had to cut those parts out and the public saw an extremely edited version. John McCain is not fit to run this country and thank God that november is a while away so that he will have time for people to see his true colors. We are already starting to see them now but by then it will be common knowledge.

    July 24, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Brian

    Dear lord... a few statistical anomalies in a couple state polls and CNN reports it like McCain is taking the lead!

    This is the democrats' year. This is Obama time.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. San Francisco

    Anyone who says a McCain vote is from a racist is hiding behind there party. If someone from the GOP made a comment like Jessie Jackson did of Obama the ACLU would sue the country!

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Frank, Missouri

    UNBELIEVABLE! Do these people pay attention ? What about McCain's the surge before the surge nonsense ? Are there so many voters who cannot pay attention for longer than 4 seconds ? What have we become ?

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Scot

    If McCain is better than Obama, why aren't the polls in his favor, ever?

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. NC Dem Voter

    FINALLY!! The American public is waking up and realizing that McCain is the BETTER man for the job. Obama, although probably a nice guy, is certainly NOT Presidencial material and everyone KNOWS it.

    McCain is not Bush but McSame is better than NOBAMA.

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. The Patriot

    Obama said he was going to listen to the generals on the ground. Now he's not listening to Gen Petreus who's telling him that his timetable is a BAD idea.

    Obviously, if America elects this guy, they deserved someone who'll show Bush to be the best President of recent times.

    Substance over Hype.

    McCain '08

    July 24, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Obama 08

    No freaking way. Wisconsin and Minnesota are both Obama blue for sure. Colorado and Michigan are for Obama too, but not by as wide a margin.

    McCain should be focused on winning Arizona...his home state.

    July 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. The Patriot


    Thanks for standing by your convictions and conscience. You guys are what's good in America.

    McCain '08

    July 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Xavier---Virginia

    If people want a good idea of what is going on with the polls they shouldn't be looking to CNN, who wants this election to be a horse race so they can bilk it for billions. People should go to electoral-vote.com, fivethirtyeight.com and realclearpolitics.com.

    And anyone seriously considering voting for McCain needs to get their head checked. Keating 5? Thinks Iraq shares a border with Pakistan? Whining about a 'media bias' when the MSM never covers any of his horrible mistakes? Please. I don't want a sniveling, bellicose old man in the White House. He might bomb Russia in a fit of senile dementia.

    July 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Tim, Seattle

    @ annoy the media "It's because these new polls don't count prison inmates!

    I agree, we sure should be sure to count all those republicans doing time for there scandals, crimes and moral depravity.

    Obama 08'

    July 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. army

    John McCain isn't doing anybetter than yesterday or last week, factually he is doing much worst. THE POLLS ARE RIGGED by the MSM in favor of creatingthe appearance of a competition. everyone knows John McCain will NOT BE PRESIDENT! John McCain is a Zombie and what country will elect a ZOMBIE to represent them, surely NOT A SUPER POWER. McCain does not present, neither strength, conviction, judgement or leadership...for the MSM to act as if he does is a disgrace to the World and America. The Republicans could have done much better, that is why I a a Military/Republican Active Duty Soldier will VOTE FOR OBAMA. McCain will never become President, he is ridiculous!

    July 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. New Voter for McCain

    After the stupid speech today by Nobama, which bordered on treason, these numbers will continue to rise.
    I still predict a landslide win by McCain. What a shame the DNC selected the candidate rather than letting the people elect who they thought was the best candidate.
    Oh well I will vote McCain

    July 24, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Brenda

    Well I just couldn't believe it... McSwain ?????

    July 24, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. The Patriot

    "This is our time, this is our moment"

    This has been used more than the term Flip Flopper. It has begun to hurt now. Can you please find something else now? Oh yeah find something thats someone else has written and use it as your own.

    Substance over Hype.

    McCain '08

    July 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Emiel

    Fact 1: Last week CNN reported both were statistically tied.
    Fact 2: CNN reports today that McCain improved.
    ========= +
    According to CNN McCain is ahead in the polls now.

    Right, CNN? Hello? Anybody home?

    July 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Open Your 3rd Eye

    I still cant believe that many Americans are that dumb. They complain about the current administration's policies, but will vote for another 4-8 years of them?


    If McCain wins I'm leaving the country, seriously. I wouldn't be able to look any of you in the eyes without feeling the urge to shove my foot up your a–

    July 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Maureen

    I can't believe the people in the US are trying to decide between Barack Obama and John McCain. No decision here people, WAKE UP, Obama is probably one of your last chances to save at least a little face on the world stage.
    You people are unbelievable.
    Bush and McCain are cut from the same cloth. Sure McCain might have been a prisoner of war but that does not make him qualified to lead the free world and that is obvious when you listen to him talk IF you can listen, he is so boring and dry.

    July 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. LatinosforMcCain

    HAHAHAHAHAH Latinos wake up we can smell a RATON (RAT) Iin obama.

    Latinos for McCain 08

    July 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Canadian black man for Obama.

    CNN what a way to bring McCAin in the news again.

    Why not McCain has been campaigning while Obama is away, but all that will change soon. I know that for a fact.

    Hey whinners please dodn't jump on every news you hear out there, because you may be disappointed or hurt your feelings

    I still strongly believe this is our year, this is our time to move the barrier and to move the division between us. Obama will be our nex President of the UNITED STATE OF AMERICAN come January 2009.

    God Bless American.

    July 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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