August 26th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
15 years ago

Presidential race tight in battleground states

DENVER (CNN) - The race for the White House is as close in some of the key battleground states as it is nationally.

Quinnipiac University polls out today in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania are an indicator of just how tight the battle stands right now between John McCain and Barack Obama.

The survey suggests that the Arizona senator has a four point lead, 47 to 43 percent, over Obama in Florida. Last month Obama had a two point lead in the state that decided it all back in the 2000 election.

In Ohio, the Quinnipiac University poll puts Obama up by one point, 44 to 43 percent, over McCain, down from a two point lead in their last survey. That’s a statistical dead heat.

The Illinois senator has a 49 to 42 percent advantage in Pennsylvania. That seven point lead is unchanged from last month.

The surveys in the three states, which have a combined 68 electoral votes, were conducted from August 17 to 24, which was partially before and after Obama’s naming of Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.

The state surveys show what we are also seeing nationally, that the race between McCain and Obama and is basically all tied up. Our latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll out earlier this week had the race deadlocked at 47 percent. The CNN survey was taken entirely after the naming of Biden as Obama’s running mate.

“Given all of the obstacles facing the Republican Party this year, John McCain has to be pleased. The race for the White House up for grabs,” says CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Polls
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Roberta, NC

    The Obama girls were awesomely cute and Ted Kennedy's appearance at the
    Convention was certainly worth seeing. Other than that there is nothing in
    the WORLD that would make me vote for Obama in November. He was railroaded
    into the nomination and the Democrats left their strongest candidate and
    most of the Democratic voters hanging out to dry.

    As a Hillary supporter I can honestly say that MOST of the pundits and MSM
    do not get it at all...why I and many others will now vote for John McCain.
    It has nothing to do with being "bitter" and nothing to do with being
    "female". And it certainly has nothing to do with race!

    It has everything to do with words matching action and the ability to lead
    the United States of America during very dangerous times. There is a
    disconnect between Obama's words and his actions. I do not trust him to
    manage the many everchanging crisis' both foreign and domestic.

    The Democrats chose a losing candidate again and Joe Biden will only
    accentuate the lack of experience that the party has offered up to

    Enthusiastically voting for McCain !

    August 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. baby mama

    all slipping away for the Dems

    NOBAMA 08

    August 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Tired of W, OH

    If McCain would give Hillary equal pay for writing his campaign strategy it would allow her to retire her debt!

    But we all know that McCain doesn't support women's rights and equal compensation....

    You do know that, right PUMA?

    August 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. therealist

    Why is CNN ignoring the racial slurs that were hurled by Obama's GodFather lastnight? Is America suppose to believe that CNN reports the news or makes the news??

    August 26, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Terry from GA

    Do any of these Polling companies include people who only have cell phones?

    August 26, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. James From Chicago


    Is Opra crying because Obama is not 20 points ahead?

    Obama is a joke and his supporters better get used to the idea
    he is going to loose.

    August 26, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Nancy

    HAHA. … Obama is losing on polls and he will lose in the general election. I can't wait for the democratic to learn its lesson by losing. You Obama supporters, karma will get your candidate when he stole the nomination without winning it fair and square. Speaking of comparing Bush and Mccain, I can see more similarity between Bush and Obama!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Spencer from VA

    The polls don't give accurate numbers. I really don't believe Obama is neck to neck with that other guy.

    August 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Jim

    These polls don't take the college students into account, they will be out in full force this electon cycle, me among them. I cannot wait! I've never voted in my life, and I'm more anxious than ever. I am a blue state thought but I will still vote even if it is solidly blue, I want the popular vote to sore over the republicans this time around. There will be no question so they can't steal the election like they did in November because the popular vote will be enormous for Dem's this time around. College students lets take back our future!

    August 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Wayne

    I think McCain is actually going to win this election. I didn't at first, I do now.

    August 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Franky

    Like I said, we got for the other ones, there are a bit complex. Is subject to change...

    I should just cash in my bet slip on Penn, LOL!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. kathy in ohio

    obama going down i love it
    mccain 08

    August 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. ml

    agree with Roberta. Fully.

    August 26, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Right Angle

    Obama doesn't even know what city he's in, how can he lead??
    You were in Kansas City last night Obama, not St. Louis, your 7 year old daughter knew better!! That's in Missouri, state 57, just in case you forgot that too.

    August 26, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. galactic def klingon

    The reason the polls are so close is:

    25% of us don't really want to elect either one of them.....

    August 26, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Karen Raleigh

    Last night was great -now if the dems cans say goodbye to the clintons the dems stand a good chance of winning–there are too many people who dont like them –Carville doesnt know what hes talking about -why does cnn have him.. on Thanks, Karen

    August 26, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Bulldog

    McCain will draft your children and grandchildren to go to war with Iran, Russia and everyone else who disagrees with him. He loves war, that's all he talks about. He was a bigger pusher of the Iraq war then George Bush was.

    August 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. ObamaAllTheWay

    Young voters are not included in this polls, this just desgned to decieve the American people. The only Poll that counts is in Nov 4th.

    August 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Judgement over Experience

    Most people in this country, not all but most, realize that with mccain they will have another war in addition to the Iraq war, our envirnment in shambles, continued tax cuts for corporations and more corruption. If you want drill, Iraq, surge than vote for Mccain. If you want a change in a better direction vote Obama/Biden!

    August 26, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    America start to wake up. No HRC - NO obama.

    August 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Sammy

    Its only August and the Democrats havent gotten mean enough yet. Everyone knows negative advertising works and so far in that area McCain has them beat. Once their convention is done there are several things about McCain to focus on that they have not touched yet.

    August 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. sherry for Obama




    August 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Brian

    These polls are all fabricated to make the race look a lot closer than it actually is. Obama/Biden is gonna whoop McSame/Bush!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. dave g, Minneapolis

    The race IS close. And CNN is failing to report on the reason: Large amount of undecideds and you have "Hillary for McCain" and "repubs for Obama".

    This year the Libertarian party has a strong candidate and are stumping on lower taxes, individual rights and freedom, ending the war and making government smaller. Given that, college students, centrists, and undecideds who are sick of the big government of Dems AND Republicans are going to Bob Barr. His poll numbers are growing faster than Obama or McCain as the public realizes that the Old Parties have nothing new to offer.

    August 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. R.I.F.

    Since when is 7 points a "tight" race as is Obama's lead in PA. If that's the case, then why don't you report the fact that a poll came out two days ago that only has McCain up by 6 points in his own state of Arizona. Also, according to a poll from yestarday McCain is only up by 3 in North Carolina and only up by 6 in Indiana which both are supposed to be red states? The media, owned by large corporations looking to maximize shareholder wealth, is doing everything it can to make this a "tight" race.

    August 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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