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. therealist

    Why is CNN ignorning the racial overtones of the conviensions first night? What, are racial slurs only new when spewed by white people??

    We the people of America want to know all the news., not just what deemed news worthy by liberals! Is CNN an agenda run media outlet too??

    August 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Joe Kiloz

    T O O,,,,,,,,,W I M P Y,,,,,,,,,I N,,,,,,,,F O R E I G N,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,P O L I C Y

    August 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Obama/Biden Change you Can Believe IN..

    A POW experience 41 YEARS ago........IN the 20th century DOES NOT qualify you to be Commander -in -Chief in the 21st centruy..

    John you do more the fill the American dream..


    Yes YOU DID...!!

    August 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. McCain=the draft

    Sorry to say, negative ads work, and McCain has been in overdrive with them. The average Joe takes them for face value. Anyone paying attention knows they are lies and distortions.

    Obama has to hit back hard. I hope he calls McCain out on all his lies in the debates, whenever he can. I also think the continual squeezing of the the POW card is growing old. Hopefully, people will start paying attention and wake up before it's too late.

    August 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. jen

    This poll is very good news for Obama even though McCNN would never say so. PA is very stable for Obama, he still leads in Ohio even after all of the smears and FL is still in play. Polls in this election are not capable of taking enthusiasm and turnout into account, plus where as McCain has basically peaked within his party Obama has not.

    August 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. LET IT GO

    Cnn you guys are very upsetting because of your biased news. Everyone gets it, we know you were in the tank fo Hillary that's fine. But please lets not forget Hill is OUT not because of OB because she got cocky and under esitmate the Obama team.Hillary could have easy got out of the primary when she knew it was mathmatical for her not to win. Hillary knew exactley what she was doing, She knew the Repubs where going to use all the lyes about obama that she spread in this fall election. Cnn if Hillary is thinking about running in 2012 she will lose. People will not forget what she did to Obama.

    August 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Theresa

    NOVEMBER–where are you??? Please hurry up. I can't take anymore of the nasty blogs and polls!

    August 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Glenn H.; Bakersville, NC.

    If by some miracle of a chance Sen. Obama were to lose the election, he should send a personal "Thank You" card to the Clinton's. They did more to help McCain than they did to support their own party. The all but wrote his attack strategy, and he's been very effective at using the Clinton script in the past weeks. I knew their "Scorched Earth" approach to campaigning was going to be a major contributor to a potential loss of this election.

    Sen. McCain should nominate Sen. Clinton as his running mate and seal the deal. It would be the biggest gaff in American history, and the Clinton supporters would eat it up like tripe.

    August 26, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. James From Chicago



    August 26, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. too bad, so sad

    its too bad that the democrats didn't talk about any issues or solutions. if that was the opening ceremony of the DNC, I'm done watching. How lame and boring. Oooooh, very touchy feely! –I DON'T CARE! How will you fix America?

    Anyone? anyone?

    Oh neither old party will. Retire the democrats and republicans and let them bicker amongst themselves. We want solutions!! Barr and Nader at least have a strong point of view. Barr has good polls. Why isn't CNN talking about that?

    August 26, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Morningstar

    The game is just beginning, so all of you supporters of 72 years old McOld don't start the victory dance yet. Obama knows how to fight against odds and most Americain are no so rich that they don't know how many houses they have; we will win this election.

    August 26, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Alex in TX

    PUMA Republicans are showing their true colors on these boards.

    Congrats on supporting an elitist party seeking to cut taxes on the ultra rich. By the way, the Ultra rich are not posting on these boards. If you are reading here, posting here, the Republican party isn't looking out for your best interest.

    As far as the claims as its not a "feminist" issue that keeps you from voting for Obama, you might want to look a little deeper in that soul of yours. McCain doesn't care in the least about Womens issues. Remember what he did to his first wife?

    August 26, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. jeanette from Charlotte

    It's pretty clear that the once peace loving, love your neighbor, America has vanished. It has been replaced by 8 years of hate mongering warmongering republicans.
    The Bush Administration has made people bitter (yes, bitter!), and people are stuck in a frame of mind that refuses to let them leave that bitterness. The republican administration has turned normal people in scared rabbits...scared rabbits that MUST rely on republicans to save them.
    Warmongering, hatemongering, and fearmongering, are what is running this republican election...throw in a little bit of racism and you've got a win for the McCain camp.
    I encourage people to come to their senses and vote Democratic – Vote Smart – Obama-Biden '08!

    August 26, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    When the DNC and GOP conventions have concluded, then and only then will one be able to apply demograhics trends with significant meaning. Poll trolls have a way of alarming the populace with a series of hobglobin numbers........Not yet, not yet.

    August 26, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Barbara from New York

    I also think that they are underestimating the college students.

    August 26, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. tight race

    it's tight race because the independents will decide the vote. McCain and Obama have nothing to offer.

    August 26, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. CitizenAJ

    I don't rely on these polls. I live in Northern Virgnina now but was born and raised in the Great State of Florida. It is republican. I never believed that any democrat had a lead in Florida. Old money and very conservative views. I never believed the polls showing Senator Obama with a lead in Ohio either.

    If the democrats, not Senator Obama, THE DEMOCRATS want ot win Ohio, they can. All they have to do is have Senator Clinton and former President Clinton campaign there with the aide of the current democratic governor, Strickland and democratic Senator, Evan Bayh, who was on the VP shortlist. If the DEMOCRATS, not Senator Obama, loose Ohio, they did not want a DEMOCRAT in the white house.

    August 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Debby

    Well the Dems. wanted Obama and they got him nothing more to say.

    August 26, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. rob

    with McCain your medical coverage is going to be taxed as income–so PUMA's vote for him

    August 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Tim, Seattle

    And what CNN is not telling you (typical) is that in that same poll, Obama is ahead in Pennsylvania by 7 points (up from 5).

    C'mon CNN. Tell all the truth not just the part that makes your ratings rise

    August 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Tim, mississippi

    i naver have time for unsolicited calls.

    CNN calls lonely old folks in nursing homes in deep south and

    parade the random answers to skewed questions by senile racists as "polls."

    yeah, we believe you, CNN.

    August 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Steve

    I respected McCain before this year, but all he's put out are idiotic attack ads with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Where are your ideas? What good is your "experience" if you have no plans for this country. At least Obama is coming up with some new ideas.

    Former Republican for Obama/Biden '08

    August 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Thomas

    "Presidential race tight in battleground states"

    Is this not the definition of a battleground state? A state where the race is tight?

    If the race were not close then it would not be a battleground state.

    Come on CNN, you used to be good. What happened to the old CNN?

    August 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. hillary supporter!!!

    obama is going to should be pretty clear to all of you obama supporters. though the younger generation thinks they will help him's the blue-collar working voters in the "rust belt states" that will never vote for an african american and will hand mccain the presidency.

    CLIINTON 2012!!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. JD

    Hillary supporters:

    Shut up. It's over. Barack won it, fair and square. If you think otherwise, you are wrong.

    August 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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