August 26th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
13 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. Linda from Minnesota

    The thing that makes me sad is the absolute venom coming from the McCain, Clinton and Obama supporters. I don't get any of this negativity and hatred. Like Michelle said last night, you respect people even if you don't know them and disagree with them. Didn't anyone teach you anything? What is wrong with all you people?

    August 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Pam

    What state isn't a battleground state? Any state that's mentioned is called a battleground state by the media.

    August 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Debra

    I dont know who they are polling. Some of the polls are online and don't include many of the elderly who did not grow up with computers. So if you Obama supporters think the polls are skewed in McCains favor because of the teenyboppers not being in school, then you may want to rethink. The polls may have always been skewed in Obamas favor anyway because of how they were conducted.

    August 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Debby

    Hey Jim Kerry counted on the college students to and look what happened. I heard Bruce Springstein is going to play at the Denver Stadium Thurs. night no wonder its a full house.

    August 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Marge Hibbing Mn

    And the closer it gets to the GE it won't be close anymore obama will be so low in the polls and McCain is going to beat him so bad he will never run for any position again.

    August 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Debra

    Did you know that Obama is considered to be the most liberal Senator in Washington? Do you know who the second most liberal Senator is??? Biden. 95% and 94% voting record to vote extreme liberal respectively.

    August 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. SAGG

    It's August. Call me back in late October. Long ways to go.

    August 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. KATHLEEN

    NO to McDraft. Yes to raising the minimum wage. Those people
    can only afford GASOLINE to drive to work!!!!!! Hello Billions to Wal-Mart.

    August 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. RG

    Thank You Hillary. As a Republican, I never thought I would ever type those words. Billary is going to make the Republicans winners this year. A year ago I would have bet everything on us losing, but thanks to Hillary we are going to WIN!. I was worried when it became clear that Obama would be chosen. Hillary would have lost in a landslide in November. Just when the golden boy Obama started looking good, Hillary steps in and just trashed him more than any Republican could have. Thanks for all the soundbites Hillary.

    No You Can't

    Will this make it past the Pro-Obama CNN censors?

    August 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Sal

    if the polls weren't close, how would the news programs get ratings?

    August 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Craig- Easton, PA

    Excluding Clinton's Rush Limbaugh inspired votes, it is incomprehnsible to me how someone who would vote for Senator Clinton could possibly support a man who does not support universal health care, equal pay for equal work for women, has pledged to appoint only anti-choice conservative judges, and only wants to continue provide additional tax breaks to the wealthy and the so-called "US" corporations. And regardless of whether or not McCain was right about the surge tactics employed in Iraq, the thing is that he still thinks it was a good use of American lives and money to go into Iraq in the first place. Given that McCain also has more "experience" than Clinton herself, what exactly was the reason you supported her in the first place?

    August 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. AN ARMY WIFE

    I AM SO SICK & TIRED YOU PEOPLE WITH YOUR NEGATIVE BLOGS....YOU WOULDN'T VOTE FOR OBAMA IF HE WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE ON THE TICKETS CAUSE ALL YOU PEOPLE DO IS SEE COLOR INSTEAD OF THE PERSON....

    AND THIS IS AMERICA? WOW NO WONDER THE OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ARE LAUGHING AT THE US BECAUSE THEY KNOW PEOPLE HERE ARE TOO BIGOTED TO LOOK AT THE POLICIES AND WHAT EFFECTS THEM....

    MAY GOD BLESS US ALL CAUSE THE HATEFUL SPIRIT OF AMERICAN WILL BE OUR END....

    August 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. a, holley

    McCain is not going to win. Republican do not like him at all. He is a lame duck.

    August 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Sure whatever

    it will get down to people going to vote and those who stay at home. Polls that are almost never right, besides the election is months away, anything could happen between now and then, you know politics as usual, swiftboating, blah blah. I wish the poll people would be blocked from calling, they can really be annoying. Folks will say whatever over the phone, then they will do something different behind closed doors, scary you betcha.

    August 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Jim

    Despite all the polls and focus on candidates' personalities, race, experience, backgrounds, etc., voters will make a simple choice:

    Do I want more of the same – "STATUS QUO:; or do I want a better and improved America – "CHANGE"?

    Status quo = record-breaking deficit, Iraq occupation costing $10 billion monthly, overextended military, weak economy, mortgage, housing and health crises, loss of world's respect, govermment by cronies and lobbyists, etc. i.e. McCain.

    Change = tax and fiscal reforms, end to Iraq occupation, re-deployed and strengthened military, rational solutions for economy, housing, energy, health care, education, etc., respect from world leaders, open government, etc. = Obama.

    August 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Unity

    This has be because of the color of Obama skin....

    I cannot believe people are doing that good to have 4 more years of another Bush...

    How can the Democrats put McCain in office?

    Democrats please do not like the GOP use us or divide our party... This Is Our Party- Our Time To Shine!!!

    NO MORE GOP- Destroying our lives....

    August 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Ed

    Thanks, DNC, for screwing it up yet again. What's the matter? Are you afraid of success?

    August 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Jim

    The college vote will break the tie!! Woohooo, I cannot wait to vote in November!!!

    August 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. leon

    I agree with Roberta NC we do not trust Obama and his words and promises do not match his record and actions that is why we will not support him.

    we want a real change from within the Democratic Party starting for selsecting a new Chairman and changing primary rules: no cacusues, not punhishing of states who have the right to vote whenever they want because we do not agree that some states should have a better opportunity to decide who should be the nominee. Reform that means the Democratic leadership does not impose his candidates using superdelegates. WE want a real democratic party and Obama does not represent that

    August 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. No More Taxes

    Since the past eight years under Bush have been so productive, i.e., more jobs, less job loss, lower taxes, lower priced consumer goods, lower medical costs. I am looking forward to four more of the same with McCain. I cannot afford being taxed on more of my $250,000+ salary nor do I care how much more those who make quite a bit less than I pay. I have never been better off in my life than I am now and don't want that to change. No Mr. Obama, just because I can afford to take a tax hit with no problem doesn't mean that I want to. I worked hard to be where I am today and no one is going to take more of my hard earned money.

    August 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. California Matriarch

    Obama and McCain are neck-and-neck in all the polls. You Obamabots are gonna cry on November 4th, and I'll be right there to watch you. Karma is a cool dude.

    August 26, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Mc'Obam'iden

    all the same.
    lame. lame. lame.

    If you're happy and you know it stomp your feet.
    If you're happy and you know it then your vote will surely show it
    when you vote for McCain and Obama you'll be beat.

    they will take your hard earned money
    they will do something funny
    but for you it won't be neat.

    you can vote for liberty
    freedom you can see
    you can vote– it's not that far
    when you vote, vote for Barr!!!!

    August 26, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Stop playing the "POW" CARD!

    FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ELECTORAL MAP,

    THEY REJOICE IN CNN POLLS. CNN GIVING FALSE HOPE TO

    MCCAIN SUPPORTERS. BUT THOSE MCCAIN

    SUPPORTERS ARE GOING TO BE VERY DISAPPOINTED WHEN HE

    COME UP SHORT ON NOVEMBER 4. OH, OBAMA CAN LOSE OHIO

    AND FLORIDA AND WIN THE ELECTION EASILY.

    August 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. KMAN

    It's time the news media gets beyond the old 20th century dated means of polling. Land-based phones are simply a skewed way of getting to know whats on the minds of most Americans. How many calls do you suppose are pre-screened and left unanswered with all the other calls of solicitaion in a givien day? How many voices from the 18 to 34 year old crowd are not heard because they rely on cell phones rather than land-based phones. It's high time to catch up with the times regarding polling! Is the media up to it?

    August 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. babalola Olufemi Emmanuel

    Well if the rest of the world got to vote, Obama would have won by a landslide. America, please please dont put another republican in the white house! Remember how Regan ran up the deficit? Bush has just done the same, for Pete's sake!

    Abuja, Nigeria

    August 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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