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. California Voter

    It's not the color of Obama's skin - he's a good looking man and has a great voice. It's about his lack of experience and questions about his core values and character - especially his core values.

    August 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Richard

    CNN and the DNC do not elect the President, we the people will.

    Hillary supporter for McCain!

    Hillary 2012!

    August 26, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Spencer from VA

    Well according to CNN'S poll of polls, Barack s back in the 46-42.

    August 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Polls .... Schmolls

    While these weekly polls are virtually meaningless I am glad they are tight. This will MOTIVATE YOUNG ADULTS and PARENTS with children ages 8 to 20 to vote ... Why?

    Because McCain IS a Warmonger .... always talking trash to others. Right now we have troops deployed in Korea, Europe, Afghanistan & Iraq.

    He's only comfortable with one card, FEAR and WAR. He trots out a "I-was-a-POW" defense for every screw up in his campaign or every tough question he doesn't want to answer.

    John wants to add Russia and Iran to that list and whatever country pisses him off NEXT (Venuzela?) To do this, he'll need a MILITARY DRAFT. Who, in their right mind, want to make this man president now? Recall that when McCain was asked about the draft in one of HIS much ballyhood TOWN HALLs, he didn't deny it.

    People vote their SELF INTERESTS. For Mothers & Fathers who love their children, they won't offer them up as gristle for a war machine ... especially when a war-obsessed POW is at the wheel ... remember, he can't even admit that the war in IRAQ was based on deception of the American public. We all know that it was.

    Next on Polls ... Schmolls ... self interests on the ECONOMY.

    – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Finally, regarding polls, if you had polled all NFL fans at the end of Januaryy, they'd have said that the Patriots would beat the Giants .... IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. .

    August 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. jenkins

    Things will really start to tighten as soon as the american people realize that Obama just picked a major plagiarist as his vp candidate. This was Obama's first (and only - ever) executive decision. Nice going!

    August 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. bridgette

    Shouldn't someone who has been in the Senate for 30 plus years and also known as a maverick be way ahead in the polls. I mean is it me or should McCain be reaching more people. I mean after all he is the more well known candidate. And can anyone please tell me what has he done to help the average American citizens.

    August 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Democrat for McCain

    What a joke. These are the states Clinton won in the primary and would win in November. The Democrats arrogance will lead to their downfall, again. Nobody wants your far left agenda, how many times do they have to tell you before you will listen.

    August 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. JK

    I hope if McCain is elected, gas goes to $10.00 a gallon, more wars, and a stock market in the negative. Then lets hear the Americans whine about another president.

    August 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. James in NY

    McCain's first week as President:
    Call Hillary and tell her where to stick her HealthCare plan,
    Call Russia and China and kick sand in their faces,
    Send more troops everywhere but here,
    ReInstate the military draft,
    Ask advisors 'where is that Geritol bottle and what are those Iraqi people called again?'

    And on day six: it's the weekend and he doesn't work weekends!

    Voting for the smart guys,
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    August 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Morningstar

    Well we wanted Obama and we got him. I am very proud that we have Obama. I will take Obama any time over a 72 years old McCain. He is just too old for the job and he is too trigger happy to go to war.

    August 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. KATHLEEN

    Fox, The Media, The lies, The nasty "swift boat ads of McDraft"
    will be the only way that McCain and his trio of Bush Cheney
    will ever win the White house again.
    Anyone claiming to be a Republican can be called upon this
    because they have messed up America.
    If McCain wins, Bush and Cheney, Rove, Hannity, Limbaugh
    Ann Coulter will NOT DISSAPEAR.
    If McCain wins, Bush and Cheney will RULE.
    Countries will laugh at us.

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

    CNN -I WILL TELL THE TRUTH TO THESE PEOPLE. LOOKS LIKE OBAMA WILL CARRY ALL OF JOHN KERRY STATES= 252.

    LOOKS LIKE HE WILL CARRY IOWA=252+7=259 OK 11 ELECTORS NEEDED?

    STRONG POSSIBLITY VIRGINIA13 ELECTION WON!!!

    COLORADO 9+NEW MEXICO 5=14 ELECTION WON!!!

    NEW MEXICO 5+ NEVADA 5= ELECTION WON!!!

    CNN WILL NEVER POST THIS!!!

    August 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. bill

    You have got to be kidding me. If you are a Clinton supporter voting for McCain it can't have anything to do with the issues. McCain is the antithesis of Clinton.

    You want to vote for McCain great. If you are a woman, you can take a giant step backwards on your right to choose. If you are gay, welcome to having your equal rights taken away. If you are a senior, I hope you enjoy privitized social security.

    You could try to cover it with any coat of paint you like, but at the end of the day, if you are a Clinton supporter voting for McCain it is simply because you are a sore loser.

    Welcome to another four years of George Bush.

    August 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Obvious Error

    Rather shocking, as the economy is in the hole, the war isn't popular and this was the year the Democrats should have been able to put up a blind tap dancing catfish and win by 20 points.

    It's not Clinton's fault Obama doesn't appeal to many of her followers. But if Obama should go down... Clinton will be blamed by the Obama camp and the Clintonites will be full of "I told you so".

    August 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Lucy

    OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH, those nasty polls are at it again. Now Nobama is slipping even further in those all important "battleground" states. And there are 2 months plus left before Nobama Day. Time is BHO's worst enemy! But I know, polls showing BHO slipping are wrong. Only the polls showing him widening his lead are correct. Quick Obamatrons, get those heads back in the sand before you need to face reality. And sleep well. Nobama Day will come soon enough!! Us PUMAs can't wait!

    August 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Lifetime Democratic Women:

    Why don't you have the guts to say what's really on your mind?!

    Democrats for McCain? Were you for Bush? Because that's what McCain is – Bush Light!

    You won't vote for a Black man!!!

    August 26, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. creighton

    I don't think the polling model is accurate. The democrats are registering voters in record numbers in FLA. 106,600 to just 16K for the GOP. Do they adjust the polling numbers to reflect a larger Dem base? The numbers continue to grow at just about the same imbalanced rate Dem to GOP. It's like that just about everywhere, the Dems are much more energized about their party this year than the GOP base, also by a wide margin. The media seems to want to make this a horse race when there's a strong chance it could be a run away for the Dems across the board Congress and the White House.

    August 26, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Angela

    The time is now for Senator Obama to make his case directly to the voters he has not connected yet with- including myself- all of us middle aged white women, white men, hispanics, blue collar, and middle income white collar voters- Obama also need s to explain his " cling to guns and religion" remark . Clinton has fully supported Obama and asked her supporters to do the same- I am a HIllary supporter but Obama is the nominee- he needs to do the work- earn our votes- He cant send Clinton or Biden to PA, OH, FL, NV, and ETC . He must face us and tell us who he is and his plans – SPECIFIC PLANS- not great speeches- for this country.

    August 26, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Felly

    McCain is too old and is not fit to lead. He is suffering from dementia and all he remembers is the Vietnam War. Each time you ask him a question, he would duck by telling you stories about Vietnam War. I'm yet to hear his economic policies other than drill, drill drill now and POW, POW,POW etc. He is a replica of Bush with no substance.

    August 26, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Wow

    The only concern I have with these polls is the unbelievable high number of citizens in this country that are under 30 who do not have a land line, and are not part of the polls. These are college students and young educated professionals that very strongly supports Obama.

    August 26, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Danny in Chicago

    From Polls .... Schmolls

    Finally, regarding polls, if you had polled all NFL fans at the end of Januaryy, they'd have said that the Patriots would beat the Giants …. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. .

    Now THATS the best analogy I've heard so far!

    Go OBAMA!

    August 26, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    KATHLEEN August 26th, 2008 1:09 pm ET

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

    Raising the minimum wage in a bad economy is a bad Idea. That will just make more companies send more work over sees. It would also force more companies to close.
    Mcdraft , good fear tactic. That is the same draft that we hear about every election year but we never actually see it.

    August 26, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Shameka

    We sure don;t need athierd Bush term , that's for sure.....I pray that Obama tkes it and John McCain is a joke. What does he knows? We really don;t know either one of them!!!!

    August 26, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Time to move on

    Democrats put the nation first and vote Obama/Biden.But if you want more of the same then vote for Mcsame but stop complaining.

    August 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. bob

    August 26th, 2008 12:53 pm ET

    Thank you CNN for your totally crappy coverage of the Democratic convention. The night was spend critizing the convention itself and fanning the fires of the Hillary supporters. James Carville is worthless and should be replaced on your team. It's obvious where his support lies, and it's not in Senator Obama.
    CNN is turning into Fox News – all hype and melodrama, and no real news.
    Michelle Obama has been vilified since day one, and that she finally has a chance to let america see the real her is a great thing.
    Yes, the first night of the convention is spent getting to know the Obama family, it's not a night of tough talking speeches, it's a night that is much needed to let america see the Obama family.
    The press has had a hand in basically destroying the Obama family in america's eyes, and now the press is destroying the convention.
    Shame on you, CNN. Shame on you.

    August 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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