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. McKAY

    Bias polls and fear mongerings of the Republicans. It won't work this time. It worked for Dumb Bush for 8yrs, but it won't work this time. John McCain is talking about defeating Islamic radicals–stupid. You can't defeat the radicals without international cooperation. Majority of world leaders want to work with Obama not McBush.

    August 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. voter

    where is the poll of pennsylvania which shows Obama up by 7 points. still manufactoring news cnn?

    August 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. McKAY

    Bias polls and fear mongerings of the Republicans. It won't work this time. It worked for Dumb Bush, but it won't work this time. John McCain is talking about defeating Islamic radicals–stupid. You can't defeat radicals without international cooperation. Majority of world leaders want to work with Obama not McBush.

    August 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Bendo

    hey stop playing the pow game: you are the first person to post waht is real on the ground right now in terms of state pools and total EC. If all stay the same right now, Obama has more chances to win than Mclame does, but one work of caution: if Obama loses Mich and CO, mclame sneak in and I cant see Mich going Red, even with the moron, I mean morman romney as vp.

    August 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Abby

    ‘It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.’
    – George W. Bush
    ***************************************************************************

    Love this statement. Shows the true idiots that have run things for 8 yrs.

    August 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Doug R.

    I wouldn't put too much merit in polls. I've been voting since I've been 18 years old and I have never been contacted about who I may be voting for in an election. The Republicans will lose the White House this next election. They will also lose 10 Senate seats and 35 to 40 seats in the House. It's going to be enjoyable to watch that!!

    August 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Voting McCain will cost us, our children and their grand children. We won't have a future to look forward to.

    It's almost too late as it is based on what Bush has done to us, McCain doing the same, remaining in the wars we want out of and getting into new ones, will devestate our standing and send us to the middle of the line as far as a world power.

    August 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. ALLAN USA

    Obama say McCain was in DC for 26 years and he is guilty for everything in America. He will change. make Biden his #2 man. What a jerk. Biden 36 years in DC. "GOOOOOD" judgment.

    August 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Divided We Fail

    Drama on the floor. No delegate intimidation.
    No backroom deals.

    August 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Moe

    You are all too funny. Party doesn't matter – the person does. All this bickering is why elections get so screwed up. Instead of looking at issues - you worry about which Party, what clothes, who's prettier. People should have to take a test to get a voter registration card – instead of going by the dibble on these web sites and commercials.

    August 26, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Hispanic For McCain

    a, holley August 26th, 2008 1:11 pm ET

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

    A holley what kind of weed are you smoking!!! the Rep do like John McCain!!! and so does the Hispanic people across the United States. John McCain will beat OBAMA.

    Hispanic for McCain!!!! 2008

    August 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Divided We Fail

    Obama Campaign,
    We do not like your guy on FOX he is arrogant.

    August 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. NYC

    Don't call it a comeback kids! Mac is back!

    August 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. steve

    I love the slant from CNN. No mention that two other polls that came out today has Obama with a strong 7 point lead in Pennsylvania and McCain only has a 3 point lead in the always red state of North Carolina.

    August 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. ledel

    I'm amazed at how many folks ( especially Hillary "supporters") must be willing to toss the dice on our national security by supporting McCain ,given his age and temperment. Very risky to have someone like that as president of the most powerful country on earth ! McCain's age and experience are not his strengths, rather they are his weaknesses

    August 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Liz

    The problem with democrats we like to air our dirty laundry too much. Look at how the republicans are keeping quiet and creeping up on Obama. You don't have to keep mouthing off to get your point over to win the election. The republicans are not making the same stupid mistakes that we democrats are making. The democrat party decided to select the weaker of the two candidates and we may have to pay the consequences for that. So if McCain wins in November we just have accept the stupidity of the DNC and superdelegates and move on and elect Hillary Clinton in 2012.

    August 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Candi

    I think the polling is a joke for cause to confuse everyone. I wasn't asked who am I supporting. Also, what really counts is who will be at the polls in November.

    August 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. KATHLEEN

    What happened to "no child left behind." No money. We owe China
    Billions and adding up by the DAY! Bring our soldiers home.

    August 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. jimmy

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS. PLEASE, PLEASE STAY UNITED BEHIND HILLARY WHOSE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY IS JUST ON HOLD UNTIL OBAMA GETS DEFEATED.. OBAMA AND HIS CAMP'S HORRIBLE TREATMENT OF HILLARY WILL BE REMEMBERED AT THE POLLS. OBAMA'S CAMP WILL TRY VERY HARD TO "DIVIDE AND CONQUER" HILLARY'S LOYAL SUPPORTERS. IT'S A VERY EFFECTIVE AND SLY, AND SUBTLE TRICK AND WILL WORK IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE THAT IT WILL HAPPEN.

    August 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. NOT SCARED OF NATIONAL POLLS!

    MICHIGAN AND PENNSYLVANIA WILL STAY HOME= OBAMA 252

    WELCOME IOWA-7------–OBAMA 259

    TAKE A PICK– OHIO, FLORIDA, VIRGINA-–ELECTION WON!!!

    OR TAKE TWO PICKS-- COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO- WON AGAIN!!! ------OR MAYBE

    COLORADO AND NEVADA--– WON AGAIN!!!

    OR MAYBE-------–LANDSLIDE!!!!

    August 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. JASON

    A vote for McBush is a vote keeping our youth involved in war for the next 100 years. Be careful my friends, the DRAFT is coming for a loved one near you!

    August 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Glenna Machado

    I think as Americans, we'd better ALL wake up and see where we are going in the future!

    If Obama is elected, we will be losing a lot more of our freedoms than w

    August 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Joe, Georgia

    I can't believe the comments supporting McCain. You must live in another country or world than I do. I don't want to imagine the state of our country if we continue down the road we have been on for the last 8 years. We have squandered our financial resources and our leadership position in the world. McCain has no vision or plan to change the direction of the economy or our foreign policy.

    August 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    > 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.

    HAHA... I can't wait for you angry/bitter/pathetic Clinton supporters to suffer under 4 years of McCain. He has already voted for pay discrimination based on sex, will likely abolish Roe v. Wade and heck, who knows.. he may even get rid of women's right to vote. Then we can finally get this country back on track.

    August 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. ron

    sen.obama's total disreard for the voters inteligence is starting to show up in the polls you cannot keep taking other people's ideas and make believe they are yours. when the youth started to question his platform they also found it wanting. you can't make promises based on presumptions of what might happen, and if oil com. make windfall profits. for profit universities like harvard make enormous profits, as well as many colleges but they are not asked to lower tuitions, instead he proposses to give students money to go there adding to their profits. pharmacuticals com. are making ridiculas profits but no mention of windfall taxes there. for some reason sen. obama underestimates the voting public and it is starting to show in the polls. how can you convince the blue collar workers you are serious when demonstrate to them that the pepsi center is not adequate for you that you have to rent an NFL stadium. what is missing is a very big little thing, called credibility

    August 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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