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. FactCheck

    > Hillary 2012 / Mc Cain 2008

    Ha.. like women will have a right to run for office (or even vote) after 4 years of McCain.

    August 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Kara

    Can't understand why the polls are so close....half the voters must feel that Bush and the boys did such a fine job, afterall, they are willing to elect McBush. Watch out Ammerica, if you think things are bad now, just wait until McCain gets in...hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

    August 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Mickie in PA

    Maybe if the press would cover more of John McCain's background other than his very honorable POW status (and I certainly honor that, since I was married to a Viet Nam vet). But the news will cover the ire against Elizabeth Edwards for not revealing her husbands affair, yet the news, nor any of the pundits reveal that John ran around with Cindy while married and then left a paralyzed wife and kids for the rich beer baroness. And, now he calls Sen. Obama's two girls "brats". Well, at least Sen. and Mrs. Obama are raising their two children and not making up stories about one of them "rescuing" them from a third world country. Everyone is hesitant to reveal the real McCain and his adulterous life, which is more than they did for Bill Clinton or John Edwards (who isn't even in the running any more). The press is paid for by the republicans and don't think Americans don't know it.

    August 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. the takeover

    Right...like he was gonna lose the nomination..polls are over rated!

    August 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. John in Ohio

    70 days.

    We still have yet to go through the Democrat Convention (positive and hopeful, looking to the future), the Republican Convention (negative and fearful, focusing on the past), 3 presidential debates (*including* a town-hall debate), and a VP debate where Biden will tear up Romney, Huck, or Pawlenty.

    Obama is going to win handily. All you need, as evidenced by Bush's record, is to win barely. Obama will not barely win, it will be a very solid win.

    August 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    THE POLLS ARE ALLOT OF BS. IT I BEEN MANIPULATED. THERE IS NO CREDIBILITY THERE. IN OHIO, PA, AND FLORIDA I THINK BEEN CLOSE AS THEY ARE BODES WELL FOR OBAMA. BLACKS, YOUNG, ASIAN AND LATINO'S ARE NEVER POLLED AND ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE NOT BE INCLUDED ON THE POLLS. THIS ELECTION IS GOING TO BE HARD FOUGHT, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY. THE DREAM BECOMES REALITY!

    August 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    I, too, questioned the fact that many younger people these days use only their cell phones and, therefore, would not be polled. This, of course, would lead one to believe that the poll results might be skewed.
    Last night, though, this question was posed to Bill Schneider. He claims that they have taken this into account when tabulating their results and have adjusted accordingly. Now, how they do that, he did not say.

    August 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. nancy

    Nobama...let him lose. The dem deserves to lose this year for they support someone who stole the nomination. Obama is just another Bush!!

    August 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Frustration in Florida

    How about real change from within DNC starting with removing Dr. Dean and changing primary rules: no caucuses, not punishing of states that 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 super delegates. WE want a real democratic party and Obama does not represent that. I am grossly disgusted with the "DEMOCRATIC PARTY" and I hope we can stop these undemocratic shenanigans. That's why I am voting republican this year and It has nothing to do with Obama, the color of his skin or how inept he is.

    August 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. KG

    And.....with Biden as his VP choice, Obama will continue to see his numbers drop in the polls.

    August 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. polls

    to all who think young people with no land line are not in the polls, the pollsters account for this.
    McCain is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Mike, Neb.

    Dont believe these polls! I know very very few young people with land lines for the pollsters to call. Young people will overwhelmingly vote for Obama, and we will make the difference this time around.

    August 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. NORA, FLORIDA

    For America to be the Land of the Free, some people's brains are still being held hostage if they feel that they identify with Cindy and John McCain. They own a jet b/c that is the only way to see Arizona, they lost track of their houses to the point that they have to pay someone else to keep track, and wow the kicker (pun intended) is that McCain has his puppies in a pair of $500 shoes.

    August 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. HillaryFan4OBAMA

    ANY Hillary supporter that is now calling sour grapes and threatening to vote for McCain is a short sided FOOL. I voted for her – she lost. I'm over it. No matter who the individual in the Oval office ends up being, his/her party affiliation is what ultimately has the most influence over the shape of future policy and the administration. I'M SICK of the republican party attempting to legislate their moral standards (abortion, stem cell, gay/lesbian inequality), SICK of them putting our national dept into the trillions, SICK of war and terror mongering, SICK of tax breaks for the uber wealthy and corporate America. . and on and on. WAKE UP and vote for Change, not McSame!!!

    August 26, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. CNN you're repulsive!

    CNN you're repulsive! How many of McCain's negetave ads are you going to promote for him??? Don't you see that they're making the ads so you can speread the word for them free of cost? And if this is the case, why don't play any of Obama's ads? Oh i see, he's not a Clinton:(

    August 26, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. John in Ohio

    "How about real change from within DNC starting with removing Dr. Dean and changing primary rules: no caucuses, not punishing of states that 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 super delegates. WE want a real democratic party and Obama does not represent that. I am grossly disgusted with the "DEMOCRATIC PARTY" and I hope we can stop these undemocratic shenanigans. That's why I am voting republican this year and It has nothing to do with Obama, the color of his skin or how inept he is."

    The time to change these things is *between* primary seasons, not *before* them. Nobody had any problem with caucuses before this primary season. Nobody had any problem with superdelegates before this primary season. When you demand to change the rules because you're losing, that makes you a lying cheater. Hillary didn't raise any objection to caucuses or to stripping Florida and Michigan of delegates *until* she started losing. That's hypocrisy right there, hypocrisy reflected in her sour grapes "supporters".

    And if you're voting Republican based on the primary process and not on actual positions and plans for the country, you're a lying cheating idiot. I won't miss you.

    August 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Bruce

    Could be that the numbers are not real

    August 26, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. proud army and navy mom

    the fake democrats/cowardly republicans are blogging under different names so it would seem like there is a lot of them.

    The idiots uses my name and anyone else's title. do not be fooled by them..... they are just like their sorry candidate, mcsenile. They deny, lie and then attacks. that's all they know.

    anyway....I was hoping Biden would be selected and I was proud that sen Obama though so highly of him as well. Sen biden is a good man with good character, his wife is beautiful as well. they make a terrific team.

    August 26, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. anonymouys

    who invited romney to speak at the dnc

    August 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Annette

    I have not heard one person yet, explain why McCain is qualified? I have heard why Obama is not qualified. No disrepect, but being a POW makes you qualified? GO LOOK AT MCCAIN'S SENATE RECORD, AND THEN ASK YOURSELF DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE HE IS FIT TO BE PRESIDENT. We need more then long years in the senate and a son of a admiral, we need A THINKER, A MAN WITH JUDGEMENT TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY. EVERY PRESIDENT WE HAVE ELECTED SINCE WAS WERE NEVER PRESIDENTS BEFORE, SO STOP PUSHING THIS EXPERIENCE STUFF....GET REAL!!!! THE QUESTION IS WHO IS READY TO LEAD......

    August 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. anonymouys

    hey romney we have one word for you at the dnc get out

    August 26, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Tony Z-MD

    It is only tight until the debates. When I was a much younger man- I did not decide for Pres. Clinton until the debates. Same is going to happen for Obama except these are the older folks. They are worried about their kids, and grandchildren.

    August 26, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Worst...Ticket...Ever....

    Why is CNN the only news outlet not reporting that McCain just took a 2 popint lead in for the first time in the most recent Galopp Poll? Seems newsworthy since this poll was taken in the 3 days post announcing Biden.

    August 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    It's only going to get closer unless the Democrats get their act together...they better take the gloves off soon!

    August 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. George Liksaklitto

    This Race is going to be so very tight, just watch! Obama will get a bounce this week, and then it will go back to the Republicans who'll get a bounce Next Week. Back to square one–they'll be even stephen again.

    August 26, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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