September 17th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: McCain, Obama virtually tied in battleground states

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" A new poll out Wednesday shows a virtually tied race between Sens. McCain and Obama in key states."]

Florida: Obama 48, McCain 48
Indiana: McCain 51, Obama 45
North Carolina: McCain 48, Obama 47
Ohio: Obama 49, McCain 47
Wisconsin: Obama 50, McCain 47

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New polls in five battleground states that could decide the presidency suggest the battle for the White House between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama remains a dead heat.

The CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. polls, out Wednesday, indicate that the race for Florida, and its 27 electoral votes, is tied up.

Florida ultimately decided the 2000 election between then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and then-Vice President Al Gore. Four years ago President Bush won the Sunshine State by 5 points over Sen. John Kerry.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. Julias

    This is a good thing. These are mostly RED states so Obama have a chance.
    Obama MUST win one of the two: Florida or Ohio.

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Illinois Blue Dog

    I agree with Peter. Obama may get Indiana below 5 points but probably cannot win there. Same with North Carolina – probably gets within 2-3 points on election day, but no better. Florida, well, I'd like to see some polling numbers there next week after the financial/economic news trickles down some more. However, barring some McCain gaffe (which is always a possibility) McCain probably pulls it off there as well. Wisconsin will most likely stay blue by around 3-5 points on Nov. 4th. But Ohio – if McCain loses there, its over...stick a fork in him.

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Jermiah


    Join behind McCain and Palin and let's Unite this country!!

    End the divisiveness of the Democrats!!

    We can do it!!

    MCCAIN/ PALIN '08!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. elm

    Wake up America.

    The economy is in a shambles.
    The USA owes Billion$ to China, and the Mideast.
    All the good jobs have gone overseas.
    We are in 2 wars that according to the generals say we can not have victory in.
    Social Security is unfunded.
    The government is bailing out the every body but the little guy.
    Gas is $5.00 a gallon in some places.

    At this rate your children can not have the standard of living you have. Thet can't afford the college education they need, nor find the jobs they need. Who is going to take care of you in your old age?

    McCain says the economy is sound! That we are winning in Iraq! His policies are the same as Bush's.

    He is an out of touch brain-washed old man. You can't tell me that he was in a prison camp – tortured for 5 years and doesn't have a few screws loose. Anyone see the Manchurian Candidate? Do you want his hand on the helm of this country or on the button?

    He "put country first" in picking the know-nothing Palin.

    Enough is enough.

    Just say no to:

    More War McCain &
    Taliban Palin!

    Look what voting for Bush got you, because he would be the one you want to sit down with a beer with.

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Michael

    Hey Noah, I could say a whole slew of negative things…..

    The only thing I am going to say is this: As "Scientific" as these organizations claim they are, they are almost never completely accurate.

    If anything, these polls may highlight the fact that Sen. McCain maybe in worse shape.

    All of these states have a large contingent of College students, who by the way, use cell phones almost exclusively. These polls have no way of including these people in there finding.

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Your friend in Ohio

    Whenever Obama is ahead of McCain in any poll, "it's a statistical tie- or dead heat". When McCain is ahead, "he's winning".
    CNN, thanks for posting this.

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Cindy

    wish you wouldn’t speak for millions of us females who are anything but enamored with this woman!!!

    She scares me and she’ll be disastrous for this country!!!!!!!!!!!

    The fact that Palin is attracting mroe attention than McCain speaks volumes about his voters and the lack of support he has from his own people!!!!! He’s the one that is running for the Presidency not that lying, secretative excuse of a woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Woman for Obama all the way!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. JusLaugh

    I still don't believe you.

    I think Obama is way ahead accross the board, but the media either selectively polls, asks tainted questions, or cooks the books to keep it exciting.

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. hrsc

    will it hold?
    When are reporters going to start doing there so called, investigative
    reporting. So Palin can memorize the script for the topic of the day.

    Are you guys afraid she will go back in her shell... Tough questions for a tough job. She should not ask for less....A male would be geting hammered right now as weak and afraid.....sexism run a two way street. Give her to Jack Cafferty he's pretty gentle 🙂

    Don't trust those numbers, McCain still not ready to lead.

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. TINA



    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. observer

    Whats going on with Mccain?...he is flip floping more than a fish out of water. First he's for deregulation then he's against it. he seems like a confused old man. I don't know if i can vote for this old guy.

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. CM

    Well plenty time left yet and McCain shows his cluelessness daily. The morning talk show circuit was a riot Johnny. You really are out of your element.

    Looks like some of the former GOP strongholds are up for grabs this time.

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. ber6964

    Keating 5 and Sara's coverup about Troopergate. Yep these are the people that are going to lead the country....

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    Doesn't mean a thing until the curtain is shut and people pull the handle...

    I think everyone will be surprised by how big the McCain Palin win is...

    Obama is a tool... and America sees it... nobody says it because you are attacked as a racist if you don't like him... so they will just go about their business... and come election day... he will get smoked!

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Didi

    "THE ONE".
    I have been leaving in three systems, three countries, two continents and the truth is:
    Even he /Obama/ has a good ideas for change;
    1. They / the ideas/ are vague or stolen from Marx ideologies and the Bible
    2. He definitely can not deliver them.

    His arrogance and ambition are putting american people to become a Ginny Pigs.

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Tony

    A 6% lead is not a "virtual tie". Indiana is still leaning McCain, despite the CNN puff piece on the Obama campaign there.

    The REAL story is how New Jersey has become a battleground state, but CNN won't report it because heaven forbid the Northeast vote Republican. Obama has lost a HUGE amount of support in New Jersey, and they're starting to swing towards McCain.

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Billy

    With people starting to see through the Palin fairytale and the economy in the crapper, McCain has some bad days ahead.

    I just hope that America can see through McCain's lies and put our country back into hands that can get us through this mess.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Brandon

    Some people are just being self delusional.
    These people would rush to say that polls are not reliable when they are not favoring their candidate but now are good..
    I think N-Carolina and Winsconsin will eventually and without any doubt go Red. Indiana will vote Red too.
    Obama should put the Clintons on the ground to win Florida and Penn.
    November 4 is still seven weeks away.

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Latina for Obama (nj)

    Nothing negative Noah....just...YES WE CAN!!!!!

    Cmon Obama WE can do this!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    How can anyone seriously think Obama is the 'answer' here?
    He received 120,000 dollars from lobbyists for Freddie/Fannie; McCain received 20,000 dollars. Besides that, his campaign has hired these 2 'heads' of these organizations. Don't try to tell me that GOP or Bush is responsible for all this corruption; just remember who is 'running' the congress, and were paid well for looking the other way.

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Wow NC. I'm pleased...we're closing the gap. Not so red anymore. Ohio I'm glad it's looking blue. What about Virginia CNN???

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. John in Binghamton NY

    Don't think Jewish people will like Palin's pray to convert idea.

    Don't understand how Palin can get away with giving speeches at an Alaska separatist meetings. She doesn't even wear a American flag pin. She only wears pro Alaska pins. LOOK!!!!

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. GEEZER & GIDGE '08

    How are all those lies in the smear commercial's working for you now Geezer?
    Geezer Obama
    FLORIDA: : 48% 48%

    Toss in the third party candidates and the totals are:

    Geezer Mr. President
    44% 48%

    Hopefully, this will prove that the American public can see thru your lies and ploys.

    Maybe it is time to trot out the "Poor Old Warrior" exploitations again!

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Register to Vote

    This is good news for OBAMA, Mccain as peaked and at his peak he wasn’t able to pull away which means AMERICANS WANT CHANGE!

    People please REGISTER TO VOTE and every vote will count! Its really easy to..go to declareyourself dot com.......DECLEAR YOUR VOICE! We have been fooled enough, let vote for CHANGE!

    Just a young American sick of the games!


    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. pa.joe

    This will be close to the end.
    I sure pity whoever ends up winning.

    September 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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