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. Lee Bartholomew

    one small correction, Florida didn't decide the election in 2000, the Supreme Court did. Other than that still seem to be in that weird bounce.

    September 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. gluv

    for everyoe that thought VA may be a shocker...NC maybe more of a shocker if obama pulls it....

    hillary thought she had that state in the bag as well.....

    September 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. White Republican for Obama

    Noah, I'd trust CNN's polls. Of course, they will bounce back and forth, but just wait until the debates...

    September 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. C

    Holly cow, Obama caught up to McCain in FL. Hooray! We do not want drilling in our shores... we love our reefs! That's what you get McCain! Go drill in the millions of leased land you already have! You just want to rip us off with gas prices every time there is a Hurricane off shore!!!

    FL for Obama!

    September 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    Many people including myself are waiting for the debates before they make any final committments to the parties. Most people know phone polls are skewed, but post debate time will really make it interesting.

    September 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    Where do these polls come from? Do the polls include all voting Americans? NO. other words..

    I dont pay any of these polls any attention. It all comes down to the nitty gritty which is the day we all walk into the booth to cast our vote.

    September 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Mike from Calgary

    The McCain goes again> When McCain says Palin said thanks but no thanks, how come the Republicans keep the $200 MILLION.

    The bridge was not built. The Pipeline she said she HAD built might be built by Trans-Canada Pipelines Ltd in 10 years if feasible and if approved by Canada's National Energy Board.

    The only thing the Republicans delivered was a PIPEDREAM, NOT A PIPELINE.

    For the $200 Million the taxpayer paid for the bridge, PALIN DELIVERED NOT A BRIDGE BUT MORE AND MORE LIES.

    September 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Obama-Junkie, IL

    CNN needs to post the facts behind the polls closely to the headline title, such as when they were conducted and how many people polled. These polls were conducted between Sept. 14 through Sept. 16th (prior to the stock market mess, bailouts, Obama's economic talk, and McCain and surrogate gaffes on the economy). Another important tidbit of information is that all fo the swing states polled above went with Bush in 2004 over Kerry.

    In the above swing states McCain leads in just one, which is Indiana. Bush beat Kerry by 16pts back in 2004 in Indiana, Obama is down by only 6pts.

    September 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Independent Women for Obama

    Let's go Florida. Florida will go blue in this election. I just signed up 200 latinos and they are now talking to all of their neighbours.

    The lies and deception from the Republicans will not work this time.

    Yes we can – Change we need NOW!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |

    If McCain will lie during his campaign he WILL lie if awared the Whitehouse!

    September 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Portland, OR

    It looks like finally starting to see through the dirty politics and lack of substance of the McCain / Palin ticket!

    September 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Donna

    Why do folks rely so heavily on these polls? Who do they call? Certainly no one with many people still own landlines? what are the demographics of the respondents?

    Seriously, the only thing that matters most is what happens on Nov. 4...these polls will change on a daily basis....after the debates, hopefully there will be a better view of what's going on....

    September 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |


    September 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Josh from Pittsburgh

    The momentum is all Barack's!

    September 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. JayInNewHampshire

    I could care less about poll numbers! Who are they polling? Not me. Our country is in shambles. Natural disasters, financial distress. God help us. We don't need four more years of failed policies. Obama 08

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Illinois Blue Dog

    Noah –
    Those polls you are referring to that have McCain with a "larger lead" were taken before Lehman Brothers went belly-up, before the stock market lost 500 points, before the Feds bailed out A.I.G., before McCain inserted his foot in his mouth and said that our economy is "fundamentally strong," and before the RNC/Palin bounce faded (as all bounces do). Go to RealClearPolitics and see for yourself.

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    There is almost no way obama will win the great state of Ohio., He called us names and he slurred all women,. I am shocked that he with his poor mouth even got as far as he got.

    He is risky and it would be a crap shoot for him to be in charge. He has never been in charge of anything.

    Give me a break

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Latina for Obama (nj)

    NOAH, nothing negative to say from this Obama supporter just...
    YES WE CAN!!!

    Cmon Obama!! WE can do this!!!

    God bless America

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Bruce

    I have been a registered voter for since I was 18 ( 54 now) and I ahve never been called for a I do not out much stock in them, as the sampling is usually small, and not repersentative, and in this day and age to not include cell phone would leave out many people.
    Polls say nothing and should not be published as they tens =d to give people the wrong idea about things, let the issues be discussed, and the programs laid out. The only poll that matters is on 11/4.

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Tee, Dallas

    @ Noah ...And what other polls might you be referring to???

    Moving on... Whatever, I cannot wait until the election is over with the win of Obama/Biden, this circus is ridiculous. Continue to be blind McShame supporters!! You will thank us later for getting the economy back on track!

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. McCain /Palin 2008!!!

    Wow, all of you still questioning the "experience" Palin has, need to take a good look at Obama, who, as I recall, is running for President. Get a clue.

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. PD

    Actually, Florida didn't decide the Bush/Gore election. The conservative leaning Supreme Court decided. A highly questionable aspect of our democracy, to say the least. Florida's recounts and challenges might have given us an entirely different president.

    September 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Real Clear Politics uses an average of several polls to come up with their numbers. There is too much variation from poll to poll to be acurate otherwise. Either way this is going to be close. It really looks like it is going to come down to MI, PA, OH and then CO and NM.

    September 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. shirley ann

    To Rudy NYC,

    To answer your question, I think that McCains campaign lacks organization and it does not seem to have too many people whose IQ is higher than the average Joe. On the other hand, Obama's campaign is extremely organized and structured. You must admit, his campaign is very impressive.

    September 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Bruce

    The only poll that matters is the one on 11/4.
    None of these mean a thing just give all the talking heads something to yack on about.

    September 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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