September 24th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Polls show McCain, Obama nearly tied in Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/24/art.polls.gi.jpg caption="McCain holds a very narrow lead in Virginia."](CNN) - A new CNN poll of polls out of Virginia Wednesday shows John McCain with the slimmest of leads in what is a state that has traditionally been considered a safe bet for Republicans.

The latest round of polls could be a clear warning sign for McCain six weeks before Election Day that the Republican presidential nominee still has work to do to lock down certain states that previous GOP nominees had to spend little time or effort doing so.

In the latest poll of polls, the Arizona senator only holds a 1 point lead over Barack Obama (47-46 percent) while 7 percent remain undecided. The poll of polls is an average of three recent surveys of the state.

The Obama campaign has long targeted Virginia as part of their strategy to expand the electoral map, feeling it is virtually impossible for McCain to win the White House if the Illinois senator is victorious in traditionally red states.

Update: The McCain campaign held a conference call with reporters to give their view of recent poll trends Wednesday morning, including polling averages that show tight races in the most crucial battleground states.

Watch for new CNN polls out of Colorado, Montana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin at 4 p.m.!


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Virginia
soundoff (630 Responses)
  1. McWinky!

    Here is a question to all the ditto heads bashing Obama for using a teleprompter.

    When McCrypt gives a speech and he keeps looking down, is he checking to see if Mr. Winky is still functional?

    Probably, but he is also looking at his speech on 3 x 5 note cards, circa 1958!

    September 24, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Barney

    That's ok – NC goes blue this year

    NC Voter registration: 9/24

    Democratic: 2,714,656
    Republican: 1,952,013
    Libertarian: 1,299
    Unaffiliated: 1,320,005
    Total: 5,987,973

    September 24, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. K

    Time to turn this GOD forsaken state blue.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Not even close here in Virginia. John McCain is barking up the wrong tree if he thinks Virginia is staying red. Virginia will win this presidential election and also put Gov. Mark Warner in the U.S. Senate.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/CLINTON/WARNER

    September 24, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    For McCain ,the game is up!

    September 24, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    and the new CONFIDENTIAL status of Troopergate... another GOP cover up.... will help wipe out McCain's lead in Virginia and other close states.

    OBAMA '08

    September 24, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. ltd1974- Ohio for Obama

    Virginia will turn Blue. The sarah hype is gone, and the truth about McSHame and LiarSarah is too big to ignore. Sarah ready to be president lol get out of here.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. larry

    what can these people possibly see in macain Hopfully dems in va will come out and vote

    September 24, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Virginia from Virginia

    If I were Obama, I wouldn't get too excited about this news just yet.

    September 24, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Accountant Guy

    Good job Barack, take McBush down. We can do this and take this country back for the people and fix the mess the Republicans have put us in!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Amy, DC

    I can't wait for the new electoral map to come out! Looking good for Obama! God bless America!

    Obama /Biden – 08/12

    September 24, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. CM

    Oh boy, looks like the multiple avenues Obama has to the 270 mark are all alive and well.

    McCain, not so much, he's already behind in a lot of Bush states. These polls don't factor in a lot of the GOTV first timers or occasional voters. If it does then that tilts more to Obama's favor.

    September 24, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. VIRGINIA will be blue

    A 7% undecided margin is alot in my state. That's a couple of 100,000 people. We have registered 280,000 new voters in Virginia. And majority of them are young democrats ready for CHANGE.

    OABAM/BIDEN/CLINTON/WARNER

    September 24, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Micheal shoemac

    Cosidering that Virginia has not voted Democrate since 1968.............................I think Obama is Doing really well there, and he will win there.....jus like he will win in my home state if florida

    Obama/Biden

    September 24, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Lou

    I really cant see a state like virginia going Barrack Obama's way. It went double digits to Hillary in the primary after his bitter folk clinging to guns comment. I dont think the feelings for barac have changed that dramatically.

    I see Virginia being Red – especially now with Palin on the ticket. Those hunting and military guys out there just LOVE this lady

    September 24, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Olegringo, NM

    It ain't over til it's over!

    September 24, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Geraldine

    We don't need another liar in the White House. Palin being hidden from the media. Another Bush Cheney.

    September 24, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Republican for Obama

    The truth will set you free. People are getting tired of the McCain/Palin lies.

    September 24, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Alexander Johnson

    It's the beginning of the end.

    September 24, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Dana

    Whats going on with the ticker...all this news and the ticker has fallen behind since yesterday- have the writers gone on strike?? LOL
    Doesn't matter- I just wanted everyone to see that Obama has a 9 point lead in the CBS poll- face it, American's can not bring themselves to trust another two faced REPUG with the Economy!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Bridge to nowhere

    its shameful that after Obama-Biden voted for 4 "bridges -to-nowhere" in Alaska twice, while voting against the bridge in NewOrleans devastated by Katrina.

    This was the time, Palin was not in office.
    Are these guys liars , or just politicians bringing change to America ?

    September 24, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Emma

    Regardless of the outcome of this election, Senator Obama has set and raised the standard on how to win a presidential election. He has taken traditional systems and tossed them out the window.

    I wish others could see how much better their lives will be if they only gave him a chance. The public believes that he is better at handling the economy, why not take that leap of faith and say he is intelligent and smart enough to deal with the Putin's of the world!

    What a glorious day is going to be on November 5 when Senator Obama becomes President -Elect Obama!

    September 24, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Truth for Obama 08

    Bring it ON
    We shall make it.
    It shall be DONE
    The debates will be the HIGHEST rated TV event in USA history
    That is the deal maker or breaker

    September 24, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    All you have to do to get a sense of this race is look at the battlegrounds:

    New Mexico,
    Colorado,
    Florida,
    Ohio,
    Missouri,
    Nevada,
    Virginia?,
    Indiana?
    North Carolina???

    Ok, in NC Obama has an uphill battle, but it's still in play. Every one of the states above voted for Bush in 2004, and with Iowa a strong Obama state (it was red last time too), Obama only needs to win one of the larger swing states or two of the smaller ones.

    McCain has to hold all of them, or all but one of the smaller ones.

    September 24, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. John, FL

    Women: McCain and Palin are against you. How can you be a women against women?

    September 24, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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