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. Truth hurts

    The so call Palin affect has deflected!! LOL. The media needs to boycott her photo opts for real. Put the GOP feet to the fire. They only had 29 seconds access to Palin on yesterday, when she met with some of the world leaders. It she can't answer questions by the median then she don't need to be in the media!! Americans are tired of the GOP playing games. If she is to be ready on day one, then she needs to answer questions. This is the most important position in the world!! I

    September 24, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. mitchell

    president barack is going to win virginia.

    September 24, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Lovely in VA

    The Roanoke Times (here IN Va) has Obama up by 3.

    September 24, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Former Hillary supporter

    Hey Obamites, just wait for the result on the night of the election before bragging your victory to the world! I had seen the polls ahead of some states for Obama and he lost misserly over Hillary!

    September 24, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Joe

    Obama and McCain are clueless when it comes to the economy I wish Bloomberg was running for president.

    September 24, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Paco

    CNN has been removing Republican responses. This is to the point of swaying public opinion and suppressing my right to free speech. There are records of emails that can verify this in case of a lawsuit CNN.

    September 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Doug

    C'mon Virginia and hop aboard the O-train! Everyone should be sick and tired of being sick and tired of the republicans. Eight years people and exactly WHAT was ACCOMPLISHED! I DARE a single person to post WHAT are some of this administrations ACCOMPLISHMENTS a single attaboy warranted. All of the people who paraded for TWO terms with Bush/Cheney bumper stickers must feeling pretty stupid. All talk, All hype, no substance, no results. Even your children should feel ashamed for you and for your ignorance and inability to think for yourselves as so-called adults.

    September 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Barbara Gooch

    The bridge to no where was built before Palin was in office, why can't the Dem. get there facts straight, brobably because they are so used to lying they can;t tell the truth. Yes, I have recieved calls from the McCain camp, but not from Obama. But you know what I will vote for McCain anyway, because he is the most qualified. Where does all these so called Polls comming from, I think they are made up by the Dem.

    September 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. nelsonmobilizesamerica.com

    Stop wasting time making comments. Go back to work!

    September 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. tom NY

    ya, ANYONE actually FROM VA in here? let's get some input!

    Nice Jim. ^^^

    September 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. ANGIE

    Hey people why dont we tell congress THANKS BUT NO THANKS TO THE BAILOUT FOR THE RICH GREEDY CORRUPT CEOS! and on NOV 4 we can say THANKS BUT NO THANKS to the lying pandreing frauds lobbyisit loving gonna sell america out to the lobbyisit PALIN/MCCAIN and say YES WE CAN TAKE AMERICA BACK TO OBAMA/BIDEN08!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Scott

    This is just another poll...McCain will be fine!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Jenny from IN

    I truly hope Virginia goes blue!

    As someone who has lived in Indiana their whole life, I am SHOCKED to see that Indiana is thinking about going blue! It's so close, and I think we just might, since the polls don't account for a lot of the young voters that are pretty mobilized here!

    This is one girl from a very red state who is working to make it blue!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. mike e cooney

    CNNs' polls would have had a Dukakis,Kerry,Gore presidency! Of course,this never happened.Projection by leftists,is a strategy for the stupid and ignorant! WOW!! CNN says B.Husein obama is leading ,we better vote for him! tHIS IDIOCY AND LIES ARE PATENT LIBERAL PLOYS!!

    September 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. kathy

    The good people of Virginia are tired of the same ol' politics. We need a fresh face in washington...we nned a leader who thinks like us and knows what is best for our families, and will fight for our jobs. to many factories ahve closed, to many families struggling to make ends meet. I truly believe Obama can help direct this country in a forward motion. We are white, blacks and inter racials and we're proud!....we believe inworking together for a common goal and i think tha tis what the democrats are offering. Obama represents the future in many ways and not just the first black president and may God protect him and his fmaily~

    September 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Trish Hussein - PA

    Mcwinky... LMAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Stupidity breeds stupidity. How on earth can any person with a brain of any kind bash Obama for reading from a teleprompter if they have seen McCain speak? Good lord people!!! All he does is look down! What DO you think McDang is looking at down there?? Geez!

    September 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Clinton Supporter

    All of you who think that the primary vote is somehow a reflection of the public at large better look at your political science texts again.

    Those who turn out for primaries include engaged party members, and they also include the most rabid members on both sides. They are an indicator but not a measure of future vote tallies in the general election.

    When Mr and Mrs Guy-on-the-Street get into that voting booth, America turns out to be a pretty right-wing place. So, don't hold your breath until Obama gets the nod.

    Instead, spend your energy on those Congressional races.

    September 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    OBAMA WILL TAKE VIRGINIA & THE VOTE OF

    EVERY DECENT WORKING AMERICAN. JUST

    LOOK AT WHAT BUSH & MCBUSH HAVE DONE.

    AND FOLKS THE WORST IS YET TO COME. AND

    THERE SHOULD BE NO BAIL OUT UNTIL THE

    NEW PRESIDENT IS IN. TO GIVE THE SAME SCUM

    BAGS $700 BILLION OF OUR DOLLARS IS LIKE ASKING

    A CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER TO BABYSIT YOUR

    YOUR CHILDREN. THEY ARE THE CAUSE OF IT ALL AND

    NOW REWARD THEM WITH A BAIL OUT. THEY CAN GO TO HELL.

    September 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. VAmom

    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Obama is a hypocrite too. Most politicians are. If this is the scoreboard you use to pick your President, I would suggest finding a new one.

    September 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Former Republican for Obama/Biden

    Here's one Virginia who won't be voting for the liar McCain!

    September 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. KANSAN FOR CHANGE

    GO VIRGINIA!!!! You can do it....We are counting on you to come through for us.

    September 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Mike, I don't like how President Clinton says "I understand why she's hot out there" in speaking of Gov. Palin. I think he's looking at her, while conveying perhaps that people see her as a real option as leader of the free world.

    I certainly think she's attractive, and I'm sure Bill would like to add her to his trophy list. But, Palin has lost a lot of luster since her unveiling.

    She is not transparent (perhaps not her fault, but she's not talking to the media)
    She's not honest when she talks about being a reformer (Bridge to nowhere where she kept money for a project she was initially for, and campaigned for and then turned around and changed her mind when everyone also was against it)
    She's under investigation meaning she brings baggage that isn't needed after the fiasco we've had with President Bush and VP Cheney in all of their secret meetings and hiding behind executive priviledge.

    So, I agree that Bill may be still upset that Hillary didn't win. He certainly could be helping to prop up Obama more, but I don't think he believes in any way that McCain is the guy to lead us out of the problems we currently have. Nice try though.

    September 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Sean P. In Seattle

    Come on Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, and others. We NEED the Democrats back in office.

    Jobs Gone, Economy Failin; Vote Against McCain/Palin

    Obama/Biden '08&12
    Clinton/Sebelius '16/' '20

    *Cnn PLEASE Post this, I bet you You Won't though. Why do you hate me?*

    September 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Dana from the Chi

    And for the ones who think Obama will hurt because of the racist voters, well think again. The new voters and young voters will make historic records. Also, some of the voters who say they won't vote for Obama while they are getting polled, will vote for him. Remember you don't have to declare your party in the general election only in the primary you did. A lot of voters who were polled and lied about not voting for Obama will. See it is about the economy and money don't have no other color but green on it!!! And this mess we are in now sure don't help Mccain and his cronies!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Geeque

    Obama all the way, McShame is done.

    September 24, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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