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. jake

    @mike
    hey bro, you might wanna consider spelling "writes" and "McCain" correctly when you're trying to insinuate everyone else is making un-educated decisions. you can't even spell the name of the man you're promoting.

    September 24, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Josh

    I can't wait until people are fed up with how the dems run things. Its not like they haven't controlled congress for the last few years.

    September 24, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Thomas

    Just the fact that Virginia is so close is saying a lot. Evidently many people in Virginia are not buying the Republican story any more.

    Virginia used to be a secure Republican state. Not any more.

    I think there is a real chance that Virginia can go Blue.

    We are just not buying what McCain is selling

    Stupid is not in style this election season in Virginia.

    September 24, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Tommy

    McCain is big when it comes to being a liar. He is really a small man with a serious napoleonic complex who props up his shortcomings with trophy women.

    September 24, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Mark

    Hey Mike...if you're such a huge McCain supporter.....please learn to spell his name.

    September 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. More George Bush Please

    OMG, you mean I can't have my favorite president's policies back, just for 4 more years. I'm begging you America please vote for McCain so we can have 4 more years of misery and dismay. Four more years of George Bush Policies, please, America, please. I want to pay $9 a gallon for gas, I want to continue to torture people, I want the fat cats to get even richer on my tax dollars–NOT.

    No one in their right mind is voting for McSame and I'm so glad America is getting smart.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Former Hillary supporter

    I agreed. Those paid bloggers from Obama camp are using CNN to make people believe that the whole world is with Obama. They are dead wrong! Almost 6 mil of Hillary supporters like me will not vote for him at all! I mean 30% of 18,000,000 cracks!

    September 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Jean, CANADA

    Hey CNN...are you going to report on John Mccain's campaign manager Rick Davis and his involvement with the Freddie Mac scandal??!!!!

    According to trhe New York Times and Newsweek His firm (Davis Manafort) was being paid $15000 dollars a month up until the end of last month (until Freddie Mac was bailed out by the goverment) to do NOTHING other than to get access to a potential future president Mccain!!!!! Mccain, if he had knowledge of such things should IMMEDATELY terminate his candidacy and if he didn't have prior knowledge should fire Rick Davis from his campaign and should be subsequently charged with fraud.

    September 24, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Noah

    "Lou" above posted something completely moronic stating that VA went to Hilary in the primaries by double digits! Everyone but Lou knows that the exact opposite happened. Lou please don't post anymore misinformation and CNN please screen this stuff out. Thanks.

    September 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Really Mike???

    Mike, maybe it took 23 tries to get your post through because it is all fiction. Try discussing facts and maybe your posts will go up faster.

    September 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Mcbush or Obush

    I saw Virginia on a map once, so that renders me qualified to generalize about every voter in every county, city and the entire state.

    What a joke this election has become. Just like the last 8 years, you sheep will get exactly what you deserve.

    September 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Tony Radell

    To Mr. Obama show: Do you think the country is going in the RIGHT DIRECTION? We got here by electing your hometown boy. How's this for a solution, vote in Obama. If the country is not in a better place in 4 years, vote Republican again. Sound fair?

    September 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Rick in NC

    If the people taking these polls are the same ones calling me then these polls aren't worth anything. I long ago stopped answering the phone for 'out of the area', and 1800 calls. I think the people that have made up their mind aren't answering anymore so you are only getting the one that are curious, can't help themselves anwering the phone, no caller ID, or haven't made up their mind. Maybe 15-20% of voters. Hence the major swings in these polls.

    September 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Michele

    I am an Obama supporter and I have to agree with Mike. It is very telling what Bill Clinton and Joe Biden are saying. I do respect the fact that Biden disagreed with ad attacking McCain's inability to use a computer, i questions his motivation for saying it on national television. Also, I am not convinced that the Clintons want Obama to win. I think they are doing just enough to make it look good. Bill Clinton is obviously still very mad at Obama and Hillary is just biding her time until 2012.

    September 24, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. AMERICA IS IN NEED OF NEW LEADERSHIP

    I love AMERICA......................

    DON'T BE AFRAID ...........................CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VOTE FOR THE MOST INTELLECTUAL GUY THIS TIME.

    DON'T BE AFRAID OF SOMEONE WHO HAS ACTUALLY WALKED IN YOUR SHOES...

    DON'T BE AFRAID OF SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY HAS A STAKE IN THE NORMAL AMERICAN FAMILY. (NOT THE RICH)

    VOTE WHAT'S RIGHT..............ONLY "GOD" CAN BE OUR JUDGE NOT A REPUBLICAN PARTY......DON'T BE FOOLED.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Obama sucks

    This is hilarious. I can not believe how leftist this website is. There's actually people reading these comments and cherrypicking the pro-Obama ones per the orders of the managers at CNN.

    If my first comment gets posted I will be surprised. I know the media in general is traditionally liberal (except foxnews), and that's fine, but I wonder how much CNN or Ted Turner has given to the Obama campaign.

    September 24, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. al in memphis

    To WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW-

    Maybe you like to trust the people who are giving you the $700 billion bailout, or the S&L bailout, or Enron, or Bear Sterns. I guess in your book it's okay for the average American to be paying the bills for the mistakes of the rich. Maybe you be more comfortable with doubling the $700 billion bailout.
    At what point do you call those THE MISTAKE OF A LIFETIME.

    September 24, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. faye, NV

    Come on Virginia and make to CHANGE, it is time for Bush/Palin/McCain to own up to their mistakes and lies.

    The country need to improve by making the 180 degree turnaround, elect Obama/Biden.

    September 24, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Susan

    It is going to be one of, if not the closest races in history.

    September 24, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. david

    Wait! Weren't you all the same people who, when McCain took a huge jump in the polls, said polls don't mean anything?

    September 24, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Wayne

    I changed my vote from Obama to McCain. Please post this

    September 24, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Droab

    I think that many of the Virginians are right that the Red may turn Blue this election, there. I am in Florida which I am confident will stay red. Not a psychic, but called it in 2000 election, but had the wrong state in which the election rested. Had Gore beating Bush in '00 popular vote, but losing election. Obama will win by 2-3% points but lose the electoral college by 5 to 12 votes. One is factor of independent candidate Barr will have in states that McCain will win, and support will peel off and go for Barr to narrow the margin. Two other sources and reasons will be posted closer to the election. National polls mean nothing, watch states and the voter registration just might be skewed in some of the states. Independents aren't allowed to vote in Florida presidential primaries, so they had to pick a party if they wanted to vote. Just a thought.

    September 24, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Hey welcome from 10:42,
    You say we can't trust Obama. Ok. Why? What policy positions that he's changed makes you say that? While you go scrounge up something on Rezko (proven untrue, even by the conservative Chicago Tribune), Ayers (Obama was 8 when Ayers was doing his thing – please), or whatever else, let's drop a little knowledge on McCain. Hmm, let's see.
    Well, just today we see that McCain's campaign manager was getting paid by the same entity who is looking to be bailed out by your tax dollars. The same entity which didn't want regulation which is why they're now failing and the gov't has to take a socialist approach to bail them out.
    Or, how about the Keating 5 scandal? McCain survived, but there were millions of Americans who lost a lot of money on ANOTHER financial scandal where McCain was involved in influence peddling.
    More broadly, how about he being for deregulation "I'm a dergulator at heart" and his close frined Phil Gramm the architecht of dergulation in the late 90's, but NOW he's for regulation? Or
    McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.) Or
    how about trying to take credit for the GI Bill written by Sen. WEbb even though a) he specifically said he didn't support it and went to California to fundraise instead of going back to DC to vote one way or the other like every other Senator and b) actually sponsoring a competing bill?
    Or, if you want to make it personal, how about trusting McCain on staying ture to his family and vows? I guess Carol, that'd be his first wife, wasn't worthy to stay true to?

    So, you say McCain is trustworthy? There are just a few reasons why he isn't. YOur turn.
    And, oh yeah, there a LOT of people in Dallas, in Houston, in SA, in the Valley, in East Texas who are all voting for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Gidget Sees A Microphone--Oh My

    McLame can't even make a good VP pick. He picked Sarah-Could-You-Be-More-Like-Gidget-Palin and we're supposed to sit back and say yes, McLame, that was a great choice.

    She is an idiot, an no amount of cramming will prepare Gidget for taking on the WORLD. Wake up America and do the right thing for America and not your GOP party.

    I would stick a microphone in Gidget's face everyday, if only to see the look of sheer panic in her eyes. She is not ready for prime time, really, she isn't. We've heard more from Cindy, than the VP. How lame is that? I'll tell you, that's John McLame lame.

    September 24, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. simon

    How can we trust McSame to handle this economic meltdown? Isn't this the same person who was at the center of the savings & loan meltdown? Isn't this the same person who, for more than 26 years, has embraced deregulation like it was his grandma? Clearly, Sen. McCain does not have the track/voting record to install long-term market management controls.

    September 24, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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