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. Nando, Florida

    JUST SAY NO TO MCCAIN /PALIN Virginia !

    September 24, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. laura

    I just saw a poll that Obama is up in virgina by 4. I think CNN is trying to be Fox news. good-bye CNN, Hello MSNBC.

    September 24, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Brandon - Gahanna, Ohio

    Wow. Looks like the people of Virginia are getting smart like they are in other states. People aren't fooled by the McLiar & Daily Scandal Palin campaign's bs lies.

    September 24, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Gary

    OHIO and INDIANA – REDEEM YOURSELVES!! You voted TWICE for Bush – haven't you learned ANYTHING?

    Obama/Biden – if America is to survive....

    September 24, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Phoenix

    SS, I am a Republican, and I hate to agree with you. My party has been so busy trying to attract the bigot vote until we have lost sight of our fundamentals. I never thougth I would see the day when the Democrats not only had a higher moral ground, but just right all the way around.

    Republicans who will not go home because of McCain and Palin. Go Obama.

    September 24, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Disturbed

    Why are we talking about this when our "misunderstood" friend from Iran is talking trash on our own soil? Does this not concern anyone?

    September 24, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Liz

    CNN, you always seem to anxious to let the voters know when Obama is either ahead or closing the lead held by McCain but we hardly ever hear the same when its McCain. I am now tired of your bias against McCain and I am disappointed that a media outlet such as CNN is so totally absorbed on the Obama side. Why does CNN not come right out and say that they endorse Obama so we will know then that's why the reporting is so one-sided. When we do see reports on McCain/Palin they are always so negative that I don't even read them anymore. The same way your reporters can go and dig up negative reports on Palin why don't CNN really, really start probing in Obama's background.

    With this investigation going on now by the FBI regarding Wall Street, I am sure there are alot of democrats and also Obama's campaign people are worried because there may be things out there that we have not heard of as yet. Let's see which side is going to be involved in this corruption.

    September 24, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. demwit

    Warning! Warning!! American is still divided by ideology. But if Obama doesn't win.., it must be because American's are racists.(LMAO)

    September 24, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    LIAR LIAR – PANTS ON FIRE!!!
    Last I heard – OBAMA was UP UP UP UP by 3 points OVER mcSAME!! That's right – keep showing these polls that "MAKE BELIEVES" mcSAME is ahead!!!! OBAMA will win in VA because I ALONE – registered over 76 people and our registration is UP by over 280,000!!!

    EVERYONE IS IN FOR A "RUDE AWAKENING" – YOUR POLLS "ARE NOT" POLLING "PEOPLE LIKE ME"....

    OBADEN 2008-2016 YES WE CAN

    September 24, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. USA in 08

    John "What Obama Said But I Said It First" McCain has been one step behind at every turn from the beginning.

    Someone witht he judegment to pick Palin as VP surely cannot lead this country anywhere but in the same direction Bush has.

    September 24, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. VIRGINIA'S FOR OBAMA

    WE WON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN . WE LOVE THE OBAMA /BIDEN TICKETS .

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Willow

    The only thing I know is that the last time we listened to the pundits and talking heads in conservative media, we ended up with George Bush. Enough said.

    September 24, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    NC is a state filled with really great, decent, kind, respectful, honest, patriotic Americans so Obama cannot win that one. However, Virginia is being infested by the worst people in America from the DC metro area moving there and giving more and more votes to the immoral, hateful, dishonest, anti-American liberal Democrats.

    Everyone needs to know that this is all about color, Red Vs. Blue that is, not the lies that the lib media is telling you. The good people of this nation who are honest, do the right thing, support their own families, give to the takers through insane taxes, and want this nation to prosper and be its best must unite and understand that a socialist in the White House might be a nice wake up call to save our nation in the long term. However, this nation may not survive 4 years of Obama, and worst of all, we may not have the oppertunity to vote him out when that right among many others we hold dear, are taken from us from the left.

    Just read their posts, do you not think a majority of Democrats don't want at the very least the rights of Americans who disagree with them stripped away? I think at this point it is clear that they want us exterminated as well. The average liberal Democrat is more against a conservative American than they are an Al Queda terrorist, they now admit to this, they don't even try to hide it. Wake up before it is too late.

    September 24, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. jim, kansas city MO

    Here is what "Jim's Poll Extraordinaire" says, McCain is leading in majority of the states, especially in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia and Michigan. It is as reliable as all the polls out there, and I did not have to spend a dime to conduct it.
    Publish this and I expect a lot of comments.

    September 24, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Candi

    Everyone has not been polled. Obama will take Virginia.

    September 24, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Va will turn blue. We are tired of McShame and Palin. Palin is a joke. Everything she has said so far has been a lie. She is a flake.

    September 24, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. a grad student in science

    GOBAMA!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    That will be real funny (GIDGET Leaves ALASKA) , Have sarah coming out of a rally and media standing there, then she sees them and starts running, jumping in a car, then she shows up again at another place getting out of the car and the media comes from around a building and she starts running again with senile Mcsame standing there saying, ( MY FRIENDS, MY FRIENDS, don't bother her she doesn't know where she is, now that would be funny as hell!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN (08)

    September 24, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Bertha

    Get rid of the Bum team- sick of Cain and Pain.
    Get rid of the drama and the drama queen.
    You think Americans are stupid?
    Get rid of this trash.

    September 24, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. DPavel

    When giving times, could we get a timezone next to them? Please?

    September 24, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Jim Hall

    MCCAIN AND HIS COHORT PALIN ARE COMPLETE IDIOTS. HE NEEDS TO BACK TO ARIZONIA WHERE HIS BRAIN CAN BAKE SOMEMORE IN THE HEAT AND SHE NEEDS TO GO BACK TO MOOSE COUNTRY AND COOK MOOSE BURGERS IF THAT IS POSSIBLE JIM HALL KANSAS CITY MISSOURI.

    September 24, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. blaising

    Comin' to get ya, McCreep...better get your war on!!

    You're gonna get spanked by the minority guy!!

    September 24, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Palin Power, really?

    "From my NYC hotel room, I can see Chinatown, Little Italy, and Little Ukraine! Golly, this trip to NYC sure was a swell one. I will be an expert in foreign policy in no time, Charlie!"

    September 24, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. JohnJon

    Obama now leads McCain among likely voters by 52 percent to 43 percent, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
    Maybe now Americans are finanly waking up

    September 24, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Anonymous

    please tell bill and hillary to stay home, it's ovious they are still pouting over hillarys loss., poor losers.

    September 24, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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