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

Polls show McCain, Obama nearly tied in Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Dan Sczepanski, New York

    The math still looks like this:

    Obama+Biden = Dumb and Dumber = Socialist Nation = Loss of all personal liberty and income = DISASTER!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. WillCNNpostmycomment?

    "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 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Proud to be American

    Americans are wiser now .... they see what the repugs will do as the last eight years almost of Republicans have devastated our Country. You know we are doing bad when the Iran President gives us advice, good advice at that .... he stated we should take care of home ... yes take care of the domestic issues. Folks in the Red states are losing their jobs and homes too.... time are hard and getting worst.... we got to do what is necessary and that is get a Democrate into office.... No way, No how, No McCain = McBush = Bush 3rd year <== do you think we can sustain that? I think not!

    Obama and Biden 2008!

    September 24, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Anderson Dallas Texas Obama 08

    Come on VA .. Let's Go OBama 08

    September 24, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. jojodancer1119

    I am a new Virginia resident and can't wait to cast my vote for Obama! I moved from the state hit the hardest (Michigan) and as a former automotive engineer I, along with my husband, will definitely cast our votes for Obama in the wonderful state of Virginia.

    Go Obama!

    September 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Ken Sawyer

    Obama and Obiden. What a ticket. You got to watch men who smile at you while they are selling you a bill of goods. Reminds me of two car salesmen.

    September 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Thomas

    There you go again with the FUZZY MATH !

    John McBush – Dick Palin 08 !

    September 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. winkster

    Ok, we are getting down to the wire. Obama will pull away from the main stream and McCain will be history on Nov. 4th.

    There is no way the American people can continue to stand for the someone being out of touch with the local politics. It takes a community organizer to understand the everyday working people. we can no longer afford to have 4 more years of the last 8 years.

    More and more people have lost their life savings in the past week and the worst has not come as of yet. The U.S. was once the power house of nations, now we are being viewed in the world as fat cats getting rich off of the least of ours. What is up with that notion? We have got to move onward with a president that is willing to restore basic fundamental principles of governing. The far right ...extreme will not work today. To many people have lost their jobs to big business shipping them overseas to countries that pay their people 1/4 of the pay of the US worker. We have people losing their homes because the mortage crisis is REAL. Unemployment rate is higher than ever and not every American is accounted for in these stats, only people counted are those who are collecting unemployment, what about all those people out that struggling just to find a job that have exhausted their benefits?

    We need Change and we need leadership that is willing to focus on the basics.

    Go Obama/Biden.

    September 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. josephine

    too early to hit the panic button yet. dont forget that there is going to be a series of debates still and if mccain and palin can win these , the gop has a good chance to take this one. dont forget the palin factor too, so all is not doom and gloom.

    September 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. mrs.nbc

    it's all over – obama in a landslide!

    September 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Shawn

    I can't wait to see this map. Blue as far as the eye can see!
    -OBiden O8

    September 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    It is interesting to note that these boards go heavily for Obama. The reason, I suspect, is that our party (the Democrats) are really fired up this year and really think we have a winner in Barack Obama. The Republicans are not very excited by John McCain. This was made clear to me on a 2,000 mile car trip from Chicago to Mobile, AL and back last week. Four years ago, there was hardly a car south of the Mason-Dixon without a "W" sticker. This year, in 30 hours on I-65, I could count the McCain stickers using just my fingers and toes. Also, in Alabama, I saw as many Obama stickers as McCain. While Alabama is unlikely to go Blue even this year, the level of enthusiasm is telling.

    September 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Gerry

    Yea Obama! Senator Obama's message is getting the traction that it deserves. Virginia will be an Obama state in November.

    September 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Ken Sawyer

    every comment awaits moderation unless it favors liberals.

    September 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Rebecca

    I think once everyone understands the seriousness of what McCain has lied about, his run for president will be pretty much over.

    (Quote) David Donnelly, director of the watchdog group Campaign Money Watch just reported, "John McCain's campaign manager and Freddie Mac essentially had a secret half a million dollar lay-a-way plan. For almost three years, they made secret, monthly payments of $15,000 to Rick Davis for apparently no other work than for him to provide special access to a future McCain White House in exchange. If McCain knew about this, his presidential campaign should be over. If he didn't know about it, he ought to fire Rick Davis immediately."

    McSame is as dirty/immoral as they come. It always makes me laugh when someone says they're voting for McSame because of the Republican "moral platform". I guess to be moral you have to put a criminal in charge of our nation, and do things like further traumatize child rape victims by forcing the victim to give birth to their rapist's child. Yup, gotta love those sleazy Republican "morals".

    September 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Eric (formerly of Virginia)

    LaJuan WROTE:
    GET over it white america, A BLACK MAN IS READY TO LEAD!!!!



    I'm white and I'm voting Obama. You REALLY REALLY need to not say stuff like that if you don't want to turn off white voters.

    September 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS

    »The WONDERFUL Sarah Palin will CHARM the entire country.This GREAT Lady is the next Vice-President. Yes.Of course.

    September 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. B Kisicki

    If I were one of those Republican Whinners I would be ashamed of my party for putting that ""pin-up broad"" for a Vice President. Just goes to show the Republicans have NO SHAME

    September 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. US Citizen

    I will definitely vote for Senator Obama now. I was a Hillary supporter and was going to vote for McCain but I read some of his voting records and he voted a lot of important things to women. As a woman I want my equal rights as men. I am also disappointed that Palin don't give interviews to the rest of the media except Gibson and Hannity. I think she's just afraid because she doesn't know how to respond to certain subjects. As a professional woman I don't think she have the right credential to be a VP at this time when the country is in great trouble financially and two wars at the same time.

    September 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Yok

    How stupid are the people in the world or this country to think that Obama is going to help change this nation for the better.

    Obama is a Solcialist with no clothes.

    He will work on taking from the people that work hard for their money, and giving it away to people that want the government to take care of them. Unfortunately, there have become more people, immigrants, and losers that continue to bring down our nation, rather that push it back up.

    We need to FIRE about 1/3 of the government adminstartive staff that is worthless, cut back on every program, reconstruct our defense strategy, and tell many other countries they are on their own.

    What we dont need is a preacher of "it take a village", and we do not need a rookie at the helm of our ship.

    If you want 40% to 60% of what you earn to go to the worthless and carry the weight of a Solcialist Nation on your back. Then go ahead and vote for the Obamanation, and kiss this country good by.

    Wake up democrates, I was once a democrate, then I got tired of watching taxes go up. Work hard, and you will prevail.

    Obama is a Solcialist with no clothes.

    September 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Darrel from Denver

    The Republican house of cards is falling down.

    It's about time. It has become very clear what thier agenda is for the US and what it now means for us – calamity, irresponsibility, fear, uncertainty, doubt, big government, overthrow of the legislative and judicial branches of government, power to the executive branch, and on and on.

    Throw them out.

    September 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Umeadi – Minneapolis, MN

    CNN should STOP covering the Palin photo-ops until the McCain camp allows access via press interviews.
    This is unbelievable – giving them a free ride to say absolutely anything on the stump with NO ACCOUNTABILITY!


    September 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. CD

    You guys have no clue what you are about to do trying to vote for McCain! I am an Obama supporter but I will rather vote for 8 more years of Bush than vote McCain in. Are fellow Americans crazy? The difference between Bush and McCain is that John thinks he knows it all and is insane. Bush as a cowboy will shoot first and ask questions later to his advisers, McCain will shoot first and ask "Why are Americans asking me why I shot, I shot because I shot end of story". Look at McCain's track history of saying crazy things and then back-tracking and imagine if it was war because you don't get second chances to back-track and backtracking isn't McCain MO when he feels he has all the POWER.

    Please HELP! Please HELP! If we ever elect McCain the republican party will no longer exist or have the guts to talk about winning the Presidency for the next 50 years and they know it and rightly don't trust McCain.

    September 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS

    »John McCain=Next President. The LOVELY Sarah Palin=Next Vice-President. Of course. HURRAH for McCain/Palin=Presidential DREAM TICKET/TEAM!... Yes.

    September 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Lisa M

    Do you know how the Soviet Union died?

    We didn't need to bomb them, we didn't need to do much.

    We made them spend themselves to death.

    Sound familiar to what is happening today?

    September 24, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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