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. sandi

    To MIke:

    Now you listen very carefully. George Will, a leading conservative wrote a whole article about John McCain not having the temperment and judgement to be president. This is from his own party. And he is not the only one saying this. The last week we saw McCain shoot from the hip without knowing the facts. The ecomony is fundamentally sound, we shouldn't bail out AIG, Etc. This man clearly wants to win, but hasn't put country first, as he trys to tell us he does. Add all this to the fact that his campaign manager was on the payroll of Fannie and Freddie until last month, and he is hiding away his running mate from the media.

    The gut check responses from McCain and the hiding of Ms. Palin are just more of the Bush tactics. I, for one, have had a belly full already. It's time for an INTELLIGENT president. It's time to show the Republicans that the policies they have endorsed my whole life just havn't worked. It's time for OBAMA!

    September 24, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Jay- Washington, D.C.

    Mark Warner running for Senate helps Obama also. Warner is extremely popular in Virginia. Having someone like that running and occasionally stumping withe you trickles up. Warner is especially popular in the SW Appalachian area of VA. Add that to the popularity of Tim Kaine and Jim Webb in No. Va and SE VA and I think that the odds of VA going blue are fantastic.

    September 24, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Yeah Right

    Obama wont be leading long by his tiny small margin especially after the debate Friday. So go ahead Democrats enjoy for now. Yeah Go McCain you can't beat experience!

    September 24, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. American abroad

    John McCain is going down like the one-legged man doing the Hokey-Kokey!

    September 24, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. SD

    COME ON VIRGINIA!!! I LOVE VIRGINIA....I REALLY DO...Make the right choice this Obama!

    Palin won't talk to reporters & McCain was the brainchild behind Savings & Loans '89. Do you want the dollar to fall further, national debt to soar, more jobs for China and foreclosed homes????

    September 24, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. 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 11:31 am at 11:31 am |

    I am white, woman voting for Obama from Day 1. Our Country is
    a mess.
    NO BAILOUT. The crooks have the money in the bank!!!!!
    NO BAILOUT. Get the money that the Banks transferred overseas.
    This was well planned by CROOKS. Yes, the FBI should start at
    the tops and get back the money-in a WEEK.

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 24, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Todd

    American voters , I think, will probably find out way too late what was really important in this Presidential Election. So many are easily fooled and more easily led.

    September 24, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Aleklawyer

    It is amazing the vitriol coming from all the Obamaniacs. The plagiarizing, race-card pulling community organizer is unqualified. Thank God for the "Brady Effect." He will go down hard on election day. And all Obamanics will regret having drank the Kool-Aid.

    McCain/Palin for the next eight....

    September 24, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Charla in TX

    People need to realize...........they voted for Bush the past two terms because he was "somebody they'd like to have a beer with." Well no doubt he'd be a hell of a drinkin' buddy, but he turned out to be a lousy @$$ president.

    Now folks are in love with Sarah Palin for virtually the same reasons??

    People need to realize, that when you wake up Nov. 5 and scream OH MY GOD WHAT DID I DO......that it is too've done the damage already.......people need to think NOW and vote for the right reasons, and not your personal prejudices.

    Voting for Sarah Palin just because she is a woman is almost as stupid as not voting for Obama just because he's black. All these Dems who are switching to vote for Palin need to take a deep look inside themselves and realize that the condition of this country on a national and worldwide scale is far more important than your personal petty biases.

    If you are not voting for the good of the USA, then maybe you shouldn't vote at all.

    September 24, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    ( independant-Latina-for Obama), that lay out is great, that needs to be on a TV ad so all those people that are unsure can see the true first hand in your face reality. GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!! TRUE OBAMA/BIDEN "08"

    September 24, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Lamps

    Great, if CNN is reporting this, that means that McCain is leading!

    September 24, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. ZANE

    It looks like Virginia, Florida, Ohio and possibly Missouri will be deciding this election. It will be interesting to see if people suffering in those states stick with what got them there or will they step in a new direction.

    September 24, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Elliot

    Talking about close states, look at WI and MN. These have been blue a long time. They are now toss ups. The south will not go to Obama. And not only that, the only Great Lakes state he has is IL. It is not over yet.

    September 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. maynard hopkins wi



    September 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Dear Mr. Sawyer,
    All comments await moderation; including ones from paranoid conservatives.

    September 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. yolanda saunders

    thanks goodness

    September 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Jill

    The United States is falling apart. Yet, so many will elected for another four more years of disaster.
    It's amazing how so many Americans are so easily fooled and more easily led.

    September 24, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. MikeH

    Eric (of Virginia)

    LaJuan probably chose his words carefully, they are meant to inflame racial division. LaJuan is probably a Republican operative.

    This is the next tier of the Republican campaign. Inflaming racial division was ALWAYS part of the Republican presidential campaign plan, meant to be used when they start to lose ground.

    Get set for the Republicans to get uglier than you thought possible.

    September 24, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |

    I think Obama's campaign has got people flooding mail to cnn comments for his campaign strategy or maybe cnn is biased and selecting comments mainly from obomanites... If you don't believe it Check out other comments on other networks. It is amazing. I think if Cnn keeps this up they are going to lose alot of veiwers.

    September 24, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. James Clark

    Benjamin wrote: September 24th, 2008 10:41 am ET

    (1) Obama initiated his IL Senate campaign in the home of a man, William Ayers, who bombed the NY Police Headquarters and the Pentagon. Before this, Obama was chair of Ayers' education program (the Chicago Annenberg Challenge) — Ayer's second method to destroy the U.S. — educating the youth to hate the U.S., chaired by Obama.

    (2) Obama spent 20-years in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's congregation, which preaches hate. When Wright's controversial sermons become public, Obama repudiated him. If Obama was not running for president, he would still be attending Wright's congregation.

    (3) Obama voted 4 times to deny medical care to human beings who survive the abortion procedure. He said this creates an undue "burden" on the woman's original decision. Obama believes the woman's decision must be carried to completion, no matter the circumstances: In the womb or already born.

    Is this the type of man we want leading the U.S.???
    You've made some erroneonous conclusions from the slanted description of facts you present. The answer to the rhetorical questions is : YES WE CAN!

    September 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Va.

    Yes, "Vriginia will be blue", it's unfortunate that Virginians will put Mark Warner in the Senate. How can you mention Clinton in the same sentence with Warner? You need to do some homework before you elect Mark the facts.

    As a matter of fact, you need to also read the facts on Senator OBama and Senator Biden's voting's free and available. Come on Virginians, do not be fooled by what you're hearing and reading on TV and the other major networks.

    September 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Dana

    Lou –

    Virginia went for Barack during the Potomac primary and not Hillary.

    September 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Susan in Colorado

    Hopefully, I'm sitting in a blue state. VOTE OBAMA !!

    September 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Concerned for America

    If the CNN message boards are any indication, I am deeply troubled by the collective ignorance of the American populace. You idiots are about to get what you deserve.

    September 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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