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. lisa

    The polls are getting closer because some the details of some of the stories are always being reported. A case in point: Sarah Palin is taking heat for the road to nowhere. The former governor is the one that sign the contract. If Palin had cancelled it, the contractors would still have to be paid. Better to have the road built that may be used in the future then paid for the contract and have nothing.
    Also alot of people may not be aware that both Biden and Obama voted twice to keep the Bridge to No Where project alive. Be sure to have all the information before making a decision.

    September 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. kescia

    LaJuan,
    Don't make the mistake of making this about race. The majority of white Americans are people of good will and it will take that strength of character to elect the only right choice–Barack Obama.

    September 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Sheila

    McWinky, McCain has to read the cards because he is too stupid to read a telepromter. Sarah Palin great because she went to 6 different schools to earn a B.S. in jounalism, so she should be expected to read a telepromter, then she needs to teach grandpa McCain.

    September 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    McCain's abilities as a world leader are a MYTH perpetuated by the Republicans. He is an out of date not very bright man who seems to be losing not only his credibility but his memory as well. The election of McCain will create a new world order with America's voice a secondary player.

    More than on the economy, McCain has the same failed policies as Bush.

    September 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. ME

    Campbell missed the part of Gov Palin's speech that specifically said she is not going to Washington to "seek the good opinion" of the Dem Media Elite. There is nothing ambiguous in that statement. I thought Campbell was educated??

    September 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Let's Face Facts

    McCain wanted the same attention that Obama was getting. He was really jealous. So he goes out and picks Sarah- -and boy is he getting attention, but in the wrong way. Her appoval ratings are going down because America realizes she just doesn't have what it takes to be the next in line for the presidency. She has trooper-gate looming over her head, she's afraid of the press, and she's not smart enough, I'll say it.

    The first woman VP should have a higher IQ. It's not just enough to be a woman, you have to have the credentials, and Sarah does not have them.

    September 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. lolo from nc

    Gooch...FYI the bridge to nowhere never got built so maybe you should get your facts straight. Poor Lou ....West Virginia is what you are talking about. Obama spanked Hillary in VA.

    September 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Tarheel State

    Come On North Carolina, turn it BLUE!

    September 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. CNN BIASED?

    Print this CNN..
    I think Obama's campaign has got people flooding mail to cnn Ticker 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 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. KATHLEEN

    Rebecca.
    Who says "I think everyone understands.....................what McCain
    has lied about.
    That is a kind statement, Rebecca, but, they may see that McCain
    Palin our liars and they may even believe that McCain is not good
    for our Country, but some, my dear, WILL NOT VOTE FOR A BLACK
    MAN AT ANY COST TO THEM OR THEIR BELOVED!!!!.
    In essence, Rebecca, they are blind thru being very racist people.
    And, some, just "think" they will be able to hang on to their money,
    but, they will not!!!!! Only the top 5% will survive a McCain Presidency.
    And ALL of America can just sit down an cry for our Great Nation!
    Obama Biden 2008 or Sink!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. MK, Detroit, MI

    Those of you who are voting for the McLiar ticket must like the fact that we are in the midst of a 700 billion dollar bail-out, which we the taxpayer have to pay, as well as spending millions a month on 2 war fronts without a conclusion, a lot of us are losing our homes, jobs and most of all our human dignity and yet there are still those people who vote the republican brand. If these folks have their way, I guess we will meet you in the breadlines. People wake up! We need a change!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. rowzeer

    Inat....at least we let Biden speak on his own....Palin is kept hidden away from reporters

    September 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. RepubNoMore

    I'm in VA and all I will honestly say that McCain is fighting an uphill battle here. Virginia is no longer a Republican strong hold. I know this isn't very scientific, but of all the bumper stickers/ yard signs I see in VA for the two candidates....at least 85% are for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Lynn in NM

    Is it election day? Then it really doesn't matter what the polls say. There is only one poll that makes a difference – the election.

    September 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Martinsville in Virginia

    We're glad Obama made a visit here a few weeks ago, and definately it's refreshing to know that Mark Warner will be part of the president's circle of friends. Warner did more for this city than we could ever imagine during the tough times and the very fact that Obama would follow him here speaks volumes. Of course we don't matter to the McSenile's of the world, and all the crazy folk with "McCain Country" signs in their yard need a wake up call. McCain treats Southside VA like his extra cars and houses, he forgets about them.

    Martinsville for Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. ME

    Well'
    Campbell missed the part of Gov Palin's speech that specifically said she is not going to Washington to "seek the good opinion" of the Dem Media Elite. There is nothing ambiguous in that statement. I thought Campbell was educated??

    September 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. California Gold

    The burning issue of this campaign has and continues to be the economy. McCain's record and rhetoric have submarined his campaign and will certainly cost him the election. Obama has remained professional, polished, knowledgeable and talks to the voters about the issues and what he offers. That is why Virginia will go Democrat November 4th. It's the economy. When you are hungry, your children are living without, you are unemployed or underemployed, at risk of losing your home or in foreclosure, can't afford basic utilities and the future is more of the same, those issues will be driving the voter's decision.

    September 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Be Careful What You Wish

    John got tired of going to his campaign rally's and hearing crickets. LOL, so he picks Gidget and she packs them in, but there's only one thing wrong. She is not qualified to be the VP–really she isn't.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Reality

    McCAIN / PALIN the next US disaster if the win this election

    September 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    GET LOST YOU REPUBLICAN THIEVES, NO MORE SUCKING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DRY, YOU PEOPLE HAVE DONE ENOUGH TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. BYE- BYE- IDIOTS OBAMA/BIDEN "08"

    September 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Candy West Virginia

    Liz – I guess when they finish Palin's investigation, IF she ever cooperates or ALLOWS her people to testify. What kind of transparency is that?
    Riddle – How is a person ready to be VP but not ready to give interviews or be vetted by the public?
    McCain/Palin = disaster for our country = pathological liars!

    September 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Tommy

    To Doug in Jersey & Dan in New York:

    Lose the socialism argument. We already have socialism coming from the White House with Bush! Have you been paying attention? They are for socializing our financial markets and banking system and you are worried about socialism under Obama? Get a new argument because Bush is now a socialist !!!

    September 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. JC from Boston

    I'm Latino and voting for McCain/Palin because I don't need hand me downs and successful people subsidizing my existence.

    September 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Steve

    Virginia shouldn't be a problem for McCain. Since I live here in heavily democratic SW VA, I know too many Democratic friends who will be voting for Warner (D) and McCain (R). Obama is too repulsive for most working Democratics.

    September 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Lou.........you are getting Virginia mixed up with West Virginia.

    September 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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