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. KARA

    People are suffering in Virginia. It will be interesting to see if they stick with what got them there or will they step in a new direction.
    OBAMA/BIDEN in 08!

    September 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. SeattleVoter

    Those who continue to support McCain / Palin must be delusional if they believe he will change the course of the country and the severe economic pain it’s facing. Their campaign will not allow Palin more than 29 seconds with the press. They also fought to have the VP debates format changed so that she would not be forced to play defense. There’s something wrong with this picture America! The McCain / Palin ticket will say and do anything to win your support and this election. In the latest polls 83% of Americans believe this country is headed in the wrong direction and perhaps facing a recession. If only 17% of Americans feel our economy is strong then why in the world is this election process so close? McCain is 9% maverick since he has supported Bush nearly 91% of the time. This isn’t change and our country will only continue down the same path of self-destruction.

    September 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Lia

    What does it means to the world that Palin as a president met Kaizai???
    It means, " American empire is at it's ending" .
    What does it means to American people??? Be prepared for the worst!!!
    It is a scary situation if Palin get the presidency!!!
    Obama/Biden!!

    September 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. KATHLEEN

    Obama Supporters:
    DO NOT be surprised when Obama loses thru McCain Palin
    lies and cheating! DO NOT BE SURPRISED!!!!! McCain will win.

    Americans are either too stupid, not educated on policies, or racist
    but A BLACK MAN WILL NOT WIN THIS RACE. They, Hannity, Rove,
    Bill Clinton, Ann Coulter, Limbaugh WILL destroy his possibilities of
    winning. YES THEY WILL.

    Americans let it happen. They just let it happen!!!!!!

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Ray Fisher

    I wish McCain and his bobble head doll running mate would simply go home. Mr. Negative hasn't had an independent thought in years. He even has his son involved in failed banks so he seeks to ruin our system with each generation of his family. America needs a break from the Bush's and McCain's in our government and elect some new faces!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Tony

    As a swing vote I am still waiting for the candidate to start discussing how they will successfully take on the oath of President. My vote goes to the first candidate that stops bashing the other.It is out of control and we the people want to hear how each candidate will implement their policies not how the other will implement. Lets get on with the campaign and someone step up to the plate. it is getting real old the same old garbage.

    Tony in Washington DC

    September 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Kasparov

    Sorry, do all the polls you want. Come November, 3/4 of the mad Clinton supporters will not show up or vote for McCain regardless of what they tell the pollsters. Mrs. Clinton was treated unfair by her party and its leaders. Virginia is lost already for Obama. November will be National Backlash month.

    September 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Chuck

    That Other Jerry

    Jerry:

    You say Obama better watch it if he wins because there will be 49% of the people who did not support him and therefore he is not receiving a clear mandate.

    Well bud, your GWB sure did what the hell he wanted even though knowing the nation was split between him and Gore and Kerry. Gore even wo nthe popular vote. But Bush sure made it clear after winning that he thought he had a mandate to do what he wanted.

    Should it be pay back time. What do you think?

    But as many of us have more sense then Bush and his backers (of which I'm sure you were a tthe time) we'll advise Obama to look to both sides of the isle for ideas and suggestions before making decisions. Something we and you are not used too.

    September 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Rob

    the only thing Blue in Virginia will be Srah Palin when they see how big the losoe by

    September 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Collin

    Do Republicans ever stop whining about the liberal media? The only truly biast network on television is Fox News. No spin zone....hahahaha

    September 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    we elected 2 oil-based politicians into office. We inherited two wars and an economy greased in oil, greed and deceptions.

    Let's not elect 2 more oil-based politicians (mcBushainand PalChiney) into office again. Let's not repeat the same mistake. If we elect these two warlords in office, we'll miss Bush and Cheney.

    September 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Independent in Fairfax, VA

    I'm all about a balance of power, but in this election, I truly hope to see VA go blue. Down with the neocons. Bring some integrity back to politics.
    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Michelle

    Actually McCain is UP by three points in VA.

    CNN, why are you deleting my comments? Do you believe in free speech or does the C in your acronym stand for "Controlled"?

    Newsflash! In 1999, Sarah was caught tearing off the mattress
    tag on a newly bought mattress for her home. She did this even though the mattress tag issued a stern "do not remove" warning.
    MSM has the shocking details!

    Meanwhile, MSM fails to investigate or report on Obama's relationship to Ayers.

    Shame on you, MSM. Can you honestly look in the mirror and call yourselves "journalists"?

    Will you delete this comment also? Probably.

    September 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Andy

    Alert!
    Ron Paul just hit one out of the park at the hearing

    September 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. FIRST IT WAS PALIN SPEAKING IN TONGUES NOW IT IS MCCRYPT AS WELL!

    It is worth noting that Goldfarb states the charge is "demonstrably" false, but provides no proof to contradict the article.

    Just more lies and rants from the McCrypt camp.

    September 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. CNN BIASED?

    CNN read your comments... it is all about how great thy Obama is and your not biased? Cnn why don't you just get a site for bashing McCain and Pailin, it is obvious whoever chooses these comments are Democrats. I think America should boycott Cnn.

    September 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Viet Vet

    mike and his attempt #23

    Shoulda stopped at 0- -Heard any lies from your man's camp Mikey?
    McBomb's whole campaign is to lie, why can't you see it?
    Open your eyes man!!! I'm not saying Obama is our savior – -not even close BUT he is the best guy for the job. If McCain tips over do you want the screech owl Palin to run this country? If that don't happen do you sant a 72 year old geezer flip-flopping liar? Give Obama a chance.
    At least he can speak intelligently – -unlike our current Bozo.

    September 24, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Beverly - Northern VA

    Well my ENTIRE family is voting for Obama and we live in Virginia. My sons, 24 and 25 yrs. old, my husband and I. Since Palin can't give interviews and doesn't feel the American people need to review her resume and qualifications to become VP and possibly President, then I don't think she deserves a vote from us. This is America and EVERYBODY if they want to get a job must go on an interview. How dare she not let the media question her regarding her credentials. What are we suppose to vote for her just because she says "she's ready?" You want the job you have to be interviewed. Since she thinks she is above that or is afraid, then I am afraid she is not VP material.

    September 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Sweetie

    I can't wait until the debate this Friday!

    After three days of cramming "Foreign Affairs" the "Empty Suit" will totally bomb without a TelePrompTer to read!

    He will be UMMMMM UMMMMMMMMMM UMMMMMMMMMMMM!

    What a Joke!

    Vote for True Leaders!

    September 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. reagan

    Democrats such as myself are not voting for O' Baaaaaa 'ma.

    John Kerry anyone? Anyone? If anything polls show that they have no significant outcome of the actual general election.

    O'Baaaaaa 'ma is not qualified to run a Lemonade stand.

    McCain/Palin 08
    Hillary 2012

    September 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. ME

    Campbell Brown = Chris Mattews

    September 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. KATHLEEN

    Children and relatives of the elderly in Florida. For GOD's sake, educate your parents. They will be living with you!!!! Privatize S.S.
    means the money will go on the block to WALL STREET.

    YOU CHILDREN TALK TO THE ELDERLY that don't know better!!!!

    OBAMA BIDEn 2008

    September 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Well Mike has sure drawn some liberal fire. As one who has had numerous comments stuck in perpetual moderation I feel his pain. From the comments that make it, you would think that 90% of the country supports Obama. Let's tackle a few of the more obvious lies from Obama supporters with a fact check:
    Keating 5: McCain was exonerated, but 3 DEMOCRATIC senators were found guilty. None of the 3 ran for reelection, but none were prosecuted, as the Congress was Democratically controlled at the time.
    Both Hillary and Biden have said the Obama is not ready to lead during the primaries.
    The bridge to nowhere was voted for by Obama and Biden twice!!! When offered the chance to shift those funds to rebuild a bridge damaged by hurricane Katrina, they voted to keep the funds going to the bridge to nowhere.
    The Pentagon did not stop Obama from visiting the wounded troops in Germany. The hospital was all set for the visit. Obama cancelled. He ended up playing basketball in a gym.

    September 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Sally from Cali

    We need a steady hand and a level head to get this country out of this mess that has been created since Clinton left office.

    It's going to take Obama 4 years to get us all back on point. McCain may not even last through his first term.

    McCain has demonstrated his quick temper and lack of judgment as recently as when he said to fire the head of the SEC without even examining all of the facts related to the latest Wall St. catastrophes.

    America, do you want to take that risk with your future, your home, your job, your sons' lives, your child's future?

    September 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Jen

    Lou,

    Virginia went double digist for OBAMA not Hillary in the primaries. Warner is winning by 20 points here for the open senate seat. I think that will draw in more people tthan the polls realize when the are voting and don't want to split ticket.

    September 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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