September 24th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 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. I suggest the prejudice folks start saving up!!!

    Obama is going to win for the reasons President Clinton said. After 8 years of Republican mess the entire country is leaning democratic. All Obama has to do is hold on to the Kerry states and win Colorado, Iowa and New Mexico (where he has been leading in the polls all summer long). Any upsets such as Virginia or North Carolina will be icing on the cake. There are just too many ways for Obama to win.

    I suggest the people who are afraid of having a black president, start saving for therapy right now!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Janelle in Annandale, VA

    I've only seen and encountered Team Obama here in my neighborhood of Annandale in NoVA. They are making house calls, phone calls, emails, you name it, they are out in force. Occasionally, you'll see a McCain sticker, but they are far and few in between. Everyone I talked to in my neighborhood is voting Obama because they are fed up. I truly hope Obama wins VA, but will continue to hold my breath until the results are in Nov. 4th.

    Obama/Biden '08
    Mark Warner for Senate '08
    Connolly for Congress '08

    September 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. saveyourrhetoric

    If I didn't live in this country, too, I'd say let Obama win and let all you liberals get what you are hoping for and deserve. If it wasn't so sad, it would be fun to sit back and watch.

    September 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Ontaya

    So happy our country will be united this time around. Change is due and needed American's united as one!

    September 24, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Anna PA

    Barbara Gooch

    You need to get your facts straight. The bridge was NEVER built.
    Palin was in office and for the bridge before the congress shot it down.
    Then she was against it. You are ill informed so that is why you will make an ill informed vote.

    Thankfull the majority of us will vote OBAMA/BIDEN and save your butt.

    September 24, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    McBlackberry = Etch-a-Sketch

    September 24, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Will Bumgardner

    I think Kathleen hit it on the head. A lot of people will NOT vote for Obama simply because he's black. We can dissect these polls 137 different ways, but I am fairly confident that the vast majority of people that respond to them are not "racist" (either consciously or unconsciously).

    Honestly, I'm not voting for Obama, but that's because I don't believe him. I could care less if he was male, female, black, green, red, teal, whatever. I truly think it's sad that there are people out there that won't vote for him simply because of the color of his skin.

    September 24, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Gus

    The republicans should stop, take a breath and think how they are going to change their ideas and attitudes. Our country is collapsing and they don't get it. They truly believe we are still in the 1960s when life was good. Guys, grow up. The world has moved on and we must change or die as a country. Obama/Biden 08.

    September 24, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Hispanic For McCain

    Wow can't believe all these Liberals Dem are that STUPID!!! Why can you accept that OBAMA is not going to win VA. The Hispanic people are going to decide the election and folks McCain/Palin will get the Majority of the LATINOS Votes. The Puertorican in Bronx, NY are going to McCain/Palin 08. I have 20-25 family members that are die hard DEM that went to Hillary are NOT supporting OBAMA. The Majority of Puertorican are going to McCain/Palin. They don't trust OBAMA at all.

    Hispanic for McCain/Palin08

    September 24, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. 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 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. mark

    Obama will be great for America, a FRESH start !!!

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Travers

    Isn't that just like a Devilcrat always checkin his Winky just like Bill Clinton.

    We need to stop the Obamanation!

    September 24, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. POOR GARY!


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12

    September 24, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. mike s.

    It seems to me that the fact that it is so close in VA does not fare well at all for Obama. As I recall, he was bragging all throughout the primary how he was going to sweep Virginia. Remember all of that talk about "candidate for change, new politics, going to change the electoral map. . ." Yeah; right. All talk, no substance.

    McCain/Palin '08
    Hillary 2012

    September 24, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Seriously, republicans are the last people who should be getting on ANYONE for crazy preachers. The GOP is full of them.

    September 24, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Tony Z-MD

    The demographics in VA are looking better for Obama. The military influence is more mid to lower VA. Just remember that Officers vote different from enlisted.

    Obama will sweep No Va. Be competitive in the Tidewater area.

    September 24, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Independent for McCain

    Virginia will vote for McCain because he is a true patriot American like his father and grandfather. Obama, well father from Kenya and grandparent from Kenya too.
    I wonder will Barack Hussein Obama be impartial if there is conflict between US and Kenya? Will his judgement be independent? Definitely will not happen to McCain.

    September 24, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Cindy

    MCcain has had his chance- 26 years, He's now out of chances!

    McCain Palin team- THANKS BUT NO THANKS!

    September 24, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. mike

    these slime bags are going after pollsters now. suck it up, when usa gallup came out with obama losing by 10 after the republican hate fest, obama didn't complain at all! losers

    September 24, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. FactCheck

    > Trust Me Obama Cannot Be Trusted!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, by all means go ahead and trust a paid Republican blogger hiding behind a screen name over a candidate that has been thoroughly vetted and questioned in the public over the course of the last 18 months. That worked out SOOO WELL for the US during the last 2 elections.

    September 24, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Phillip

    Can someone tell Obama to continue to talk about the economy every single day? The only way he will win is if he keeps talking about the economy. Even during the foreign policy debate he should relate it back to the economy. If the American people actually vote McCain in with this economy then we deserve what we get.

    September 24, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Patty

    A Rep like me is not voting for McCain and Palin for many reason.
    1 Palin isn't fix to be VP
    2 McCain is wrong on Economics
    3 McCain will not support bring home the troops from Iraq (Bush is doing it)
    4 McCain ideology of deregulation
    5 McCain wants a war with Iran and Russia
    6 McCain brought back the out of main stream ideology
    7 McCain voted against workers rights
    8 McCain voted against our Iraqi and Afghanistan Vets

    September 24, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Bill

    Look what experience has given us the last 7+yr..Bush!

    September 24, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Dr. John Gold

    Most people understand how this all works. McCain may not have been the first choice by hard core conservatives. Some are still holding out. But unlike Hillary voter who have more than held out, many have switched sides and are now voting for McCain, these undecided voters will when faced with voting for a national hero like John McCain or someone who is almost a socialist like Obama; these moderate and conservative people of Virginia will pull the lever for John McCain. As a matter of fact, I believe McCain will win by a larger margin than Bush over Kerry. People want a Mavrick in White House.

    September 24, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Vincent, Great Lakes IL

    Benjamin 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.???

    No, I would rather have a man who cheat's on his wife and offers his current wife parade around in a topless biker contest.

    What an idiot.

    September 24, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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