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. BackinObama08

    I can't WAIT for the polls to open! I want to be the first person in my part of town to NOT vote for John McCain!

    September 24, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Scratching my head..

    All states should go blue. There is really no time in our History to be more worried than now.

    Economic and finacial crisis.
    Wars we cannot afford.
    Schools failing.
    Infrastucture deteriating.

    We need to put aside partisonship and do whats best for Our Country and our FUTURE now!
    Obama-Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Niko

    I don't believe that for one minute. Nearly a tie....please. There are more Obama supporters in VA both white and black. We will see on Nov 4th when we come out to vote since we haven't been polled!

    September 24, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Bill, N.M.

    As long as McCain can keep it close, his Diebold voting machine hackers can steal it.

    September 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. gpenn FL

    I'm hoping to see that widen after this week. Virginia is very important to the Obama strategy.

    Say no to ready shoot aim McCain.

    September 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Mike

    Attempt #23 (to post a non obama loving post past CNN Censors)

    Still awaiting moderation.....

    Gee...now I know why everyone one rights...how can the polls be tied...look everyone on CNN is for Obama....

    Anyways here is attempt #23.....This is an open letter to all the moderate democrats and independents out there. No, I am not talking to those of you (which is most of you on this board) who think Obama walks on water or is the next coming of the savior, but to those of you who are willing to inform yourselves and make a rational decision. The last two to three days have been very telling. No not words from Obama or Mccaine but words from Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Bill Clinton has gone out of his way to tell you that John Mccaine is very qualified to be President. This is unheard of....it wasn't a solicitated answer it was Bill speaking himself and adding it in as a reporter tried to cut him off. Then, Joe Biden actually has the courage to say what bad judgment Sen. Obama had in running this ad against Mccaine, making fun of Mccaine's POW injuries. Since Obama is running simply on "his judgement" and not his experience this speaks volumes. Perhaps, Bill is just sore about Hilary and wants her to be able to run in 2012 again, perhaps Sen. Biden made a mistake....but to an independant moderate you just have to look at these comments and think "Do these two men really love their country enough that they are willing to buck partisan politics and endorse the right man?" Bill Clinton basically did endorse Sen. Mccaine...this is very telling. Perhaps these men love for their country is forbidding them from the USA making a big mistake in turning to a socialist government

    September 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Karen from Charlottesville

    Southwest Virginia will be pivotal. This is an area hard hit by the economy. Obama needs to show them that he not only walks the walk but talks the talk, whereas McCain says one thing but lives his life differently.

    it is a very traditional area, but I have experienced many of the people as thoughtful and really willing to listen. They don't wish to be seen as rubes, just as hard working, honest people. Obama has a lot in common with them and he needs to figure out how to make the connection.

    I wish he'd take off the gloves on Friday and talk about the Keating Five. It's really time to expose McCain's background. People hate hypocrisy.

    September 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Queen

    Relax people now we shaping up hes gonna win this election..independent voter here cant possibly vote for mccain...hes toast

    September 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Long-Time Republican for Obama - for now.

    Virginia is not stupid – they have a lot of people who want more than the empty blustering of the Republicans over the last decade. Good for them.

    September 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Obama 08.

    September 24, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    VOTERS have HAD IT with the Republican mediocre leadership that has flourished the last 8 years. Republicans have excelled at Confusing and Nasty Campaigning. All supported by the Big Corporate Giants who have driven this campaign so that a select few could enjoy a money orgie.This is not the Party of Reagan,nor even Nixon any longer. I only hope that Virginia will take the initiative to HELP CHANGE this country. The Republican Party has ALWAYS been the Party of The Wealthy ....not the average man.

    September 24, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Students - show up!

    In the 2004 election, 47% of voters aged 18-29 voted. With many new voters registered, early voting, and enthusiasm for Obama, I predict the turnout will be 65%, which is enough to push Obama over the top in states like Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina.

    These voters are not polled because they do not have landline telephones, and because they are not considered "likely voters."

    September 24, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Obama Should have this thing all locked up by now. If he and Hillary were on the same ticket he would be leading most states by a large margin. I would expect to see the polls change radically after Friday. Debates usually have a good effect on the polls. It will be nice to see Obama actually debate McCain, since we all were expecting to see this months ago before Obama backed out of it.

    September 24, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. ANGIE

    It has now come out John Mcains camp manager Rick Davis was taking 15,000 dollars a month since 2007 from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MCCAIN LIED AGAIN PEOPLE HE SAID DAVIS DOESNT DO THAT ANYMORE FACT IS HE HAS AND STILL DOES NOW COMMON SENSE PEOPLE MCCAIN CLAIMS HE WONT LET THE LOBBYISIT NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE DOORS MEANWHILE THEY ARE IN HIS CAMPAIGN MCCAIN IS A PANDERING LIAR LIAR PEOPLE YOU BETTER WAKE UP AND WAKE UP FAST!!! AND SEE JOHN MCCAIN FOR THE PERSON HE IS!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN08

    September 24, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Sarah

    In some polls Obama is up by 3%
    Virginia has many smart people who will vote Obama this time to save this country from the GOP mess we are in

    September 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. inat

    haha! Biden thought FDR was president in 1929 and that he gave a televised speech! Too funny!

    What if Palin had made that gaffe?!

    That's why the polls are still so tight – people see through the OBiden ticket's media-made facade

    September 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. BARACK THE VOTE!

    THE REIGN OF THE OPPRESSORS IS OVER, THE PEOPLE SHALL TAKE BACK WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS! "POWER TO THE PEOPLE" "DON'T DRINK THE HATERADE"!

    September 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. JO-ANN

    PEOPLE ARE FINALLY SEEING THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT MCCAIN AND PALIN.....THEY ARE LIARS AND MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH...AND AFTER FINDING OUT HIS CAMPAING MGR HAS BEEN PAID BY FANNIE MAE/ FREDDIE MAC.....UP UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT TOOK IT OVER LAST WEEK......OH BOY.....MCCAIN GOT CAUGHT IN ANOTHER LIE......

    September 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    Don't forget, in the primaries, Obama came in first, Clinton second, and then all the rpubs combined. Clinton, at second had more votes than all the republicans combined!

    September 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. carol

    Virginia is beginning to see the light......nobody in this country should stand for anymore of these ridiculous Republican party policies any longer.....we have had enough of it!!!
    John McCain is certainly NOT the master of change, how can you be against now what you have stood for the past eight years......and to even think that this man could lead this country is a joke!!!!!
    How you can want to put back into power another set of incompetent Republicans is beyond me......take a look at your life style and see how well off you are under this present government......don't lie now , see the way it really is and think about how much this country needs change.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08.

    September 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. John in Ohio

    The thing that saddens me as an Ohio citizen is that the race is closer in Virgnia and Indiana then it is in Ohio. What the eff? What is wrong with Ohio?

    Besides the fact that I can drive around anywhere outside of the cities and see yard signs and symbols openly supportive of the Klan anyway.

    September 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Debby

    Yesterday McCain was 5 up today only 1 come on CNN. Today they must have polled the Dem. part of Virginia.

    September 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. J from DC

    I have to say, I am a little thrown back by Sara Palin. She keeps saying everyday that she wants to bring transparency and reform to Washington. But she does not even have transparency in her own state. She has “instructed” her staff people (who work for her) not to answer subpoenas for the investigation on the trooper case. Citizens of Alaska have inquired about the issue, they want transparency. Now the small case has reached public interest and the rest of the public is now being ignored. Palin is saying that the investigation is now political. But, that happens when you are in office. The other side will ask question and try to shade light on any flaw they see. It is up to her to show that there is nothing to the allegations. If she won’t be transparent on that issue, I don’t think she will be transparent on any serious concerns the American people may have if she gets in office. For undecided voters, she is not being very transparent right now.

    September 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. FL4OB

    It's time to take our country back.

    Obama/Biden
    Yes we can!

    September 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Being from the great Commonwealth of Virginia, I can tell you that here in Northern Virginia, there is a lot of excitement for Obama. Several Obama representatives have stopped by my house and they have called to chat with me several times and addressed questions I had head on with clear answers.

    Both Obama and Biden have made many stops here in Northern Virginia. I have received no phone calls from the McCain camp nor have I had any representatives from the McCain campaign stop by. This state is trending blue because of great men like Mark Warner, Governor Kaine, and Senator Webb.

    September 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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