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. John McLies

    It must suck for you VP running mate to be more popular than you!

    Palin/McCain 2000 and NEVER!

    September 24, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Foreign observer

    Virginia is a virgin young state. Therfore they shouldn´t vote old. It simply doesn´t fit to them.

    September 24, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Ex-Republican for Obama

    we can not afford to let the nut case McCain into the white house.

    He has only reached good decisions via one of two methods in his entire career: 1) Steal them from Obama or 2) Fail his way through a succession of bad decisions until he finally hits the right one.

    We can not allow this fool to fail his way to success as the President. NO TO McCain!! Yes to Obama!!

    September 24, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Collin

    @Robin in SC: I am an SC resident also voting for Obama and i'm trying to get as many people as I know to register to vote. It is an uphill battle, but let's keep this state full of right wing crazies from turing red until at least 9pm! OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Susie

    Can we say good-bye Republicans!! –LANDSLIDE FOR OBAMA!!

    September 24, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. KATHLEEN

    FBI you have ONE WEEK to get the money back that has been transferred overseas by our National Banks and Freddie and Fannie.
    Start with McCain Manager, Rick Davis, who took money as late as
    last week!!!.
    FBI Get the money back-in ONE WEEK! You can do it!!!

    September 24, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. A.J.

    This is to Lou, umm let me refresh your memory, Obama won Virgina in a Landslide, in the primary, you might want to check your facts real quick.

    September 24, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Ariana

    I've lived in Northern VA my entire life.

    Trust me when i say, we are voting for Obama!!

    September 24, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. JLP

    As someone had written earlier, "How can you be a woman against a woman?" I will tell you. She nor her party has equal work for equal pay on their platform! She is against a woman having the choice of having a child or not. She has a 17yr old pregnant daughter, if she can not control her home life what makes you think she can control a country? She was part of a group that wanted Alaska to break off and become it's own country; If she didn't love America then what makes you think she does now? She is in the middle of a HUGE scandal. That is just for starts. She is a liar and I do not like her. I am a Republican that is voting Dem this year!! I am tired of my parties lies and am ashamed that they are still using the same old same old with politics. Time for a change is true but not with Palin and McCain.

    September 24, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Franky

    "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."

    Ohhh hell yeah!!! Virginia...here we come baby!!

    You know, I think I know why the Senator is not having solid leads...because is Senator McCain! LOL!!

    September 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Joealbanyny

    Question: Has anyone ever counted up the positive Obama comments as opposed to positive McCain comments that CNN chooses to post? Anyone?

    September 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Betty

    Michelle and Obama in the White House !!!!! I'm loving it!!!!

    September 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. If McPalin is elected...

    Hispanic for McPalin, what will he do you? Nothing! Do not be fooled. Educate yourself and your family members.

    September 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown

    Too bad these rednecks will never vote for a black man!

    September 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. KATHLEEN

    Get the money back first. But there are not enough prisons for these
    Well Dressed in Designer suits, crooks.............Do they make designer
    orange suits? or black and white striped!!!!! Not enough prisons?

    September 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. BROOKLYN

    No Experience.

    No more speeches.

    No more promises of "No politics as usual".

    NO B.H.Obama...

    September 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. MJG

    John McShame = Cut and Run (dis your own party)
    Flip Flop = Cut and Run
    Palin is Fa-lin (really transparent- can see right through her and Mcshame's game)

    OBAMA 08'
    MJG
    ATLANA GA

    September 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Jen

    I'm a former Republican and will be voting for BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT in the state of TEXAS!!! Let's turn Texas BLUE.

    September 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Obama 2008!!!!

    My sister in Florida, her husband, her son. My brother in Florida, his wife, and 18-yer old son are all voting for Democrat. My brother confirmed never in his entire life living in the USA he has ever voted Republican. He is so upset with the Sarah Palin who refused to speak with the people in America. This is sexism at the highest. John McCain thinks he can continue to cover Sarah under his wings. He is makign the BIGGEST MISTAKE. The Americna people deserve better than this.

    September 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. victor,nj

    IN THE WORDS OF REAGAN " AMERICAN VOTERS ARE YOU BETTER OF TODAY THAN YOU WERE 8YEARS AGO" ANSWER THAT QUESTION AND DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR. IGNORE POPULARITY, ADS, MEDIA BIAS, RACE, SEX, AGE, ETC.

    September 24, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Nsikan, MD

    Sometime I come here to laugh! You guys are someting else ... hahaha.

    September 24, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. KATHLEEN

    TOTAL racists or uneducated or RIch idiots will vote for MCCain. You may
    "think" you are rich, but they are out to "protect" only 5% of the
    American people financially. Do you have parents who will be
    on your doorstep when S.S. Medicare, COLLAPSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. McCain can care less about women

    Where are all the women who just loved the fact that Palin is a woman on the ticket? Why are they allowing Palin to be treated is such a sexist manner. I wouldn't need supporters like them. Palin is allowing herself to be used like a trophy. Are there any women that can relate to that? This is not supportive of women but denigrates women. How can Palin's supporter support this? Get a clue white women. Get a freakin' clue. You should be smarter than this.

    September 24, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Alex in San Diego

    Our Time has come! Lets restore our standing in the world. Obama is the man to do it! Think about it all you moderate Repubs, we can't take too muck more of what we have.

    Make Hillary Sec. of State

    September 24, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Tito

    Another VA vote for Obama here. Glad to be in a state that might make a difference. (Here's hoping!)

    September 24, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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