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. Tully

    McCain is in good shape. Everyone knows when the debates start Obama will be exposed. Repubs are not worried. Come election day, americans will have to look at themselves in the mirror. I hope we make the right choice.

    McCain/ Palin

    September 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Betty

    Why this Virginian 50 year old white woman has gone nutty for Obama:

    1. Obama has an executive presense (and I do believe it matters when dealing with others in the world).

    2. Palin – a woman that I feel brings nothing to the table. There are plenty of republican women who would have been excellent choices – but no, McCain choses a almost unheard of person under investigation for abusing her power.

    3. Keating Five (google it if you need to)

    4. McCain's voting record the last 4 years.

    5. I"m tired of being a woman or a POW becoming reasons not to ask questions or to challenge an issue.

    6. Obama's ethics wouldn't allow him to cheat on a woman that waited for him to come home from war for 7 years and then after multiple affairs marry the rich girl and lie about the timing. His first wife might have forgiven him but it says a lot about his character.

    7. Obama is young with fresh new ideas: McCain is old with George Bush ideas.

    8. McCain is NOT MY FRIEND!

    September 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Mike

    Hey People,

    Have you had enough pain or are you thirsty for more of the McSame?

    ELECT OBAMA

    September 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Dr. John Gold: Dream on . . . How's that 401 K doing, America?

    Vincent: Two time supporter of bush . . . Love the fetus – Hate the child.

    Independent for McCain: Another fighting g.o.p. keyboardist (and closet racist)

    September 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Peter

    look at every state that is close and give 5 points to Obama for the young cell phone only voters that cannot be reached with current polling that only calls land lines. If polls counted we wouldn't have elections people. Obama will win and win big.

    September 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Independent

    SILVER STREET BANK –
    McCains son served on the Silver State Bank board of directors as
    part of the auditing committee who over saw the financail books at Silver Street Bank. He left that position 2 months before it went under, taking 20 million dollars of customers life savings with it. Quarter of a million was withdrawn before by customers before it crashed.

    September 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. JL

    CLEARLY; the GOP/Republican party is soooooo OUT, McCain's continues to tell out right LIES (just like Bush/Cheney) did for 8 years. CLEARLY you can only tell LIES to people for so long then they just stop listening to you. GOP try the truth, most American's still like that over an outright LIE.

    September 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. SB in NoVA

    I moved from CA since the last presidential election and FINALLY my vote can make a difference! I know of 2 definite votes that are going to help turn VA BLUE!!!

    Obama/Biden/Warner '08

    September 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. McPalin Peparally

    If Mccain wins then there is a big chance that Palin will finish his term due to his age and health. I have also felt that he is incoherent in his speeches so he might be experiencing some old age memory issues and eventually Palin will take over and I feel Palin has no ability to Lead an Entire country, a whole continent of 300 million + citizens. She seems flaky and just seeks to get power and fame. I think she is simply an Ignorant individual who has no clue about anything that matters to the country. When she says "i am ready" it really scares me, because I see she is NOT.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. To all the idiots that think Obama is the man!

    You are all stupid, please don't cry on our shoulders when the time comes that Obama has dug himself in to deep that he cannot get out.

    This man is a puppet, no experiance and no knowledge of how this country should be run.

    I look forward to the debates when the "Old Man" kicks the "Black Mans'" butt

    And CNN you are so biased. I would love to see this self proclaimed best political news team take a hike

    September 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Cathy in Pennsylvania

    I've come to believe that I live in a country of Moron's.........How can anyone think that McTicking timebomb can offer us change........All I see is another term of more of the same, more jobs gone, another needless war based on lies and greed, more homelessness, the list is just too long........Ohio and Virginia, WAKE UP....what have the Repulicans done for your States, Absolutely Nothing......Thanks to deregulation of the finanacial markets in this country that McTicking timebomb supported, everyone is at risk of losing it all, 401K accounts, homes, cars, jobs, etc........I want better for this country, not more of the same, we shouldn't be worrying about the possibility of a Depression in 2008.....Republicans and their greed have caused this mess.......Vote for Change, Vote for Obama and Biden

    September 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. amy

    Palin can not release 4 years tax return because Palin used taxpayers money to buy their house, boat and airplane.

    September 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. E

    @ Vincent, Great Lakes IL: You are the stupidest person alive.

    September 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. McPalin Peparally

    If Mccain wins then there is a big chance that Palin will finish his term due to his age and health. I have also felt that he is incoherent in his speeches so he might be experiencing some old age memory issues and eventually Palin will take over and I feel Palin has no ability to Lead an Entire country, a whole continent of 300 million + citizens. She seems flaky and just seeks to get power and fame. I think she is simply an Ignorant individual who has no clue about anything that matters to the country. When she says "i am ready" it really scares me, because I see she is NOT.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. David

    I don't know that this is accurate at all. Mccain is not the talk here. I live here, and that is not the pulse here.

    September 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Brooke in PA

    It won't even be close in VA come election day. Unless they have a ridiculously huge turnout in NoVa, Obama won't win that state. Period.

    September 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Gary

    Dear "Independent for McCain" I was enlisted in the US Marines
    from 1989 to 1993. I was on the ground in Saudi for about 1.5 Yr. I'm voting for Obama for a better America. Am I not a true patriot American because of my opinion? Sir or Mamn Obama is a true patriot American. Should I ask a question that if McCain were in office would we worry about an American Irish war?

    September 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. suzyku

    McCain/Palin is a "dangerous" ticket for this country. It represents more of the same, bad economic decisions for this country, bad foreign policy for this country, more wars, more alienation of our allies! These two have nothing to offer except for more lies, secrecy and right wing wacko ideas. At McCains advanced age and health history of cancer it is very possible that the NO NOTHING except how to be nasty, shrill and tell lies, Palin, could be running the U.S.! That's not only scary but very dangerous! We canNOT allow this to happen. We canNOT afford a third term of the disastrous politics and policies of the last 8 years!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. NoMccain

    Republicans provide only an illusion of control with no real substance.
    Vote Obama, he is the physical embodiment of real change that this country so desparately needs. Just imagine how much stress is on his shoulders to make both young white and black men and women proud of their common heritage. He has a lot to show, and a lot to live up to. He cannot fail if the country stands united behind him.

    September 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Mike, FL

    One House, One spouse, One country!

    Noway, Nowhow, No McBush!!

    September 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Papo

    Say what you will, this election was supposed to be a shoe-in for the democrats, but the polls are tight as ever. Just goes to show what a pathetic, weak candidate the dems have chosen once again.

    MCCAIN – PALIN 08

    September 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. An Indian

    @Scott Tucson

    Guess what, not only Iran and Russia are rooting for Obama. Most leaders in the world are. Do you know why ? They need sane people to talk to. Not some Moosehunter who can see russia from her kitchen.
    The republican presidents of the pasts have sided with Pakistan over India in every respect, losing our trust.
    Guess what ? Osama is in Pakistan (in the camp of your so-called friends). Obama has corectly called out Pakistan for using US funds to prepare for war against India.

    Obama has excellent judgement and most world leaders want a guy who will actually listen to them and not sing "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran"

    CNN please post this

    September 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Raymond Duke

    I always love the CNN poll of polls. Cnn is always got Obama in a dead heat or ahead no matter what the other polls show. Keep the spin going cnn and you wonder why you are losing viewers.

    September 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. John in Ohio

    "Yeah, I feel your frustration. I'm here in Cincy. The situation looks fairly decent for us in the urban areas, but the rural corn and soybean folk are still clinging. The only thing that we can do is to continue to get undecided people on board and make the attempt to register as many others as possible. It's going to be close. But I do comprehend your frustration that Indiana and Virginia are going stronger for Obama than we are. Let's not get down about it and just do what we have to do. It was never going to be a cakewalk in Ohio anyway."

    On the bright side I do know some people out in the country who aren't for McCain, but they're really not in large numbers.

    September 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Dan, Mpls

    Interesting to hear McCain say that as a leader he is better fit than Obama to fix the economy. In other words, it's implied that as the leader he has the power to fix the economy. However, if you ask him if his buddy Bush bears any responsibility for the mess we are in today, he would find a way to balme it on the Democrats. I hope now the public understands the rsik they are taking with the Republicans. Are you willing to gamble your life savings with the same broken trcikle down economics?

    September 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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