September 24th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
15 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. Chris, Michigan

    Don't base your vote on skin color.

    Please research and think.

    September 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. kfadams

    I can't wait to start singing "I'm So Blue". It's about time for Virginia to come out of the dark ages and vote for a progressive party and a candidate that will give us all HOPE for our future!
    I will proudly watch as President Barack Obama is sworn into office on January 20, 2009.

    September 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Ivy

    Vincent, your "selective" moral values are pathetic, and can you confirm your "allegations"?

    Ignorance and fear running amock here!

    September 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |

    Sorry, guys...but MCCAIN will win. He is the man for the job – and Palin is the woman for the job. This country does not need another DEM in office. Our economy will be even worse than it is now. If you look at history, everytime we have a DEM in the White House, the economy goes down hill.
    I truly believe Florida will be a MCCAIN state. Maybe the northerners who moved here will vote Obama, but the true FLORIDIANS want Mccain. We love our right to carry a gun. Hey, the majority of Florida us rural and there are tons of gun carrying conservatives out here!
    Sorry Obama, this is a short lived lead. Enjoy it while it lasts!

    September 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. smebep

    I find it disturbing that Obama is friends with Terrorists and will not support medical care for newborns.

    September 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Gary Murphy

    In 2005 Alabama Republican Senator Shelby chaired a committee to investigate Fannie Mae's mortgage loans, it was blocked by 40 Democratic Senators. Why isn't McCain making more of this?

    September 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. BCDM

    My grandmother is a former resident of Virginia and is hopeful that this time around, her friends may help usher in a new era of change.

    She is so concerned about this election she did what any 85 year old would do – she started a blog! is her way of reaching out to her friends in Virginia, and all over the country, and giving them topics to carefully consider this election season!

    September 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. June in Canada

    Wow! A black candidate neck and neck with a "good ole boy" is tantamount to a landslide in Virginia. Perhaps there's hope for America yet?

    September 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Joe, Miami florida

    So, what....Here in Fl Busch won just for 40 popular votes turning its 27 electoral votes red, meaning that anything can happen, there is a 7% undecise.
    Go Mc cain/palin 08

    September 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Angela

    Palin agreed with the bridge to nowhere until everyone TOLD HER that it was crazy she then had no choice but to cancel that deal.

    Palin agreed to the ROAD to NOWHERE.......she went ahead with it!!! I guess it was under the radar or something.

    Either way the NO THANKS is just a political stunt. This ROAD to NOWHERE tells us the TRUTH.

    So Palin/McCain, THANKS but NO THANKS.....I picking Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. CB

    Campbell Brown's attempt to bring voter attention back to the McCain campaign was admirable, but she missed the boat. , The reason Sarah Palin is being hidden from the world has zero to do with sexism and everything to do with her extremely limited knowledge about America and how it works, both necessary to be an effective President. The campaign is doing itself a favor by limiting Sarah's exposure until she goes through the process of getting educated. The good news is that Americans finally see how unprepared she is and has spoken in the polls. Alaska had its biggest rally ever exposing who she really is and the lack of impact she's had – this is a woman who was the last holdout and making women pay for rape exams testing. Everything Sarah Palin speaks about now as a result of her crash course will be viewed as other people speaking through her – I believe the correct term is a puppet. Her husband held the strings before; John McCain's camp holds them now.

    September 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. gapeach in Alexandria, VA

    He will win Virginia hands down. Southern VA usually vote Republican but there are a lot more people live in northern virginia then in the rural areas of southern and central VA.

    September 24, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Steve/ Houston,TX

    I just can't wait until the debates! Let's talk issues people!!!!

    September 24, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Carl PA

    A vote for Obama is a vote for change. Buyers remorse will follow shortly as Reed and Pelosi turn him into the next Jimmy carter.

    September 24, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Wahoo Wah

    Lou, it should be noted that Obama WON the VA primary by double digits. It was part of the Chesapeake primary along with DC and MD. Hillary never recovered from Obama's big wins in all three primaries that night.

    September 24, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Gifty

    Go John/Palin 012

    September 24, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. tia

    Wake up people!! Haven't you had enough of republican rule??

    September 24, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Independent voting Obama / Biden for safety

    Sorry JC . ., and everyone else who doesn't mind getting ripped off by the
    republicans, and then made to feel guilty when you notice. I very well
    want the republicans to "hand-out" my tax dollars back to me, since
    they are the ones trying to get handouts(bailouts) now from the
    taxpayers. You see, all of us aren't so easily brainwashed by the
    republican machine as others.

    September 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Larry

    Now John McCain has chosen as his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a diligent student of Big Oil's crib sheets. She's something of a flat-earther who shares the current administration's contempt for science. Palin has expressed skepticism about evolution (which is like not believing in gravity), putting it on par with "creationism," which posits that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago.

    She used to insist that human activities have nothing to do with climate change. "I'm not one ... who would attribute it to being man-made," she said in August. After she joined the GOP ticket, she magically reversed herself, to a point. "Man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming," she told Charles Gibson two weeks ago.

    Meanwhile, Alaska is melting before our eyes; entire villages erode as sea ice vanishes, glaciers are disappearing at a frightening clip, and "dancing forests" caused by disappearing permafrost astonish residents and tourists. Palin had to keep her head buried particularly deep in an oil well to ever have denied that humans are causing climate change. But, as Upton Sinclair pointed out, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

    Palin's enthusiastic embrace of Big Oil's agenda (if not always Big Oil itself) has been the platform of her hasty rise in Alaskan politics. In that sense she is as much a product of the oil industry as the current president and his vice president. Palin, whose husband is a production operator for BP on Alaska's North Slope, has sued the federal government over its listing of the polar bear as an endangered species threatened by global warming, and she has fought to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska's coast to oil drilling.

    When oil profits are at stake, her fantasy world appears to have no boundaries. About American's deadly oil dependence, she mused recently, "I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can't drill our way out of our problem."

    I guess the only difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney is ... lipstick.

    September 24, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Robert

    How can anyone even begin to consider voting for McCain...or any other Republican for that matter. The Economy went to hell during their watch, which shows that in 8 years time they have this country nearly Bankrupt.
    Now they want a "quick" $700B of our Tax Dollars to bail out the crooked Wall Street exec.s that they allowed to make this mess. And don't think that McCain and Bush weren't making money off Wall Street during this time. Bush was making so much, when asked he didn't even know the Economy was in trouble. And McCain is making so much he still thinks the Economy is Strong!

    September 24, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. April Garlow

    The Democrats have created this fake financial crisis to grab power and swing the election.The last time the talking heads in Washington, and the media pushed something so hard, an immediate threat,something must be done now, it was the Iraq war! Look back through the archives if you don't believe me.The similarities are striking.No Bail out for Wall Street, this will be the biggest mistake since we went to war.

    September 24, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Sam

    If NC goes blue and Obama wins, God help us!
    How can people be so misguided. This guy doesn't know anything and has no experience relative to executive responsibility. The US will be in danger of going down the tubes internationally. The enemy will wall all over us and take advantage in the same way that they did under Clinton.

    September 24, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. hurriCAIN PALIN

    when that day actually comes, mccain will be the outcome

    September 24, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Mrd

    To Lou, who said: "It went double digits to Hillary in the primary after his bitter folk clinging to guns comment."

    Obama won Virgina 64% to Clinton's 35%. You must be thinking of West Virginia.

    May I also remind you that generally, everyone who votes in the primaries will probably vote in the general election. Even though McCain won the primaries there by 50%, the republicans only got about 470,000 votes altogether. Barack Obama alone recieved 629,000. So even if he gets 75% of Clinton's 350,000 votes, it will be a good head-start.

    Not to mention the 2006 elections in VA were good for the Democrats.

    September 24, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. SB in NoVA

    To writer CNN Biased?

    You must be voting for McCover Up and Ms. Censorship. First she TRIES to take books out of libraries then the NYT isn't a reputable newspaper, now boycott CNN??? You can't FIRE fire everyone who doesn't believe your ideology! Grow up!! Close minds = ignorance!

    I'm voting for the SMART ONE!

    September 24, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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