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)


    September 24, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Betty

    Shame on you Marcus Allen for implying that Obama is Hiltler like. Very mature, use name calling when you have nothing of substance to say. I see why you like McCain. That's his tactic.

    September 24, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Credit Card Republicans

    A hero before 2000,a coward thereafter.

    September 24, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. The Red Hare

    There was a time when I might've consoled myself with John McCain's nomination by his party – he used to be more of a centrist. He was one of the first Republicans to voice dissent over our spiraling deficit. There was a time he seemed rational and connected to the people he represented. His actions since becoming the Republican Presidential nominee have more than clearly illustrated that he will stop at nothing to gain power. His good judgement has flown out the window as he adhears to Karl Rove's advice and bows to the religious right. He was never affiliated with them before – certainly not their candidate of choice but now they are behind his ticket with a fervor. Sarah Palin is so hopelessly unqualified even someone from FOX news was agast yesterday when her handlers tried to keep reporters out of her meeting with world leaders – ostensively to miss out on 'gaffes'. Joe Biden is getting slammed left and right for his gaffes but at least he's out there in front of the people and the press, saying what he thinks. The little I hear from Palin's mouth makes me terrifeid for what has become of 48% of our country... If Palin had put herself out there as a potential Presidential candidate back in '07 like Obama, Biden and McCain did – people would've laughed her off the stage for being woefully inexperienced and presumptuous...

    In summary,
    1) McCain's first demonstration of his 'leadership' was to choose a partner who shares none of his convictions or beliefs – to garner support from the religious right.
    2) On the most disasterous day in our country's financial history, he maintained that our economy was fundamentally strong.
    3) He has always been a huge proponent of deregulation. Always.
    4) His economic policies mirror those of the current President's. Can we afford another four years like the ones we are barely surviving?

    Some would tell you to vote for experience... I would agree. Agree that you should vote your OWN experience – when you vote, remember what the last four years have doen to our country and to you personally and vote for Obama/Biden. We need to begin to rebuild.

    September 24, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |

    After the drama of not being interviewed by the press, I don't see how this race is still close. If Americans were smart they would want transparency.


    September 24, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Mick Jogger

    ALL 50 States will turn Blue!
    And that includes Alaska!!

    September 24, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Heart of VA

    Country First! I just love wearing my flag lapel pin at work and sporting my Obama bumper sticker on my car!

    From the state that knows her Presidents, in Richmond, Virginia, I promise each of you that Virginia will be BLUE on November 5! It's the first time voters that aren't reflected in the polls, who will deliver VA to Obama. The excitement on the ground cannot be matched.


    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Mccain

    its funny how people say John Mccain is another George Bush, when in actuality he is worse. George Bush went to Harvard, Mccain the Naval Academy. Bush lacks common sense, Mccain is out of touch and lacks common sense to run this country. Mccsame chose a Governor from Alaska that doesn't know a thing about urban area issues. i.e. Gang Violence, Drug Abuse, Homicide, and etc. How is she ready to run a country if anything happens to him. His choice was political and it wasn't good judgment. Mccain is definitely not ready to lead.


    September 24, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |

    The deal was already struck-the troops will, maybe leave Iraq, in
    2011. Bush is trying to get it all set in stone, so it CANNOT BE changed!!!! LOTS OF THINGS. Like the BIG BAILOUT in a WEEK!
    BUSY MAN!!!

    OBAMA BIDEN 2008

    September 24, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. jaye

    I sincerely hope and pray that Obama-Biden win this election.
    Our country is at stake!!
    And please don't let race play a part in this election. We're all Gods people.

    September 24, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Wayne

    Obama is up NINE. John King and Wolfe Blitzer must be depressed today. CNN is busy trying to tear down the only hope this country has in Barack Obama. Saying that they voted for the Bridge to no where..thats fine I guess..the key is they werent lying about it in their stump speech.

    Its not about the bridge. Its about honesty. Palin has none.

    September 24, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Eli of Stockbridge

    Let's forget the candidates for a moment, and let's look at platforms as a reason to vote. Do you like the GOP platform? Vote McCain... Do you like the DEM platform? Then vote Obama. Why? Because each of them leads a party with a agenda. The Agenda will guide the Presidency.

    September 24, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Eric-29-m-PA

    This state hasn't gone to the Dems in many many years. Obama needs to worry about PA, which might very well go RED. The last time PA was red was 20 years ago.

    September 24, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Fighting for Obama Since he is too political correct!

    To Mike:
    Your fear tactics are lame. Not going to work dude. Vote Obama or bust!

    September 24, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |


    Really, who would vote for McMOUSE?

    September 24, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Bob

    I am a Virginia resident and can tell you Obama is going to take Virginia.

    September 24, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Faiz

    Do not say that Sarah Palin does not have Foreign Affairs experience. She met with so many leaders yesterday that I lost the count. So what if each meeting was for 30 second.

    September 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Joealbanyny

    GO R.ROSS!! YES!

    September 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Wahoo Wah

    Kasparov, how was Clinton treated unfairly? She lost because she was overconfident and ignored the caucuses.

    Hillary Clinton can't complain about caucuses or the Michigan and Florida sanctions because her people (e.g., Harold Ickes) voted for those campain rules.

    She would have been a good candidate, and she would have won more easily, but she was not entitled to the nomination. Another factor in her loss is that she acted as though she were entitled to it.

    September 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |

    Can somebody else ADD in Virginia. Like arithmatic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ADD. Come on, someone local. I don't TINK these polls are correct!!!!

    OBAMA BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Renee Flowers

    If some Americans don't vote for Obama because he is a man of color, we areally are a doomed people. I would vote for Obama if he was white.

    September 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Paula, Los Angeles CA

    I am extremely discouraged.. C'mon America!


    P.s. Mike- you need psychotherapy.

    September 24, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Eli of Stockbridge

    For my own personal reasons, I vote Obama for two reasons, he will stop the wars. When the wars stop, and we stop draining our treasury, we can re-focus who we are as a country. Second reason is less complex. I don't want Sarah Palin picking the next three Supreme Court justices if John McCain dies.

    September 24, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Francheska

    Americans need to wake up and realize that we are blesses. We have the power to change course, change our lives and change the world. McCain/Palin is just Bush/Cheney all over again. McCain has sold his soul for the White House and Palin is parading around not even speaking her thoughs. It is a sham of a campaign and the American people deserve better than this "Picture Express" we are being sold.

    September 24, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Jr

    McCain Campaign will out of race

    Obama will win and walk to the White House 08 to 12

    Hillary Clinton will be next President

    I hope Al Gore be next.

    Republican will never be in white house forever at this time ( never trust Republican ), it will be DEMOCRAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOREVER!!

    September 24, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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