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. James Clark

    JC from Boston wrote:
    I'm Latino and voting for McCain/Palin because I don't need hand me downs and successful people subsidizing my existence.
    ---------------------------–
    That's a SUPER reason for voting for the further demise of America. It's pretty obvious that you NEED something more basic for making sound decisions.

    September 24, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Redneck, Kentucky

    For the first time in my life, I will vote democrat. Four years of McCain/Palin will lead to a nuclear holocaust and a third world economy! I say, "no more warmongers in the Whitehouse".

    September 24, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Keisha in VA

    Say no to a PALIN/mccain ticket.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Maggie from Virginia

    I can tell you first hand that there's a lot of support for Barack here in Virginia. This weekend I went door to door volunteering for the Obama campaign and couldn't believe how many people will be voting for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Stephina

    Democrats had their chance to win this election by nominating Hillary Clinton. However, the party (along with the very biased news media) proved to be very extremely sexist.

    I was very impressed by what Bill Clinton said about Sarah Palin.

    Sorry, Dems but this election will be won my McCain.

    McCain in 2008

    Clinton in 2012.

    September 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Nah nah nah hey hey hey gooood bye.....

    September 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Chris

    As reliably Republican as Virginia has been over the past 40+ years, it can only mean one thing for both campaigns: Uh-Oh for McCain and Go Baby Go for Obama. Speaking of Obama, if he plays his cards right, my home state of North Carolina will go blue, too.

    September 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. SP

    Considering the current political and economic climate, Obama should be up in these polls, not down, and not tied. That fact that it hasn't happened yet does not bode well for him, IMO. There is plenty of time between now and November 4th for the jitters to settle down, and people will once again vote for the devil they know rather than the unknown.

    I live in Northern Virginia. Friends of mine that have voted straight Republican ticket in the past are voting Obama this time. I'm sure that the region will go blue in a big way, but not big enough to give Obama a win in the state.

    September 24, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    For those who believe the media is in Obama's pocket, please read the latest headline on CNN's home page! Maybe you guys will change your minds!

    September 24, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. KATHLEEN

    "BOMB, BOMB, BOMB," and laughs is a joke. No it is not laughable!.

    It is NOT FUNNY. And telling the American people that you are against
    "earmarks". and YOU, are going to clean up Washington!!!! The list
    is long.

    I think Rick Davis should be arrested! You know, the top dog campaign
    manager for MCCain. Oh, yes, The FBI is already on it!. NO BAILOUT
    GET THE MONEY BACK FROM THE THEIVES!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Animal lover

    I wouldn't let my moose near Sarah Palin.

    Shoot Republicans from helicopters not wolves!

    September 24, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. CNN neo-cons are at it again!

    earmark this earmark that, blah blah blah,

    desperately trying to distrack people from

    TAXPAYER BAILOUT OF WALL STREET CRIMINALS,

    which own CNN themselves!

    September 24, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Bob Beckner

    I am so tired of those McBush or another 8 years of the same thing! You Obama lovers know as well as I, that McCain will make some heads roll, you Obama lovers know it Beiden knows it. When you strart having Democrats leaning toward McCain, do I need to say more! If you all would sit still and listen to the true facts instead of Bashing, you might learn something! We shall see in the Debates.Obama may be the smooth talker; but McCain will let you know what is really going on. Furthermore he will change our Government and give it back to the people! But you Obama lovers will still gripe just to gripe! McCain/Palin, true Americans! P.S. Did you Bashers know that Sen. McCain refused his Social Security. Check around and see who else forfited their S.S/ Check. You can count them on one hand!

    September 24, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. kathy

    Oh CNN just reported that Obama and Biden both voted twice for the bridge to nowhere!!!!! They also voted against diverting that money for actually fix a destroyed bridge in New Orleans by Katrina. How about them apples. By the way Palin was not the Governor at the time of the bridge to nowhere. She came in in the middle of it and said no.

    September 24, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Gina, Seattle

    The Republicans weren't making up poll excuses when they were tied or ahead but now all of sudden there are issues? Please.

    If young voters were included in these polls, Obama's lead would be much larger. Let me know when polls start calling cell phones and emailing because I don't know anyone under the age of 30 with a land line.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    JUST HAD TO RESPOND TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL SAYING THAT PALIN HAS MORE EXPERIENCE THAT SEN. OBAMA! PLEASE GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM SOMEONE OTHER THAN LIMBAUGH-THE-CLOWN!

    SEN. OBAMA:

    3 YEARS COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

    FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW (OF COURSE A LOT OF GOP-FAR-RIGHT DO NOT KNOW WHAT 'HARVARD' IS)!

    ORGANIZER OF A VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE THAT REGISTERED 150,000 NEW VOTERS

    12 YEARS AS A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR

    8 YEARS AS ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR; REPRESENTING 750,000 PEOPLE!

    CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

    UNITED STATES SENATOR FOR ...........FOUR........FOUR.........YEARS!

    VERSUS PALIN:

    ATTENDED FIVE DIFFERENT COLLEGES, ONE JOURNALISM DEGREE

    MAYOR OF A TINY ALASKA TOWN

    20 .......MONTHS............MONTHS! AS GOVERNOR!

    THE PRESIDENCY IS NO JOKE! WE NEED TO ...........THINK..........WHICH IS SOMETHING SOME OF THE FAR-RIGHT-LIMBAUGH-OREILLY-HATE-FEAR-MONGERS DON'T DO!

    September 24, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. zwartwitblauw

    OBAMA is our NEXT PRESIDENT.
    No doubt about this. He will win big in
    my state Florida.

    September 24, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Matt

    The media is not biased for reporting facts. FACTS ARE NOT BIASED OR UNFAIR. Just because the FACTS and EVIDENCE prove your idiotic conservative Reaganomic close-mided tunnel-visioned world views to be completely inane...that doesn' tmean that the people who report those FACTS and EVIDENCE are baised. It's just too bad for you that you sided with the team that thinks this is all just a game.

    The people who are really biased are the Republicans, who are ignoring the FACTS and EVIDENCE...the ones pretending they don't exist, the ones misleading and distorting and lying and fabricating new "facts" and trying to sell them to you as reality.

    September 24, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Kathryn

    It finally appears that more people are realizing what a McCain/Palin win will get them. A lot of damage can be done in four more years of Republican ignorance. I'm not taking that chance, and I'm voting for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Voter in Virginia

    Obama has my Virginia Vote! Add that to your poll of polls CNN 😉

    September 24, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Obama all the way

    Everybody is boarding the bus to CHANGE. There is no time left to look back or wait for the upcoming Bus to NO WHERE

    September 24, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. James from Idaho

    To Lou,

    I'm a military guy and I can't stand Sarah Palin. One thing to remember is that McCain does NOT have a lock on the veterans' vote.

    September 24, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. 08election

    Does anyone besides me find Sarah Palin's voice to be WHINNY?

    September 24, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. fanny 08

    We are choseing president not moive star. I don't want teen president, that will be very scare in the future of America. Go MaCin/Palin 08

    September 24, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. obamababy

    obama/biden 08
    go,go,go,win,win,win,fight,fight,fight

    September 24, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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