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. On the ground in Va

    (Record breaking) nearing 300,000 new registered voters here in VA.
    ..................Yes we can...............Obama/Binden 08.................................

    September 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. lyn

    Political ticker,you always seem to fact checking Obama , but you never seem to fact check McSame. This morning on American Morning , reported fact check about the claim that McSame repeat over and over that the surge in Iraq was very sucessful, the truth from top people in Iraq said, that McSame is far from the truth their was no victory. So please ticker be fair and also cover the lies that the McSame camp is telling the people.

    September 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. DWoods

    Democrats need to strive full speed ahead. Ignore the small falsehood, focus on the truth and what is best for Americans. Obama start with DETAILS on how you will strengthen the economy and fix the broken banks and big money markets, create jobs, promote education, provide quality housing, ease money woes for seniors, i.e. medication & dr/hospital services, reduce gas and food prices, bring our troops home safely–not in body bags. This will be a great start.

    September 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. JImmy in California

    I suspect the slight lead will increase once you consider that Sarah Palin received a national security briefing from the Director of National Intelligence yesterday. When your next poll is done, it should indicate that her increased intelligence will double the McCain lead from one to two points in Virgina.

    September 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Jane CO Battleground

    Battlegrounds – amazing how this race is so close but I too, was sitting Right until this week. The McCain campaign somehow will not give access to Sarah Palin who may be our president if something were to happen to John – and he is 72. SO, without getting to know her and the little I have seen is very lack luster with no substance – as when asked what skills do you have that you will bring to foriegn relations – she gave none -and stated she was Ready to Serve. That isn't a skill – Anyway – the more I don't hear, the more I thought – Obama is Open and will negotiate and calmly represent America and its people in our World. He is now my choice. I give up on my party and won't turn back this election. I hope Virginianss see it that way too – and it appears they are.

    September 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Cynthia Harrell

    No need to fret GOP. After the debate on Friday, MCCain will be up by 10 points or more! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Native Virginian who knows how her Commonwealth votes.

    September 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Vincent, Great Lakes IL

    I'm posting this here as there is no place else to post it.

    Why is it that in almost all the factcheck's on McCain v. Obama's ad's the McCain's ad's are an out and out lie.

    On the otherhand, when you look at the Obama v. McCain's ad's, factcheck shows, true, or somewhat true.

    Maybe the voters are not as uneducated as they seem at times and they are now looking at the substance of the commercial as opposed to taking it at face value.

    September 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. AB

    Finally, people are waking up!

    McCain = Titanic
    Palin = Iceburg

    September 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    VA will be blue. Northern VA will carry the state. Let's go VA. Obama 08.

    September 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Todd

    Hmmm, a CNN Poll (based on those who will talk to CNN – probably all Liberals) shows a slim lead for McCain. I guess a Conservative Poll would probably show a huge lead for him then!

    Come on people, use your head's. Even the "fact checker" notes are written by the Liberal Machine that is CNN. It's fun to read and make comments about the stories here, but if I just looked at the comments and tried to guess who'd be ahead I'd say Obama had a 50 point lead. That's cause the majority on this site are crazed Liberals!

    If you want to try to get through to Independents – like me – why not move away from calling anyone who is not for Obama ignorant, or a racist, and give me some idea of an independent thought that Obama or Bieden has had. Oh, and by the way, the whole "The Republicans started the nasty campaign" whining just makes you all look even more immature!!

    September 24, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. PA Independent

    Democrats, Disillusioned Republicans and Leaning Independents: Work as hard as you can to get out the vote for Democratic and Third Party candidates. Send the band of right wing radicals who have hijacked what's left of the Republican party that we want them GONE. America is already in two wars abroad, we don't need to keep stoking the flames of a full-scale culture war at home at the expense of the real issues of governance. Deliver Republicans defeat after defeat at every level of government until they get the message.

    September 24, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Jack , Colorado

    . . . And that only includes the voters who have land line telephones.
    Democratic registration is at record levels. I do believe that the
    republicans have peaked in the polls, especially with the economic
    crisis Americans are now facing, democratic numbers will rise as
    americans are tired of "propping up" people who only care about their
    own agendas and not the entire country. It seems that people are
    waking up and realizing that "country first" means that THE PEOPLE
    are the country. And the people have been treated pretty poorly by
    the republican party.

    Democrats 08.

    September 24, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Travis Stair

    This is not new news. This is very misleading of CNN to post this story. It has been expected that Virginia would be close for many months now, and McCain is actually a litlle ahead of where they thought he would be. This article and tag line on the CNN home page is an attempt to sway public opinion and throw the election; making believe that their is some new surge for Obama. Lies and propaganda have no place in journalism, and CNN should be ashamed of itself for slanting this story the way they wish it were.

    September 24, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Look for hidden mike in McSame's ear on Friday with AIPAC Joe Lieberman on the other end giving him some semblence of an answer...Won't matter! Between embracing the "Bush Doctrin" 90% of the time and a campaign run by the same lobbyists and losers who have been responsible for our "robust economy", Virginia and all the other battleground states are going blue! LANDSLIDE, BABY!

    September 24, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. David

    Hooray!
    We're finally getting it. Unregulated markets only hurt the small guy. The Republicans have to pay for this mess...and I think in Barack Obama we have found somebody who has at least the ability to think about the best way forward, and to get the right team on board, rather than an ideological knee jerk reaction to all problems.
    Sometimes it takes a crisis to get it right.

    September 24, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Republican for Obama

    It's about time to wake up and vote for the right person. It doesn't matter that I am repbulican but I will follow my consience. I don't want to wake the next morning and find out that I helped drive the bus to the ditch.

    September 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Students - show up!

    Lou: Clinton did not win the Virgina primary. Obama won it, 65-34.

    September 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. bob

    Watever.
    I am college student and I am coming out for Obama here in Va.
    My mom got it wrong!!

    September 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Candy West Virginia

    Atleast people when you spread your hate and lies try having a sprinkling of truth. For the record OBAMA =
    President of the Harvard Law Review (managing over 50 lawyers); Taught Constitutional Law for 12 years;
    Served 8 years in the Illinois Senate;
    4 years as US Senator;
    Member of the Foreign Intelligence Committe over 4 years; Sponsored or co sponsonered over 1,080 bills!
    And is managing one of the most successful, impressively flawless and forward thinking presidential campaigns employing hundreds of staff.

    September 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Lou's comment, "I really cant see a state like virginia going Barrack Obama's way. It went double digits to Hillary in the primary after his bitter folk clinging to guns comment. I dont think the feelings for barac have changed that dramatically."

    That is factually incorrect. Obama owned the "Potomac Primary" and won VA, MD, and DC all on the same night.

    September 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. J

    So this proved that people in Virginia are uninformed and dumb

    September 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. si mwen te konen tou jou deye(I LOVE MY COUNTRY TOO MUCH TO VOTE 4 john mccain)

    VA stand up. i aplaud you guys for ya gutsy perfomance. i hope in the coming day obame would grad 6 from the 7% of undecided.

    September 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. citizen

    I feel pity for you all OBAMA lovers – you deserve him if he wins!

    September 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Best News of the DAY!

    The Republican idealogy is finally coming to a end. I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel! People are holding the incumbents responsible for their failures. I am so Loving this 9 point lead in polls for Obama!

    September 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. wwf

    Lets see. Bush says that the proposed bailout will work. We are supposed to trust what he says or thinks after 8 years? We are supposed to trust McCain who is a copy of Bush? I would feel safer of the bailout working if Bush had said that it would not work.
    I think I will put my trust in the new guy.

    September 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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