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. Kit Wilson

    Ready for a "Blue Tidal Wave" of voters to bury McGrampa & Barbie?
    Republicans are toast. Bush has done a wonderful job of killing off the brand, right?

    September 24, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Ricky - Latino for Obama

    I'm from Michigan (will go BLUE) however I live in DC currently. DC and Maryland are both locks to go BLUE, and just about every state along the coast north of there.

    Virginia however is interesting. Northern VA and DC suburbs are heavily in favor of Obama, as well is Virginia Beach. The southern and western portion of the state is the Republican stronghold. Obama and Biden have both been campaigning there heavily. People need to see Obama speak in person and to shoot down the rumors himself and slowly it is shifting. With 5 weeks left and a few hundred thousand undecided voters, it can happen!

    Let's do this for America!!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 24, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. mark

    My mom was for Mccain/Palin when governor Palin was first introduced to the country till recently when she heard so much in the news about her firing of trooper and bridge to knowwhere.
    Enough is Enough, mom said!

    September 24, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Daniel va

    For those who think McCain ,Palin are completely blind and thief. McCain vote will be a blank cheque just like Bush many years ago. This is too important,

    September 24, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. EBJ

    for anyone who really puts faith in the polls I got a bridge in Alaska I can sell you cheap!

    September 24, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. RMAR

    Mike – You are reading too much into 2 comments. Look at the overall picture. Get off the kool-aid! McCain has made a critical mistake with his VP choice period. He is totally out of touch with regular Americans. This is an election for real change not lip service as usual (what McCain is offering).

    September 24, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Marcus Allen

    WHO is Barack Obama and why does he have such a loyal following?
    This reminds me of Hitler's rise to power where people wanted CHANGE and would pot anyone in power.

    Again, just WHO is this Barack Obama and do people REALLY understand "the change" that he will bring?

    September 24, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. James from VA

    Im sorry but Obama won VA in double digits not Hilary and VA can go blue its just OBAMA is black and thats what is limiting him unfortunately. But we will see.

    September 24, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. joey from nc

    to inat

    ya it would be great if Palin had some airtime to make those kind of gaffes. Too bad biden is out their everyday doing his interviews and answering questions, so every now and then he slips up. big deal!!!

    Could you imaging how many gaffes palin would have if she actually held interviews and took a press conference or 2?

    September 24, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Hey Mike,
    If you are going to endorse someone at least take the time to learn how to spell his name. It's McCain not Mccaine and I hope you have studied his stand on the issues more closely than how his name is spelled.

    September 24, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. LB

    The bad news is for the whole world if Obama wins. Let's get another "let's have fun" leader in office who will fall asleep and allow more terrorists into our nation, more immorality to befall this nation. Obama doesn't have a clue how to run this country or be a military president and with Russia wagging their head again we will need a military leader. God help us all if Obama wins.

    September 24, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Shannon

    Come Virginia vote Obama!! My kids need a better future than this....
    Obama Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Ron L

    If these polls are not including people that ONLY have cell phones. They are USELESS. I believe many of these polls are under estimating Obama real support by about 3% which I feel is GREAT. I want it to be a dead heat tie on election day so that EVERYONE who supoorts Obama feels they HAVE to vote to get him into office. If this happens Obama will win by about 8% of the popular vote and 20 to 30 points on the electorial college.
    The ONLY thing that can prevent this is a MAJOR blunder by Obama and I think he is too smart for that.

    September 24, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. J.P.

    Sure....When Obama is up by a half a point, the headline reads something like "Obama still trouncing McCain in Key states!" Yet, when McCain is leading, they are "nearly tied." Not to mention the fact that Obama is always given the benefit of the doubt in those so-called "fact-checks" that CNN does. Whatever. This is the last time I visit until the election is over.

    September 24, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Frank Canada

    Why isn't anyone reporting on the BIGGEST & MOST IMPORTANT LIE OF THE McCAIN CAMPAIGN?

    Fanny & Freddie down the drain but got a bail out. McCain said his campaign managers LOBBYISTS hadn't lobbied them since 2005 but now it has been discovered this was the worst of the worst lies since they were still lobbying for them up to a month ago.

    If McCain will lie about something this important Americans have to ask themselves if McCain is President and states a reason to go to war with another country how could you possibly believe him. Remeber he lied about how safe it was in Iraq to prolong this war and a lie is a lie is a lie.

    September 24, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Tim

    America can't afford 4 more years of the same.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 24, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    The people of Virginia are too smart to vote for MORE MISERY.

    Virginia will be BLUE on November 4th!
    Look for North Carolina to be painted TAR HEEL BLUE too.

    Obama / Biden 08!

    September 24, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. leapfrog

    Any one even remotely considering choosing McCain/Palin really needs to stop and consider this most recent financial melt down. Do you really want this to either continue or deepen? Because if McCain's at the reigns, you can bet he's going to give you more of the same deregulation that landed us in this mess to begin with. And if he doesn't make it and Palin takes charge, she's the same pork-barrel politician that's going to line the pockets of her own supporters and her own before the American public (just look at the Bridge to Nowhere...and the newly reported Road to Alaska). Vote smart; vote Obama/Biden.

    September 24, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. GARY


    September 24, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Anne

    Why any thinking person would vote Republican this year is beyond me.

    They inherited a strong economy from the Clinton years and they squandered it (and our good name) on a war that should not have been fought. They have poured billions down the rathole in Iraq with no oversight.

    Then they proceeded to cut taxes for the wealthy and do their best to break any restraints or regulation of the fat cats and it did not take an econ major to recognize something was going to give.

    They certainly should not be REWARDED for this. McCain was among them. He was not speaking out about any of their practices and joined Bush at every occasion to vote right there with him. 4 more years of this and we will be done in.

    September 24, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Dem for unity

    There is no question MCcain is trying to look like the smarter of the two. Poeple have brains. There is no question Obama and his administration will roll up his sleaves and get some work done. Very smart.

    September 24, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Doug R.

    The Old Dominion and many battleground states will go to Obama/ Biden. Some traditionally red states will also go to them.
    Watch the debate Friday to see McCain fall on his face. The whole world knows he's a pathological liar.

    September 24, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Vic of New York

    This is no time to gloat or to sit on our collective buns. While the call for change away from the Extremist Right and its politics of nationalistic devisiveness, the Democratic lead of Barak Obama is fragile.

    If you are against what this degenerated Republican Party is offering, you need to join the volunteers across the country working to wrench these Republicans out of office.

    Don't just VOTE for Barak Obama and the Democrats... VOLUNTEER to get the word out!

    September 24, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    When Bill Clinton finds more examples of actual accomplishments by John McCain that benefited the nation and his own Democratic administration–than Obama it is very telling. When the defacto "Leader" of the Democratic Party (to the eyes of Americans and the world at large) can't substantiate the credentials of the Presidential candidate what would a logical person conclude?

    What is the shadow Bill Clinton really saying?
    Are we listening?

    September 24, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Joyce, nj

    After all that's happened and everything that McCain had said and done so far, the question should be – is there a state that would still vote red?

    September 24, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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