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. Palin has more experience than Obama

    I will give the Obama backers line:

    "If they called cell phones Obama will be ahead by 100 points......." or something to the affect.

    September 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Tony

    Nice to see that Virginians are waking up and realizing that the last 8 years have been a nightmare. Glad they willing to finally try something different to turn not only the economy, but the environment, healthcare, and education around.

    After Bush and his administration, it will not happen overnight, but it needs to start now.

    September 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Rick

    I'm cautiously allowing myself to believe the American people are FINALLY beginning to see through the superficiality of the McCain-Palin ticket. This country is in real trouble if the lies and total lack of substance somehow manage to prevail over the meaningful policy changes being promoted by Obama. While McCain is busily attempting to re-invent himself at the expense of his credibility (What happened to the GREAT DE-REGULATOR, anyway?), Obama continues to offer hope for America. GOBAMA!

    September 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. The Media is the Enemy

    Everyone can see who the better candidate is, even though the media is trying their best to spin McSame and Plain into the white house.

    September 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Shari, NY

    Palin wants transparency but her whirlwind meeting with heads of states in NY was opaque because her advisors only wanted her to have a photo op. That's all Americans are entitled to when choosing a VP I guess

    September 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Mark

    Lou....NEWSFLASH!! Obama won the Virginai democratic primary by a landslide over Clinton. Stop making stuff up and get with the program.

    September 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. are u racist

    I MEAN HOW CAN ANY PEOPLE VOTE FOR THIS GUY MCBUSH HE VOTED AGAINST THE MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY I MEAN COME ON THATS JUST PLAIN RACIST AND ALSO REMBER PEOPLE HE VOTED AGAINT MINIMUM WAGE 19 TIMES I MEAN IS THIS NOT AN ELITES....PLEASE MY FELLOW AMERICANS WAKE THE .....UP PLEASE-–

    September 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Real Story ...

    Truth is that if you're still undecided after all this economic mess, it probably means that you will base your vote on something other than the economy, such as trust and leadership.

    advantage = McCain

    September 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Living in Hampton Roads Virginia, I can tell you that majority of Hampton Roads is going for Sen. Obama. Mcsame may stand a chance out there in western VA, but they've been hit bad by the economy and Sen. Obama's policies are what's best for this state. The Commonwealth, not Alaska, is the number one ran state in this country. When Mark Warner was governor he had a 70% approval rating. Plus he ran a state with way more than 600,000 people. That is change I can believe in.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/CLINTON/WARNER

    September 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Frank Lee

    Oh dear.

    Gramps and Caribou Barbie not doing so well?

    Does this mean no Bush third term?

    Shocked. I'm absolutely shocked.

    Bwahahahahahahahha.

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

    Let's finish the race, Obama! You are the future of this country!

    September 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. overseas WASP

    @Mike:Gee…now I know why everyone one rights…how can the polls be tied…look everyone on CNN is for Obama….then goes on bla bla bla....

    If you so much think that Clinton loves his country or McPain more than Obama does then think again and stop misleading voters or else apply to be an advisor to Mccain...they are the best at misleading!

    September 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. JD from Washington, DC

    Your segment and corresponding article purporting to tie Obama and Biden to the omnibus vote which included the bridge to nowhere earmark is completely ridiculous. I can only conclude that CNN is getting nervous at all the scandal coming out of the McCain campaign (and scared about reporting it in light of Davis's treatment of the NYT etc) and using this "story" for some false sense of "balance."

    September 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. arun

    Dear LOU

    Virginia went to Hillary by double digits ??? Which Vriginia are you referring too ? Obama got more votes in Virginia than all the republican candidates combined. I live in Virginia and plan to be at the polls at 7 in the morning to push that button for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Biodun

    Hey people...! hey people...! hey people...! Now that the McCain campaign has totally clamped up on the Troopergate investigation, how can we expect this same camp to be talking of transparency on Wall Street!
    It is becoming evidently clear that McCain and his bunch are nothing but HYPOCRITES!
    It was reported on ABC News this morning that Bristol Palin is a habitual marijuana smoker!! And her boyfriend is on crack!!!
    And economic downturn aside, how can a woman who has so woefully failed to bring up her children, be entrusted with leading 360 million Americans??/!!!
    The rest of world is amazed at how low America is getting!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Jim in Virginia

    Living in Central Va., I can tell you the McCain folks are even in trouble in this part of the state. Although Falwell’s Liberty University is pushing its students to register and vote for McCain, it’s not going to matter. The energy surrounding the Obama campaign is amazing and unlike anything I have seen. I continue to be amazed at the numbers of Republican voters here in Central Va. who say they are supporting Obama this year. It will probably be close (because of the race issue, even though we were the first state to elect a Black governor) but all signs point to an Obama victory.

    September 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Len in Washington

    So much for the Republican "Lock" on Virginia. With a good showing Friday night, Obama will secure the White House in November.
    We all need to duck so we don't get splattered by the Republican mud that will surely be thrown at an even faster pace than this past week.

    This is McCains very last shot and I believe he will do anything to try and secure a victory.

    September 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Scott Tucson

    If the Blacks in the Southern States happen to out number the Whites and if they can get off the couch and go vote, Obama might have a chance of winning those States.

    Obama stll have not shown why he is qualified to lead this nation, just ask Joe Biden and Hillary.

    September 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. deb

    Thank God people are coming out of their "Sarah fog". I can't believe anyone in his right mind could possibly vote for this ticket! She's just plain scary, not to mention completely unqualified to lead the most powerful country in the world which could very easily happen. No self-respecting, intelligent woman would ever vote for THIS woman. It's an insult to our intelligence that McCain thinks we are that stupid!

    September 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl

    On election day, PLEASE vote for John McCain--To return to the Senate!

    One House, One Car, One Wife--Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. welcome

    NIXON, BUSH, CHENEY, McKEATING 5, SARAH FAILIN' . Let's smarten up people, enough is enough. For those who suggest that Obama has sat on his hands in response to the Financial crisis, are, once again submitting to fear tactics of the current administration. I want a President who will make an informed decison based upon the entire picture.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Come on Virginia don't be stupid and vote for another four years! Thats just crazy!!! Did you all not watch the news last night that said McCains tax plan would cost 353 Billion Dollars vs Obama's which would only be 14 Billion. What are you people thinking? Is it because Obama is black? Is that your hangup? You want a man with a short fuse and not in good health with a ditz one heartbeat from the Whitehouse? McCain has doen nothing for US veterans in the 26 years he has been in Washington...a man with 13 cares and so many houses even he does not know how many....

    Veterans for Obama

    September 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Matt

    That's ok. The earlier these polls come out and show Obama in the lead, the more time the Republicans will have to screw with the election machines. Have no fear, cheating is still here.

    September 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. demwit

    7% undecided? What dimwit is still undecided??

    September 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. AVEE capitalcityVA

    Just the facts Sir: OK here ya Go.

    Under George Bush: 9/11 Attacks; Iraq war mistake; Hurricane Katrina;
    Wall Street Meltdown. Just for kicks and giggles, all the world think America is weak and now the bumbling of helping hurricane victims in Galveston, TX.

    And McCain has the nerve to brag he has voted with Bush 90% of the time. Yeah, sure, Country first. Oh did I mention he voted against raising the minimum wage several times and against equal pay for women doing the same work as men. (several times).

    Who's Country is he putting first?

    September 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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