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. manhandler

    Biden said that in the stock market crash of 1929, that FDR got on television and told it like it was. Only problem is that Herbert Hoover was President in 1929 when the market crash happened and television wasn't introduced to the public until 1939, ten years later. Now, all the other news outlets carried this story but somehow it's completely missing from CNN. If Palin had have said something like that, CNN would have it front and center not only on the ticker, but on their home page. Anybody need any more evidence that CNN is just a propaganda arm of the Obama campaign? If it had been Palin, I can hear the haters now.

    September 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Doug

    Strong military state = McCain/Palin.

    September 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. SteveJJ

    What freaking poll are you looking at? NBC showed on the Today show, McCain up by 3 points. Oh I forgot, Campbell Brown monitored the poll.

    September 24, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Henry

    Yeah sure, stop trying to make the poll numbers look good for Obama. LOL

    September 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Meg in RVA

    I would be so proud if my state went blue. I might cry from happiness. Downtown Richmond is all about Obama.

    September 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Nervous

    Ticker, we need more talk about Palin's running scared from the media! I hope folks in VA are more enlighten. I'm stuck in RED TX and these folks won't get their heads out of their butts to see the light of day. NO MCCain/Palin!

    September 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. It's Coming

    Get ready for a terrorist threat.. The GOP must get the debate back to security.

    September 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. danel

    Mr. Bob Barr and Mr. Spoiler himself (Nader) are vying for your undevided attention. Will they both get some votes from disgruntled Dems and GOPs? Some. I hope people learned from 2000.

    September 24, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. 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, their cheating is still here.

    September 24, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Ro in BR

    Sad to say, but McCain is going to win because amerika will never elect a non-caucasian President, even if he were Jesus Himself and was giving away trucks full of gold!

    September 24, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Democrats....a party divided....I LOVE IT!!

    WAKEUP PEOPLE...........OBAMA HAS ZERO EXPERIENCE AND BIDEN IS A LOOSE CANON!!!!!! BILL CLINTON WANTS TO MEET PALIN IN THE "ORAL OFFICE" ( yes, I meant ORAL........it's not a typo) AND HILARY IS STILL WIPING AWAY THE TEARS!!!!!!!!

    McCAIN/ PALIN 2008!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Michael, Chapel Hill

    With the whole media on the side of Obama and with new voters enlisting for Obama, it would appear Mcain is not loosing much ground. For somethings polling may not bring out the attitude of the people. At the end the "Race," factor will go against Obama.

    September 24, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Touched!!!!

    A great movement in the greatest nation. God bless America. America thanks you Virginia!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Independent FL voter

    Even longtime conservatives are favoring Obama, inlcuding a veteran of the Reagan administration, Larry Hunter (Google "Larry Hunter longtime conservative activist").

    And no less than George Will unfavorably compared McCain to Obama, saying that Obama looked presidential during the financial meltdown last week, while McCain's temperament made some "fearful."

    There you have it, folks. Fiscal conservatives don't want McCain in the White House.

    September 24, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Tony Radell

    You heard it hear first. I have just sold over 6000 of my bumper stickers, mostly it seems to people under 30. My newest sticker:
    "No thanks old guy
    we'll take it from here"
    Obama '08

    September 24, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. VA Women love Biden!

    I don’t want my TV taken away, or my children pushed into incest, so I oppose Sarah Palin and her failed old Republican moral policies. Ain’t no small time pale white trailer trash from a state full of drunks going to close down my kids schools and force them out into home schooling. No way! And we don’t need to take away school lunches and give them all to big oil companies, and we don’t need no guns in this house. That’s why I have always voted for Hillary, and now I will vote for Biden/Obama.

    September 24, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Turning Virginia blue will be easy. If you want a real challenge that will test your politcal metal try turning Texas blue. Please believe that most of the major cities in Texas ( and we are SO MAJOR) lean towards the Dems. but if you can convince all these small cow poke towns to vote for the Dems you will have a Blue Texas.
    If you can overcome the ignorance, you can win this state

    September 24, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. BOBBY K. FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL.

    Like I have stated in the past, POLLS CANNOT BE TRUSTED!!!!! I on the other hand trust in AMERICANS vote for CHANGE on 11/4/08.

    VOTE FOR CHANGE on 11/4/08

    September 24, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Jon

    I just know that Obama can fix everything wrong with our economy. When he raises corporate taxes and makes the U.S. the country with the highest tax rate, and when he forces every company's work force to unionize and threaten to strike unless exorbitant salaries and benefits are paid, then all those jobs that were outsourced will come flying back here. You just wait; by February 2009, we'll have more jobs than we can fill!!!

    Obama/Biden/Big Labor/Big Taxes

    September 24, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Random dude

    McCain still leads ? awesome...the 'fundamentals' of our intelligence needs to be checked.

    September 24, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    The ABC poll has Obama up 52% to McBush 43%. I guess America is not as stupid as I though, nor are white women, who supports Obama 49% to McBush 47% with clueless air head Palin.

    END THE DRAMA, VOTE OBAMA!

    September 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. obamaisatool

    Just remember when most of us tell pollsters were voting for obama its because we dont want the hundred questions on why we wouldnt vote for the guy who can part the seas

    September 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Alan Rose

    If Obama wins either FL, NC or VA, we can pop open the champagne early on Nov. 4th. If Obama wins all three, then McCain should concede immediately so that he can get to bed by 8pm.

    September 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Clinton Supporter

    Northern Virginia is full of transplants from the Northeast. Fortunately, they appear to be bringing their more sane view of the world with them. Perhaps this population will also continue to grow in N Carolina.

    It is just as important for Dems to regain REAL control of Congress. If that happens, if there are sufficient Dem votes to override Republican brainlessness, America may survive a McCain administration.

    My money is on McCain. Not that I like that, but Obama just can't help coming across as arrogant, and he's amply demonstrated that he's sexist, racist, and unable to handle strong personalities like Bill Clinton. The last guy who avoided Clinton and acted too good to be seen with him was AL GORE.

    Remember what happened to him? Answer: GEORGE BUSH.

    Cheating and using the tactics of thugs in 3-piece suits to run out Hillary Clinton was Obama's big mistake.

    Selecting Obama instead of honoring our votes and electing Hillary Clinton was the DNC's mistake.

    Oh, well. I can wait 4 more years. Can you?

    Sure hope we get that Democratic Congress, though...........

    September 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Matt

    Don't worry, the republicans will explain away their cheating the election machines with the Bradley Effect.

    September 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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