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. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Someone needs to tell McCain that you can't take Rosetta Stone courses to help you in economics or one for Palin on how to look smart and Presidential.

    September 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. newsnut

    CNN states that B.H.Obama is really too far ahead of McCain to worry about The majority of White America winning over such a statesman as your Honorable, B.H.Obama. All Stand! The Country has made its mind up. The rest of the Election will just be protocol. The Celebration Dinner will include New Orleans Cajan specialty.The Decoration will be changed to Zebra Skins and tasteful Voodo Images.

    September 24, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Independent_me

    The recent debacle on Wall Street should remind people that it was a Republican administration that led this country into the Great Depression - and it was a Democratic administrstion that led us out of it.

    Now is not the time to vote emotionally, but pragmaticaly. Think about what a President McCain – who, as he himself has said, knows nothing about economics, and doesn't understand how the economy works – would do to this country!

    On the other hand, No, don't think...just look at what George Bush has wrought, and that will give you a good idea...

    Obama has proven himself cool and collected under pressure, while McCain rushed to judgment and was making all kind sof flip-flopping announcements. We need a cool head and a thoughtful mind such as Obama's during these times... Forget party lines... use your votes wisely if you really want the best for America!

    September 24, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Becky

    Its going to be 60% – 40%....TOTAL LANDSLIDE!!! THE RED REVOLUTION HAS FAILED AND NOW THE BLUES ARE GOING TO DO WHAT WE DO BEST! CLEAN UP REPUBLICAN MESSES!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Burt

    Really? I'm a life long resident of Virginia and there's no way Obama will take this state.

    September 24, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Open Your 3rd Eye

    LET'S GO VA !!!!

    DON'T LET US DOWN!

    THE RIGHT CHOICE COMES DOWN TO PURE COMMON SENSE.

    DO YOU WANT CHANGE FOR THE BETTER?

    OR MORE OF THE SAME?

    JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE WALLSTREET BAILOUT.

    THIS IS WHAT THOSE CROOKS DID TO OUR COUNTRY.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. jim, kansas city MO

    Here is what "Jim's Poll Extraordinaire" says, McCain is leading in majority of the states, especially in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia and Michigan. It is as reliable as all the polls out there, and I did not have to spend a dime to conduct it.
    Publish this and I expect a lot of comments

    September 24, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Patrick

    As someone who is volunteering for the Obama Campaign in VA, if the state doesn't turn blue, it's not for lack of maximum effort and excitement about this candidate. Truly a man who understands the problems of our time and isn't just spreading fear to win the election.

    Hope – powerful stuff.

    Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Chryssa

    Right, and those polls don't consider any new registered voters or anyone who has moved in the past 4 years. So, it's safe to say Obama's going to take VA.

    September 24, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Amy B Maine

    Virginia has produced terrific politicians lately: Warner, Kaine and Webb. I like these guys. I wish I could vote for Warner for President. It gives me hope for the future of this country that these politicians can unite us again. Please Virginia: say no to McCain/Palin!

    September 24, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Chris, former Republican

    The Pill Popper(Limbaugh) should want Obama to win. What kind of drivvle will he be able to spew if McCain wins!

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. angie - F young democrat dallas -28

    yes we can!

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. David from Ohio

    I will make my case one more time on CNN. Readers can take it or leave it. This is just my opinion.

    I was a supporter of John McCain back in 2000. I thought by far he represented of this country well. He was a man with honor and integrity. It definitely helped that he served in the military. Let's fast forward to the primary 2008.

    During a debate at the Ronald Reagan libarary among all the GOP candidates, Mr. McCain insincerely accused Mr. Romney for supporting a strict timetable for troops withdrawl from Iraq. At the time, Mr. Romney has consistently denied having supported a timetable. Let's fast forward to the presidential election 2008.

    Mr. McCain has now raised the bar for being dishonest. According to Mr. Chait, the senior editor of the New Republic, the strategy that McCain's campaign is employing during this election cycle: PERCEPTION IS REALITY, FACTS DON'T MATTER. I understand that politicians like to stretch truths, especially during a competitive election. However, when a campaign believes the principle of doing whatever it takes for political gain, including lying, I think the candidate needs to step back and rethinks whether he is putting himself ahead of the country.

    Mr. McCain is engaging in a tactic that would put Mr. Rove to shame. If interested, here is a few items that were gathered by Mr. Chait:

    Mr. McCain accused Mr. Obama for suggesting to bomb Pakistan when Mr. Obama supported special operations missions in Pakistan in his speech

    Mr. McCain accused Mr. Obama for canceling a meeting with wounded troops during Mr. Obama's oversea trip because media couldn't attend. In fact, the press was never scheduled to come along and it was the Pentagon that suggested Mr. Obama not to engage such meeting in a campaign.

    Mr. McCain accused Mr. Obama for favoring tax increase when Mr. Obama contionuously emphasizes his plan will cut taxes for 80-90% of taxpayers. According to independent analyses, Mr. Obama's plan will actually give more money to the taxpayers of this country than that of Mr. McCain.

    These are just a few examples. There are a lot more, including the famous sex ed and lips stick on pigs comments. I personally am not sure where Mr. McCain is going with this tactic. As a previous McCain supporter, I will have to say that politics change people. It definitely has changed Mr. McCain. In this campaign, I do believe that Mr. McCain is putting himself ahead of the will of this country.

    NO McCain 08

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. annick, MD

    VIRGINIA IS BORN AGAIN!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Katrina in NC

    Get your facts straight, Lou. You said:
    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.

    Obama won Virginia 63% to Hillary's 35%. So those bitter folks in VA were still smart enough to vote for him. If you're not intelligent enough to be well-informed, don't post BS and make yourself look like a moron!

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Hannah Stevens

    I find is difficult to believe that anyone would want to vote for McCain. He's old, not with the times, he is a war monger, for market deregulation, Google Keating Five, his VP has no experience, and should he die in office, which could very well happen, how would this country survive? He makes knee jerk decisions, has a terrible temper, doesn't respect women, calls his wife the 'C' word, is a philanderer, cheated on his first wife and left her. And he lies.

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. PulSamsara

    Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

    We wont.

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. TraceeinSA

    The tide is finally turning! I wonder how Texas is going to turn out, because I know here in SA I have seen more Obama stickers than McCain. And to be quite honest I have only seen 2 McCain stickers around town. OBAMANOS people let's devastate the electoral map and turn Texas BLUE!! It's way overdue!!

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. david

    he wont win virgina but he will win the election!

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. R.M.

    please go to barackobama.com and donate. Every dollar counts and we need to keep Barack on the top so that he can focus more on campaigning rather than fundraising.

    September 24, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. C W

    Cool! I went to high school in Viriginia and was always impressed by the people. Sounds like they are making the right decision to go blue!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. pat C.

    SARAH PALIN AND HER HUSBAND ARE DANGEROUS AND MUST NEVER GET TO THE WHITEHOUSE. MCCAIN MADE THE WORST PICK IN HIS LIFE FOR THIS WOMAN. HE SHOWED HIS LACK OF JUDGEMENT IN MAKING THIS HORRIABLE MISTAKE AND SHOWS HOW HE CAN .NOT BE TRUSTED WITH OUR GOVERNMENT.
    BOTH MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE LIERS. BOTH ARE POWER HUNGRY AND WILL DO AND SAY ANYTHING TO WIN THE WHITEHOUSE. PALIN WILL WALK ALL OVER MCCAIN AS SOON AS SHE IS ELECTED AND WILL TAKE OUR COUNTRY TO A NEW LOW THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN.OBAMA MUST BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT FOR THE US TO SURVIVE THIS REALITY SHOW THAT PALIN/MCAIN HAVE CREATED.

    September 24, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Justin from CT

    Come on VA, don't f this up. America is counting on you guys.

    September 24, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Nichole

    Mike,

    It's John McCain. No "E" at the end of his name.

    ...jesus.....

    September 24, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. TangoDancer

    @ John in Ohio –

    Yeah, I feel your frustration. I'm here in Cincy. The situation looks fairly decent for us in the urban areas, but the rural corn and soybean folk are still clinging. The only thing that we can do is to continue to get undecided people on board and make the attempt to register as many others as possible. It's going to be close. But I do comprehend your frustration that Indiana and Virginia are going stronger for Obama than we are. Let's not get down about it and just do what we have to do. It was never going to be a cakewalk in Ohio anyway.

    September 24, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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