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. no fear

    I can't afford to move away, but if McCain takes this I sure would want to, and then to think of Palin being that heartbeat away. I feel like I"m watching a comagedy: You don't know whether to laugh or cry.

    The last 8 years have gotten so old, that we need a new word for old. I guess that would be "McCain," and by old, I don't mean his age.

    September 24, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. That Other Jerry

    Just a few months ago this was looking like an Obama coronation, if you believed the media. Now it's a real state-by-state contest. Doesn't sound like McCain's doing all that terrible to me. Obama may end up winning this, but he'd better pay attention to the results. A win is not the same as a mandate, and the 49% that doesn't vote for him will be looking for more than rhetoric. A lot of us are more concerned with the issues facing this country than with thinking up clever names to post on comment forums.

    September 24, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Purple Nurple

    I live in Virginia Beach VA, southern right part of the state not in the know. Anyway, we have a huge military present and all I can say is that VA will go blue this year! I see more and more yard Obama signs than I do McLie signs.
    I am one proud ObamaBOT!!!!!!!!

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Go Virginia!


    September 24th, 2008 9:46 am ET

    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.

    I see Virginia being Red – especially now with Palin on the ticket. Those hunting and military guys out there just LOVE this lady

    Interestingly how they LOVE the lady but HATE themselves and the country! With America at the lowest of the low, shouldn't everyone rather love the country and the good rather than LOVE a lady because she loves to shoot Caribou in White Alaska? Well, tell me when America is finally sold to the highest bidder, hopefully, McLiar and Sarah PalHunter would be the first to be sold!

    September 24, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Nathan,

    Because of racist attitudes among some in this country Obama will have to be up by 10 points nationally to win this election. Despite Obama's lack of experience he should be running away with this election when you consider the competition and the mess the Republicans have gotten the country into. This morning they interviewed 2 white families from Virginia on the Today show about the election. The family who appeared more educated and had white collar jobs were for Obama because they said that McCain meant just more 4 more years of Bush. The other family who were clearly blue collar and had actually voted for Clinton in the primary were voting for McCain. Their reason was that they felt we needed more experience while at war. Whats the difference between Clinton and Obama, not much. These people will prefer to vote for more of the same which has been the worst in this nation's history instead of giving who is clearly the better candidate and who will reverse the direction the country has been going in a look simply because he's black. Blue collar whites have so little that they want to hold onto it by making sure that minorities don't get what little they have left. At the same time the Republicans and the wealthy are coming in the backdoor and taking it anyway. You can't blame the wealthy for the state of this country what they do is human nature. These poor dumb people who think that they have to keep everyone who dosen't look like them at bay are the reason the Republicans are able to redistribute wealth from the poor to the rich and those poor dumb _astards are too recist blinded to see it. So go ahead and vote for McCain. Lets have more war. Like George Carlin once said. " The only reason we have wars is so that old guys can send young guys out to die so that they can keep their stuff'. It has nothing to do with preserving democracy or to protect your family. Its just rapped that way.

    September 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Benjamin

    (1) Obama initiated his IL Senate campaign in the home of a man, William Ayers, who bombed the NY Police Headquarters and the Pentagon. Before this, Obama was chair of Ayers' education program (the Chicago Annenberg Challenge) - Ayer's second method to destroy the U.S. - educating the youth to hate the U.S., chaired by Obama.

    (2) Obama spent 20-years in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's congregation, which preaches hate. When Wright's controversial sermons become public, Obama repudiated him. If Obama was not running for president, he would still be attending Wright's congregation.

    (3) Obama voted 4 times to deny medical care to human beings who survive the abortion procedure. He said this creates an undue "burden" on the woman's original decision. Obama believes the woman's decision must be carried to completion, no matter the circumstances: In the womb or already born.

    Is this the type of man we want leading the U.S.???

    September 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Remember History

    McCain/Palin/Bush = Hitler!

    Destroyed the courts,
    Destroyed the economy,
    Took away rights,
    Spied on people,
    Started Wars!
    Wrecked a Nation!

    Enough is enough

    Say no to

    More War McCain &
    Taliban Palin

    September 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Bob

    Man, if the voters can EVER get past their racist belief systems. It's a great evil that is taught everywhere today (so the TEACHERS share the blame as well), and is exerting evil influence daily. lol

    September 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Unbelievable!

    Why is CNN not reporting more on the fiasco that is McCain's soon-to-be fired campaign manager? Let's hear some real news, please!

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Failin Palin WASP

    Bring this War to an End. That will free up a lot of capital.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. anonymous

    It been a known fact (but NOBAMAMITES refuse to believe it) that out of the people poled, 54% are democrats anyhow. What would you expect them to say? Try poling an even amount of democRATS and republicans and see which way the wind blows!! CNN has been blatently obvious on their wanting NOBAMA to win! So much for "unbiased" reporting.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Olivia

    These are good numbers and I hope the gap will increase or at least mantain till Nov 4 for Obama. However, I am still thinking of 2004. Dems had everything to win and lost. Do not "missunderestimate" McCain and keep an eye on the white rural, uneducated, anti-intelectual, fear-mongering and racist America.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. VIRGINIA will be blue


    I don't know what primary you watched. Sen. Obama won this state by a significant margin. He blew out Sen. Clinton & McSame here. The commonwealth will be turning blue this year.


    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. REAL Christian for OBAMA

    Sarah, it's getting cold down here in the lower 48.
    GOP, prepare for 16 years of winter, MY Friends!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. ben

    We live in the best country on earth. The voters here have had enough of Bush/McCain policies and the Obama/Biden ticket will prevail for the good of the country.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    I know CNN will not publish this but I am like Mike 9:51 am ET.
    All CNN wants is Obama people on this site and they delete all McCain voters. The young voters, gullible voters, and media are going to distroy this country. Mike there is nothing we can do about it.
    Ditto to everything you wrote. It's a shame this country is just about to make THE MISTAKE OF A LIFETIME and there is nothing that will change it. Everyone I know in Texas is voting for McCain except for a very few except the voters in Austin. McCain will win Texas.
    There has got to be something that can be done to wake up the Obama supporters. Trust Me Obama Cannot Be Trusted!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Gary

    Do you really think that the landscape will look the same come election day? The polls will ebb and flow right up until Nov 4. For either side to celebrate a poll lead in a state 6 weeks out is a bit premature.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Oil Worker in Texas ran a very disturbing piece about how the Republicans will try to use the rise in foreclosure to their advangtage by challenging whether or not voters are registered in the correct precint. They started this in the primary season in Indiana by requiring that voters show state issued ID's along with their voter registration cards. If the address on the ID doesn't match the voters address at the time of registration they won't be allowed to vote. They are targeting counties that have a large minority population, which subsequently the foreclosure crisis has hit the hardest. This is a direct challenge to the 15th Amendment, and the the RETHUGLICANS have been doing this for years. It happened in Florida in 2000, Ohio in 2004, and they are now targeting Cayuhoga County Ohio, and Michigan so far in this election season. Please check the following link: – 21k

    and google the MSN report entitled "Jim Crow" If we allow voter disenfranchisement to occur than we're no different than the dictators we war against.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. WASP Member!!!

    Thanks but no thanks, thanks but no thanks. The "Bridge to Nowhere" may have been shelved. But the "Road to Nowhere" is alive and well. Kinda shoots her argument in the foot.

    September 24, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Bob in Virginia

    Voting for either Republican or Democrat will ensure more of the same. Both parties are at fault for our current problems and neither is will to do what it takes to fix it. To get true change requires use of an old American standby – revolution. Vote independent or vote for more of the same.

    September 24, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Adam in GA

    RE: Mike (Attempt #23)

    Shame on you for trying (very poorly) to spin what ended up being honest admissions from both President Clinton and Senator Biden. Both of those statements from those gentleman were something that you don't normally see from the Republican side, that of a person willing to speak "honestly" and "freely" about something that does coincide with their party talking points. The fact that they are even allowed to speak freely says volumes when you consider the what McCain-Palin camp is showing us.

    Is McCain qualified to be president? Sure. Would almost anyone with any sense agree with that? I would think so.

    Can a person who voted and continues to support the policies of the last eight years honestly say that they are going to be bring change? I don't see how...

    September 24, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. SteveJJ

    September 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. miken

    A lot of people despairing these days and Obamas 'chicken-little' speeches are very appealing. if you were a sucker who bit off more than you could chew then you will love Obama. If you want to protect the thousands of illegal immigrants who were given loans by banks like bank of America to buy homes they could not afford – vote Obama.

    September 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Vern

    I just hope everyone supporting Obama/Biden get out and vote & is not just giving lip action. This man has so much against him because of some peoples problem with his skin color. WE must get him elected!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Robert in raleigh

    It's his lack of knowledge on the economy

    September 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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