October 3rd, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama gains in NH, maintains lead in PA

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/03/art.boptpa1003.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Obama campaigned in Pennsylvania Friday where he currently holds a 10-point lead over Sen. McCain, according to a new CNN Pennsylvania poll of polls."]
(CNN) – A day after the McCain campaign announced that it is shifting resources out of Michigan and into other battleground states, CNN’s latest polls of polls in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania suggest that Sen. John McCain may face an uphill battle in both states between now and Election Day.

Sen. Barack Obama is now ahead in New Hampshire by 6 percentage points. Obama has the support of 48 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire while McCain’s support stands at 42 percent and 10 percent are unsure about their choice for president.

In CNN’s previous New Hampshire poll of polls released on September 26, Obama was up by two points – 46 percent to McCain’s 44 percent.

During the Democratic primaries, Obama lost Pennsylvania to Sen. Hillary Clinton. In CNN’s latest poll of polls, however, Obama leads McCain by 10 percentage points with likely Pennsylvania voters – 51 percent versus 41 percent, with 8 percent unsure. In CNN’s previous Pennsylvania poll of polls released on October 1, Obama also led McCain by 10 points – 49 percent to 39 percent.

“The New Hampshire numbers in particular are a worrisome sign for the McCain campaign,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Granite State voters saved McCain in the 2000 and 2008 Republican primaries. He’s had high hopes for the state’s four electoral votes in November. But New Hampshire is a state that, like the rest of New England, is increasingly tilting Democratic. At least for now, it looks as if McCain’s personal connection to the state may not be enough. At the same time, Obama’s double-digit lead in Pennsylvania is threatening to keep that state’s 21 electoral votes out of serious contention in the campaign’s final days.”

CNN’s New Hampshire general election poll of polls released Friday is composed of the following three surveys: Research 2000 (September 22-24), Suffolk University (September 21-24), and St. Anselm College Institute of Politics (September 25-30).

CNN’s Pennsylvania general election poll of polls released Friday is composed of the following three surveys: Quinnipiac (September 27-29), Muhlenberg College/Morning Call (September 27 October 1), and Franklin & Marshall (September 23-28).

CNN’s polls of polls do not have a margin of error.

soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Adu

    good news but beware people

    October 3, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. enough

    is it me or is there a double standard. If Sarah Palin says she's not going to answer questions then she is hailed as a heroine. However, if Obama would say something like that he'd be considered arrogant.

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. zac


    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Obama Frustrated, haaa?

    And with all of the gains obama is making the mccain camp sais that obama and his team are completely frustrated because they can't hit 50?.....lol if they're only polling the ones with land lines and not even thinking of the cell fone users like me and OBAMA is ahead by about 6 points.............what u think will happen if they start polling me and all of us cell fone users?.................LOL answer that mccain camp!!!!

    October 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. LJinLACA

    I continue to hold out hope that there is a higher number of intelligent voters in this country.

    I also feel sorry for any mofuuyè

    October 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Hillary Ashivaka

    Obama will have to screw up a great deal to lose this election

    October 4, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. James

    Sarah scary...Talk about scary.. Barak is scary.
    Farakan/Acorn voter fraud and fradulent lending issues.
    "For the First time I was proud of my country" "Cling to their guns and religion"
    Barak won his first election...by getting everyone else disqualified for paper work issues?
    First year in the Senate and Michele gets 193% raise in turn her employer recieves millions in earmarks from the the senator. I could go on and on. He is a dirty South Side politician who cleans up well. He will take our money and spend in urban America. He will end our Missle defense project and weaken our military. He will kill companies with taxes and tax people who are already paying 33% taxes to 40% taxes? Bussiness and investors will be encouraged to look elsewhere....Scary

    October 4, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. Nelson

    I see obama in white house doin the job as it should be done.not guessworks.

    October 4, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  9. Kurt

    Don't worry Red dog Republicans, Carl Rove will think up
    some last minute trickeration to pull a Florida recount

    or an Ohio vote disenfranchisement

    or a Ongoing frivilous legal challenge that will extend the election to Dececember and have it decided by the conservative Bush-filled U.S. Supreme Court, thus ensuring four more years of Republican mediocity and incompetence.

    Never to worry...

    Life is good.

    October 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. BM

    Palin, those winks can get you in trouble. You should have been teaching your daughter that is called nothing but flirting and and an attempt to seduce.

    October 4, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. BM

    According to some news reports I've heard say that thos winks had men sitting on the edge of their couches.

    October 4, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. BM

    Pailin did those winks win you the election as governor in Alaska?

    October 4, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Wayne D. PA

    Watch out for insane McCain lies it's coming because he is losing. What bother me is insane McCain did'nt like when Bush went with lies so McCain has nothing left to do but lie. Ayers is first than Rev. Wright thats all they have left so brace your self and don't believe the hype.

    October 4, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. BM

    Palin and McCain Please! This woman and hubby avoid supoenas and with all her baggage have the nerve to acuse Obama of anything. She is under incestigation, plus she wants to blame Katy Couric for her lack of knowledge?

    October 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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