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. Kimberly

    Come on New Hampshire lets deliver your state too!! We are so excited to have you aboard the OBAMA train. Sen. Biden did a fantastic job last night at the debate. Sarah's performance will not erase the horrific interview with Katie. Independents....I have question for you.....Can you actually see her as being the President? That's a scary thought. She is nothing but a pretty face and beauty only runs skin deep. People are hurting in the country and we need the Change that Obama/Biden offer. This is not a joke don't be swayed by winks and smiles. The future of the country is at stake.

    October 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Biff

    an oldie but a goodie....

    YES......WE......CAN !!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. McCain's The Man!

    Pennsylvania & Florida NEVER for Obama!

    October 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Nimi from NY

    Thank God for small mercies. Better days are ahead of us.

    October 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. McCain's Barbie Collection

    The McCain/Palin ticket will not be able to dupe us again with simple winks and old war stories. That VP debate showed us what a real McCain presidency would be like. A state of confusion with no real leadership. McCain likes true judgement. He is ruining Sarah Palin and his LAST shot at the White House. John McCain is too big of a risk for America. My TRUE gut feeling tells me the Dems have better plans for America. Thanks McCain/P,alin but NO THANKS.

    October 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. bij

    i'm not surprised! i don't even think anyone can take mccain seriously anymore 🙁

    October 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    I'm FIred Up
    Obama-Biden "08"

    October 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. GOBAMA!!!!!


    October 3, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. African For OBAMA / BIDEN (World Citizen)

    Wow this game is over before it starts, Is McBush's Campaign still suspended?? He needs to come back before he looses BAD!!!; We Want a Challenge McBUSH.... Common!!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. bibek

    People ain't as stupid as McBush thought they were eh?

    Obama '08

    October 3, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Franklin County, PA for Obama

    McCain will NOT win in PA! The people in the keystone state are tired of the same old policies and we're ready for change!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Ellemn Rudolf

    Ms Palin is a contradictradiction of sorts. She chides Biden for speaking of the past, then states thoughtlessly, that one learns from the past.
    I tried to support her, but she just doesn't get it. America must once more seek to take its place at the top of the list, and I am afraid that Palin won't do it. Our leaders must be able to think independently, not function as a well programmed machine.

    October 3, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Brenda

    My President!!!


    October 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain has put one of his 13 bedroom homes on for sale market and he still has 7 homes left and now he wants to live in the White House. Many Americans have lost their 3 bedroom homes or are struggling to keep their homes to avoid living in their cars or in tents. Americans don't get a home for sale profit, they are evicted, children and all. Shame on John McCain and his pathetic greed.

    October 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Northern Exposure

    Americans should be scared as h*** about a McCain/Palin. The Couric and Gibson interviews were not a figment of our imagination. Without a teleprompter or cliff notes on the podium she struggles, to put it mildly. Cute and folksy doesn't cut it. Joe Biden was the only one at that DEBATE. Palin had a list of talking points and was like a Robot with an Alaskan accent. Please.

    I wish Gwen would have reigned her in better. Oh yeah, she couldn't do that because McCain would have cryed FOUL.

    October 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Nan

    Good news but remember not to be apathetic and VOTE

    October 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Yes, PA will stay blue!

    I'm from rural farm country outside Scranton, by the way 🙂

    October 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. carlos

    work hard it's time for change


    October 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Venus

    Don't let up on McSame and his stupid VP!

    Also... don't trust McSame pulling out of MI... they will try and steal that state and this election!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Evangelical



    October 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Sick of it!

    I'm sick of Mccain, Bush, Palin and all the republican that are out of touch with America.

    October 3, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Mark

    Well , maybe this time he will pull his ressources away form from Pennsylvania and redirect them into Alaska and Arizona.. Maybe there, he 'll grab some seats.!
    And can some one please fire Ed Rollins ! he 's the most biaised so called "expert" ! (he gave Palin +1 for reading a note !!)

    October 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Joyce, nj

    Great, keep them coming.

    October 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Oppose Zig Zag Express

    Well, McCain it's time again to pull out of Pennsylvania and Newhampshire right?

    I am only trying to predict your moves as you have shown yourself to be highly unpredictable!!!!

    Vote Democrats come Nov. 4th. Enough of Garbbage and Deception!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. randy

    i dont care what people who dont wanna support obama and says bad things about him.i think obama will make a great president.
    america vote nov 4

    October 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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