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. John from NY

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08, 12

    October 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Dan

    Do a search on youtube for "mccain temper" or "mccain cursing" and you'll see what kind of a person mccain is?

    October 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Chris in Michigan

    1. McCain left Michigan.

    2. Next, McCain is leaving PA, NH.

    3. Then, McCain is going home to AZ.

    Keep it up Grandpa. Let America be led by the capable ones.

    October 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Dal CA

    Tide is turning............
    ............Dugu Barack is ready to become the president.

    October 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. john

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 12

    October 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. rich

    LOL. So much for putting resources in New Hamshire. Pennsylvania is McCain's wet dream. It aint gonna happen. McCain is going back to the senate on Nov 4, and Palen? well..she may as well hitch a ride back to Alaska on the moose she rode into town on. America is in the dump because of the repulicans and Bush, and there is no way in hell this time around they are going to put McPallen in the White House to continue a Bush 3rd term as they are going to vote to reflect their pocket books. So again, the 'maverick' & "war hero' and the chiwawa with lip stick needs to start coming to terms with the most likely outcome of this election: They will loose.

    October 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Courtney/Pennsylvania

    I would like to know if this package HAD to be, and all these extras were placed in the package that seemingly benefited one state head's interest or another. Why every state head couldn't just put something in the package in the interest of their individual states while extras were being put in, I will never understand.

    At least if tax payers could not get individual relief of some sort. Our residing states could have benefited from it as whole. Like police force care, corrections care, or, big sisters big brothers, more this, more that. Allow everyone to benefit somehow, someway.

    At least we wouldn't feel so abused by our government. I ask now, were they really thinking about all tax-payers or themselves and the select few of their own choices.

    October 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    I'm not going to hold my breath – after all, we still have a month to go – but it looks like the tide is turning.

    October 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. kayla


    October 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. kedo

    keep up the pressure...
    stick to the issues...
    here comes the nasty stufff


    October 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    It is looking better every day for Barack. I love it!

    October 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. tatanka

    Yes he has and as more people understand that the Obama campaign is for the working man all working men no matter what color they are the bigger his lead will get. The only correct vote in this election if you are a poor working stiff is O and JOE. Please set bias aside and understand the Obama is both a white man and a black man. He has roots in both race's which in this day and time is a good thing. His idea of working from the bottom up is an idea that is right on time. Please america lets take our country back !!!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. reggie

    time to take back our country OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. dyellon md

    It is increasingly evident that the country in general is turning away from the policies advocated by McCain and Palin. All of us are tired of the 8 years of incompetence from the Bush Presidency and we see McCain as representing more of the same. More tax breaks for oil companies and the wealthiest Americans, more trickle down economics, more job loses and lack of health care for the 47 million American who don't have insurance, more foreclosures, more failed businesses, more Preemptive wars and billions of dollars and countless lives being lost for nothing. We have had enough and change is in the air and on the mind of all of us. Why would we want 4 more years of McBush. By the way, he is a really nasty old gremlin who I don't want to listen to for the next 4 years. Actually he is unstable and probably senile as well.

    October 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Graniteman

    Don't get too excited. There are lifelong Democrats in NH like me who supported Hillary. We don't want the government to shift sharply to the left. We wanted a centrist approach to policy like that of the Clintons. Barack Obama has a history of consorting with radicals like ACORN, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, etc. At the moment, I am inclined to vote for McCain and Palin - just to be safe.

    October 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Nwando from Britain

    Go Obama!!!! you are making us proud down here............flush those two sidekicks back to Alaska.....I dont think McCain would mind being the president of Alaska

    October 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. tedious898

    McSleaze gets McNasty now. It is clear that the GOP have zero ideas on what to do in retaining the whitehouse. Unfortunately, they will spend this last weeks making all americans sick with their very nasty last ditch efforts! Count on it!

    October 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Billy


    October 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Christopher Mathis


    October 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. carol

    Way to go Senator Obama.....this just proves over and over again just what a fabulous leader this man will be......organized, cool, calm and very intelligent.
    John McCain made the big mistake of thinking he was going to wipe the floor with that Senator who.....to use his own phrase...."just doesn't understand!!!!
    Well, John Mccain I think is the one who doesn't understand.......you need to have smarts to run a campaign like Senator Obama and take over the polls in states which John Mccain thought he had sewn up!!
    Yes, it's our time now to take this country back under excellent leadership.


    October 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. the scales begin to tip

    Now we will begin to see all of the undecideds make a choice. And it looks like Obama is going to win that race, followed by the Nov 4th race.

    October 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Mike, CA

    Thank God! Put Barack Obama in office so this ridiculous Bush/McCain/Palin saga can end. I am an Independent like any intelligent person should be. It is absolutely ridiculous that ANY party can destroy our economy, America's standing in the world, and spark wars on the other side of the world and boldfacedly LIE to the people. Is there no shame? Is there no justice? Those who have profited over the last 8 years are CRIMINALS. No, seriously, criminals.

    October 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Obama For President

    All of these polls are encouraging but the next 3 weeks will make me feel more at ease..............This is going to be the longest month before election day. Obama/Biden is so close to the finish line and McCain is still looking for a game changer. That is what causing me anxiety because McCain has been running a sleazy campaign and who knows what other tircks they have up their sleeve.

    On another note: VP debate was good but can't agree we those who say Palin won.........It's sad that Americans have such a low expectation for people we put in office......The lady is completely clueless and yet I read pundits calling her a winner because she didn't BOMB...I wonder what people around the world think about our IQ.......To think we have to "dumb it down" when it comes to vp candidates...............UNBELIEVABLE.

    October 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Alisha, MN

    YAHOOOOO...Although polls mean nothing as they can change day to day and the only poll that matters is on Nov 4th...YAHOOOOOOOO -Barack the vote ladies in gentlemen!

    October 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |

    McCain is becoming very angry and Palin is just plane scary. America do the right thing for once and elect this wonderful Democratic ticket and put them in charge so they can fix this mess the republicans have made.

    October 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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