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. Len

    McCain is sliding in the polls like an old man in a warm bath.

    Let's hope he concedes quitely so we can focus on fixing our broken country

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Rox

    Turn the Hoosier state blue–O!

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. MJ

    I am SOO GLAD!!! that the American People are seeing through the distractions, smoke screen, and OUT RIGHT LIES of the Republican Party.

    The McCain Campaign has TRIED to mislead the American People with DISTORTION OF THE FACTS and OUT RIGHT LIES about Obama.

    I agree with FactCheck, We must not get complacent or OVER CONFIDENT about this election. Every American who is eligible to vote should VOTE!!!!!! GET OUT AND VOTE ON November 4th.

    NO McCain, NO HOW, NO WAY!!!!!!


    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Remy

    Before Nov 3rd all the states will fall in favour of Obama! Americans need a real change and that is going to happen!

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. John Oakland

    Watch out for the next four years. Whoever wins is not going to have easy.
    Tough decisions on taxes, healthcare, etc.
    A Obama win does not resolve issues since we will have the same leaders in CA (Boxer, Lee, Pelosi, etc).
    I am for change but clear both houses with new people thar are not tied to unions, big business, etc.

    October 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Scott L

    McCain will crush Obama on November 4th and you liberals will be wondering what happened yet again...

    October 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Topsed

    Americans are beginning to see the farce called John McCain. He ran a lack-luster primary campaign, changing managers at every turn, and then capped it all by choosing a semi-imbecile for VP. Americans are too smart to keep electing the dumbest ones among us to the White House... Not right after GW.

    October 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |

    Mr. McCain is completely out of touch and confused, how he could tap Ms. Palin as his running mate is just incomprehensible given the option of countless qualified conservatives he could have easily selected. Ms. Palin has very little to offer except the possibility of inciting bigots to repeat the same mistake in the White house.

    October 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. ron

    florida is not red anymore

    mcsame need to go to alaska for vacation with his barbie

    October 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. adam

    mcCain will soon give up in Arizona his home place too. Go Obama

    October 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. sall

    Obama and Biden have won

    It will continue to become clear

    October 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. dee

    Obama Biden Have won!

    October 3, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Haas

    When's the next debate?!!! I can't wait till Obama makes McCain look like an idiot again. I'd have a lot more respect for McCain had he not picked Palin. I am utterly disgusted with these people.

    October 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. wahhhhhhhh

    AZ could go blue as well... the people hear have had enough of McCain

    October 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. wahhhhhhhh

    AZ could go blue as well… the people here have had enough of McCain

    October 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Timothy from Colorado

    I'm getting ready to make another donation 🙂

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Michael

    The greatest crime we can commit for which our children will pay for is to vote for John McCain.

    Voting for McCain would mean to vote Ignorance over Knowledge.

    we spend hundreds of thousands to pay for school so we can feed our families and live a honest life, yet an ignorant woman like Palin considers knowledge and education unnecessary for the second highest honor job in America. Have we lost our minds? Are we really these stupid. May God have mercy on the world and save them from our ignorant hands if that is the case.

    How can any honest American think that McCain who has never had to work a honest day of his entire life and an ignorant woman like Palin are better than you, is beyond my wildest dream. All I have to say is shame on you if you vote for McCain. And under such case may you live long enough to see your own children curse you for your ignorance.

    Vote John McCain and you vote for the self-destruction of America.

    October 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Sam

    Pretty fun to watch poll of polls.


    October 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Michael

    I think people are beginning to get it. There is more to being the president of this great nation than Mccain has at the moment. Thanks to this timely economic shake-up. People are beginning to look beyound race and sentiments to the overridding good of this nation. Now that the politics of blackmail – blaming Obama for what he has done or has failed to do – is not working.....I wonder what other tactics the "maverick" has up his sleeve.

    October 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Iowa Independent

    Don't become complacent.......watch out for the Republican forthcoming dirty tricks.......if you live in a State that allows you to vote early.....take the advantage and ....VOTE NOW..... FOR OBAMA/BIDEN....

    October 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. kay

    Mccain and Palin are not like Bush and Ckeney -- they are far worse! Sounds incredible? But very true!

    October 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. G.E.M.

    We should not get too comfortable. This election will be close, but Obama and Biden will prevail!. The people must see to it.

    October 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Ohio lady

    Just make sure you get out and vote and take a few of your neighbors. This election is too important to the country.


    October 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. northernexposure

    i worry that mccain's campaign is really going to get down and dirty/dirtier. desperate times call for desperate measures. hopefully we, the american people, have learned from the last two elections.

    October 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. manuel

    I am thinking...We need 10 to 12 years to fix our economy...
    OBAMA will serve only for 8 years!!! Man, we need to do something about a 3rd terme for him because HE IS THE ONLY ONE TO GET US FROM THIS!

    Dis u get it?

    October 3, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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