October 5th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
13 years ago

A dead heat in Colorado

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(CNN) - Call it the Rocky Mountain battle for the White House.

A new CNN Poll of Polls in Colorado suggests the battle for the state's 9 electoral votes is a dead heat. In the survey, compiled Sunday, 47 percent of likely voters in Colorado back Barack Obama for president, with 46 percent supporting John McCain. Seven percent of those questioned are undecided.

The CNN Poll of Polls is a compilation of the latest surveys in the state. The polls in this latest average are a Mason-Dixon survey conducted September 29-October 1, a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll taken September 21-23, and an American Research Group survey conducted September 23-25.

Both campaigns are spending a lot of time and money campaigning in Colorado. McCain made a swing through the state on Thursday and Friday. Obama last campaigned in Colorado on September 29. The Democrats also held their party's national convention there in late August.

Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada are three mountain west states that voted for George W. Bush in 2004 that the Democrats are hoping to turn from red to blue come Election Day.

soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Survey USA isn' t a great pollster, and their recent swing state run has tained a lot of the averages. Other pollsters, like Rasmussen, Quinniiac, and CNN have shown that it isn't a dead heat, but that it is leaning to Obama.

    October 5, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Franko

    Whoever votes for Obama is only voting for style over substance and all the arguments prove that is a fact. How shallow. Try voting with some national pride and don't hand the presidency over to Obama and all the Democrat clowns. They have been WRONG on every single issue voters! Wake Up!!

    October 5, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. PUMBU

    Millionaire Mccain is going down, the guy is becoming too desperate and losing his bearings. Calm down and people are smart if you talk about issues and let them understand your standing. He can't tell people what he will do, read the fine prints people!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. louise`

    Hope the people in the mountain west states that voted for George Bush in 2004 will not repeat putting another Republican in office......the American economy nor the world's economic situation for that matter can afford it.......
    McCain keeps saying the surge worked.......for who? certainly not for Americans we're going bankrupt to fund a war that should not have happened....doesn't anyone get that?

    October 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. a andy

    does McCain think we are so stupid first he irrationally brough an inexperience hockey mom from alaska to be a heart beat away from the highest office in the whole world , that didnt work now he is calling obama a terrorist that would still not work . what would work is for you to throw in your towel before election day as you do not have any substancial debate on the real issues.

    October 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. jim hawkins


    October 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Edge of cliff

    Obama For Radical Change

    October 5, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Down In Every Battle Ground State! I Love How They Say Its A Dead Heat When Obama Is Still Up By A Point! If It Was A Dead Heat They Would Be Tied! Mccain Will Not Be Able To Hold On To Every State Bush Won So He Will Loose The Presidency!

    October 5, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Jerry, FL

    Yes. Thanks to Gov. Palin. She is doing her best to bring the polls in front for John McCain. Keep up the good work. American people should know what is Obama and he should be exposed, a radical liberal. I hope Mitt Romney also takes up the challenge in Michigan so McCain can win there. Good luck.

    October 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. a andy

    if you cant stand the heat withdraw your campaign as you did in michigan

    October 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Army LT

    Golly Gee Whiz, You Betcha there's a tie! Gulp Gulp! Joe Six Pack is falling off his stool while the rest of America is clutching their wallets and trying to hold on to their homes and retirement accounts!

    McCrazy and Miss Winky are gambling with our economy and our future and trying to scare us with the boogeyman so we will pull the covers over our heads and go to sleep until after election day!

    It ain't working!

    It's the economy stupid!!

    Obama 08!

    October 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Mr Republican

    Are there other candidates running for the presidency? Maybe we should let Americans know that we have other choices.

    October 5, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Ron from Baltimore

    Mr. McCain,
    Your performance, especially during the economic crisis (erratic, wild, lost, flailing) and oh so ugly smears and negative campaigning, has stopped so many of my friends from listening to you or Palin any longer. The election, to us, is over, way over.

    What a sham your campaign has turned out to be. To think, at one time we supported you. To think, we might have elected someone who we would now envision verbally abusing our allies and enemies alike, American and other alike, rich and poor....never mind that last one.

    October 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Steve from TN

    Colorado can see the results of Shrub and Mac economics, their inability to prosecute war, total disregard for the Constitution they swore to uphold and defend, detachment from the day to day problems of the vast majority of Americans, as well an their uncanny , unconscious lieing to our citizenry. Unfortunately my home state does not poessess the smarts to recognize the aforementioned. Go O.

    October 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. el

    I'm watching CNN right now and being shown clips of McCain making promises and the one thing that jumps out at me is that he is a terrible speech reader. The inflections seem to come at the wrong times in his sentences.

    Is this because he really doesn't believe in what he's saying or is he too old and slow of mind to think on his feet?

    Would he even be able to wake up if he gets a 3:00am phone call?

    October 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Mrs. Texas Teacher!

    I think that We, the People have finally come awake from the spell cast upon us by Bush and Cheney. We can see, most of us, that McCain is nothing new. He will make promises just like Bush did that he will not keep just like Bush did. He will use swift boat politics and lie and sneak around. But the people have seen this shell game before. We are not so easily fooled this time around.

    Was it W.C. Fields who said, You can fool some of the people all of the time. And you can fool most of the people some of the time. But you CANNOT fool all of the people ALL of the TIME! I like that very much. I think that is what has happened this time around. Wait a minute, maybe it was that guy from the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Oh, well.... it's a good saying.

    My understandin' is that Sarah was exercised of the witches in her own church... but it must not 'ave took!

    October 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Donald, Canton,NC

    The dominoes of the Western States are beginning to tilt and fall in the Obama direction.

    The people of American are seeing the true McCain/Palin ticket and Republican hypocrites.

    His base is eroding to the extent this is the "Campaign to NOWHERE"!

    October 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Cindy Nelson

    Come on Colorado– you can do it.
    Do the right thing and vote Obama/Biden.
    We dont need McSame and Bush in Drag for another 4years....
    Vote Democratic!!

    October 5, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Mrs. Texas Teacher!

    Good grief... where is everyone.... am I delirous? Surely I am not the only person in this land who feels like commenting on the nonsence going on in the news!

    October 5, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Tina

    McCain is a very unstable person and the current economic crisis has proven.McCain was indecisive,making decisions that shocked or surprised his own campaign staff. First, suspending a campaign to force himself into negotiations that never involved or required him, saying the presidential debate should be postponed when Americans wanted to hear from their future president,saying he wont debate until there is a deal and came back when there was no deal.In fact there was no deal until 7 days later.
    McCain showed that he can't multi-task,a simple prerequisite of a leader,poor sense of judgment cause he wanted a game changer and a deflection of Americans from the economic crisis.
    God save us if he becomes president, we will wake up the following morning to nuclear war on our hands because of his erratic and unstable poor sense of judgment.Gob save and bless America from McCain/Palin

    October 5, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Mariam Wang

    Palin strikes again! Nothing new as the governor continues to lie, distract, refuse to address an issues the country faces... She claims to be an outsider, but she absolutely and expertly plays the Washinton game. Look at how she evades investigation of her alledged abuse of power! Look at how she is determined to fight. Certainly, she is no less of a George W Bush. She is so much more – good luck to us if the MaCain-Palin ticket wins.

    October 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. bigmike31313

    McCain Brother Calls Northern Virginia 'Communist Country'

    October 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Art

    Another week or two of the erratic, unstable McCain, and more name calling by Palin, could put CO in Obama's camp. Keep it up, Palin !! These two are desperate as they circle the drain. Most likely we'll be hearing a giant flushing sound on election day.

    October 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Amy

    Hang on Colorado! I know you're being bombarded with ads because I am too in another swing state (MN). All I can say is I think the majority of Americans will vote for the candidate they believe can steer our economy out of the mess the Bush administration has gotten us into. I believe that candidate is Barack Obama. He has shown the curiosity and wisdom to ask economic experts for their input. I don't feel I can trust the candidate who previously said that he (McCain) is always for less regulation. I believe that is a huge part of what caused this mess.

    October 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. bigmike31313

    What a surprise. The GOP calling fellow Americans "commies" to get votes. I guess "traitor" is next. These guys are pathetic.

    October 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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