October 6th, 2008
09:18 AM ET
13 years ago

New Mexico poll update: Obama has the advantage

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(CNN) - A new poll out Monday shows Barack Obama holding a slight advantage over John McCain in New Mexico, one of the most closely-fought presidential battlegrounds in the last two election cycles.

According to the new survey from the Albuquerque Journal, Obama holds a 5-point lead over the Arizona senator there, 45 percent to 40 percent, with 15 percent still undecided. The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

CNN Electoral Map Calculator: You call the race

The state narrowly voted for Al Gore in 2000, and for George Bush in 2004. CNN’ Electoral Map considers New Mexico to be "leaning Obama” this year.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Marc

    Look I'm an Obama supporter but we shouldn't start celebrating anything until he's actually won the election. Didn't the polls indicate he was up by double digits in the New Hampshire primary but ended up losing it to HRC? The repubs are going to make the next few weeks REALLY ugly. Lets see if there's a shift in the polls in another week. But again, polls don't count, votes do.

    October 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Gtnaustin

    Why doesn't McCain send in his "I couldn't even win Miss Alaska" Brittany Spears wanna be into New Mexico? This woman is more plastic than Barbie and weill end up being sent BACK to Alaska where she belongs with all of her dirty laundry having been aired. Enjoy your ONE term as Govenor Sarah.

    October 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Anonymous

    as an OHIOAN i'll be glad when mcsane pulls out of ohio, we will be going BLUE,

    October 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Hall for Obama

    Sarah Palin and John McCain are demonstrating that they do not read their Bible. Other wise they would see in there "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor". Look I was born and raise in the same state where people use to kill black people for fun, but that do not make me a killer. Sarah Palin and John McCain should get with the program and stop wasting time on childish stuff. I would feel so much better if they would talk about how to fix what is wrong with the government.

    October 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. SDunn

    AJ October 6th, 2008 10:57 am ET

    As we dig the hole deeper…
    I have lost all confidence in the American electorate. One bad choice after another. Now we will find out AFTER he is elected that Obama is all style and no substance. What a shame.
    Nope you will find out the opposite. Have you even went on his website to read his detailed plans???? Of course not! That substance argument has been squashed a long time ago. Anyone who has sense and read his plans will know that Obama is the real deal.

    October 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Independent for Obama-Biden

    My fellow Democrats. Let us not be complacent. Spread the word. The ReTHUGlicans are starting their smear campaign. Sarah Palin is a joke. And McCain enough has been said about you. You are just an angry old man who has no vision for the future. Obama-Biden 08 and 12!!!!

    October 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Olivia October 6th, 2008 10:26 am ET

    It is amazing to me how easily people are following the Pied Piper.

    For those of you who dare to question…….try to watch a rerun of a piece presented by Hannity on Fox last night, titled: Obama and Friends: a history of radicalisation. It's a shocker.

    Now that it seems that there is a possibility academia may be involved in Obama's popularity, and children are being brainwashed, singing praise to Obama, people should look deeper into what is really going on here before Nov 4.

    Hannity and Fox news are not a credible or reliable source of info, unless you are a far-right wing nut job.

    October 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. proud army and navy mom

    Another example of mccain's dishonorable acts:

    In the year before his Senate run, McCain had championed legislation that would have delayed new regulations of savings and loans. Grateful, Keating contributed $54,000 to McCain's Senate campaign. Now, when Keating tried to stack the federal regulatory bank board with cronies, McCain made a phone call seeking to push them through. In 1987, in an unprecedented display of political intimidation, McCain also attended two meetings convened by Keating to pressure federal regulators to back off. The senators who participated in the effort would come to be known as the Keating Five.

    October 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

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    October 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. soccer moms for obama

    new mexico will see what kind of a mcbush will mean for america.

    i believe they will see the craziness of palin.
    keep voting for obama

    October 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Will-South Dakota

    The Tide has turned to real LEADERSHIP offered by Obama.Biden, and is showing this team offers solutions to our current economic problems.McCain offers nothing but Bush policies and Phil Grahams philosophy of whinny Americans. It's hurting out here in rural America thanks GOP

    October 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. mick alison


    October 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. America demands answers

    SNL producers gave credits to Palin...
    Tina comments that palin is the first candidate that you dont have to make anything up just copy word for word and you are there...I listened to SNL and it was real and scary...Tina fay didnt change any of Palin's words they are just s e as she said it...no inclusion or subraction....wow...

    October 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Ken in NC

    Advantage Obama. Now this is funny. When McCain was riding his wave of popularity no one herd Obama complaining about life being fair. Now Obama is leading and pulling away, McCain was herd saying this weekend that "Life Is Not Fair".
    McCain chose to be condescending to Obama when they debated. McCain is the one that constantly complained that Obama did not understand. Obama stayed on the high road and never complained. He stood his ground and took the old mans crap and now the old man is complaining about life. He should have know that when he was a POW.

    Like my mom used to say, "You made your bed so now you have to lay in it".

    October 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Armando

    I am in CO another swing state. But I'll be voting for Nader.

    October 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Geo Joe in ABQ

    It's taken a lot of hard work by thousands of volunteers to turn the tide in New Mexico. Much remains to be done. I have talked to many "undecideds" who are actually decided but undeclared. They are just afraid of getting jumped by McCainiacs.

    October 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Mike, FL

    The DOW has now falled below 10,000 first time since 9/11. I am terrified of looking at my 401k account and all McCain wants to do is change the topic to something irrelavent instead!!

    October 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. H-ROD


    October 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Rob

    Hey James in NJ –

    If (God forbid) Obama does win, when you tell your kids that you had a hand in history it'll be the historic event of the election that destroyed America.

    Will you be telling your kids this story as you cook a shoe, because unemployment will be everywhere, or as your fleeing another attack, as Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and Reid will turn America into the wimpiest country on the planet. Or better yet, how will you explain the fact that Obama and Congress have a combined approval rating of 4%, yet people like Oprah, Lindsay Lohan, and Bruce Springsteen say he's the best thing since sliced bread?

    I would say wake up and smell the coffee, but I don't even think that will clear you from your delusional state. Or any of you other Obamaholics for that matter.

    October 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Team America


    I live in Omaha and was there to hear Palin speak yesterday. The venue she was speaking at holds only about 5,000 people, so how did 6,000 people get in??? People were lining up through the doorways to hear her speak. She has brought enthusiam and excitement to middle America, and to the midwest, more than Obama ever will. Don't speak of things you don't know. Don't say things to impress other liberals. Your comment was 100% false.

    Ya know, some say that Palin lacks experience...If you want to say Palin lacks experience, ok, I'll give ya that, but I'd rather have the lack of experience on the bottom of the ticket, and not the top like the Democrats.

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 6, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. A chicken clucks in Johns yard

    New Mexico for Obama, as John throws the sink and the dishes at him.I laugh at Sarah Palin and John McCain,how christian of them.

    October 6, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. MikeH


    "McCain calls Obamas comments 'Dishonorable' ". CNN why do you title the ticker like that? Are you trying to get Mccain elected?

    What does Mccain call Sara Palin's refusal to honor a legal subpoena?

    October 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Ben in NM

    Obama has been ahead of McCain here in New Mexico all along (except for a couple of blips). And there's a good chance that our complete congressional delegation this year (2 senators, 3 representatives) will all be blue also!! Udall (D) is well ahead of Pearce (R) for Domenici's vacant senate seat, and the three Democrat representative candidates all have a good shot.

    October 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    Hey John, my friend, John... go back to the ranch, kick back and have a BUD.... Give a clue to your JOE SIX PACK/ HOCKEY MOM
    CARIBOE BARBIE , if you can find one that not everyone wants to be a six pack.... she was/is though... six years or six schools for a degrree.

    Yup its that old-retired WHITE guy from Ma... Go OBAMA


    October 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Darryl Arlington Obama Supporter

    The Senate Ethics Committee will seek a detailed study of a real estate partnership involving developer Charles Keating Jr. and the wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), according to Senate sources.

    Involved is an investment by Cindy McCain and her father, James Hensley, in a $15-million Phoenix, Ariz., shopping center. The $359,000 investment, made through a Hensley company subsidiary in which Cindy McCain had 41 percent ownership and her father 51 percent, makes them the largest single investors in the project originally financed, built and managed by Keating. The investment by the senator's relatives was made in 1986 after Keating was already in a bitter feud with federal regulators alarmed over his operation of Lincoln Savings and Loan.

    October 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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