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. db

    So happy to see my home state moving back into the blue. Obama/Biden 08!

    October 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Fitzpatrick

    What happens to my retirement???? Mc cain/Palin, i need answer. on't want to hear what Hilary already said about Obama during the primary.

    October 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Obama saves the world

    does the Mcpalin camp really expect us hard working americans to believe that Obama is in league with terrorist, desperation can lead one too say many things as is presently evident, i love alaska put palin needs to go back there and continue hunting moose

    October 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. lovable liberal

    The recent movement is all in one direction. It looks as though people have finally had enough of the smell of Republican smear campaigns in their nostrils and are ready to choose Obama, who has been steady and Presidential.

    And Democrats make the economy better.

    October 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. arc, Lugano CH

    Democrats thrive for the sake of the intelligence, global-minded perspective, and education of their electorate.

    Republicans survive on the ignorance, isolationism, and prejudices of their electorate.

    October 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. kenny cole

    This time around i believe the GOP can not fool the american people no more all of us white,black ,asia,mexican are now ready to unit take the country back from the rich people who are out of touch

    October 6, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Rick

    I was recently asked to name just 1 thing Barack Obama has done and not list his promises.

    I'll go with the "Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act"
    of 2007. Barack Obama did this in response to the appalling conditions he
    found at Walter Reed Hospital in visiting our wounded heros
    returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    I can think of no greater service a Senator of the United
    States can render than to fight for our heroic wounded soldiers who
    have fought for our freedom.

    The bill has 34 co sponsors and John McCain is sadly NOT one
    of them. The bill is tied down in John McCain's committee on Armed
    Services and I can think of no greater betrayal of our troops than
    John McCain's stalling of this fine legislation.

    October 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Raymond Duke

    I do not worry to much about polls right now. Especially ones from the liberal press like CNN. They have never had McCain ahead even when some others one did. Polls are to easy fixed. All you got to do is go to a certain segment of the country or just take a poll of college kids or just call a black neighbor hood. That is like when I was watching the cnn call missouri aa swing state. Missouri will go red. I am from there. They had the nerve to say the boothill of missouri is a highly contested area. My family is from there and I lived there for years. Of all the towns around there, Kennett, cardwell, arbyrd , senath , steele, caruthersville , only Haiti Hieghts will go for Obama, Haiti seperated itself resulting into two cities. One Haiti and the other Haiti hieghts which is all black. Cnn is living in fantasy land on this one.

    October 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Bubba

    Sarah Palin is an irresponsible mother – how can a Christian mother teach her daughter to get pregnant out of wedlock at such an early age. The boyfriend does not even want to marry her and Palin is forcing the boy on her daughter.

    Palin is a disgrace to irresponsuble parenthood!

    October 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. He is the one

    It's interesting that the McCain followers bring up socialism – have you forgotten that it's Bush and Paulson that have engineered the largest socialist pattern in American history. The federal government is now in private business. Secondly, I challenge these writers of fear to explain the difference between capitalism and socialism – and please don't confuse this with communism. Let's see if you really know what you're talking about, I would love to hear your explanation of capitalism and how the capital markets work. You are blinded by right wing propoganda, when was the last time the R's actually did anything about the wedge issues they love. If they solved them then there would be no more wedge issues – wake up and stop voting against your self interests, religious issues need to stay local and out federal elections, remember the constitution, separation of church and state, seemed like a good idea then and still does.

    October 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. ez

    Early voting is the best way to go; I already voted.

    Registered Republican voted Obama/Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Jay in NJ

    Listen Republicans,
    There is no shame in voting for Barack Obama this election. He is truly the better candidate. I have never really liked any politicians but Barack seems unique. He is intelligent and charismatic (and loved by many overseas which is important for the UN's help) and he really cares about the future of our country.

    Vote Smart in 08!
    Obama/Biden in 08!
    And Vote!

    October 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    NOBAMA is the worst person this country could elect. If you want higher taxes, bigger government, ultra liberalism, and sanctioned infanticide, then vote for Obama. You idiot lemming liberals have no clue what you are about to do. All of the deregulation problems are due to DEMOCRATS, not Republicans. It was Bill Clinton who put the Community Reinvestment Act on steroids back in 1995. Do you lemmings think forced lending (at penalty of steep fines) quite possibly may have gotten all of this bad debt on banks' books that we are now dealing with in the financial crisis? Banks didn't just used to lend to any Joe Schmoe out there, people. Thanks to the liberal Demo-craps, all of this forced bad debt has tanked the economy. Just proves how sheepish and asleep you people are in America. McCain has been in favor OF GOOD REGULATION, not necessarily NO regulation, and that's evident with his 2006 co-sponsorship of tougher regulations bill, and warnings signs that he's spoken about, of this current collapse. Also, let's no forget, the Democrats voted for MORE deregulation in 1999. So you idiot Obama-bot druids are about to put the party in power WHICH CAUSED THIS CRISIS!!!!!! YOU PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Bruce

    Anyone that watches FOX NEWS and thinks they are getting FACTS need to get some professional treatment. FOX is McCain election HQ. They are so far to the RIGT it is not had to see they are DEEP in the REPUBLICAN POCKET.

    Watch PBS or CSPAN if you really are looking for straight talk. McCain has lied so much and so often he believes his own lies.

    October 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Claire, NH

    Sarah Palin is implying that Barack Obama is not patriotic. Well she is wrong. She should think about the fact that she and her husband denied to answer their SUBPOENAS. Real Americans don't ignore subpoenas.

    My vote goes to the team that has integrity–Obama/Biden.


    October 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Republican Mom for Obama!!!

    I have just proudly donated another 50 dollars to the Obama/Biden campaign! It is for a good cause. 😉

    October 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Willy

    Barry will be defeated in Nov 2008.

    October 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. me

    Even on Fix News everybody is against them now...

    Texas turned pink I heard...

    October 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Madeleine

    I'm a South African who lived in USA for several years who is addicted to following the US elections. I'm a huge Obama supporter. Please, dear US voters, we want you back in the world with us! We miss you! You've gone behind a 'Red Curtain' for 8 years! Spare the world from any more Republican rule.
    Congratulations, New Mexico!

    October 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. nick q

    Come on people! Let's focus on the issues and not on personal attacks. I'd be more lenient towards McCain and Palin if they offered solutions but instead they are attacking one's character. As a christian (I'm mormon), I cannot allow myself moral conscience to vote for people for use dirty tactics. I believe God is on the side of those who spread a message of faith, hope, optimism, and unity. That's why Reagan won. He didn't rely on personal attacks. Vote blue come november!

    October 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Americans are saying no more to dirty politicians!

    October 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    I guess Bush and McCain have been good buddies much longer than we thought. Keating 5..... And Sonny Bush was one of the biggest holders in the S & L bailout in his Daddy's day. They've obviously been kissin' cousins for a long time..... I mean, gooly gee..... darn it!

    October 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Bob, Newport

    The more Sara Palin speaks, the more McCain's numbers drop. The
    stupids who are willing to look dumb standing behind Sara Palin at the
    McCain rallies when she spews her venom is becoming scarce.

    October 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Brian

    McCain/Palin have been patronizing the American people since the RNC... you can't just slap the label of "change" on an establishment candidate like McCain and make it true. And Palin is no Washington outsider, either. She's a product of Newt Gingrich's GOPAC "candidate in a can" bootcamp... she's a pure republican automaton.

    Obama/Biden are the real candidates for change in 2008, and America knows it. Look at the dire straits we're in and tell me honestly that we don't need real, effective change!

    Obama/Biden '08!!! Real change! Real experience! Ready on day one! Yes we can!

    October 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Obamabot in NJ

    What....Rev Jeremiah Wright and Tony Rezko...! Oh gosh I had no idea! Now I will vote for McCain and the intelligent Governor from Wasilla to reform Washington!
    It was good that you told me. I will throw my Obama shirt away too!

    Yeah Right! The lies won't stick, people want change!
    Obama/Biden in 08
    Today, tomorrow, and especially on Nov 4th.

    October 6, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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