October 6th, 2008
09:18 AM ET
12 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. Laura

    FYI – FOX news is a garbage station.

    Olivia – you need to think and open your eyes, it may open your mind.

    October 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Emmanuel.

    All the extreme right wing republicans, thier analysts and the macain campaign is talking about now is how to throw garbage at Obama. Desperation is sinking into the Macain campaign, thier time is running out and fear is setting into thier calculations and badly designed, failure prone strategies.

    What the American people have seen in John Macain and his campaign is a man who is a poor manager, always reactive because of his inability to judge current situation rightly and forecast the future with forthright and good judgement.

    John Macain is an erratic crisis manager who is crisis prone, then takes extreme gambling approaches to escerlate negative results.

    America cannot afford a nervous, tence and erratic hand at this time in this period of change. Obama/Biden is what America needs going into the future.

    October 6, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Barney

    NC has your back, Barack. We're going blue this year.

    October 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. AJ

    I sent in my absentee vote today. For the first time ever, I did not support the democratic candidate for president. I also did not vote for anyone who endorsed Obama. I really hate him and what’s more, I hate all of his hysterical supporters. I think he will win though. America will get what America deserves.

    October 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Angele- New Mexico

    53 year old woman, 1st time registered and I'm EARLY voting for Obama/Biden.

    We've got to get out and vote in overwhelming numbers.


    October 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. William

    People are sheep...they like to vote for the guy who is going to win. In that way, polls are self-fulfilling. By the same token, people don't like to support the guy who is losing. I see from Dave's comments that now some Republicans are refusing to vote for McCain...good for you Dave. You're not a sheep, you have a choice.

    October 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Rob

    Doris,Memphis,TN – If what you said was true, then Obama would be losing by a landslide. No, unfortunately America seems to be duped by a smooth talking snake charmer who has nothing substantial to offer, won't comment on his questionable past, but has overhyped talk show hosts, musicians, and movie stars helping spread his bull.

    October 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Spirit of America

    The stock market is still plunging, even after the $700 billion bailout which both candidates strongly supported. With more solutions and candidates like that, who needs disastrous problems and phoney politicians? What's the difference.? Neither have a clue.

    October 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. McNothing

    Its time to air the POW commercials, Johnny

    October 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Bernadette

    I find it hilarious that McCain/Palin are wasting $$ on commercial ads in Illinois. That shows just how out of touch they are. Don't they know that ILlinois is a lost cause? By all means, pull out of MIchigan and keep showing ads in Illinois.

    Go Obama/Biden 2008!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. redhead from Toronto

    In my opinion, there is very little unbiased news to be had anywhere but, anyone who watches and believes the reporting on Faux News, has mush for brains, America, use your brains, look at the last 8 years, compare them to the previous 8 years , it's a no-brainer, the Republican party will never look out for you, they are the party of the well-to-do, PLEASE, America, take back your Country, you can do better. It's the ECONOMY. OMABA/BIDEN 2008 for everyone's sake. The world is watching.

    October 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Alice Brinkley

    New Mexicoians will regret their choice of Obama, as will all the rest of this nation.

    October 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Bill,ca

    McCain and Palin campaigned just e few days ago in colorado. After these 2 liars left, the state swings to Obama.

    What does this tell us?

    That McCains slime attack is not working and that they are unfit to lead america out of this mess.

    Keep on mud slinging old man and your campaign is doomed.

    It makes me laugh loud how McCain hides behind his mouthpeace Palin, He is feeding her with lies and since she has no clue what is going on, she pretends to be his savior.

    What a joke those 2.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. GELAM

    Bottom line is this darlings:

    Obama is ahead in the electoral vote and is gaining in typically Republican states. Face it, we are winning.

    McCain is looking like a pitiful old man trying his last ditch effort to be presdidant before he dies.

    And Palin is an incredible joke. The winking in the camera at the debate and her use of redneck yahoo phrases and words? Joe six-pack? Give me a break.

    The more the McCain tries to negatively attack, the more they will turn off voters. Keep on going, we love it.

    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. elsje


    October 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. bridgette

    I think people forgot about Gov Richards in New Mexico. He has been working so hard in that state for Obama. The reality of it is people see the farse in this Palin act.

    October 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |

    Great news!!!! I wish Alabama would turn blue too!!!!

    Obama 2008!!!!

    October 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Paul

    It s time for real change. Change that will bring prosperity and peace to our nation. We need the Democrats in the White House. As a nation, we are sick and tired of the GOP 's policies that benefit just a few and forgets about most of us.

    Our economy, our safety and prosperity depend on people who truly care about all people.

    Yes we will!

    Obama – Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Felly

    Obama/Biden are heavyweights champions while McCain/Palin are featherweights, period.

    October 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. KD

    To my fellow Democrats we must keep pushing until Obama/Biden wins. It's unbelievable that they are trying to tie Obama to terrorist, lthey should look at their own house, I think someone who belongs to a group or even attends a meeting that supports Alaska separating from the U.S. (Palin and Hubbie) is more of domestic terrorist threat than Obama. As a 23 year veteran, son of a 20 year veteran, son-in-law of a 30 year veteran and brother of a 12 year veteran, we have always served this country and answered the call, we find it insulting that the McPalin/Bush/GOP think they are the only patriots in America. It's time for McPalin/Bush and the rest of the GOP to take their warped views and leave, don't go away mad just go away and let true believers of the america dream get the country back on track.

    October 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. bobby

    Great to hear that New Mexico is turning blue! Send Ellie Mae Clampit and Mr. Burns back home.

    October 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Maggie from Virginia


    That was the most intellegent statement coming from a republican that I have heard or read so far. I respect honesty. Kudos to you, even though you are not voting for my candidate.

    October 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Janice in OK

    Considering the stupidity of McSame and his loyal sidekick Caribou Barbie I can't imagine the polls even being close. Wake up, People!!!!
    Who can trust a man who would leave his disabled wife after multiple affairs for Old Barbie? Also throw Keating 5 in the mix!! And what about Troopergate? Need I say more? And to Raymond Duke – I'm not a paid blogger – and I'm not a young dummy, either. I'm a former Republican who is now a forever Democrat due to the miserable failings of the Republican Party!!! Obama/Biden '08!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. mark in PA

    That moment when Biden almost started crying was certainly NOT scripted. My heart wrenched when I saw it, it was painful to watch.
    No matter how folksy you talk, no matter how pretty you are, no matter how many high school sports your kids play....
    Biden came off as more normal, authentic, and real than Palin EVER did during that debate.

    That one moment was the last nail in the coffin for Palin's VP chances.


    October 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Bridgette-PA

    "AJ" – Yes, America will get what they deserve.....a better PRESIDENT than George and McBush! Believe it and hate him all you want! It changes nothing. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will change this country around for the better good and that's something that Republicans know nothing about.

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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