October 15th, 2008
12:03 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN POLL: Obama making gains in red states

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/14/art.colorado.gi.jpg caption="Obama is making gains in several states President Bush won twice."]HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - As the two major party presidential candidates get ready to face off in person one last time, new polls in some crucial states that could decide the race for the White House suggest John McCain is having to defend himself in areas that once were reliably Republican.

A new CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation survey in Virginia released Wednesday indicates that Barack Obama holds a 10 point lead over McCain, 53 percent to 43 percent among likely voters. President Bush won Virginia by 9 points over Senator John Kerry in 2004 and the state hasn't voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964.

"Obama is winning men and women in Virginia, and is doing well across the state east of the Blue Ridge Mountains," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

It's a similar story in Colorado, a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat in the race for the White House in 16 years. The new poll indicates Senator Obama, D-Illinois, holds a 4 point edge over McCain, 51 percent to 47 percent.

And in Georgia, a state that President Bush won by 17 points over Kerry 4 years ago and that hasn't voted for the Democrats in a presidential contest in 16 years, the poll suggests a much narrower single digit lead for Senator McCain, R-Arizona, 53 percent to 45 percent.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. LIP

    He ought to take heat for anything Jesse says. After all, if Bush and McCain are joined at the hip for whatever, then Obama and Jesse are likewise joined at the hip. Must be getting kind of crowded though what with Rev. Wright and Ayers vying for the other hip.

    October 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Helene

    The end is near for McCain/Palin and it is poetic justice after their incitement to violence and their abject rhetoric.

    October 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. I see Russia from my HOUSE

    YES WE CAN!! Come on Obama , come on America!! we need change!!!!! We need to stop outrageous attacks and focus on the economy. I jsut heard PEPSI is laying off 3,300 Employees.. Change is desperate needed...
    GO OBAMA/ BIDEN

    October 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Ralph

    not winning me.

    October 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Scott NYC Independent

    Finally we will have an intelligent, articulate and thoughtful president that can restore our global respect and natonal confidence.

    October 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. JD FROM NEW YORK

    COME ON MY BROTHERS & SISTERS IN GEORGIA....LET'S MAKE GEORGIA A BLUE STATE!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Cindy Nelson

    Obama is the whole package.
    McCain and Palin are lies and more of the same.

    It's as simple as that.

    October 15, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. republicans hate america

    What ever you do people do not get complacent you need to show up and vote for Obama to win and make sure these Christian extremists stay where they belong in the minority and irrelevant

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. No McCain/No Pali/No Repubs

    This is great news but ain't over yet....let's not be deceived, we need to stay on track and no matter what is being said from the republicans, all the lies and false information being thrown our way, we know that Obama is a good, decent man and we need to get out there and vote for him!

    Let's go...BLUE ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES ON AMERICA. It is time for CHANGE!

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Abby

    The country will be a beautiful blue in November, Blue for prosperity and for peace.

    America 08!

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. ET

    ACORN is helping him out

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Get real!

    Don't think so!

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Why isn't CNN reporting on Timmons, one of McCain's top aides that has been proven to have helped lobbyist working for Saddam Huessein? I'm not kidding it's true. CNN DO SOME REAL REPORTING! YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE WHATS NEWS AND WHATS NOT! YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT HEAR!

    Thanks Corporate new for helping the government control the people.
    fascists.

    Dueces

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. JOE KILOZ

    SO,,,,,,,,,,,,,LONG,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,AS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,HE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,DOESN'T,,,,,DISPELL,

    DOUBTS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ABOUT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,AYERS,,,,,,,,,,,,,WRIGHT,,,,,,,,,,,,,HE,,,,,,,,,,,,

    IS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,IN,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,QUICKSAND

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. no fear

    I think people see something more than a "liberal" label or a "Democrat" label when it comes to Obama; that, and many, many people have been there and done that with Bush far too long to do it again with McCain and Palin.

    Independent

    October 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Why isn't CNN reporting on Timmons, one of McCain's top aides that has been proven to have helped lobbyist working for Saddam Huessein? I'm not kidding it's true. CNN DO SOME REAL REPORTING! YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE WHATS NEWS AND WHATS NOT! YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT HEAR!

    Thanks Corporate new for helping the government control the people.
    fascists.

    Dueces

    October 15, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. John, Austin TX

    I'm really disappointed that Obama pulled out of Georgia. He could have won that state if he had stayed. I think McCain will win Georgia; he has an eight point lead. But, Atlanta will definitely go blue!!

    October 15, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. david (chicago)

    Things are looking good!

    October 15, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Why isn't CNN reporting on Timmons, one of McCain's top aides that has been proven to have helped lobbyist working for Saddam Huessein? I'm not kidding it's true. CNN DO SOME REAL REPORTING! YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE WHATS NEWS AND WHATS NOT! YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT HEAR! COME ON PEOPLE!

    Thanks Corporate new for helping the government control the people.
    fascists.

    Dueces

    October 15, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Lisa, MO

    Barack has to distance himself from Jesse a little bit more now that we are down to the wire. God bless you Jesse, but keep hope alive by keeping silent. This is a historical election and the stakes are extremely high.

    -An African American who loves Jesse, but wants Barack to win.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    African American setting the record straight.

    I'm so tired of people saying why a black person is voting for Obama, know asked why blacks voted for Clinton we for thmost part tend to vote democrat. However I for one like Hillary and Bill Clinton, untill the primarys. You see we have a right to vote on someone based on their atributes, character, policies etc.. And I like Obamas policy, I don't like McCains. And most other blacks don't like McCains policy. If you want to seperate this by race thats your ignorance. The Bush adminstration didn't just hurt blacks, it hurt, whites, hispanics, asians, indians, and all other races. Most of all he destoyed the American dream that all people of every race fought for. So stop acting like blacks only vote for Obama because hes balck. No were voting for him because McCain isn't going to do anything for the underdogs. Its not just blacks that lost their homes, its not just blacks unemployeed, its Americans unemployeed uninsured, unable to go to college. I'm voting for the best person who is looking out for me and my children. End of subject if your white know one ask you why you will or will not vote for McCain. So stop asking blacks if their only voting for Obama because he's black!!
    Go survey whites who are voting for McCain because he's white and then talk about that. Because black people don't care about this dumm crap, he is Democat and we don't want another Republican in office.

    October 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Brian Rich

    This all looks very good with less than three weeks to go.

    People just need to get out and vote for Obama! I voted yesterday because I'm going to be out of town on election day. It's so easy and it was so nice to just get it over with! Now I can focus on election night parties and I don't have to deal with the long lines and problems at the polls. Most states allow it, so just go vote! And vote Obama! Lets get this program going already!!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Bit

    Even Republicans don't won't to be reminded that they voted Bush/Cheney for 8 years. Most of them are ashamed of being called a Republican. Now they are trying to turn the page on the last 8 years by voting Democrat.

    October Suprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. ines

    Georgia still looks low compared to the actual support on the ground for Obama. I think we'll see that the real numbers come Nov 4 will be much higher for him.

    October 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Hmmmm

    This does not change my vote for Obama, but it's a legitimate concern. Jackson is yesterday's news and he's a weak proxy, but Obama must rein in such remarks if he going to be President. If he does radically change American policy vis-a-vis Israel, he has one term to do it in before the GOP will be back.

    October 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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