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. abel sterling

    i am so sorry MCcain i can see it already you a looser, real looser .

    October 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. bruno nana

    yes we can
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. spiveyivey

    It's only a matter of time before CO turns even more toward Obama.

    Watching Palin right now in NH. She is all over the place in her speech. She tried to pack 10s pounds of cr%p into a 5 pound bag. Sped through her speech like an amateur debater iin middle school. Strange...

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. ET from OMAHA

    At this pace OBAMA will even win Texas. LOL

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Karen- Bring on the Elections

    Obama has to stay focus and on course. McCain campaign is turning this election into an out and out war on American soil. They are trying to sway the voting process in Ohio, Jewish votes and now with Ayers story.. You name it, they have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Obama but YET he still rise up. We the American people are praying for Obama. This election has taken on a whole new meaning of dirty politics. Change is what we need and change we will get.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Barb

    Where is Cafferty? Anyone know?

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Muz

    I'm just counting the days until election day, since we already know what the outcome is going to be now.

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Greg in AR

    Voters are finally paying attention to the issues and their walltes.

    The Republican Fear tactics ARE working this year....only it's fear for our economic future that has been placed in peril by the Bush administration and it's failed policies.

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. McSame

    C'mon GEORGIA lets turn our state BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    I have feeling that John McCain is in for a SHOCKER on Nov. 4th.

    October 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Bridget

    Obama supporters, like Coach Dean Smith and Governor Easley, are working hard here in North Carolina, to educate NC voters on the differences between McCain and Obama when it comes to issues that affect regular Americans. Our red NC is also going to go blue in November.

    October 15, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Noah

    Obama said on videotape yesterday that he wants to "spread the wealth around because it is a good thing to do." He is a Socialist and he cannot hide that fact any longer. Nobody is voting FOR Obama this year. He is one of the worst candidates ever in American history. People are voting AGAINST John McCain because they are so uninformed that they think he is George Bush's reinacarnate, when in fact they have been bitter rivals for years.

    October 15, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. S. Boatman

    Good News!

    October 15, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Val

    Obama can win even the state of Texas. Americans are finally waking up. Real Change the world needs. I so want Obama to win and let those African leaders learn from him and make Africa a better place.

    October 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Franky

    I gotta say, it'll be nice if he can take Mizzou. But if he can take either Colorado or Virginia or Florida or any other close one, I'll take it!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Dr. Vincent J. Petrosino

    People for Obama! Please be certain that you vote! Especially our younger generation! This election is all about you! We do not want the Bradley Effect here! That is what the GOP is counting on along with the sense that young voters do not vote! COME OUT NOVEMBER 4TH RAIN, SHINE, SNOW OR SLEET. MAKE YOUR VOICE KNOWN WITH YOUR FEET TOWARD THE VOTING BOOTH!

    October 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. LAWill

    I'm a Virginia native living in California. Way to go VA...let's make it a blue state permanently!! Dems from around the country are watching and hoping.

    October 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Robert The Man

    "Dewey defeats Truman!"

    It's going to be such a victory when McCain sweeps the polls, and I can see it now the Dem's will be crying some junk about voter fraud or how the republicans somehow stole the election, and Democrats you don't even have yourselves to blame for this, or anyone who votes for Obama, you need to blame the media, these people have lead you in the wrong direction with just about the worst journalism I have ever seen. So remember this, when McCain wins, and he will win, don't get angry at the republicans, get angry at the media for unfair and biased reporting. I just think they are reporting wrong, and in the end it's going to hurt the Democrats rather than help them.

    October 15, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Lorna, NY

    And if McCain brings up Ayers at the last debate, Obama's lead will get even bigger. People are not interested in smears, we want solutions to the issues facing this country.

    October 15, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Clinton Democrat for Obama

    When will Sen. McCain be pulling out of these states to shore up Arizona and Alaska?

    October 15, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Dierdra, IN

    Jesse and Barack are not the same. Jesse Jackson is an activist, which means he has to "act up" in order to bring attention to the ills of America. Barack is a presidential politician which means he is a uniter who will bring this country together so that we can move forward to get this country back on track.

    All black people are NOT the same.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Felly

    Yes, we can! Obama is the real deal. Americans are waking up from 8 yrs of slumber. A 72 yr old washed up angry McCain and a 44 yr old beauty pageant cannot bring the change we desperately need.

    Obama, 08

    October 15, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. AP in PA

    It all means nothing if we don't show up on election day! Let's get out and get the job done for Obama/Biden!

    October 15, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Go Big Or Go Home

    RED, WHITE & BLUE all over.

    Go America, take your country back.

    Go Big Or Go Home, Baby.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Festus, Montana

    Why hasn't anyone polled Montana? Montana is Obama country.
    Palin's weeds won't tumble in Montana. We're all educated out here.

    Obama / Biden 08.

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Susan



    blogging won't help; voting would.

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