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. Obama for President

    Come on, Georgia!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Betty

    LIP – McCain voted 90% of the time with Bush and then tries to tell us he's a "maverick". He has based practically his whole campaign on being a "maverick". Go ahead and respond by saying that Obama voted 97% with the democrats – that is true, but Obama has not told us he's a "maverick" who will "go against his own party" like McCain has. So that argument fails. As for any comparison of McCain and Bush to Obama and Jackson, well, Jackson isn't an elected official so that argument also fails.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. McCain is TOAST!

    You say making gains in red states huh?

    No wonder Cheney needed a shock to the heart. There will be no place to hide for his sins. Not even Red states will take him back.

    Cheney should start filling out his application for a home mortgage on Mars.

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Jack from MI

    I would personally like to thank the hate-filled Sarah Palin for this Obama landslide victory! We couldn't have done it without you!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia

    Jesse Jackson is talking stupid for attention as usual. You know he is an old man.

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Chris

    I'm tired of people characterizing Colorado as a red state. Yes, we went for Dole in '96 and W. twice, but we have a Democratic Governor, Democratic majorities in both state houses, a 4-3 majority Democratic congressional delegation and 1 Democratic US senator (about to be 2). If we get out and vote, we will deliver Colorado for Obama and hopefully shed the mantle of Red State at last!

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

    NS from Huntsville AL:
    Well Said. Exactly on point.

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Bruce

    McCain has told so many lies and only brings hate and fear. Palin is guilty of abuse of power and "Pals around with the AIP an hate organization that hates America so much it wants to form an indpendant country. Is That what you want in the White House?

    October 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Both Jesse Jackson and John McCain are twentieth century thinkers; time for Obama and his excellent team that have a twenty-first century view; it will be the youth vote that will seal the deal in this election!!

    Nothing Palin says should be reported until she sits down for an honest, thorough interview to explain and support what she is spewing on the campaign trail.

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Gene

    That's because McCain, in his senility, thinks he's running against Jesse Jackson now 🙂

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Connie

    I would also like it if CNN and all the other new outlets would report the aide of John McSenile, Timmons that lobbied for Saddam Hussein. Is this McSenile's Wm Ayers ?As for Jackson he will say anything to stay in the news , just another washed up want-to-be. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
    Connie from Indiana

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. anthony hicks

    I was reading the comments left by other people, and can across this one:
    October 15th, 2008 12:08 pm ET

    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?
    Is this true? Did McCain's aide woeked as a lobbyist for Saddam Huessein? And if this is true why hasn't CNN reported on it?

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Corey Berger

    He hasn't pulled out of Georgia. We're still going strong here!

    Internals on the polls please CNN.

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. johnrj08

    As voters get closer to their decision on November 4th, I'm sure that many more will be changing their colors because they will have to face up to whether or not they want a president who believes mankind walked side-by-side with dinosaurs and that Jesus Christ's Second Coming will occur in her lifetime. Tthey will have to decide between a thinking, pragmatic candidate and a candidate who chose a running mate who is grossly unfit for the office she covets. If John McCain is as unhealthy as he looks, Sarah Palin has an excellent chance of finishing out his term. Think about it. Then vote.

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. mary ca

    Why the medias are not talking about the relation of McCain with the lobbyist of sadam hussein. The guy who prepare his transition to the wh, no way no how no McCain

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. AP in PA

    To NS from Huntsville – THANK YOU!!! for saying what so few will say... similar to suggesting I would vote for Palin only because she's a female... insulting and ridiculous!

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Obamalism

    People are being blinded by the media in the election.

    The majority of negative things said about McCain and especially Palin are coming from the media and numerous liberal sources. This releaves Obama of the need to be overtly negative with his campaign.

    However, Obama is receiving almost NO negative coverage from the media except that which comes from McCain or the few conservative sources.

    This gives the impression that ALL negatives are coming from McCain and therefor Obama can sit back and claim McCain is running a nasty campaign all the while the media is doing the same for him.

    Liberal jounalism is killing this country by making it impossible for the average American to form a true opinion from biased media coverage.

    CNN's debate coverage team is especially appaling. At least MSNBC doesn't hide its bias, they wear it right on there sleeves. CNN had a reputation of respective reporting...but that is quickly fading.

    Ratings > unbiased journalism

    October 15, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. We are ALL "That One"

    Go Obama! Unite this Nation as ONE!

    One Car
    One House
    One Wife
    One People
    One President
    ONE Nation!

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Barb Mpls

    Where is Cafferty????

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Suem

    The news gives us the Poll report and are saying that they wander if the polls are true because some whites might be saying they will vote for Obama that Black doesn't matter and then not vote for him on election day because he is black............well reverse that maybe a lot of republicans are saying their going to vote for McCain because they don't want to look like they are abandoning their party but come election day they will vote Obama........because the signs in the yards in our area of town that has always been Republican has more Obama yard signs than I have ever seen in 37 years.

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Gary

    Comm'on CNN, you just forced 10 minutes of Palin on us and yesterday Blitzer cut Biden off at 45 seconds, although we shouldn't complain, every time Palin opens her mouth, the polls go up fo Obama. You go girl, you betcha!

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    I certainly hope Obama wins

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Right

    Of course African-Americans are getting out to vote. There party leaders are going to the extreme with registering non existant, politically incorrect, homeless, pets as well as dead people in order to get there man Obama elected. And his man Jesse calls himself a Reverand? Give me a break but not sure what bible Jesse is reading. The Israels are the chosen people folks like it or even if you think you just fell out of the sky and was not conceived by nature.

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Video Guy

    FYI North Dakota which CNN is showing as a Red State is now Polling with Obama ahead by 2 points.

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. laura

    CNN gives you 2 seconds to post before they close, GEEZ. Just like fox news.

    Obama already made a statement about Jesse has been Jackson. Everyone knows that Obama will protect Isarel, but can we take care of our country first please for once?!!!

    Jesse jackson and Al Sharpton are one of those whackos who use race for everything.

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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