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. Susan, California

    Jackson is and has always been a loose cannon. He has accomplished many things by his attention grabbing, off-the-wall statements. It's what he does...but he is not part of Obama's campaign, and he has said things in the past that have not been accurate having to do with Obama.

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Kristen Atl

    I'm in GA. i have faith that we can turn GA blue! its going to be tough as there are still a lot of bigoted people here in GA.i am originally from CA and the difference in race tolerance is very distinctive. Even in the Atlanta metro area.
    However in the last 8 years i have been here.i have say some changes. I even see Obama signs in the yard of an estate across from the Governors Mansion! change is coming.

    Obama represents all Americans!

    obama 08

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. RW

    Come on Georgians; step uop and use your brains, vote BO. I live here and this economy sucks! You can't seriously let you race views dominate now. White ain't right ..right is right!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. tulsa

    joe kiloz

    Perhaps you could take a typing lesson. Maybe look into FactCheck to see how WRONG you are.

    Thank God the people of America aren't falling for the bull$&!t the McCain campaign is putting out there.

    Senator Obama, keep on track, answer the questions Mr. Schieffer asks directly, and be yourself. You are the man this country needs.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. D&D

    Remember to VOTE, and tell to yourself that YOUR VOTE count for Obama/Biden, YOUR VOTE can make a difference!

    October 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Lee from FL

    while mccain is busy smearing obama's character,the Illinois senator is busy steal republican states.

    October 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Gerry

    All polls take are projected low for Obama support, since they cannot reach 50% of voters under 30 who have no land line. I expect all polls are off by 2%-3% in Obama's favor. Obama will win in a landslide, providing voters vote.

    October 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. joann

    It's pathetic to see all the republicans become traitors and go for Obama who we don't even know and who will raise all your taxes along with Pelosi, and Barney Frank. He is going to put the White House on Ebay to pay for everything he wants to give and you all believe him. Wow wake up people – we can't "afford" Obama.

    October 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Research

    To attach Jesse Jackson's comments to Obama is a ludicrous as attaching McCain to Jerry Falwell's comments regarding the attacks on Sept. 11.

    October 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    Obviously people are not looking at the issues. Left is left, Right is Right. Both are stark.

    and to Ian in Mn Read your history book.

    From the nations security archives:

    Stupid but true. Another mistake made. Another reason that foreign policy should be looked at closely, and another reason Obama is not the right man.

    October 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Go Hillary and Obama

    John McCain is too erratic. Time for him to retire. Sarah Palin doesn't have the broad experience, education and insight required of a leader of a global power in today's world. Journalism degree does not cut it. Go back to Kansas, honey. You are pretty and spunky but you need some schoolin' before you can play with the big boys.

    October 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Justin, ny

    If obama wins ONE of the following states he will be president – colorado, virginia, north carolina, ohio, florida, missouri. so far he's leading in all but mizz.

    sounds like PRESIDENT OBAMA to me!

    obama/biden 08!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    TO LIP YOU SAID" October 15th, 2008 12:05 pm ET

    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.

    We don't care what you throw out about Wright or Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson is not part of the Obama campagin your grabing at straws. Wright is and idiot who cares. GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE PRESIDENT REPBUBLICAN WITH A 10 TRILLION DEBT. DO YOU SEE WHY MCCAIN IS JOINED AT THE HIP? Jesse Jackson didn't even get on stage at the democratic convention. Bush sure did address the Republican party for McCain. Bush's wife endorsed that dumm nut Pailn. Come on you sound crazy saying that Obama should take heat. So is McCain taking heat for a VP that has an ABUSE OF POWER? For his VP that was part of the AIP. There is just so much. Just relax and LIPits not too late to vote for Obama just DO IT

    October 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Susan

    Ian is right.
    I read that confirmed connection.

    October 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Trent

    Jesse Jackson is the old...just like McCain....out with the old...in with the new!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. FL Voter79

    A low for republicans? WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE ON???

    McCain is not the one recanting a united jerusalem a day after speaking to the America-Israeli Summit back in June... McCain isn't the one with anti-Semetic connections. Last I heard the religious right wants to support Israel for the whole Revelation thing. But regardless of any agenda that you may think the story has, you can't ignore McCain represents 25 years of Congressional record certainty, Obama represents empty rhetoric without a record.

    Vote for the certainty of McCan over the unknown black box (OBAMA) and no black box is not racist it's a saying to represent unknown... a black hole isn't racist, it's about a gravitational force that creates a space with heavy gravity- the unknown is OBAMA...

    VOTE McCain/Palin!!!!!! The only sure thing running. Obama is just words, just speeches!! TOO MUCH RISK- TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY in a time of great needed stability....!!!!

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

    We're seeing the proof everyday folks: Obama does not have to cross the aisle....THEY COME TO HIM.

    Crazy, right? The nerve of some people wish for a well-informed, highly educated, calm, centered, capable POTUS. How dare they vote across party lines based on good judgment and reason!

    October 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. sg

    That's OK folks – Everything will be fixed once Obama is in the White House. All our problems will vanish! I can't wait.

    October 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Marsha (Atlanta)

    Turn Georgia BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Bruce

    More people have stopped listing to McCain LIES and now see that Obama has a plan to help them now.

    October 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Oh how I love the right wingers who continue to insist that Obama and his "ties" to certain people will end in defeat for him. You sound just like Rove in the 2006 mid-terms who stated to a reporter that "you have your math and I have the math". 3 days later the democratic landslide hit and he was stuck wondering what happened.

    October 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Ali

    ET, how could ACORN be helping him out????? ACORN is being accused of voter fraud for submitting fictious voter registrations. How exactly would that have any impact on polls of likley voters who happen to be chosen and are home to answer the phone?

    October 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Gerald in Georgia

    I can say that Obama has far greater support in Georgia than the polls might suggest. We still have to get everyone out to vote. Early voting is helping but there is a movement towrds Obama among Whites as well as Blacks, Asians and Hispanics. Come on Georgia! Let's make this state neither blue or red but AMERICAN AGAIN!!

    Obama/ Biden 08
    Vote! Vote! Vote!

    October 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. republicans hate america

    Thats because there is nothing negative to say about Obama unless you make it up like McCain and Palin do.

    October 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Joe Unger

    As they say, it's the economy, stupid.
    So what is this daydream that things will be so much better if Obama is elected president? Do you Obama supporters really think the financial crisis will be over? It's going to linger another two years or so and keep Obama from keeping his campaign promises of spending more money. Of course, he'll blame Bush.
    When will Obama do about Social Security and Medicare? Do you Obama supporters not even care?
    It's time for Americans to make real sacrifice and realize you can't have everything (on credit). If Obama can't suggest more sacrifice than volunteer work and turning off your lights, then either he is not going to be up to the job of fixing America or, just as likely, he is telling people what they want to hear in order to get their vote.
    Do you Obama supporters even care that Obama voted for the fence along the Mexican border?

    October 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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