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. FL Voter79

    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 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. sarah

    That's right! The people of this great nation will take this country back from the greedy top .01% and we will get ourselves BACK on track. These bigots at the Palin rallies are like the last, dying gasp of the gruesome monster in a sci-fi film, and I can't wait until the credits roll... 🙂

    October 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. ready for change


    October 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. KNIGHT-7579

    There is a huge silent majority out there waiting to be heard on November 4. That silent majority, just like in 1968 and 1980, will not see their country turned over to ultra-liberals who believe in "from those according to their ability to those according to there need" which for the uninformed comes from Karl Marx and is echoed in the polices of one Barrack Hussein Obama.

    October 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. jj240

    It once was said by a man of integrity "judge not a man by the color of his skin, but by the contents of his character." and I think that most American's of all races and ethnicities need to keep that in mind during this election.... In this case deep down we know who is the right man for the job, but don't want to open our eyes... I believe that we should have a first black president, would be a great day for America, as well as a female president... Land of the free... But looking at O's track record and the people he has surrounded himself with speaks for itself.. Mc Cain/ Palin 08 so help us God

    October 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Matt


    October 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Andrew from FL

    If anything, CNN is being too nice to McCain, not Obama... McCain is running the worst and most mean-spirited campaign in history.

    October 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. We are ALL "That One"

    GO Georgia!
    im trying to turn my State BLUE this year.

    It could be possible. I see more Obama-Biden supporters this election unlike previous elections when I saw almost ALL supporters for BUSH (ugggh).

    October 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Bruce

    All the NEGITIVE things said abut McCain and Palin have been brought upon themselves. They are the ones that LIE and distort so they have to wear the shame they bring to their party. The only people that now support cCain and Palin are the same people that think Bush is doing a GREAT JOB.

    October 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. tulsa

    What is swaying many of my friends is the response of the candidates at their rallies.

    When people boo Obama's name at McCain or Palin rallies, the candidates smile.

    When the crowd at an Obama rally boo, he says "No, we don't need that, we need to vote!"

    THAT is what I want out of our leaders. Not just good ideas, but MANNERS.

    October 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. PA voter

    McCain is behind in the polls? Well then, cry "voter fraud"! (It's not voter fraud if there are no votes being made and accepted by the election officials.)

    Republican party's only hope is winning with lies.

    Where are more stories about Sarah Palin's abuse of power? This is a complete Rove tactic. Do something wrong and point the finger at someone else. Distractions distraction distractions.


    October 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. JimB

    So...what is this "heat" Obama is supposedly taking from the "Jackson comment"?? CNN, on your front page, you have a Ticker link that says "Obama taking heat for Jackson comment", which when clicked leads to this story.

    October 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. barbara

    I'm seeing more and more blue!! Bravo for Virginia. Come on Ohio follow the lead!!

    October 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. TexicoFromMexico

    Wonder when Palin is going to allow some interviews with REAL reporters? Everyone else has....but not her! I want to see more of her UNSCRIPTED knowledge on ALL the issues! Why don't you republicans answer for her? All she can do is run around shooting off her mouth at these white trash redneck rallies and nothing else. Lets see her take on the problems of the world! I want to hear some more "Putin rears his ugly head" comments! If anyone votes for that ticket you are a moron plain and simple! I dont care what party you are from, blame McCain for this gaggle.

    October 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. haimi

    Lets do whats good for Americal in this trying time. Pick the candidate with a policy that better serves the country.

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Steve - Marietta, OH

    WHAT "Liberal media"?? Get the facts straight!!

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

    Jackson is a has been.Hed is no longer relivent on the national scene.I'm sure it really got to him that Obama received the nomination on his first try...

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Branden houston

    No Way No How No McCain! Obama 08!

    Obama in GA!

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Red, White & Blue Power

    To All Minorities,

    I'm an African American who would like to ask for your help in supporting Barack Obama. We have a great country, and we need the best brain power in the White House. The package does not matter, but the brains matter. This country will open it's doors to the best and the brightest in America, and it doesn't matter if you're black, brown, white, yellow, orange, blue or green. Just vote smart.

    Barack's family tree is a rainbow, and he will not only stand for you, but all of America.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Gordon

    How can Obama lose with 15% of his support coming from Black voters who are voting for him because of "History" and "His color" verse what the real issues are. America is a lost country of Racists. Black against White.

    We haven't moved forward, we are regressing. All this Brothers and Sisters gargan is garbage.

    Vote on the issues NOT on a mans Color

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Linda

    Where is Cafferty ????

    We miss him.

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Independent Joe

    The most concerning thing about Obama being President is that he’ll also have a Democratic Congress. This will basically give the three of them unlimited legislative authority. Why doesn’t McCain ever mention this issue? It didn’t work well when Bush had a Republican congress either. It seems to me that McCain could win over a ton of voters that are on the fence by shooting down the premise of one party government and support the idea of a divided government which forces people to come together.

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Gayle

    I could not put this on the Jesse Jackson story so I will leave it here. Jesse take your tried but back home and sit down. Your jealousy is showing. Like mama use to say if you have nothing nice to say say nothing at all. Go Home

    I am so excited early voting in Texas starts on the 20th. Lets go Texas and try to turn the state BLUE.

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. CR in WI

    Truth over fear

    October 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Blue Power

    Go big and go BLUE baby!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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