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. Shane

    I wouldn't be so sure that Obama is going to win by a landslide, I don't remember CNN or any of the networks polling "every single American". Wait and see before you jump to conclusions, the media bias is strong for Obama, we will see if they have won him the election. After all, that was their goal. Then we he gets elected, we will see how man promises he keeps.

    October 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Charles Obrien - CT

    When you are BLUE you are in for a long cold time. You are Blue ( cold) when you are dead. If you think things are bad now, just wait until you are taxed so the wealth can be spread around. The only way out is if you are VERY RICH. The very rich are above suffering. Your vote will tell. Red is the HOT color. It will give you the warmth you are accustomed to. Those that work will get to keep their rewards. and offer some help to those less fortunate. VOTING "BLUE" is not the answer. Look, Listen and VOTE wisely. Some change is good, SOME changes are NOT. Vote for the changes you think you will like living with !

    October 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Times "Man of The Year"

    If Barack Obama is not Times "Man of the Year", I don't know who is. If John McCain wins, and I hope he doesn't, Barack should still be the "Man of the Year". McCain ran a horrible campaign, and Barack did not.

    The O Team ran a great campaign and I have enjoyed every second. Even when things were looking bleak, Barack came out on top.

    Go Barack, you are doing a great job, and you should be Times "Man of the Year".

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Obama Voter in GA

    I've already cast my Absentee Vote for our future president, Barack Obama. Georgians, make sure everyone who is eligible to vote – actually cast their vote from now and up to Nov 4th. We can do this, Yes We Can!!

    October 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Lu from Houston, TX

    Texas needs some enlightenment too!

    October 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Micky

    Go Big Blue....I am a first time voter and i want my vote to count for Obama.

    October 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Matt

    To FL Voter 79:

    I certainly agree. McCain CERTAINLY voted 90% or so with Bush. Ergo, a vote for McCain is CERTAIN to continue the course we're on.

    I'll take my chances with That One.

    October 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Adam

    May god retire McBush so that our economy would go back up. If McBush accidentally elected for four more year, May god temporarily send me over to Chavez's Palace, where I can hear him whining about McSame.

    October 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. jeff in MA

    Yay, the country is waking up after 8 years of poor, thoughtless leadership. Obama has what it takes to be a great president and the country needs somebody of his nature. The pendalum has swung to the right too long, we need to balance things out, and Obama will do just that.

    October 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Susan

    This is so exciting! Now everyone must just get out and vote!

    October 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. James from Kansas City

    Just learned Barack is heading to KC Saturday. He's gonna turn Missouri blue, too.

    October 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. JJ

    If we "distance ourselves" from people who have difffering opinions we are no longer a democracy. Instead, isn't it better to just try to win them over to your point of view, or be won over to theirs by intelligent interaction? Blustering, and phony outrage is not the way. I believe the person who loses their temper in a debate loses the debate. Remember the Tortoise and the Hare? Slow and steady wins the day.

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Tired of Conservative Whining


    Stop whining. You're losing the election because your administration has made a mess of things for eight years, your candidate can't present himself as anything other than a crouch with no new ideas, he made the most cynical vp selection in modern history and it's backfiring, and finally....he offers nothing constructive, rather spends his time and money on baseless attacks. You'll find your version of "unbiased" journalism on FOX.

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Viceroy Regal - Seattle

    The thing about polls is that the calls are made to land lines and not cell phones. Think about this.......the 2 biggest cell phone companies have over 125 million customers who haven't been polled, because they haven't figured out how to as of yet (privacy issues), not to mention the cell phone industry is dominated by 45 yrs and under with customers. So, my personal opinion is that this point spread is a lot wider for Obama than shown in the polls...CNN needs to figure out how to factor in these numbers as well. It will all be revealed in the end. I know because I work for one of the those cell phone companies!!!


    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. John

    Funny how no one ever mentions the margin of errors which are 3.5% meaning that the stats for Obama could be 3.5 points higher or lower, and the stats for McCain could be 3.5 points higher or lower.

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Papasan in Arizona

    Here in AZ he is making huge headway into RED country!
    Not one McCain sign in the front yard, no bumpers stickers!
    Less than 3 weeks to go, and Mccain won't carry his own state!

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Independent voter

    To make these polls count, we have to all go out and vote ASAP

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Herman In LA

    Good that the way it should be...

    I'm losing money every day...

    Let's go blue all over the place...

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Sean from Orlando

    These polls do not mean a thing, I do not know one person who has actually taken a CNN poll so they hardly reflect the full vote of the people and are often wrong.

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. j

    I hope the trend continues. McCain should not benefit from the type of negative campaigning he's engaging in, in addition to the distortions & outright lies from his campaign. He's going to continue the same failed economic strategies of the Bush administration, no matter how he packages it in a populist message. For someone with so much "experience", he sure has shown bad judgement.

    October 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. thomas

    NEWSFLASH FOR JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN... With John McCain's support and encouragement, the Bush administration has already raised taxes by spending more than $5,000,000,000,000. This debt must be paid for with taxes just like any other government expenditure. John McCain wants to keep rebuilding Iraq with tax dollars and seems to have difficulty understanding that even unnecessary wasteful wars financed by credit have to be paid for by the taxpayers.

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. President McCain

    If I didn't know better, I'd be worried.


    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Steve

    Lip, President Bush is part of the Republican Machine. He and McCain have worked together for decades. Their policies, up until a few weeks ago, were identical. President Bush is, well, the president.
    Jesse Jackson is just a big mouthed parasite who has never held a real job, and who is generally not considered anyone to listen to by almost everyone, including a large part of the African American community. The only connection he and Obama have is the color of their skin. Following your logic, Limbaugh and McCain should be joined at the hip. Limbaugh is the white version of Jackson. A loud mouth with a small brain, all full of himself. Kind of like you.

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Bill

    SG...No, the problems will not go away regardless of who's sitting in the Oval Office. Neither Obama nor McCain can fix want Cheney and Bush(Cheney was the president , you know) will be leaving them. Why anyone would want the job is beyond me but I'm thankful that some one is willing to do it.

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. RH

    It's funny that whenever something damaging to your guy comes up it's the product of a vast media conspiracy. OR, if something that would be damaging to the other guy FAILS to come up, it's the product of a vast media conspiracy. You people are so incredibly juvenile. Of course media outlets are driven first and foremost by the bottom line, but the level of manipulation many of you accuse the media of employing is completely absurd. Those of you pointing these fingers are plainly attempting to defend and preserve your own personal truth as you have constructed it and to keep the world revolving around you. Grow up.

    October 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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