October 26th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Ohio a must win for McCain

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DAYTON, Ohio (CNN)– John McCain is back in Ohio today. He's holding rallies in Zanesville and Lancaster, in the central part of the state. Tomorrow McCain campaigns here in Dayton before heading east to Pennsylvania. But McCain is expected to be back in Ohio later in the week.

Why's Senator McCain (R-Arizona) spending so much time here? Because Ohio is a must-win state for McCain. He needs to hold onto the states that George W. Bush carried four years ago in his re-election for president. With McCain trailing Barack Obama in the polls in some of those states, like Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and North Carolina, it's essential for the Republican presidential nominee to hold on to Ohio and its 20 electoral votes.

"Obama can win without Ohio. McCain can't." says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. He adds that "the Democrats’ strategy is to deny Ohio to McCain. No Republican presidential nominee has won the White House without Ohio."

The latest CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio suggests Obama has a five point lead, 49 percent to 44 percent, with 7 percent of voters undecided. The poll of polls is an average of the latest surveys in the state.
McCain won't have the state to himself. Obama campaigns in Canton, Ohio tomorrow, and expect him to make a return visit before election day on November 4th.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Voter

    McCain will win Ohio. It's a pretty conservative state.

    October 26, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. John

    McCain could win Florida and Ohio at this point, If Obama wins all the Kerry States plus New Mexico, Iowa and Virginia its a done deal. bTW Obama has a handy lead in all of those states I just mentioned including all of the Kerry States. Heck I would love to see Obama win Nevada, Ohio Florida, Colorado, and Missouri as well. But the way things are looking he does not need to. He probably will win a majority of those states as well but the great thing is that he wont have to. If he wins Virginia plus all the Kerry states out east this thing will be done before the polls close in California... or at least Hawaii!

    October 26, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Julie

    McCain and Palin ....what has America become? I guess you can't fix Stupid. I only hope most Americans realize not only do we need to fix our economic crisis, healthcare crisis, etc. but we need to work on our psychology crisis....it all started with George Bush and it's just getting worse with McCain and Palin. Palin is such a joke and because McCain selected her as his VP, you can't take McCain serious either. If you really care about your children's future, please vote for Obama/Biden.

    October 26, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. onthelegalside

    It is nice to see so many Americans' waking up to the fact that after eight years of almost total ruin of our economy, housing market, job loses in record numbers, that the only remedy is to vote for the ticket that WILL get us out of this MESS! OBAMA/BIDEN08!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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