October 27th, 2008
01:19 PM ET
14 years ago

String of polls shows uphill climb for McCain

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Obama campaigned in Colorado Sunday. (Getty Images.)

(CNN) - Barack Obama is hanging onto leads in several battleground states as well as a handful of traditionally red states won by President Bush in 2004, CNN's average of several recent state polls shows.

According to a string of new polls of polls from CNN, Obama holds narrow leads in Ohio, Missouri, Florida, Nevada, and Virginia. John McCain meanwhile is hanging onto his lead in Indiana and West Virginia. CNN's polls of polls are statistical averages of several recent surveys from each state. They do not carry margins of error.

CNN Election Center: Check out the latest state polls

In Ohio, the state no Republican has won the White House without, Obama is holding a 4 point lead, 50 percent to 46 percent. That's one point narrower than a CNN Ohio polls of polls last week.

In Missouri, the state that voted for President Bush twice, Obama holds a 1 point lead over McCain. A CNN average of recent polls last week showed the race tied in Missouri.

Obama is holding onto a 2 point lead in Florida meanwhile, 48 percent to 46 percent. That's one point narrower than the race was last week at this time.

In Nevada, Obama has a 4 point lead, 49 to 45 percent - a lead that hasn't changed over the last week.

In Virginia, a state that hasn't voted Democratic in over 4 decades, but one that has been increasingly trending Democratic, Obama holds a 5 point lead, 50 to 45 percent. That's 3 points narrower than Obama's lead there last week, according to a CNN poll of polls then.

McCain meanwhile has a 1 point lead in Indiana, 47 to 45 percent, another state that hasn't voted Democratic since the 1960's but one that the Obama campaign has heavily targeted.

McCain also has an 8 point lead in West Virginia, 50 to 42 percent, a lead that is 6 points higher than it was this time last week.

That latest round of poll results shows McCain faces an uphill climb in the final week of his presidential campaign.

“The Republicans haven’t lost Virginia in 44 years. They absolutely need Florida to reach 270 electoral votes on Election Night. They’ve never won the White House without carrying Ohio. And the last time Missouri backed a losing candidate was in 1956," noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. "McCain is now trailing – albeit narrowly – in all four of these states. He needs a dramatic turnaround this week to have a serious shot at winning on November 4.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (294 Responses)
  1. EYES ON OBAMA

    Ok Obama, you've angled your way to this point, are you that good or did you just tap into NATIONAL DISCONTENT. Whatever, you had better be as good as all the HYPE, I just may vote for you, BUT, one time, if you can't deliver, without totally bankrupting my country, well just the same, no excuses, homie, we are Watching you.

    2012 😉

    October 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Bob Indianapolis IN

    No more C students and flunkies in the White House!

    Americans United for America!

    Obama 2008!

    October 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. vic

    First the McCain-Palin campaign call Senator Obama a Socialist...and now a Communist (I highly doubt Palin know what either mean)... anyway, their campaign has turned even more sleazy and dark.
    This election is not a popularity contest...it's about our country.
    Our country is crumbling down around our ears and McCain has no answers...only more sleaze and more attacks.
    The Bush Administration got us into this mess, and, in my humble opinion, President Obama will get us out.
    Lets work together to rebuild our country, and stop with the divisive politics of the McCain-Palin campaign.
    VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

    October 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. DPerry

    The home stretch is here!!!! Obama ahead by many lengths!!

    Obama 08'!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Bruce

    Poles do not count only your vote counts.

    Get out and VOTE.

    October 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. GARY

    THIS COUNTRY IS DOOMED IF OBAMA GETS ELECTED. YOU STINKEN NAIVE MORON PUPPETS THAT SUPPORT HIM ,WILL WISH YOU DIDN'T 6 MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD. ALL OBAMA HAS IS A BIG MOUTH AND A LINE OF BS. A MILE LONG.THIS HAS BEEN A FIXED RACE FROM THE BEGINING STARTING WITH THE MEDIA ,MONEY AND DNC. HE FLIP FLOPS ON EVERYTHING HE TALKS ABOUT. HE CANT GIVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER BECAUSE HE HAS NONE. YOU NAIVE SUPPORTERS HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF OUR COUNTRY . YOU ALL BLAMED BUSH ,BUT HE KEPT YOUR -S SAFE FOR 8 YRS. FROM MORE TERROIST ATTACKS. OBAMA WONT BEABLE TOO. THEY WILL ATTACK IF HE GETS ELECTED.BEING SAFE IS THE FIRST ,THATS WHY MCCAIN CARES AND OBAMA ONLY GIVES YOU ALL A BUNCH OF DREAMS AND WORDS OF CHANGE. OBAMA PUT DOWN HRC AND THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHILE RUNNING AGAINST ,HER BUT NOW COMPARES EVERYTHING HE IS DOING TO THE CLINTON YRS. WHAT A MORON. YOU PEOPLE ARE NAIVE.

    October 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. joe

    finally Barak HUSSEIN obama with no experience,no body knows where he stands on important issues,the guy who was connected to people like AYERS, REZKO,REV WRIGHT, the guy who used and possibly DEALT drugs is going to be the president of USA.hip hip hurray.
    Hope biden will teach him on the job. we tried a newbie in BUSH who was surrounded by smart people and see what we got.I am a democrat and is voting MCCAIN. Go Mccain

    October 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Alison B

    Go Barack...all the way to the WHITE HOUSE and doing it with dignity, respect and honorable unlike his counterpart

    October 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Florence, SC

    EARTH TO REPUBLICIANS : You yall supported and voted for Bush 4 years ago. Everyone can agree that was a terrible idea. Why are you willing to make the same mistake twice.

    McCain has a mountain to climb to win, but judging strictly by his negative campaign tactics and VP pick, he created the mountain himself.

    October 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Jay N.H.

    The Redumblicans are up to thier old tricks purging people from the voter rolls. They are trying to steal another election. Change is coming!!! In 8 days we can turn the page on this horrific admin and its sidekick McCain.

    October 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. bill

    Get Palin some more press conferences. And let McCain show his "angry old man" routine on national television again. That should remove any doubts.

    October 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Jeff, OH

    John McCain's uphill climb stems mostly from his VP choice of Sarah
    Palin. The majority of Americans are intelligent thinkers who know
    what is at stake if we ever allow this country to fall into the hands of
    an unqualified person like Palin. John McCain has admitted himself
    that the economy is not his strong point. That is the number one issue
    facing the country. So what's left? Fear and Warmongering?

    Democrats 08.

    October 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Ruby

    Obama looks young & healthy and presidential.
    Mccain looks so very old and stressed out. He will not do well in the oval office with his jittery behavior. He needs lots of rest.

    October 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. dj

    The American people need to stay focused on the mess the Republicans have gotten us into over the past years under their administration. We haven't seen anything yet if McCain-Palin is elected!!!!!!!! Barak Obama must win this election.....he's our only hope for getting things back on track, not only for America but globally!

    October 27, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Looks to me like things are falling apart for the McCain/Palin ticket. I have never seen such a poorly run campaign.

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN!

    October 27, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Mary

    Two Words:

    SARA PALIN

    October 27, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. lauren

    I am so nervous for next week. Everyone get out and VOTE!
    OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!

    (Seriously...the thought of Palin as VP is panic-attack inducing.)

    October 27, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Texas Trail Dog!

    This is so hard to believe that the American people can be so foolish. They were fools 8 years ago and now they're on the path to destruction. With all the trash in OBAMA's background they're still jumping on his bandwagon of a highway to nowhere. He has not got a plan on what to do for this country other than to tax it to death and destroy the military. I understand the African Americans voting for him but not the Spanish Americans or the Whites. Do you know that he does not have your interest at heart. He will do nothing for the African Americans either but they will vote for him because hes is black. They will not face the issues. I realize McCAIN is not the best choice but he is the only choice left to make.

    October 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Jenna

    I was for Obama, but thyere's just too many questionable and unanswered issues following him all through politics. I feel I have been ill informed by the media bias. I cannot feel good about myself voting for Obama. I will vote for McCain/Palin and hope they can reform the corruption in the senate and house and remove those responsible for the financial collapse we will all suffer for.

    October 27, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    Watching McCain on Meet the Press PROVED he is ERRATIC and UNSTABLE. Palin has PROVED she is NOT qualified to be VP.... I am extremely happy I VOTED FOR OBAMA.

    October 27, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Bruce

    Beware!!!!

    The Repubs are trying to preven registerd voters from voting

    Make sure you get to VOTE

    If you have a problem REPORT IT

    October 27, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Penny

    Gary.....Bush kept us safe? Tell that to the parents of those killed in a war we had no business waging!!

    October 27, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Shay

    I want change and just because everyone think McCain would be a change agent is wrong. This man don't have a plan except Obama/Biden. This is not what the American People want, they want to know what you can do for this country,

    I think Obama has spelled it out for me and I really am impressed with is health care plan. People we know that if we have diabeties, high blood pressure or heart problems no insure company will insure us without high cost.

    So let's think about what we will be missing if Obama don't become President, and this will be a chance for CHANGE. CHANGE in Obama is what we need and now.

    October 27, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Kingslough

    Polls are just a single portion of the entire public, anyone seen how the young voters are fired up for change? Those opinion polls mostly refer to the older folks who mostly are afraid of change and like to stick to the usual oppression of the rethugs.

    October 27, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Most Republican insiders have quietly conceded the presidential race and are now trying to pump their remaining resources into the congressional battles. It's the smart thing to do although they will most likely lose additioanl seats as well. They are just trying to avoid giving the Dems the 60 seat majority they need to override filibusters.

    October 27, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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