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. Kingsley Okere

    I am writing from Africa, there is no doubt that Obama ia almost venerated here but the issue remains non of the candidates have made a promise conserning the flash points in Africa especially Darfur. We hope it wont be another four years of disappiontment for Africa. Still we love Obama.

    October 27, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. vic

    The polls are not absolute – if you want Senator Obama to win this election then you must VOTE!
    John McCain has no answers for our country, and It's hard for me to understand why people will cling to their party instead of their country.
    I'm a reformed republican...voting democratic for the first time in my life, and I'm hoping other republicans will put our country before party and vote for Senator Obama.

    October 27, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. douglas

    it aint over till the fat lady sings...
    she is gettin her voice done

    October 27, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. JK Ashburn, VA

    Meanwhile stock markets all over the world continue to tank out of the uncertainty that an Obama presidency will bring and the almost certain swing to socialism that the US Congress will pursue and Obama will not stop.

    October 27, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Bruce

    The only non-thinnking pupets I have seen are those that still think McAin has a CLUE.

    I do not make over $250,000.00 and I want a tax cut. All of you McCain supporters must make more than $250,000.00 or you could not support his tax plan.

    VOTE OBAMA make sure it gets counted

    October 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Scott NYC Independent

    DON'T GET OVER CONFIDENT – VOTE AND CONTACT ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND MAKE SURE THEY VOTE.

    VOTE 08

    VOTE 08

    VOTE 08

    The republicans are already trying to surpress votes that are premarily democratic votes – vote large and report any complaints no matter how small. Dont forget the video camera or camera phone at the voting site. If you see any thing report it.

    October 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. George James

    If you make a wrong choice,you suffer.That is what happened in the past.I am sure people will reject the last minute gimmicks of McCaine and Palin.

    October 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. New Mexico voter

    I am concerned about the "Obama lead". I've talked to too many "supporters" who never registered to vote. I don't understand that logic at all. Nonetheless, I hope those who are registered will VOTE. Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. afra

    The world is eagerly holding its breath for that change on Nov. 4. A change that will restore USA as the rightful leader of the world, a USA that acts in consonance with other countries, a USA with a listening ear that does not bully; a USA that is respected and whose flag is not burnt at will; a USA whose citizens live in peace because it does not threaten others unnecessarily. The world is WAITING for BARAK/BIDEN to lift the USA from the ashes of the BUSHES!!!

    October 27, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Bridgette-PA

    CNN, please with giving us your "POLL OF POLLS" everyday! My goodness, can't you make it interesting and give us a "WEEKLY POLL OF POLLS"? This is getting on my nerves. Eight more days.....eight more days.....SAY IT WITH ME, OBAMA/BIDEN SUPPORTERS......eight more days.....eight more days.....

    October 27, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Kevin,FL

    All the polls that Obama has a slim lead in is within the M.O.E which to me is still a tossup state

    October 27, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. KLEE

    FEAR vs HOPE – U CHOOSE!

    October 27, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Sandi

    Whoever you are Gary, YOU are the Naive idiot that believes in McCain! Obama is our only hope to recover from this economical mess..so GROW up! READ the NEWS..WATCH CNN!! Get your facts straight before you spew your crap.

    October 27, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Jade, NYC

    I agree with KHL 100%.

    October 27, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Jay N.H.

    Three words for all you McCain/Palin supporters. ABUSE OF POWER!
    Why would she be any different in washington? Talk about lies and flip flops. Change is coming!!!

    October 27, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Stan

    I am impressed we have grown to the point of focussing on issues rather than parties. The Ecnomic crash was a wake up call that you always have to think of issues rather than party. NO more buying into the scare tactics of the republicans. Gore and Kerry were better candidates but the lying republicans came with their Rove tricks BUT, know that the American people are awake and will watch whoever is elected this time. You have to think of us the common man.

    October 27, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. dummies for palin

    Don't worry we will steal another election just like 2000, thanks Katherine harris wink wink.

    October 27, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Brian

    I voted for Obama/Biden because I think they have what it takes to turn this country around. But even if it wasn't him I still wouldn't have voted for McCain/Palin, this country deserves better and it will get it with Obama.

    October 27, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, VOTE STRAIGHT DEM TICKET!

    Looks like the chances of sweeping all the reptilians out of public office is growing by the day!

    October 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. michael

    Based on the comments so far, it looks like the ignorant are the only ones left supporting the republicans.

    October 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. KC

    Eyes are opening. People are seeing Obama for the inexperienced, flip-flopper that he truly is....no one likes this "spread the wealth" program that Obama is pushing....not in these hard times. I don't mind spreading the wealth but I will do it in my own community to people and organizations that I deem fit....not to the organizations that Obama has ties with.

    October 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Keep hammering Barack

    October 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. INDEPENDANT VET

    YES , OBAMA HAS NOT COME UP WITH A VALID
    BIRTH CERTIFICATE .

    THEREFORE HE CAN NOT HOLD THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT .

    SO NOW , WHAT KIND OF MORE LIES CAN COME
    FROM THE DO NOTHING DC BUNCH . ??????

    SO FAREWELL TO BARRY , WRIGHT , REZKO , WHAT IS NEXT ON THERE BLANK PAGE . PELOSI

    October 27, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Time to move on

    OBAMA/BIDEN THE PEOPLES CHOICE WITH POLICIES TO BENEFIT AMERICA AND THE WORLD
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 27, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Pat

    Michelle and Barack Obama have only ONE objective: BLACK SUPREMACY in America. And you people are swallowing it hook, line, and sinker!

    Cry, the beloved country!

    October 27, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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