October 28th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Polls show little movement for McCain in Pennsylvania

 McCain's fight for Pennsylvania may not pay off.

McCain's fight for Pennsylvania may not pay off.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is banking its fortunes on a come-from-behind win in Pennsylvania, but a new CNN poll of polls of the Keystone state suggests the Arizona senator has made little progress there over the last week.

According to a statistical average of several recent Pennsylvania polls, Barack Obama holds a 10 point advantage over the Arizona senator, 52-42 percent. That's the same lead Obama held over McCain in a poll of polls of the state last week.

With traditional red states such as Virginia and Colorado looking increasingly out of reach for McCain, aides to the Arizona senator have all but said Pennsylvania's 21 electoral votes are a must-win to keep Republican hopes of a White House win alive. Both McCain and Palin have held several campaign events in the state over the last week as Election Day inches closer, and the campaign has continued to heavily advertise on television there, even as it pares back spending in other states.

Meanwhile, a new CNN poll of polls out of Florida - another must-win state for McCain - shows the race there remains essentially a dead heat. Obama holds a single point advantage there, and recent polls suggest the race is tightening slightly. A poll of polls of the state last week showed Obama ahead by 3 points.

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soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. JustinA

    The McCain campaign is showing no movement period. That is, other than the internal finger pointing.

    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. McCain/Palin

    The inflated polls and the "Bradley Effect" will gurantee Senator McCain the Presidency!

    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Tony

    Pennsylvanians are real Americans and they won't tolerate Obama's un-American Socialist policies. A week from today, the state will be red and the Obamabots will have nothing but excuses.

    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. LIP

    One last comment for the day.
    Look what Obama did for Chicago, his home town.
    Number one in the country...thats right folks, Chicago is number one in the country. Number one highest murder rate. More people are murdered in Chicago every day than there are people murdered in Iraq every day. Maybe we should pull out of Chicago and why hasn't any of Obama's dreams done any good in his home town and you want this guy running our country. If he can't fix little old Chicago, how is he going to fix the US of A?

    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    *****************Please Post CNN, Thanks!********************************

    There is a NEW VICIOUS LIE being told by the Republican-hate-lies-fear-and-division mongers today!

    "LA Times has a video of Obama toasting to the PLO with Ayers"



    The PATHETIC thing is that the Republicans call themselves Christians! Giving us, NORMAL Christians a bad name!


    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Don't be blindsided

    this is sickening, my true statements about Obama don't even go into moderation.... How dare you Censor the truth

    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Canada

    No matter which candidate you support, you cannot deny that McCain's campaign strategists did a horrible job for him since naming Palin VP. One week before an election, no candidate should be fighting to make up a 10 pt deficit in one state as their last chance to win.

    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Stu, Charlotte

    "Knight-7579 :
    The first P.O.Ws. of the Second US Civil War have been captured in Tennessee."

    POW's ? More like racist trash. I have news for you "knight", there is no "movement" for your kind, just the slow end of a sad chapter in US history.
    By the way, is "Knight 7579" your rank in the Tennessee Klan ?
    Loser. Get back to work...I need fries with my Whopper.

    October 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Republican No More

    We here in Florida will not just give McCain the state. If he is struggling in Florida then he is in real trouble. We will take a one point lead. A 1 point lead gives Obam 27 electoral votes.

    October 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. David


    McCain only wants to win this election at the expense of the American people. He does not want to go down in the history books as losing to a Black man.

    In addition, Obama's economic policies echo those of Ronald Reagan that were continued by Bill Clinton as David Gergen pointed out last night on AC360. They are hardly new and they are hardly socialism.

    In addition, I finally believe the American people are seeing through the lies of the Republicans. McCain and the RNC have released another ad based on lies.

    McCain is a liar at least as far as the ads he is using to try and win this election.

    Obama may not be perfect but I will take a young man over a ranting and raving spoiled, old brat who thinks he is owed the presidency because of his family line.

    October 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Matt in Virginia

    Will someone tell McCain,Obama did't bring up Joe The Plumber or go to his house or attack him.. McCain is the one tha mentioned Joe The Plumber in debate in front of millions..I actually think McCain is showing the first stage of Altimerzes Disease..

    October 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Tiff of Lithia Springs




    October 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Jen

    Robert, you hit the nail right on the head. I was undecided before, and I did my research. Obama is a very smooth talker, and people are falling for it. You people are in for a very rude awakening. I am hearing radio interviews of small business owners who are already planning cuts and layoffs for when Obama gets elected. I am just baffled that in the middle of this crisis, people would rather go with the inexperienced, most liberal person to ever run for the presidency. What makes you think he is going to fix everything? Because he says so? And do you really think he will say "no" to Barney Frank, who wants to cut 25% of the military budget?

    October 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Urhyness_01

    I want to say that the more you try and talk bad about obama,the more you make him look good to the american people.
    Everyone doesnt agree with that,but the most of us do.
    Mccain do your self a favor,stop being so negative,because its not getting you no where.

    October 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. teesha

    Hope he will be close to the exit door with Palin...

    October 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Andrew

    Just voted this morning, we can turn WV blue too!

    October 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. JD, Florida

    Arizona will turn BLUE

    October 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Accountability

    McCain hoped to win Pennsylvania by dividing it...appealing to the more conservative middle and western part of the state. That is a microcosm of Republican politics for the past 8 years concocted by Karl Rove-the politics of division.

    Well...it's not going to work anymore. Americans are tired of politicians trying to divide us. Palin talks about "Real America" and parts of the country that are more patriotic...this old strategy is a thing of the past.

    Obama is the future. "There is not a Red America and a Blue America..there is only the United States of America!"

    7 more days! Obama/Biden 08!

    October 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Gigi NY.

    There's little that the McCain/Palin ticket can do now to move the numbers in their favor, the Republicans failed to bring to their campaign a clear message, and that has made them erratic, exactly what happened to Hillary in the Primaries, but unlike her, who was dealing with an unknown opponent, they should've learned along the way, that 1. Experience vs. naivete did not work. 2. Smears did not work either and finally, attacking their opponent would backfire, just as it happened with Hillary. Evidently McCain has proven that old dog cannot learn new tricks.

    October 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. G. W. Push

    We must stand together and vote for John McCain for more of the same.

    Let's face it, Americans do not like change.

    McCain has more inside connections with Wall St...

    McCain firmly believes in staying the course in Iraq... Just a little longer and we will be victorious just like Vietnam. McCain is a expert in Vietnam... He is a Vietnam Veteran with benefits.

    So everyone run out to the voting booth and cast your vote for John McCain for more of the same.

    October 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Leigh

    I have no interest in McCain. He is ancient history.
    I'd like to know how soon Obama can implement healthcare. The sooner the better. I'd like to see BushCheney leave the WH early and let Obama get work done.

    October 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. d.c.

    I cannot and do not want to hear the words " my friends", "maverick" and "joe the plumber" ever again. It has to stop on 11/04/08.

    October 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Dean in Florida

    Polls mean nothing. Please keep reporting that Obama is in the lead.

    October 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Missy in Kentucky

    How can someone say they're an educated voter and vote for the McCain / Palin ticket? I'm sorry, but education and Sarah Palin in the same context is definitely an oxymoron. Remember, Sarah Palin couldn't even come up with a simple answer to a simple question about what material she reads. Intelligence for America – Vote Obama / Biden '08!

    October 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. rick

    obama / biden supporters.

    vote now if you can, don't wait. i live in georgia and have already voted absentee with a paper trail.

    we can't be complacent about the poll numbers. votes are what get counted in this country. the victory must be overwhelming so republicans have no way to steal this election.

    YES WE CAN !!!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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