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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    WHy is Obama in PENN today if he has it all sown up?

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Nicole

    Why can't they write Sarah Palin a new speech? The screen says LIVE, but it seems like the same thing, word for word, that I have heard so many times! With only 7 days left can't they give her something new to say, something inspirational to grab the undecided votes??

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Laura, Boston

    I want to comment on another article you had this morning about Ted Stephens. Yes, I agree with John McCain and Sarah Palin that he should step down. He was found guilty by a group of his peers.

    I also think that Chris Dodd and Barney Frank need to be looked at due to their involvement with the mortage meltdown. Both men head committees who should have heeded warnings (from John McCain and others) but did nothing. Chris Dodd benefited in a way I think is worse than Ted Stephens. He took a sweetheart deal from Countrywide just weeks before they tanked and millions of people now are without their homes while Chris Dodd is comfy and cozy in his.

    Barney Frank is sickening with his telling people that Fannie and Freddie were just fine. When he was called on it (by Bill O'Reilly) he denied being at all involved. Kind of the same way Obama knew nothing about Rev. Wright's hateful words. I call it the Sargent Schultz affect!!! (Hogan's Heroes) He always said "I see nothing, I hear nothing". These two Democrats also "Did nothing" for the American people.

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Tony

    If McCain flips Pennsylvania and keeps Ohio then he'll be president elect Nov 5. Polling data is HEAVILY slanted towards the Obama/Biden ticket (yeah, college kids were supposed to have a huge turnout in 2004 too, didn't happen) and McCain/Palin are attracting more registered Independents according to Gallup. Winning Penn's electoral votes would compensate for possible losses in Colorado and Virginia. And if McCain does win Colorado and Virginia then he'll just be running up the score with a victory in Pennsylvania.

    October 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Sweetie

    If Obama steals the election be afraid, be VERY afraid!

    He will be the most Inexperienced, Liberal president ever elected!

    Worse yet he will have a Congress and Senate that is the Most Liberal and Corrupt ever!

    With No checks and balances in place absolute Power will continue to corrupt absolutely!

    The Liberal Press will not keep us informed, we will surprised by the corruption after the fact!

    We will no longer be the home of the Free and Brave,

    We will be the home of Obomination!

    Our Economy and National Security will be at an all time low!

    Use your Brian vote for McCain!

    October 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Robert the Man

    Following this election has shown me how truly ignorant (sp) the American people really are. No wonder uneducated people want Obama for POTUS. I will be voting for McCain, and yet a part of me wants Obama to win, just for the fact that when he screws things up beyond repair, and things are much worse than they are now, I can tell American people who voted for him, you brought this upon yourself.


    October 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. larry in Chillicothe OH

    McCain has no hope in Pa. He made his bed with Sara Palin. Pandering to women with such a historically bad chose sealed it. Thanks John and thank you pres Bush for helping us elect Barack Obama!

    Teamsters for Obama

    October 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Why would anyone vote for this lying, arrogant, cheating, flip-flopping, dishonest, corrupt individual?

    'I've been tested', McCain says. Yes, you have been tested and have failed miserably.

    And that's without mentioning his pocket extremist running mate.

    One Vote.

    One Choice.

    One Nation.

    One Team.

    Obama/Biden '08.

    October 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Papasan in Arizona

    Palin goes off Reservation! Rouge VP! Is McCain crazy? Palin is the Republican Frankenstien! The last resort of the Failing McCain/Palin Campaign is to energize the base, Ignorant Right Wing Looneys! McCain followers are waking up from a long peaceful McBush slumber [voted 90 percent of the time with Bush], to find two pathetic morons, publicly displaying a cartoonish love affair with themselves, totally out of touch with Americans true issues [it's the ECONOMY!], and engaging in a revolting "McCain First" campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    McCain's first Executive decision is to unleash a Fascist Psychotic With The Racist Twinkle In Her Eye [Awaiting Alaska Criminal Indictment For Abusing Power] scampering around our Nation dangerously drumming up Hatred & Bigotry [Wink Wink]. The obvious erratic incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign provides us evidence enough that they are unfit for any public office, let alone the White House. Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is the McCain Policy? John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, Wall Street in the Tank, Main Street hopelessly waiting for a bail out, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace undoubtedly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times. BTW: They can't even stay on the same page in their campaign!

    P.S. Acorn / Ayers / Rev. Wright / Socialism / Raise Taxes on 250K A Year Income, Joe the Plumber AKA Sam Not Really a Plumber these are not the real issues facing America!

    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Karen

    All the ploys, tricks, traps and scare tactics have failed McCain.

    Pack it up and head home, McGimmick.

    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Kim, Charlotte, NC


    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Remy

    Internal conflicts started to come out from McCain Camp. Sarah Palin is talk against Mccain. Michigan is an example. She is now on the run to build her image rather than McCain at the expense of the tax payers. 150,000 wardrobe is part of her selfish program.

    But the voters are not fools and cannot be cheated to continue programs of destruction for another four years.


    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Obama supporters – make sure you vote. Don't believe the polls.

    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Troy in Pa

    tick, tock, tick, tock....GoBama!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Mack

    Listening to Gov Palin live would have you ask the question...has she stated anything to convince undecided voters what they will do to move America forward? John, Tito, the Chocolate maker...is this what America is about. Would you mind stating what you'll do for us and how we're going to do it?

    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Fatal Blow

    Frank in NC

    Where did Obama SAY he has this in the bank

    I know you McCainites like to twist the truth a lot but at the 11th hour, it would be nice to hear about your candidate's plans and not what he thinks "That one" will or will not do

    PA is staying Blue

    October 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. A Canuck

    I don't want an old man with a shaky finger anywhere near the "red button" !!! Vote for a man who is steadfast and intelligent. Vote OBAMA/BIDEN and vote early.

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. J.C.

    I wonder if these polls were conducted online, there might be different outcomes.

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Randy, Dublin, GA

    Picking Sarah was the 1st nail for John, then he turned from a Hero into an angry old man. I would have voted for John in 2000. Gramps and the Clothes Vamp are done for.

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Suzanne

    The facts are that McCain/Palin have done nothing of substance and the American people are tired of being treated like we are stupid. Barack Obama has shown insight, excellent judgement and has conducted himself in a dignified manner throughout this campaign. I find it sad that this campaign is how McCain will probably be remembered, but he did it to himself. Palin is dangerous, untruthful and completely ill equipped to lead.
    We cannot take anything for granted, the Rovian politics are still plotting to steal the election, and history has shown they will stop at nothing to do so.

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Sally

    I just heard Sarah Palin say that America needs a president who is ready on day one. I agreee.

    But how can John McCain be ready on day one when he's too superstititous to even build a proper transitiona team and plan an effective transition?

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. mitch

    obama speaking about solutions to our problems. palin attacking obama for speaking about solutions to our problems. this will never stop a 'movement' for change ,by americans. this is a movement that is 'demanding' change. it wont be stopped by lies,hate, divisiveness, or even,GOD forbid , violence. this is how america has worked for over 200 years. when government is not working for us we change it. our leaders, for decades now, have failed to live up to what the people expect and deserve.they do just enough to get by, before their terms are up. we've had enough! we've waited for too long to end the divisiveness and hate in this country. this is our time america! dont blow it!

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. johnrj08

    Every time I watch a news report about McCain and see him giving a campaign speech at rally, I am stunned at how every single thing that comes out of his mouth is an out-and-out lie. Not one time have I seen him accurately portray his opponent's proposed policies or his own track record. McCain routinely distorts the facts, then attacks his own distortions. What's most disturbing is that the crowds he's speaking to don't seem to mind it at all. I suppose when supporters are that desperate for their candidate to win, their happy to throw their own standards out the window. While there have been a few misleading comments from Obama in recent days, the vast majority of lying has come from the Republican ticket. This election needs to get over with.

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |

    For all the idiots who are falling for this "socialism" crap..

    Obama's plan is to redistribute the DEBT burden, not wealth. Money is not going to anyone, it goes to paying off the national debt created by Bush!

    McCain's plan gives a REWARD to those who created this economic disaster!

    WAKE UP!

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. ANGIE

    When Mccain and Palin talk about Obamas tax plan at their Rallies saying dont let Obama raise Taxes on you they are not speaking to me I dont make a quater of a million dollars a year they must be speaking to their Rich Friends!

    October 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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