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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  1. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    I watched Lou Dobb's last night and he got it wrong when it came to what Obama stated in his 2001 interview in Chicago. Apparently he didn't get the story straight to begin with.

    Obama stated: "And one of the - I think the tragedies of the civil rights movement was, because the civil rights movements became so court-focused, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing, and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change."

    During the 2001 WBEZ interview, Obama went on to state: "You know, maybe I'm showing my bias here as a legislator as well as a law professor, but, you know, I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. You know, the institution just isn't structured that way." He later added, "You know, the court's just not very good at it, and politically, it's just - it's very hard to legitimize opinions from the court in that regard. So, I mean, I think that, although, you can craft theoretical justifications for it legally - you know, I think you can, any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts - I think that, as a practical matter, our institutions just are poorly equipped to do it."

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. democracynow2008

    When Obama gets elected one issue that has to be resolved is the ET/UFO coverup by our Government.
    The UK just started to release Top Secret documets photos etc regarding their monitoring of the UFO area for many years.

    First we need to get every voter to go out now and vote for Obama forget the Polls go and Vote.

    We are the underdog not Mccain .

    Once Obama is elected I hope he will do what other Presidents could or would not.

    release all Film,Video,Documents and anything to do with the ET and UFO Coverup in Washington including area 51 and other top secret projects dealing with Ets and UFOs.

    Obama I hope that you will put this on your list of things to do when your elected President .

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Joan , Ontario

    I just watched two excerpts from speeches in Pennsylvania this morning. Obama's speech was hopeful, inclusive, intelligent and full of common sense ideas. He kept saying there wasn't a red or blue America, just the United States of America. He said he was running for everyone- Democrats, Independents and Republicans. Then I watched a bit of Sarah Palin's rally and it was just the opposite. It contained sarcasm, negativity and crowds who booed loudly at the mention of Obama. One speech was promoting hope and unity and the other was divisive and bitter. Which kind of America do you want?

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Arlene

    At least Sarah Palin can get to the Senate by appointing
    herself to the seat on Sen. Ted Stevens. You betcha!

    October 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Kiah G.

    Anyone who thinks Obama won't win PA is silly. It's the key to why McCain is losing...he has no idea how to strategize which is why he's not only going to lose PA but the election.

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Concern Citizen

    Ohmigosh, should we be concern because it appears the White Supremacies are rising. Should Americans begin to form personal protection militias? This is pretty scary just like in the Hitler days when they decided to march into town and take over. We, Americans do have defense weapons but we are presently in the relax mode. Should we elevate it to the Ready Alert mode?

    The news media should address the nation with this issue to explain the truth and put rumors aside. The news media are the ones with proper graphics, video footage that can be shown to the American people.

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Kerri

    Liberals...please pay attention. While you are basking in the glow of blind adoration for a radical left wing politician, you are ignoring the cold reality of the consequences of his potential victory. When the misinformed finally realize what has been done to them, you will be responsible for the backlash/revolt/civil war that will ensue. I'm sure that you think I'm nuts, but mark my words.

    Good Luck

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. weneedstrongleadership

    electoral votes on a map mean nothing unless there turned into actual votes

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Ella, TN

    My son-in-law is from Pa and the people there are smart. The majority of the people will not vote for Palin because they realize that if she is not qualified to give an honest interview with reputable news outlets she is not qualified to possibly control the highest position in our nation. It is amazing how she cater to the networks that favor her, but my take is if you're honest and ready it doesn't matter who ask.

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. McCain is Throwing the Election

    I really have to wonder if he is throwing it. Has anyone else noticed how he went from being a real "maverick" to a watered-down maverick? He used to be strong on climate change but now has a VP candidate that doesn't believe in it. He was denied the chance to run for president a number of times – in 2000 it included allegations of an interracial, out of wedlock baby.

    It could be that this half-hearted campaign is just a way to show he could win the nomination but he doesn't really want the job. He does seem to be sleepwalking this campaign. He's old. He's probably tired. He picked a VP candidate that nobody in their right mind would think is qualified to actually be president.

    Is McCain throwing it? It sounds like he might be.

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Josh In North Carolina

    CNN seem to like to show Sara Palin and McCain guess Exxon Mobil one of CNN biggest supporters demand they give MCCain/Palin more air time..Maybe they are also PIMPING Sara Palin for 2012..

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Alessandro from italy

    Hi from southern italy. I want you to know that the most of italian people consider McCain the best choice for America. We,europeans, need a strong america and a wise president to lead the strongest and biggest democracy around the world. Can american people accept socialism in their country? Can americans tested their president during a financial crisis? i dont think so, for this reason we support McCain and Miss Palin! Gooo conservatives!

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. McCain/Palin

    The "Bradley Effect" will indeed put Senator McCain in the White House; with the margin of error and the sometimes unreliable polls, it's a given.

    I hear individuals at the water-cooler at work, talking up Obama, (trying to be Politically Correct), then during lunch, they laugh at his "so-called" agenda.

    Obama is NOT far enough ahead in the polls to sit comfortably, with the "margin of error," McCain could clearly win some of the states that are believed to break for Obama.

    Go McCain!

    October 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Did

    What will life be like for Sen. McCain when he returns to the Senate a loser? Will he be reaching across the aisle to promote bipartisanship? How will he relate to the next president? My best wishes to Sen. McCain.

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. bburgin

    They need to save their money and use it for something worth while.

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. TT

    McCain's knocked himself out near the end of the second debate when he twice repeated the line: "What we need is a cool hand at the tiller". McCain maybe many things, but cool he is not. Just turn off the sound
    and watch the body-talk.

    A special thanks to the former Dukakis speech-writer, who has given
    McCain so many winning lines.

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Why is he in PA? Because he is working to insure a win unlike some other past folks who took things for granted and ending up wondering what happened. This man is smart and knows what it takes to win. That's a big reason why he is out polling MCcain in so many places. McCain can't play offense because he is running around trying to protect his own states.

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Michael watching from Canada

    Polls show that 80% of those outside the us would prefer Obama.

    The world is in a recession. The world knows that deregulation is one of the main drivers of the financial crisis. Even Greenspan said last week that he made a mistake in putting too much trust in banks!

    Why can't Republicans accept the truth that their policies of deregulation are wrong! There must be checks and balances.

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when McCain's tax policies also redistribute wealth!!

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when it was Bush who spearheaded distribution of rebate cheques this past Spring?

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when it was Bush's administration who initiated the bailout of AIG, the bailout of Lehman Brothers, the bailout of other banks and the $700B bailout for Wall Street??

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. go blue PA!

    I live in the Philly suburbs and I still feel very nervous about this election. I have neighbors who actually play pranks on each other by putting Obama signs on each other's lawns and they could barely believe that I voluntarily and proudly display an Obama sign on my front lawn. They think it is a big joke. We need to prove them wrong. Come on PA, lets make a change, vote Obama/ Biden!
    Go Phillies!

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. tee

    We will not be fooled. That fact that Sarah palin is calling obama a socialist is ridiculous, when she is taking money from the oil companies and spreading the wealth. If thats not socialism, what is?

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. APS in Hawaii

    This country is going to be ruined by the planned tax and redistribution of wealth by Obama. I cannot believe such a far left leaning person is actually leading. His ideas are so exterme that even moderate Democrats are afraid. In the middle of a recession, you raise taxes? How stupid!!!

    Every major economist has stated this tax and spend plan is doomed, yet CNN has NEVER asked Obama how is he going to pay for his tax plan or for specifics. Obama is a loser and the Democrats are going to regret having him as their nominee. I am just tired of these stupid polls because once again the news media is trying to influence the outcome of an election.

    October 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    We must not become complacent; we can't slow down now, we've come too far. VOTE EARLY!

    O B A M A – B I D E N 2 0 0 8!!

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Bruce

    REPUBS are trying to prevent LEGAL VOTERS from VOTING.

    They are trying to get registration lists PURGED to stop people they think support Obam taken off.

    Check your VOTE make sure the machine did not change your vote to McCain when you VOTED FOR OBAMA

    Most important VOTE Obama needs everyone to VOTE

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Jim,Atlanta

    I will not feel comfortable until every last vote is counted.

    The Republicans are terrible at governing but they know how to win elections.

    Make sure that every Obama supporter you know gets to the polls and votes!

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Penn State Student for McCain

    Come on Senator McCain!!!! I believe you have a lot of support here in PA, than the democrats think. You have a great chance to win. I pray everyday that you win, because we conservatives cannot have the baby killer Obama and Anti-Chirst Obama as our President. If he is elected may GOD help us, because this country will be destroyed by him and his radical liberals.

    October 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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