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. Laura, Boston

    Chances are John McCain is not going to win the presidency. Most people and I think even he know this fact.

    So if you are so confident that Senator Obama will be the next president, why is it you are still so full of hate in all your blogs? It is totally unnecessary and adds turmoil at a time when we should finally be glad that President Bush will be a memory.

    John McCain and his family as well as Sarah Palin and her family are good hard working individuals who really care about what's best for the country and its people.

    Yes they have a different path they want to bring Americans on; but, if the majority of Americans don't want to share their path then another choice is available. So please, stop the hatred!!! The name calling. Making fun of your fellow citizens in Alaska by dissing their governor (who has an 80% approval rating) as well as citizens of AZ who have time and time again chosen John McCain to be their Senator. Both of these people will go on....they will be fine....they will continue to handle the things they need to.

    Only 7 more days....make them pleasant!!

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. holding my breath

    After hearing Obama on his 2001 public radio interview, I'm not so certain I am ready for his brand now. Its getting the popo on the major media circle, not that they are in the tank of BO. Well lets be up frount, they are a bias for Obama, but I want to hear more on this subject from him as to what he did mean.

    2012 we are watching 😉

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Joe Democrat

    Once one candidate gets to 51% it doesnt matter what support the other candidate gets.

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Ken from VA

    John has demonstrated that the old cliche', "you can't teach an old dog new tricks", is true. While Barrack has been talking change from the beginning, McCain has resorted to the old dirty politics of the past. Even when he tried to sell himself as the change candidate, one couldn't help but wonder what is was that he thought he was doing different. About the only change I saw from John was his daily and sometimes moment by moment change in his message.

    His first mistake was picking another "maverick". Now if you are truely a maverick, you should know that picking another maverick was bad news. After all, mavericks take pride in not following the rules. To say the least, chosing a maverick that doubles as a pitbull with lipstick could only mean one thing. If you don't treat it right it will bit you in the butt.

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Mbala

    McCain give it up. You're too old to be President, your time is over let go and give a new generation a chance, please!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Jason

    Gov. Palin did describe to the American people that Todd Palin is a three time of snow machine champion. That is good for America.

    Pooten is now calling on this people of Russia. For recruitment, training and development to defeat Americans control of snow machine imperialism. By doing so she has distracted them thus, ending the 2nd cold war.

    October 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Bob Indianapolis IN

    The Anchorage Daily News endorsed Obama! Bet you wish Tom Ridge was your veep now, but Pro-Choice wouldn't have appealed to the crazy fundys and their 6,000 year old Flat Earth, huh?

    October 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Turnabout is fair play

    Tom October 28th, 2008 10:20 am ET

    Right – no change – that's why Obama's speaking in Pennsylvania right now – because he's leading by such a large margin and can't think of anywhere else to spend his time and money. He's scared he's going to lose which means his polls are better than yours.
    If you truly want change, go ahead and elect Obama but if you want dollars, elect McCain.

    Wow, you're so clever..That's a stupid line right from a Failin Palin rally idiot. Because we ALL can see how well we're doing financially under the Bush administration and seeing as how McLame has already claimed that he voted with Bush 90% of the time... not to mention the fact he said he knows nothing about the economy earlier in his campaign.. you care to try to deny it, tool?

    October 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Bill

    Goodbye to conservatives!! Your political philosophy on economics and social issues has been proven to be incorrect and dangerous. We are now entering the age of progressive politics in America. I say, "it's about time!"

    October 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Lu from Houston, TX

    Last chance, McCain – just drop Sarah Palin and you will get a boost in the polls.

    October 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. skeeter

    Desparation "My Friends"
    Obama '08

    October 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Tarrie

    McCain has little to no chance of winning PA. He needs to cut his losses and move on. His chances are slightly better in Ohio and Florida.

    October 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. grahame


    October 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    "If you're insane, vote McCain!"

    Senator McCain, you cannot change Washington DC when you are part of the scenery. You have done nothing but use the same tired old strategy...you cannot define your opponent (he's a celebrity, a socialist, he's a terrorist....)

    Senator Obama on the other hand has you dead to rights. You are a George W. Bush follower with no new ideas and in it for the rich guy. With nothing new to offer, you continue to try to distort his record.

    October 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    What is so awesome about this election is:
    1) McCain started out with a lot of credibility.
    2) He lost respect when he brought in Palin to pander to the female voters.
    3) He lost more respect when he went negative and "maverick" on everybody.
    4) He's changed his message and his position so many times that no-one believes in him or his judgment anymore. Except the 23% of Voters who are not living in the real world.

    We are all AMERICANS. Can't we just wake up and smell the coffee (er, B.S.)? Either you want better for this country or you want more of the same – it's that simple.

    October 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Yovanny

    African union, European union, and now the North American union, and one currency, get it? One world controlled by the few and wealthiest people of the planet. Stay toned!..

    Obama-Biden 2008

    October 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. rm

    McCain called for Stevens to step down. When is Sarah going to step down too? That is the best thing for our country!!!

    October 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. d

    Keri, are you talking treason?

    October 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. ran

    People get out and vote for Obama/Biden and in such #'s that there can be no doubt who we want to run this country.

    If you can vote early do so so those that can't will not have such a long line to wait in come Nov.4.

    We don't want a Republican controlling court to decide this election.

    October 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. NoMcSame

    So what, I had one this morning too.

    October 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |

    While I am not a reptilian stratgist, I do not see the logic in using limited time and resources in PA especially when RCP shows him losing in Ohio, Floriday and Missouri. Seems he should be shoring up the ones he stands a chance in.

    And what is up with both of the reptiles on the same stump speech schedule???

    Just keep on keeping on McCrypt and missy, remember you have Obama "right where we want 'em"!

    You betcha'!

    October 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. please

    Kerri – yah you are nuts

    October 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Mike in Georgia

    You can thank George W Bush for electing the countries first black man. If he had not run the country into the mess it is today no way Obama has a prayer of a chance.

    Bush will not only go down as the worst president in history but also the reason for a black man becoming president.

    Bush, what a complete disaster.

    October 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Sue T

    Watching McCain now, same old speech, more about what Obama will do then what he will do........Joe the Plumber needs to be flushed down the toliet.......McCain has fumbled on several things, he can't even get his words out.........more dirt throwing, more lies, and he thinks he is going to win PA.? I think his age is really starting to show, someone needs to get his room ready in the OLD FOLKS HOME.........he running on creating wealth? Where's he been these last 8 years? In Bushes pocket.........that's where........

    October 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Don't be blindsided

    Learn about this man Mr. Obama. Do NOT just go along with the promise of hope… I know we all need things to be better. Obama is not the answer he promises:

    From Audacity of Hope:
    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    From Dreams of My Father:
    "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."
    "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

    October 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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