October 28th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Polls show McCain not making up ground in Ohio

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(CNN) - John McCain does not appear to be making up ground in Ohio, the key battleground state that is crucial to keeping his White House hopes alive.

According to CNN's latest poll of polls of the state, the Arizona senator now trails Obama by 6 points there, 50 percent to 44 percent. That gap is two points wider than it was Monday and double what it was one week ago.

Election Center: Check out recent Ohio polls

No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio, and barring a major upset in another big state, the state's 20 electoral votes are a must win for McCain. The Republican presidential candidate is expected to spend two full days there later this week.

The latest Ohio poll of polls consists of recent surveys from LA Times/Bloomberg (October 25-27), Reuters/Zogby (October 23-26), and CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21). CNN Poll of Polls do not have a margin of error.

Meanwhile, a new poll of polls in Florida shows a similar story. The Arizona senator trails Obama by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent. That gap is 3 points higher than it was earlier today and is largely due to a newly released survey from LA Times/Bloomberg showing McCain down 7 points in the state. The Florida poll of polls also includes surveys from Suffolk University and Reuters/Zogby.

Election Center: Check out recent Florida polls

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soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Sarah Smith



    WE DON;T WANT YOU !!!!

    forked toungue loosers

    lewd program old geezer after beauty queen

    strut her stuff.. mouth off.. leaders of this country NOT NOT NOT!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Say NO to a change towards socialist Obama

    If Obama talks like a socialist, behaves like a socialist, gives speeches like a socialist, urges like a socialist, even lies like a socialist, then IT MUST BE A SOCIALIST. We do ant to head in that direction if we do not want to get there (a socialist state.)
    Stop fantasizing and call it like it is.

    October 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Karen Sullivan

    Go Go Go Obama!!!

    October 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. josh

    The arizona senator trails mccain? Interesting CNN...

    October 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. linda., bella vista, ar

    Last paragraph: "The AZ senator trails McCain"? Or does that mean that the spectre of McCain is catching up to the real McCain?

    McCain got a flat tire and Palin's press bus broke down today. More 'signs'?

    And Crist just extended early voting poll hours.

    October 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Alison B

    Well with all the issues in the McCain party what do they expect.

    October 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. barbara campbell

    The McCain/Palin campaign strategy of lies, fear, smears and divisiveness isn't working as well as their strategists expected. These tactics were successful in 2000 and 2004, but the American people are sick of gutter politics.

    If the Republican vote machines produce a win for McCain, it won't end there.

    October 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. McCNN

    Don't believe the hype. The GOP tricksters have pulled out all the stops to ensure that their "money for the rich" policies continue. No more! McCain is an extension of the Bush adminstration. Just say No!

    Vote for Obama!

    October 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Steve

    Interesting. The McCain campaign comes out with another negative ad, attempting to link Obama with Murtha, and McCain's numbers slip. Will McCain NEVER learn that his negative campaign is contributing to his loss? Apparently not. And I'm sure, when he's sitting at home with Cindy on November 5th, he'll be blaming his loss on everyone but himself. Be a man, John. In the proud tradition of the military, the general is responsible for the loss of a battle or war, even though he himself never fired a shot. And a good general (or in your case, admiral) accepts that responsibility like a man. I doubt you have the honor or the guts to do so. At least you haven't shown any honor or guts in this election. Your days of courage are long, long ago and as any reasonable man would have learned, will not win you an election.

    October 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Justin M

    To make the country first, you must first listen to your country. The country is making it more clear everyday who they want to lead.

    October 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. David

    I think there's a typo near the bottom:

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there, 49 percent to 45 percent. "

    I think it should say "...trails Obama..." not "McCain"

    October 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    you mean that the arizona senator trails obama by 4 points, not vice versa as stated in your final paragraph

    October 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. David

    ...but I could be wrong...we'll see. 🙂

    October 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Will

    This is cause Joe the Plumber tactic is working so well....

    October 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Republican that voted for Obama/Biden TEXAS

    Great. God help us if McCain/Palin gets elected.

    Barack Obama is not going to raise your taxes if you make under $250,000. For unity in the USA, and work towards peace with other countries, create jobs, a moritorium on foreclosures for 3 months, the economy we must elect Barack Obama.

    Palin needs to deal with her Abuse of Power, Ethics Violations, Who built her house, what about the Alaska Independent Party, Troopergate, Tasergate.

    I voted October 20th for Barack Obama.

    October 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. bill for barack

    The gaap here in Ohio is only going to widen in Obama's favor.
    Our state has suffered too greatly under 8 years of Bush to want even 4 more minutes of Bush Junior.
    He can shoot off his big mouth all he wants.
    We're farm country here and we all know bull when we see it.
    And as for the pig with lipstick ........

    October 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. park more - New orleans

    Sham on you CNN with your Poll according to CNN...... You do not care about what will happen with Obama, just looking for histroy.....

    October 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Shauna

    I guess Joe the Plumber is making things worse...

    October 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. McCNN

    I love those Sarah 0-12 idiots! Half of them don't even realize how stupid they are! The other half get the 0-12 joke, but are just as idiotic for actually supporting an extremist, above-the-law, wolf-killing, religious zealot who dismisses science and education.

    October 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Nefarious Wheel

    The candidacy of McCain,
    Was the choice for Republican gain;
    But inclusion of Palin,
    Means red states are failing;
    The result at the polls will be pain.

    October 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. CNN screwed up!

    Does anybody see the typos in the last paragraph? It reads "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there." What a mistake! hahahaha.

    October 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Shannon

    Everyday I'm baffled what Americans see in Obama, his vote for FISA, his vote for the Cheney Energy bill, his inability to keep his word, his relationships with questionable people, it all adds up to a man who shouldn't be representing the Democratic party. I'll be going third party for the first time ever, I'm ashamed of my party. Not my country Michelle, my party!

    October 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Bob Dole

    looks like there is a typo. "The Arizona Senator trails McCain..." ??? He trails himself?

    October 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. McCNN

    As a wolverine, it does my heart good to see Ohio blue!

    October 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Arthur James

    Enough with the polls already!

    I've been voting for 35 years, and I've never, ever been polled. I think they just call the same people over and over again.

    Let's just let everyone vote.

    I think all these polls may actually hurt that goal.

    October 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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