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. Matt

    That is what I like to see...although I wonder what else the republicans have up their sleeve. You know they will try something dirty to win, whether it is more lies or somehow cheating the election. I find it funny now that people serving our country overseas won't be able to have their vote count. I guess republicans know that they won't be voting for them so they resort to this. Its a shame that they have to do this. Ah well, hopefully it will be all over soon and OBAMA will be in office.

    October 28, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. Independent for Obama

    For the sake of our economic future, lets hope it stays that way.

    Country first.

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    I guess "Joe the GOP-plant" only made an impact with his own fortune (getting to sit on plenty of Faux News Talk shows for $$) but not so much the "regular Joes" of Ohio who aren't close to earning $250K/year?

    October 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |


    October 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Mike, Texas

    It is going to be a landslide. A lot of republicans I know, are not planning on voting at all. They are very disappointed at McCain and Palin.

    Finally the country is waking up. I don't think any one with a right mind will want another 4 years of the failed 8 years.

    What is surprising is how 40% of the country is still thinking of voting for McCain. When will we learn?

    October 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Well written article and analysis of the current situation...except for the mistake "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there...". I don't think McCain is trailing himself, but you never know.

    October 28, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Not Gaining Any Ground Anywhere! Mccain Is Loosing Ground Everywhere!

    October 28, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Henry from Toronto,ON

    The English national anthem says "God Bless the Queen"

    I say, "May God bless Obama/Biden, their families and very importantly the supporters, NOT forgetting the enermies of Obama" AMEN.

    VOTE!!! VOTE!!! on Tues, dont be complacent..YES WE CAN, AND WE WILL.

    Henry Lu, Toronto/Uganda

    October 28, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Michael watching from Canada

    I am an engineer who has been involved in alternative energy technologies for over twenty years. Since when does the Governor of an oil-producing state make someone an expert on energy?

    Please do not confuse drilling for oil for energy technology expertise.

    It is an insult to remotely suggest that Palin is an expert on energy.

    Palin’s claims that she is an expert on energy is on the same level of naivete as her claims that she has extensive foreign policy experience with Russia due to Alaska’s proximity to Russia!!

    October 28, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. George

    Republican Ronald Regan Tax the rich and gave it to marriage couples who were not employed. is Mccain charging Republican Ronald Reagan, the best republican president for decades of being socialist? what is wrong with this man? A sycophantic supporter of Bush for the past 8 yrs, attacking the record of Ronald Reagan

    October 28, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. kuk-angry republican, MA

    I blame McCain for the poor campaign he has run and especially the vp pick. Romney could have done a great job. i am pissed and will not vote because it wont make any difference

    October 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Anon

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there"

    I think you mean Obama.

    October 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. HouseDiva

    I can only hope that Missouri grows a brain and turn blue!

    October 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. SeattleSlough

    Uhhhh.......Re: "Poll of Polls in Florida".....The Arizona Senator, unfortunately, is Mr McCain. Just thought you might like to know before more of us start to think we are wigging out too soon see this as a trend.

    October 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Ken

    The GOP began to fall apart when they abandoned their conservative base to draw in “moderates”. By pandering to liberals and trying to build consensus with Democrats our politicians have succeeded in destroying the ideals of freedom, liberty, self reliance and responsibility; the principles that have made this country great. We now face an executive office win from a far left socialist – yes, I said and meant socialist. The next four years will see a growth of the nanny state, destruction of opportunity, and as we have seen in every socialist utopia, a flight of those who create opportunity for all. It is a shame the obamabots can not see as far as their children’s future.

    October 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. reggie

    BUT, he is making up ground in many other key states. CNN, stop ignoring the facts and pushing for an Obama victory!

    October 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. Tim G Donahey

    "The Arizona senator trails McCain by 4 points there..."

    Wow, McCain is doing so badly that he even trails himself in polls.

    October 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. Jake

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

    McCain is the Arizona senator...

    October 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Observer

    I think this could be a reaction to negative campaigning. Hopefully this will show politicians that scaring the daylights out of people doesn't work to get their votes these days. I think people want solutions, hope of better times and a view of how things can be made better for them.

    October 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Hey you guys on the right...

    I'm an old Ohio boy, and know how Ohio thinks. We are both very conservative and very liberal and everything in between. We are divided, and we hate it. In other words, we are America.

    October 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. kevin

    people better wake up this week and vote for mccain just because you don't like bush don't make a stupid decision and vote for some far left liberal who has a shady past we are living in dangerous times, who would you really trust in another 9-11 scenero?

    October 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. KLEE

    the thymes they are a'changin' my friend.

    October 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. John

    Why would John McCain make up ground with the miserable campaign he's running he should be sinking like the economy he helped destroy. I think most Americans even if they were slightly inclined to vote for John are being frightened to death of a President Sarah with her extreme views.

    October 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Anthony Obaze

    If america is realy desperate for change has claimed !barack obama is the president that will bring the change. change is something different and i dont see how mcCain is going to bring that change if he has supported and voted for George bush 29yrs out of 30yrs in the white house.

    Anthony from London

    October 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. robrubin

    As most people have said already – what matters is what happens on Nov 4. Everyone needs to vote. We can't take anything for granted – ESPECIALLY in OHIO.

    October 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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