October 30th, 2008
08:25 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain trails in key battleground states

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(CNN)—With just five days before Election Day, a string off polls suggest John McCain still has his work cut out for him in some battleground states.

CNN’s latest Indiana poll of polls shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama by one point, 47 percent to 46 percent. That’s one point narrower than the last Poll of Polls in the traditionally Republican state showing McCain leading Obama 48 to 46 percent.

Yesterday, CNN changed its electoral map for the state of Indiana from leaning toward McCain to a toss up between the two presidential candidates.

In Minnesota, where the Republicans held their convention, Obama is trumping McCain by 15 points, 54 percent to 39 percent. The margin was not as large in the last poll of polls which showed Obama ahead by 13 points as of October 23.

A new Wisconsin poll of polls also shows the Democratic Nominee ahead of the Republican nominee by 12 points, 53 percent to 41 percent.

While both candidates are working to remind voters the race is far from over, CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib suggests the latest poll averages in Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin “are another indication of Obama’s apparent strength in the closing days of this campaign.”

“Obama is now clearly within striking distance in Indiana –- a state no Democrat has won since 1964. It’s virtually impossible to see how McCain wins the White House without Indiana’s 11 electoral votes. At the same time, any hopes the Republicans had of swiping Minnesota or Wisconsin from the Democratic column this year appear to be just about gone.”

Because the poll of poll findings are based on an average of polls conducted in Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, there is no sampling error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. al in memphis

    Each canidate has had some disappointing moments–that life on the campaign trail. What's really disappointing is people who have had time to listen then sit and think about it can still come up wth some of these comments.
    Have some pride in your ability to participate in a discussion instead of showing us that you life is led by hatred.

    October 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. voted in Utah for Obama/Bidden

    Would not believe anything McCain says! MCain and Palin lie constantly everytime they open their mouths. But when you are losing and will not be elected. Using a phony, fraud, loser and liar as the Joe the Plummer is. How low can McCain and Palin sink? They all ready hit the sewer!

    October 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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