Obama Takes Big Leads in Big Ten Country: Polls

Crucial Midwestern battlegrounds show sizable advantages for Democrat
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2008 2:07 PM CDT
A visitor seen in front of "US Election Obama/McCain" by artist Yan Pei-Ming, at the Fiac 2008, International Contemporary Art Fair, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 in Paris, France.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Barack Obama enjoys sizable leads in crucial Midwestern states, a Big Ten Battleground poll shows. Across Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota—home to the universities in the Big Ten Conference and key battlegrounds in previous elections—Obama leads John McCain by margins of at least 10%.

The poll found:

  • Illinois: Obama 61%, McCain 32%
  • Indiana: Obama 51%, McCain 41%
  • Iowa: Obama 52%, McCain 39%
  • Michigan: Obama 58%, McCain 36%
  • Minnesota: Obama 57%, McCain 38%
  • Ohio: Obama 53%, McCain 41%
  • Pennsylvania: Obama 52%, McCain 41%
  • Wisconsin: Obama 53%, McCain 40%