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: August 20, 2008, 09:46:33 PM

According to a Zogby poll, John McCain has pulled in front of Obama by 5 points. Even the liberal LA Times poll shows the race has tightened and only has Obama leading by 2 points.

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUKN1948672420080820?sp=true

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By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sharp turnaround, Republican John McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama's solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll.

The reversal follows a month of attacks by McCain, who has questioned Obama's experience, criticized his opposition to most new offshore oil drilling and mocked his overseas trip.

The poll was taken Thursday through Saturday as Obama wrapped up a weeklong vacation in Hawaii that ceded the political spotlight to McCain, who seized on Russia's invasion of Georgia to emphasize his foreign policy views.

"There is no doubt the campaign to discredit Obama is paying off for McCain right now," pollster John Zogby said. "This is a significant ebb for Obama."

McCain now has a 9-point edge, 49 percent to 40 percent, over Obama on the critical question of who would be the best manager of the economy -- an issue nearly half of voters said was their top concern in the November 4 presidential election.

That margin reversed Obama's 4-point edge last month on the economy over McCain, an Arizona senator and former Vietnam prisoner of war who has admitted a lack of economic expertise and shows far greater interest in foreign and military policy.

McCain has been on the offensive against Obama during the last month over energy concerns, with polls showing strong majorities supporting his call for an expansion of offshore oil drilling as gasoline prices hover near $4 a gallon.

Obama had opposed new offshore drilling, but said recently he would support a limited expansion as part of a comprehensive energy program.

That was one of several recent policy shifts for Obama, as he positions himself for the general election battle. But Zogby said the changes could be taking a toll on Obama's support, particularly among Democrats and self-described liberals.

"That hairline difference between nuance and what appears to be flip-flopping is hurting him with liberal voters," Zogby said.

Obama's support among Democrats fell 9 percentage points this month to 74 percent, while McCain has the backing of 81 percent of Republicans. Support for Obama, an Illinois senator, fell 12 percentage points among liberals, with 10 percent of liberals still undecided compared to 9 percent of conservatives.

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#1 : August 20, 2008, 10:21:03 PM

Once again, meaningless in August.

But I hope it puts a scare into Obama so he picks Hillary and I win my bets.

But I doubt it.

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#2 : August 20, 2008, 10:26:23 PM

Once again, meaningless in August.

But I hope it puts a scare into Obama so he picks Hillary and I win my bets.

But I doubt it.

I agree with you Joe and if he doesn't I will be voting for McCain....I just hope he does pick Hillary because if he doesn't he will be considered a militant even if he is not...OBD


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#3 : August 20, 2008, 11:16:59 PM

But I wonder if Obama is one of those candidates that catch fire, rise really fast, and then fizzle out. The whole Obama-mania seems to be wearing off. People I think are starting to pay more serious attention to the situations around the world and with the economy. And this is when most people start watching the news and reading the papers.

McCain has also gone on the offensive. And a new book out that is very critical of Obama called "Obamanation" has made the NY Times bestseller list 3 weeks in a row at #1.

The polls continue to suggest this election is going to be very close.

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#4 : August 20, 2008, 11:21:45 PM

If the Rs had a candidate who wasn't senile, I would bet that he/she would beat Obama. But since it's
McCain, it's going to be a coin toss. Really curious to see who Obama picks for his Veep.



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#5 : August 21, 2008, 12:46:05 AM

Im thinking the favorites are Joe Biden to be Obama's pick and McCain will pick Tim Pawlenty.

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#6 : August 21, 2008, 12:54:34 AM

The more stink Russia makes; The more the  undecided voters start leaning toward Mccain. People better pray that Obama picks Biden because if he picks someone esle and wins; we are in deep doo-doo.


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#7 : August 21, 2008, 01:15:54 AM

But I hope it puts a scare into Obama so he picks Hillary and I win my bets.

I don't think Obama and Hillary would be a good team together at all.   If he choses her, I think it would be a mistake.   It might help win votes, but I think it would lessen his effectiveness in office if he were to get in.   

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#8 : August 21, 2008, 09:04:31 AM

As the cheerful would say "Hillary would have a 15 pt lead right now!"

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrright.

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#9 : August 21, 2008, 09:08:31 AM

polls don't mean a thing. No one will know a thing until late October and even then, people lie to pollsters.


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#10 : August 21, 2008, 08:25:31 PM

Russia conflict, Iraq war going better... good for McCain


Obama SHOULD get a bump from the convention, but Kerry didnt, and college football begins that week. So who knows.


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#11 : August 21, 2008, 08:33:52 PM

polls don't mean a thing. No one will know a thing until late October and even then, people lie to pollsters.
My father is an early-morning voter, and he has been asked by pollsters in several different elections who he voted for as he exits the polling site.  He always lies.  Just to be a pain in the ass, I guess.

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#12 : August 22, 2008, 09:23:15 AM

It's really no one's business but yours. The media feels as though they have to get the story before it's done. Useless IMO.


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#13 : August 22, 2008, 09:26:58 AM

It's really no one's business but yours. The media feels as though they have to get the story before it's done. Useless IMO.


Its weird, I dont know one person that has been polled. Only orgainzation I was called from was Sierra Club and they wanted me to rate Bush environmental policy. After the first question they hanged up on me hahaha


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#14 : August 22, 2008, 11:12:16 AM

If the Rs had a candidate who wasn't senile, I would bet that he/she would beat Obama. But since it's
McCain, it's going to be a coin toss. Really curious to see who Obama picks for his Veep.




Ufojoe...this was so supposed to be a democrat year and the Democrats run Obama?  This is why the polls are so close.  I agree the Republicans didn’t think they had a chance to they ran McCain, but they didn't think the Democrats would be dumb enough to only come up with Edwards, Clinton, and Obama.  Sheesh.  It will be close due to the people in this country having party lines, but I say McCain wins by 10 electoral votes.
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