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Obama's election lead slips to 3 points

By unknown | Oct 20, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Andrew Quinn

Andrew Quinn

WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican John McCain in the US presidential race has dropped to three points, according to a Reuters-C-SPAN-Zogby poll released yesterday.

Obama leads McCain by 48 to 45 percent among likely US voters, down one percentage point from Saturday. The poll has a margin of error of 2,9 points.

Pollster John Zogby said the numbers were good for McCain and probably reflected a boost after the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday.

He said McCain seems to have solidified his Republican base, where nine out of 10 voters now back him, and was gaining ground among independents.

Obama's lead among independent voters dropped to eight points yesterday from 16 points a day earlier.

"It is something that has got to raise red flags for Obama," Zogby said.

Obama, 47, enjoys strong support among black, Hispanic, Catholic and Jewish voters, while McCain, 72, holds a narrower lead among male and white voters. - Reuters


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