Opinion: Gallup overnight poll shows race stabilizing; Obama ahead of McCain


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So far, not so good in the latest offensive by the John McCain campaign against Barack Obama.

The latest Gallup overnight tracking poll shows little change in the race, with the Democratic presidential nominee leading his Republican counterpart by 8 percentage points. The next major opportunity for change would be Tuesday night’s presidential debate in Nashville. This one is townhall-style.

Here’s what Frank Newport of Gallup writes:


‘Barack Obama leads John McCain among registered voters across the country by a 50% to 42% margin in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 3-5, the tenth straight day in which Obama has held a statistically significant lead.

‘This 10-day stretch of a significant Obama lead is the longest since he became the presumptive nominee back in early June, and the longest for either candidate at any point in the campaign.

‘Today’s result includes interviewing conducted Friday through Sunday, after the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden, and after Friday’s passage of a revised economic rescue plan to help alleviate the Wall Street financial crisis.’

The results, which show neither candidate moving much, suggest that neither of these events had a significant effect on voter preferences and the race may have stabilized.

Our blogging buddy Frank James has more on this latest poll over here at the Swamp.

--Andrew Malcolm

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