RNC - McCain Erases Obama Lead

Wanted to make sure you saw the item below. Note that it says that “About a quarter of Obama supporters say they'll vote for McCain if Clinton is the Democratic nominee. About a third of Clinton supporters say they would vote for McCain if it's Obama.”


McCain Erases Obama Lead

ByNedra Pickler , AssociatedPress

Apr10, 1:39 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON(AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain has erased Sen. Barack Obama's 10-pointadvantage in a head-to-head matchup, leaving him essentially tied with bothDemocratic candidates in an Associated Press-Ipsos national poll releasedThursday.

Thesurvey showed the extended Democratic primary campaign creating divisions amongsupporters of Obama and rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and suggests a tightrace for the presidency in November no matter which Democrat becomes thenominee.

McCainis benefiting from a bounce since he clinched the GOP nomination a month ago.The four-term Arizonasenator has moved up in matchups with each of the Democratic candidates,particularly Obama.

AnAP-Ipsos poll taken in late February had Obama leading McCain 51-41 percent.The current survey, conducted April 7-9, had them at 45 percent each. McCainleads Obama among men, whites, Southerners, married women and independents.

Clinton led McCain, 48-43 percent, in February. The latest survey showed the New York senator with 48percent support to McCain's 45 percent. Factoring in the poll's margin of errorof 3.1 percentage points, Clinton and McCain are statistically tied....

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