Campaign Updates and Media Headlines 9/10/08
McCain holds 5-point lead for second day; in past, such advantages have held for a while (On Politics, USA Today)
Two days in a row now, Gallup's presidential tracking poll has given Republican nominee John McCain a 5 percentage point lead over Democrat Barack Obama. The latest reading, according to Gallup: McCain, 49%; Obama, 44%. That's the same score as yesterday. And according to Gallup, history suggests McCain's lead could last for at least a while.
McCain Now Winning Majority of Independents (Gallup)
PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking… Regionally, Gallup finds solid gains for McCain in all areas of the country except the West, where his already fairly high support has held steady. However, the 9-point increase for McCain in the South on top of his previous 49% support level in that region makes the South now overwhelmingly pro-McCain, 58% to 36%.
Poll shows big shift to McCain among white women (Reuters)
A Washington Post/ABC News survey published on Tuesday found most of McCain's surge in the polls since the Republican National Convention was due to a big shift in support among white women voters… Before the Democratic National Convention in late August, Obama held an 8-point lead among white women voters, 50 percent to 42 percent, according to the Washington Post/ABC News poll. After the Republican convention in early September, McCain was ahead by 12 points among white women, 53 percent to 41 percent, that survey found.
Obama Doesn't Believe Polls Showing Women Voters Flocking to McCain-Palin (by Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller at Political Punch, ABC News)
First, Obama expressed skepticism about the poll… Second, Obama said Palin had attracted a lot of attention and, among conservatives, excitement -- but he didn't think gender played factor… Obama said the race is far from over, and that issues would ultimately beat out personality… Obama did not address the question about whether he regrets not naming a woman running mate.
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