10 Days To Go
by Todd Beeton, Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 04:16:47 PM EDT
This Bloomberg News article, titled "Obama Widens Lead Over McCain in Nation, Key States", is currently linked on the front page of yahoo.com. It begins:
Democrat Barack Obama widened his lead over Republican John McCain in most national polls and surveys of key states as the U.S. election contest heads into its final full week.
The Illinois senator was up 8 points over presidential rival McCain in an average of 16 polls taken during the last week, according to RealClearPolitics.com. Last week, Obama was up about 6 points.
Obama also has built leads in so-called battleground states including Pennsylvania and Ohio and he has an edge over McCain in some states that were Republican strongholds, such as Virginia and North Carolina.
On top of this there are a couple new polls out today that show Obama expanding his lead in two states where, despite his insistence that it's "Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania" McCain needs to close for him.
Meanwhile, John McCain is running into some further problems at the state level. In Colorado, a Rocky Mountain News poll now has Barack Obama 12 points ahead; McCain had led by 3 in the RMN poll in August. Obama also leads in two polls out of Ohio; PPP has him ahead by 7, and the University of Cincinnati / Ohio Newspapers Poll, which had shown him trailing by 2 earlier this month, now shows him ahead by 3.
And in the WTF department, kos has some surprising news out of John McCain's home state.
Myers Research (D) & Grove Insight (D). 10/23-24. Likely voters. MoE 4% (No trend lines)
McCain (R) 44
Obama (D) 40
Early voters (34% of the sample)
McCain (R) 46
Obama (D) 47
This is an amazing place to be but as a wise man once said:
For his part, Obama is not taking anything for granted. "We can't let up, and we won't let up," he said last week at a rally in Leesburg, Va.
Cheering supporters cut him off as he began to say, "If I am president..." He told them: "No, no, no. I'm superstitious. I don't like counting those chickens."