Monday, Oct 20, 2008
Democrat Barack Obama has expanded his national lead over Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race to 6 percentage points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Monday.
Obama leads McCain 50 percent to 44 percent among likely U.S. voters in the latest three-day tracking poll, up from Obama’s 3-point advantage on Sunday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
The rally by Obama broke a string of three consecutive days when McCain had gained ground on the Illinois senator after their final debate on Wednesday. It was the first time in 14 days of the tracking poll that Obama has reached 50 percent.
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“Obama has really consolidated his base, and now has huge leads among young people, African-Americans and Hispanics,” said pollster John Zogby.
“Reaching 50 percent puts him in winning territory.”
Obama also increased his support among two key swing groups that could be vital in the November 4 election. His edge with independents rose from 8 points to 11 points, and his lead among women grew from 6 points to 8 points.
McCain narrowly trails Obama among men and leads by 13 points, 53 percent to 40 percent, among whites.
“McCain seems to have slipped a little bit, but in the grand scheme it’s still a very close race,” Zogby said.