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Obama keeps five-point lead on McCain

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Andrew Quinn
Friday, Oct 17, 2008

Democrat Barack Obama holds a five-point lead over Republican John McCain, with little immediate indication their final public debate did much to sway the U.S. presidential race, a Reuters/C-SPAN/ZOGBY poll showed on Friday.

Obama’s edge over McCain held steady at 49 percent to 44 percent among likely U.S. voters in the four-day tracking poll, unchanged from results before the two men met on Wednesday for their third and last debate before the November 4 election.

The poll of 1,210 likely voters had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

Pollster John Zogby said Friday’s results — in which the most recent day’s results are added and the oldest day’s results are dropped in an effort to measure changing momentum — may not reflect the full impact of the debate.

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“Only one-quarter of this sample is post-debate, so we’ll have to wait a few more days to see,” he said. “We’ll have to look tomorrow to see if there was any McCain boost at all.”

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Quick polls taken after Wednesday’s debate judged Obama the victor, joining a string of surveys that show him ahead both in national polls and in most of the battleground states where the presidential election will be decided.

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