CNN poll: Colorado presidential contest still a toss-up
Rocky Mountain News
Sen. Barack Obama holds a 4 percentage point lead over Sen. John McCain in Colorado, close enough to keep the state in the “toss-up” category, according to a new poll released by CNN this morning.
The poll from CNN, Time Magazine and Opinion Research Corp. shows Obama leading 51 percent to 47 percent in Colorado – closer than some other recent polls that give the Democratic presidential nominee up to a nine percentage point lead. The 4-point margin is only slightly outside the 3.5 point margin of error.
Still, there’s better news for Obama in other battlegrounds.
The poll showed Obama leading McCain by 10 percentage points in Virginia, 53 percent to 43 percent, and by 5 percentage points in Florida, 51 percent to 46 percent.
Like Colorado, Virginia and Florida both gave their electoral votes to Republican President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, so a switch to Democrats would make it difficult for McCain to retain the White House for the GOP.
The poll gave Obama an 8 percentage point lead nationally, although there was some good news for McCain.
The CNN/Time poll showed McCain clinging to a one-point lead, 49 percent to 48 percent, in Missouri, a traditional bellweather state that until recently had been considered solidly in the Republican’s column. The poll also found McCain leading by 8 percentage points in Georgia, another Republican-leaning state where Obama’s campaign has hoped to score a surprise upset.
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