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September 07, 2008

Gallup: McCain Takes the Lead

Gallup's Daily Tracking numbers are out and have McCain leading 48% to 45%.

These results are based on Sept. 4-6 interviewing, and include two full days of polling after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention last Thursday night. McCain has outpolled Obama on both Friday and Saturday, and is receiving a convention bounce just as Obama did last week.

Tomorrow's report will be the first in which all interviews were conducted after the conclusion of the convention.

The margin of error is plus or minus 2%.

The last time we checked in with Gallup was on Friday when the numbers were reversed. Slublog wrote:

What I find interesting is that despite the near-ludicrous hype, Obama has not proven to be a breakaway candidate like Bill Clinton, who jumped anywhere from 12-16 points after his convention and never really looked back. We've been told that the electorate is hungry for change and they're angry at the GOP, but they seem reluctant to embrace the "change" candidate.

Despite a week of Palin-bashing, the Republican ticket seems to be doing quite well. The claim that McCain's judgment is so flawed that he would select a western governor to be "a heartbeat from the presidency" just didn't catch on.

We haven't seen the end of McCain's convention bounce. He has, with Palin's help, appropriated Obama's "change" theme. And, come to think of it, Obama's "post-partisan" theme. Republicans and moderates are just as hungry for a new Washington as Democrats. And it's proven to be way to late in the game for that McSame stuff to stick.


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