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Obama's lead narrows but solid, poll shows

Nov. 3, 2008 at 7:35 AM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama has a narrowed but solid lead over Republican hopeful John McCain, a Wall Street Journal poll indicates.

Results from the Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll released Monday indicate the Illinois senator had an 8-percentage-point lead, down from 10 percentage points last week.

Fifty-one percent of likely voters said they favored Obama while 43 percent preferred the Arizona senator. Six percent said they were undecided, with about a third of this group indicating they were leaning toward a third-party candidate.

"The poll shows some slight movement for McCain. But with just 48 hours left, it's going to be a challenge to make up the rest of the difference," said Neil Newhouse, a Republican pollster who conducts the Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey with Democrat Peter Hart.

Thirty percent of voters already cast their ballot, the poll found.

The Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll was conducted Saturday and Sunday and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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