With Novak’s Closer than he should be piece

yeah, I know, Plamegate Novak, hit ad run Novak – but he’s good at this kind of stuff:

That he lingers below the 50 percent mark is a mystery among politicians in both parties.

here’s a hint, politicians:

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It is particularly troubling to Democrats who recall past Democratic presidential candidates taking a huge lead over the summer before being overtaken or nearly overtaken by a surging Republican opponent.

here’s as close as he comes to the truth:

Obama had virtually clinched the nomination when white working men in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia poured out to vote and comfortably delivered their states to Hillary Clinton. This was not because of unalterable affection for her.

Obama’s difficulty in reaching the 50 percent mark reflects an overwhelmingly white undecided vote of 10 to 15 percent.

So close Novak! What do those people who voted for Clinton have in common?

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Just as the daily news puts on its page one the 9 point Gallup number , Rassmunsen concludes

he Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that Barack Obamaโ€™s Berlin bounce is fading. Obama now attracts 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%. When “leaners” are included, itโ€™s Obama 48% and McCain 45%. Both Obama and McCain are viewed favorably by 56% of voters.

And the PUMA factor:

Obama earns the vote from 77% of Democrats, McCain is supported by 82% of Republicans. Unaffiliated voters are evenly divided. See other recent demographic highlights on Election 2008. Other key stats of Election 2008 are updated daily at Obama-McCain: By the Numbers.

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