Likely GOP nominee John McCain would give either Democratic rival a tough fight, according to the latest Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll . The poll puts McCain ahead of Hillary Clinton 46% to 40%, and leading Barack Obama 44% to 42%. Voters give the Vietnam vet far higher marks in experience and ability to handle Iraq and terrorism. The only issue where he trailed Obama was health care.
"I think he's older, he's more experienced, and he's got the betterment of the country in mind," said an Illinois Democrat who plans to vote for McCain in the general election. The poll also found Clinton's support continuing to fade, with some voters who'd picked Clinton in early primaries now saying they'd prefer Obama come November.