Obama Erases Clinton's Lead With Speech

New Gallup poll puts Dems on equal footing; both trail McCain
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 9:01 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., shakes hands with supporters before he speaks at a town hall meeting in Medford, Ore., Saturday, March 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – A new Gallup poll puts the two Democratic presidential candidates on even footing nationally, with Barack Obama holding a statistically negligible 1-point lead over Hillary Clinton. The poll, conducted after Obama's widely praised speech on race, suggests that the Illinois senator has erased the damage done by the Jeremiah Wright controversy, writes the Baltimore Sun.

Clinton's earlier lead has "evaporated," according to a Gallup spokeswoman; a week ago, in the immediate aftermath of Wright's comments turning into front-page news, she held a 7-point lead. The poll surveyed about 1,000 Democratic-leaning voters from March 20-22. John McCain continues to hold a slight advantage over both Democratic contenders, Gallup says.