Obama Holds 5-Point Lead Over Hillary

Hopeful grabs rare tie with McCain in Gallup poll
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 5:56 PM CDT
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters hold up signs of support before a non-binding straw poll in east Denver in this Feb. 5 file photo.    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama held a 5-point lead over Hillary Clinton in the latest Gallup poll and grabbed a rare 45%-45% tie with John McCain. McCain usually polls higher than either Democrat, and currently edges Clinton 47% to 45%. The numbers are a sign that Obama has overcome his January/February swoon, largely attributed to the Jeremiah Wright scandal, the Swamp blog reports.

Obama fell below Clinton in January, but pulled back ahead in mid-February; he has generally led since, though often by a slim margin. The results, collected nationally between April 2 and 4, do not take into account the release of the Clinton’s tax papers yesterday.