Obama Opens 11-Point Ohio Lead

Up nationally by 6 points over McCain
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 12:44 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama now holds an 11-point margin over his rival in the state that decided the 2004 election. As recently as March, John McCain led in Ohio 49% to 41%; three months later, a significant shift finds Obama winning 50% to 39%. Talking Points Memo notes that polling organization PPP was “almost exactly right” in its pre-vote survey of the Democratic primary.

A separate poll shows Obama up nationally by 4 points among registered voters and 6 points among all adults. In some bad news for McCain, only 34% say the Iraq war was worth the fight, while 63% feel it was not. Indeed, 55% want troops withdrawn instead of staying to maintain civil order.