Obama Grabs 15-Point Lead Over McCain: Poll

Youth vote gives hopeful long-awaited bump
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 8:21 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Breaking out of a tight race, Barack Obama registered a 51% to 36% lead over John McCain in the newest Newsweek nationwide poll, released today. Obama's bounce, expected after Hillary Clinton conceded him the Democratic nomination, comes courtesy of younger voters, who prefer him by 66% to 27%. Among registered voters age 40 and up, the two hopefuls are in a statistical dead heat.