A new online poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 42%-39% in the Republican’s home state of Arizona. Libertarian hopeful Bob Barr is playing a sizable spoiler role, the Washington Independent reports, with 7% of Arizona voters giving him their backing—including 16% who call themselves very conservative. (Independent Ralph Nader claims 2%, and 5% are undecided.)
Other polls have shown McCain up by as much as 10 points in the state; one member of the Republican team called the Zogby survey a “fraud;” some insiders distrust surveys conducted on the web, the Independent notes. “Barr is hurting McCain all across the country," said a spokesman for Zogby, which sees 11 states as swing battlegrounds—including McCain's Arizona.