Obama Grabs 50% in Poll

New threshold marks key advance against McCain's 42%
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2008 6:16 AM CDT
A new poll says Barack Obama has reached the a symbolic threshold - supported by 50% of voters.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has the support of 50% of voters for the first time since beginning his run for the White House, according to the latest Gallup poll. It's a key symbolic threshold for Obama, who was evenly split at 45% with John McCain before the Democratic convention, reports Politico. McCain tallied 42% in the latest poll.

Obama’s historic acceptance speech—elaborately staged before more than 80,000 people in Denver and watched by 40 million television viewers—has not vaulted him above the norm of previous candidates, according to Politico. But climbing numbers indicate that Obama's convention bounce may not be over.