The John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket has all but wiped out Barack Obama's lead, according to a Washington Post/ABCNews poll. White women voters now back McCain by a 12% margin, a sharp change from Obama's 8% edge among the same voters before the conventions. They view McCain as being better able to handle the economy.
Among the poll's other findings:
- Party support has solidified behind both candidates, with 88% of Republicans backing McCain and 85% of Democrats now behind Obama.
- McCain is leading among independents for the first time, 50% to 43%.
- Sarah Palin enjoys a 58% popularity rating, ahead of Joe Biden at 51%.
- A slim majority—51%—said they were following the race "very closely." That's higher than four years ago and more than double the number keenly following the race at this time in 2000.