'Palin Factor' Levels Race
McCain tied with Obama in latest poll
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 3:10 AM CDT
Barack Obama enjoys a shake during a campaign stop at Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grill in Abingdon, Va.    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – John McCain has erased Barack Obama's lead, transforming the presidential race to a statistical dead heat, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Obama's lead among women dropped from 10 to 4 points since August, which is largely attributed to Sarah Palin's popularity, reports MSNBC.

“This is kind of the political equivalent of the tortoise and the hare,” said a Republican pollster. “McCain continues to gain as we get closer to Election Day. The Palin factor is remarkable.” The poll is the most recent in a number of surveys finding support for Obama eroding and the candidates running neck-and-neck.