Poll: Obama, McCain Tied in 5 Key States

Barack gains, Mac seen as 'typical Repub' as economy worries hit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 6:02 AM CDT
In this Sept. 5, 2008, file photo, John McCain and Sarah Palin, attend a rally in Cedarburg, Wis. McCain has worked himself back into a tight race with Barack Obama in Wisconsin.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – The race for the White House is in a dead heat in some vital swing states, according to a new CNN poll. The poll found John McCain and Barack Obama effectively tied in Florida and Ohio while in North Carolina, Indiana, and Wisconsin—where both contenders are pouring resources—neither candidate has a clear advantage. Obama, meanwhile, has wiped out McCain's post-convention lead, according to a new Reuters poll.

The Democratic candidate has gained ground on the question of who could lead the economy—the most pressing concern by far on voters' minds, the poll found. Still another survey conducted for the New York Times found the "Palin effect" fading, and voters largely unswayed by McCain's recent emphasis on change. Voters tend to view him as a "typical Republican," likely to continue President Bush's policies, the poll found.