Monday, March 31, 2008

Blue States Turning Purple?

Posted by Teresa at 5:19 PM
Looks like some traditionally blue states might not be so blue in November:
Arizona Sen. John McCain is running strongly in three states
that have been solidly Democratic in recent presidential elections;
a particular surprise is New Jersey where, a month ago, New York
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had a double-digit lead, according
to a new round of state-by-state general election match-ups.

The series of polls by Rasmussen Reports, which included Michigan
and Washington State, also underscored what most other national
and state polling has found - high negatives for Clinton as far as
favorability ratings. McCain often scores the highest favorability
ratings, while Illinois Sen. Barack Obama comes out on the positive
side, but by lesser margins.

Rasmussen says McCain and the Democrats are in a statistical tie
in New Jersey, with McCain leading Clinton 45 percent to 42 percent
and Obama by 46 percent to 45 percent, with a 4 point margin of
error. A month ago, Obama ran closely with McCain but Clinton,
showing strength in her neighboring state, had led McCain 50
percent to 39 percent.

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