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New Rasmussen Tracking – Obama by 5

The new Rasmussen tracking poll (Friday, September 26)has Obama at 50%, an important number, and McCain five-points back at 45%.

New data shows McCain’s lead is down to a single percentage point in Ohio and Florida. He leads by eight in West Virginia while Obama continues to hold a modest advantage in Pennsylvania. A Virginia update will be released at noon Eastern today.It’s stunning to note how rapidly the dynamics of the campaign have changed. Two weeks ago, just before the Wall Street financial crunch became visible, McCain was up by three points in the aftermath of his convention. One week ago today, the candidates were even. Now, Obama’s lead is approaching new highs entering the final few weeks of the campaign.

It is interesting to note that Obama has gained this lead by essentially voting “present” in the debate over this financial matter.

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