Barack Obama, John McCain Have Leads Going Into Wisconsin Primary

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 19, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 19
, 2008

Madison, WI ( — Going into today’s Wisconsin primary election, Barack Obama and John McCain appear likely to build on the leads both have in reaching for presidential nominations from their respective parties. Obama officially took the lead from Hillary Clinton after the Potomac Primary and McCain is inching closer every election towards the nomination.

On the Republican side, McCain leads pro-life former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, but by a closer margin than expected despite his status as the likely nominee.

An ARG poll released Monday shows McCain ahead 51 to 43 percent with Ron Paul at three percent. The firm had the race closer over the weekend with McCain ahead by just 4 points — 46 to 42 percent.

A poll from PPP shows McCain with 50 percent and Huckabee at 39 percent in the Badger State. At the end of last week, Research 2000 showed McCain leading 48 to 32 percent and Rasmussen had him ahead 48 to 32 percent.

The polls show McCain has picked up about 5 percentage points since early last week while Huckabee has gained almost 20 points as pro-life voters continue to make a point that the Arizona senator must address pro-life issues as the Republican nominee.

Looking at the Democratic polls, the last two surveys show Obama building on his lead.

ARG has the pro-abortion Illinois senator leading 52 to 42 while PPP has him with a 53 to 40 percent lead.

Other surveys from last week show Obama ahead with Research 2000 putting it at 47 to 42 percent, Rasmussen having it at 47 to 43 percent and Strategic Vision showing a 45 to 41 percent Obama lead.