Leading Pollster: Presidential Race Far From Over, McCain Can Come Back

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Leading Pollster: Presidential Race Far From Over, McCain Can Come Back

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 9
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pollster who made his reputation for correctly predicting the outcome of previous presidential elections says this year’s campaign is far from over. John Zogby says the race between John McCain and Barack Obama is still too close to call.

Zogby is one of several national pollsters and his daily tracking poll of Americans across the country finds Obama leading 48-45 percent, which is within the margin of error.

“I don’t think Obama has closed the deal yet,” Zogby told the Boston Herald.

Zogby points to the fact that Obama has never held a lead over 50 percent, a sign that a large percentage of voters are still not sold on the idea of Obama as president.

He believes there is a large group of undecided voters — especially in battleground states — that could break McCain’s way if they ultimately feel Obama is not yet ready to be president or lacks the experience McCain has for a tumultuous economic time.

He compares this race to the 1980 contest that saw Ronald Reagan defeat Jimmy Carter, a race where Reagan won by a good margin but didn’t come back until the very end.

“The Sunday before the election the dam burst,” Zogby said. “That’s when voters determined they were comfortable with Reagan.”

Zogby calls the group the "big middle" and says they are still shopping for a candidate.

“It still can break one way or the other,” Zogby told the newspaper.

The latest Zogby poll shows Obama has the backing of 84 percent of Democrats, McCain has the support of 85 percent of Republicans, but Obama leads 48-39 percent among independents.

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