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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Poll: Split electorate nudges Obama ahead

By Susan Page, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama hasn't gotten much of a bounce among voters nationwide since clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.

Obama leads Republican John McCain by 48%-42% among registered voters in the survey, taken Sunday through Thursday. In a survey taken May 30 to June 1, Obama held a three-point lead over the Arizona senator.

Among likely voters, Obama led McCain by 50%-44%, an insignificant change from his earlier standing of 49%-44%.

Obama claimed the nomination on June 3, when primaries in Montana and South Dakota gave him a majority of delegates to the Democratic National Convention, meeting in August.

The survey of 1,625 adults — including 1,460 registered voters and 1,310 likely voters — has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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