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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Obama ahead in key battleground states

John Byrne

Sen. Barack Obama holds a small lead in four key battleground states -- Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado and Wisconsin -- according to a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.

"The best news for Sen. Obama in the new surveys may come in Colorado, where he has moved to a four percentage point lead, 49% to 45%, after being down by a percentage point in August," according to the Wall Street Journal. "That means Colorado presents a good opportunity for Sen. Obama to swing a Republican state to his favor this year."

President Bush won the state in 2000 and 2004.

McCain's best shot at turning a blue state red is Minnesota, where Obama enjoys just a two percent lead, well within the poll's margin of error. Obama enjoyed a 17-point lead in the state in June.

Obama holds a four point lead in Michigan, the poll says, as well as a seven point lead in Wisconsin. Both states went Democrat in 2000 and 2004.

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