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John McCain Watch: Improvement in the Polls

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The poll shows this campaign is about Barack Obama, not John McCain, Gerald F. Seib reports

John McCain, who according to conventional wisdom is doing poorly in his Presidential race with Barack Obama is hanging in there with American voters.

Those findings suggest voters’ views of Sen. Obama are more fluid than his relatively steady lead indicates. In the latest poll, 47% say they prefer Sen. Obama to win, while 41% say Sen. McCain, the same lead Sen. Obama enjoyed a month ago. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The campaign’s unusual dynamic appears to be the result of an anxious nation now sizing up an unconventional candidate who presents himself as the agent for change, which voters say they want. The contest thus parallels in some ways the 1980 race, when voters seemed ready for a change away from Jimmy Carter and the Democrats, but weren’t persuaded until late in the race that they could be comfortable with a former actor and unabashed conservative, Ronald Reagan, as commander in chief.

Flap remembers Peggy Noonan writing a piece some weeks ago and saying that Americans will make up their mind at the last minute as to whether to trust Obama or not.

The campaign will grind along until a series of sharp moments. Maybe they will come in the debates. Things will move along, Mr. Obama in the lead. And then, just a few weeks out from the election, something will happen: America will look up and see the inevitability of Mr. Obama, that Mr. Obama has already been “elected,” in a way, and America will say, Hey, wait a second, are we sure we want that? And it will tighten indeed.

The polls certainly reflect her observations. In the latest battleground state polls, McCain has indeed made up some ground.

  • COLORADO: McCain 46% – Obama 44%
  • MICHIGAN: Obama 46% – McCain 42%
  • MINNESOTA: Obama 46% – McCain 44%
  • WISCONSIN: Obama 50% McCain 39%

In June’s poll, Obama lead in all four states

  • COLORADO: Obama 49% – McCain 44%
  • MICHIGAN: Obama 48% – McCain 42%
  • MINNESOTA: Obama 54% – McCain 37%
  • WISCONSIN: Obama 52% – McCain 39%

The MSM is aghast with Obamamania. But, this race is not over – YET.

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John McCain Watch: Vice President to be Named This Week – Is it Mitt Romney?

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Mark Halperin has more poop:

  • ABC News: McCain to hold undisclosed event in Louisiana Thursday designed to “capture some of the attention” from Obama. He’ll deliver a major speech in Berlin Thursday.

  • WashPost: McCain to meet with Gov. Jindal Wednesday in New Orleans.

  • And/But: Politico reports that though McCain is very near a decision, an announcement this week is unlikely.

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Mitt Romney endorsed John McCain for President in February 2008

Rovert Novak, the Price of Darkness of DC journalism says that John McCain will name his vice President this week.

Sources close to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain’s running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently.

Does Novak know something that he is sublimely breaking here – Mitt Romney is the Vice President pick.

Flap has thought a choice will be made when some initial polling has been completed. And, it has.

New poll numbers out from the Detroit News have the Michigan race between Obama and McCain very competitive with a chunk of voters still on the sidelines.

Obama is up 43-41, but 12% of voters said they’re undecided.

The latest New Hampshire poll also has the race close.

Anyone want to bet?

Flap says it is McCain – Romney by Thursday.

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Reporters Trying to Help Barack Obama Win?

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Rasmussen has a new poll today that shows the American public is increasingly believing that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the Presidency.

The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help Obama with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago.

Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help John McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage.

With the three television news anchors fawning over “The One” in Iraq and Europe is there any wonder?

As Flap said before NBC News is unwatchable. Either it is a flashback to Tim Russert time or it is Obamamania.

The blowback: More layoffs are forecast for the MSM, including the New York Times.


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