Behold the latest polls:
The presidential race is tightening in four key battleground states, where John McCain holds a bigger advantage with white male voters and Barack Obama keeps his hold on the youth vote, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and washingtonpost.com. (Read more on the poll.)
The poll shows Sen. Obama leading slightly in Michigan and by double-digits in Wisconsin, but by smaller margins than he did approximately one month ago. Meanwhile, Sens. Obama and McCain are running statistically even in Colorado and Minnesota, states where Sen. Obama held a five-point and seven-point lead, respectively, in June.
The key emerging issue appears to be energy and within the energy debate, something is developing that could be very beneficial to John McCain:
. . . in one respect, the focus of the energy debate could be starting to shift in favor of Sen. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee. Offshore drilling and drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge appear to be gaining support among voters. While Sen. McCain supports offshore drilling, but not drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, Sen. Obama supports neither.
It’s time for Senator McCain to come out and state that while in the past, he opposed drilling in ANWR, the high price of gas has caused him to change his mind. It is good policy and good politics to do so.