The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote nationwide while John McCain earns 47%. This is the first time McCain has been within three points of Obama in more than a month and the first time his support has topped 46% since September 24 (see trends). One percent (1%) of voters prefer a third-party option and 2% are undecided.
Read it all; McCain and Obama have virtually identical favorability ratings according to the poll. McCain campaign pollster Bill McInturff presents more evidence that the race is tightening. Gallup had Obama up by only two points–within the margin of error–yesterday, assuming a traditional turnout model.
We may yet be up longer than people expect us to be on Election Night. And whatever the outcome, the fact that McCain is keeping it this close in a year that is supposed to be nightmarish for GOP political prospects tells you that America essentially is a center-right country. Good luck in trying to push that “New New Deal” without encountering some serious voter backlash.