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McCain's 'The One' Web Ad a huge success(half a million hits in less than 24 hrs)

McCain had a great week , no doubt, but it’s still a long way to go since 2008 really shapes to be a bad year for any Republican. Obama is the weakest candidate, which is probably the only way democrats could lose in November.

It’s pretty amusing and satisfying to watch democratic consultants & pundits gasping in horror and fear when anything associated with Karl Rove is mentioned. Their latest obsession and bogeyman, is Steve Schmidt, the so-called protege of Karl Rove.

No doubt Steve Schmidt has been doing a great job in the past week. McCain’s ‘The One’ Web Ad is a huge success. The youtube version has already generated close to half a million hits within 24 hours. If you google search using ‘the one’ as key words, close to 150 papers including NYT/Washington/Foxnews have carried this story. The beauty is that many of these stories on their website also linked to the youtube video, and further helped to generate the traffic.

Rasmussen’s daily tracking number might be another reason ‘The One’ would choose to give a press conference on an empty Saturday morning?

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that the race for the White House has become breathtakingly close. Barack Obama attracts 44% of the vote while John McCain earns 43%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 47% and McCain 46%. While the race has been very close for much of the past few weeks, McCain has never held the lead for even a single day in the two weeks since Obama clinched the nomination.

McCain is viewed favorably by 56% of voters, Obama by 53%. McCain earns positive reviews from 86% of Republicans while Obama does the same from 82% of Democrats. Among unaffiliated voters, 60% have a favorable opinion of McCain. For Obama, that number is 50%.