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Two national polls depict starkly different Obama/McCain race

October 8, 2008 | 10:32 am

From the polls-as-an-imprecise-science department (with an emphasis on the "imprecise"):

Today's updated daily tracking poll from the Gallup organization: Barack Obama up by 11 percentage points over John McCain, 52% to 41%.

Today's updated tracking poll for the National Journal's Hotline (based on data collected over the same period, Sunday through Monday): a virtual tie, with Obama up by only 1 point, 45% to 44%.

For a compendium of these and other recent national polls (all of which show a closer race than Gallup), see here.

-- Don Frederick

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