Monday, September 08, 2008
In one of the most shocking developments of this electoral season, John McCain, 7-9 points down more than a week ago, has taken a stunning 10 point lead in the USA Today poll, 54%-44%.
In worse news for Democrats, the poll shows that Republican candidates nationwide are benefitting from the uptick for McCain.
Can we all say "President McCain"? Not yet, of course. But we may be able to keep the Dems from winning any more seats in the House, or getting to 60 votes in the Senate.
Poll: Convention lifts McCain over Obama
The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an "enthusiasm gap" that has dogged the GOP all year.
McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 50%-46% among registered voters, the Republican's biggest advantage since January and a turnaround from the USA TODAY poll taken just before the convention opened in St. Paul. Then, he lagged by 7 percentage points.
The convention bounce has helped not only McCain but also attitudes toward Republican congressional candidates and the GOP in general.
"The Republicans had a very successful convention and, at least initially, the selection of Sarah Palin has made a big difference," says political scientist Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia. "He's in a far better position than his people imagined he would be in at this point."
In the new poll, taken Friday through Sunday, McCain leads Obama by 54%-44% among those seen as most likely to vote. The survey of 1,022 adults, including 959 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/— 3 points for both samples.
Remember: this election is not over. THIS ELECTION IS NOT OVER. We need to work and work and work to make sure that Obama is exposed for the radical douchebag that he is, and we need to get that Republican vote out come November, so we can defeat Downercrats everywhere.