Obama has 3 point lead over McCain in presidential race 2008

Democrat Barack Obama has a narrow 3-point lead in the U.S. presidential race over Republican John McCain with less than a month to go before the election, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released this morning.

Obama leads McCain among likely voters 48 percent to 45 percent in the national poll. With a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points this is a very close race and could still go either way with 4% of voters saying they were still undecided.

The survey, the first of daily tracking polls that will poll public opinion until the November 4 election, showed Obama with an advantage among the critical swing voting blocs of independents and women.

“Obama is leading among the key target groups, but this race is nowhere close to over,” pollster John Zogby said. “The deal is far from closed.”

The presidential rivals meet in the second of their three scheduled debates on Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. The poll was taken Saturday through Monday, after the debate between vice presidential candidates Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden.

The poll found Obama led among independents by 49 percent to 42 percent and among women by 51 percent to 42 percent — two key swing groups that could decide a close presidential race.

The 47-year-old Illinois senator, who would be the first black U.S. president, won 9 of every 10 black voters in the poll and led among Hispanics, young voters, self-described moderates and those making less than $50,000 a year.

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