March 13th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain in statistical tie with Clinton and Obama

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(CNN)– Kevin Madden, a former spokesman for Mitt Romney, said Thursday the lengthy Democratic nominating process is only helping John McCain and the Republican Party move ahead.

"I think every day this goes unresolved it adds more chaos to the situation and more chaos is good for Republicans in the general elections," Madden told CNN's John Roberts.

Democrats have been in dispute over whether to seat Florida and Michigan's delegates at the party's convention in August. Both candidates must agree to the terms set forth by the Democratic National Committee, but it remains unclear how soon a compromise will be struck.

Despite the Democrats' continued wrangling, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll shows McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, in a statistical tie with both prospective Democratic opponents, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Obama leads McCain 47 percent to 44 percent. In a match up between Clinton and McCain, the poll found the New York Democrat ahead of McCain by 2 points, 47 percent to 45 percent.

Still, Madden emphasized, the on going "parade" between the Democrats gives McCain the edge with "more time to consolidate conservatives, [and more time to] raise more money."

Since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, McCain has refocused efforts to more fundraising and foreign travel.

Both Democratic candidates out raised the Arizona senator in the month of February. McCain has said he is planning 20 to 30 fundraisers a month to catch up to the Democratic candidates. The Los Angeles Times reported tickets for his most recent fundraiser last Monday in Missouri cost $1,000 for a reception, or $2,300 for the reception and a photo with McCain.

–CNN's Emily Sherman

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. TJS

    So what if Rep. are voting for Hillary. We don't like McCain. But put him against Obama and see how many change their minds.

    March 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Tom,des moines

    Who care about this poll anyway? Hillary will beat John McCain in a landslide anyway. Go Hillary!

    March 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Richard

    The primaries are just "a game for galleries"? Is it really true that superdelegates can vote for which candidate they feel is the most electable and not the popular vote" – somebordy told me that! Otherwise you just have to count the votes from Florida and Michigan.

    March 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. rastarr

    THIS IS OBAMA'S YEAR HE IS LEADING IN THE POPULAR VOTE AND DELEGATES AND IS TIED WITH MCCAIN IN THE WAY THAT HILIBILLY IS HMMMMMMM.... I THINK HE WINS......!>...BESIDES HILIABILLY HAD THERE TURN!!!

    March 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. RSP

    As the Democratic race goes on, it become more polarized along racial and gender lines. Blacks used to be for Clinton before they realized maybe an African-American COULD get elected. Then they switched candidates so fast, your head spun. So saying this isn't about race is absurd. McCain will get the white votes-older men and women-if Obama is the candidate. That's all you need to know.

    March 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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